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Things to Do & See in Umhlanga

There are plenty of things to do & see in the upmarket coastal resort of Umhlanga. Outdoor and indoor activities will keep families, singles and groups entertained. Likewise, honeymoon couples will find the perfect mix of fun and relaxation.

Outdoors

The most noteworthy outdoor thing to do & see in Umhlanga would be a visit to the beaches. Beautiful, scenic sand stretches for miles north and south. Shark nets offshore offer safe bathing in the warm Indian ocean. And swimming areas are monitored by lifeguards.

After you’ve finished lazing on the beach you can try adventures. These might include ocean charters, fishing, flying, diving, the bird park and crocodile farm.

Furthermore, you could join some of the many visitors each year that visit iconic attractions. The Umhlanga Promenade, Umhlanga Lighthouse and the whalebone pier fit the bill here.

The promenade in particular is  an excellent fitness facility. Runners, walkers, children, athletes and pooches all use it regularly. It is also home to the weekly Parkrun.

Also worth visiting are Umhlanga’s natural habitats such as nature trails, lagoons, the Hawaan forest and the Umhlanga Nature Reserve. Here you can enjoy lush coastal vegetation, small creatures and cool, leafy calmness.

Finally, take part in some of the annual  festival activities. The Umhlanga Tourism Summer Festival is the most well-known. It features events like Miss Umhlanga and Carols Under the Stars.

Indoors & Culture

In contrast to outdoor fun are a number of indoor activities. Shopping centres small and large abound. Similarly, cultural attractions that include art galleries and art and craft shops are available. Cinemas and theatres, casinos and music outlets are close by. Indoor games provide fun. A number of tour operators offer tours to nearby places of interest.

Lastly, spas in this northern part of KwaZulu-Natal abound. They offer restful body and beauty treatments, perfect for holiday relaxation.

Aqua Wild Africa

Looking for adventure come and join Aqua Wild Africa for Scuba, wreck and shark diving. Don`t know howto? Join their school. Aqua Wild Africa has only one aim in mind to ensure you have a holiday of a lifetime and an underwater adventure you will never forget! Aqua Wild Africa offers open water scuba diving,…

Durban Aviation Academy

Durban’s Premium Flight Experience and Adventure Flight Specialists Experience the thrill of flying over the magnificent Durban coastline. The route takes you over the uMhlanga high rise buildings, the well-known lighthouse, the Durban Golden Mile, along with the internationally acclaimed Moses Mabhida stadium and through to the Durban harbour mouth, thereafter returning to Virginia Airport.…

Curio Africa

Curio Africa is an art gallery selling exclusive art and crafts that include wooden pieces and jewellery, traditional handcrafted goods and animal hides and skins. Curio Africa ships curios worldwide and repairs and polishes wooden items.    

Wonder Market Umhlanga

Pure acts and Craft market, held on the last Sunday of the month in Chris Saunders Park. Showcasing only handmade, locally produced goods and crafts. Entertainment for the whole family including play area, exotic and craft foods while enjoying to the sound of local buskers in a natural environment.

Cornubia Mall

As the rising sun kisses the leaves of the 120-year-old Fig Tree, an ode and reminder to the original farmland on which Cornubia Mall now stands, the centre comes to life. Health and fitness enthusiasts embrace Cornubia Mall with some using the state-of-the-art Virgin Active, others departing on an MTB ride along the well-known EMBA…

Monkeyland KZN

Monkeyland KZN is set in an indigenous forest near Shakaskraal and is a sanctuary for exotic primates rescued from the pet trade and surplus zoo primates that have been donated. The primates, of multiple species, are free-roaming within the 23-hectare forest sanctuary. Take a walk through this stunning forest where a professional guide will help…

Sculpt EMS

Getting fit with Sculpt EMS takes only 20 minutes per week. Electro Muscle Stimulation (EMS) mimics the natural action of our central nervous system, sending electrical impulses to contract our deep muscle fibres. In just a 20-minute training session, accompanied by a personal trainer each time, you will experience a customised training program that suits…

Denkit Hobbies

Denkit Hobbies is a retail shop in The Crescent Shopping Centre, Umhlanga. It specialises in toys for big boys, namely, radio control cars, aeroplanes, boats, drones, and helicopters, plus accessories and parts. At Denkit you will find diecast models for the collector, plastic models, wooden ships, as well as aeroplane and experimental models. There are train…

Rockwood Theatre

Rockwood Theatre at the Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom is Durban’s latest venue for an unforgettable evening of entertainment, whether you’re watching a theatre production or attending a corporate function. An intimate venue, it also offers a variety of live shows, musicals and delicious dinners to complement the event.  Durban date nights just got a…

iZulu Theatre

This 577-seater theatre plays host to a number of special guests, live bands, and local and international stars. The venue’s full light and sound facilities can be used for product launches, theatrical productions, concerts, conventions, fashion and music shows. iZulu Theatre shows tickets are on sale at Computicket, Shoprite/Checkers or the Sibaya Box Office. Booking…

Gateway Theatre of Shopping

Gateway Theatre of Shopping not only prides itself on its sheer scale (being one of the largest shopping complexes in the Southern hemisphere), but also on its copious variety of world-class retail stores, eateries, events, entertainment and leisure facilities. From fine dining and elite fashion stores, to waffle bars, arcades and waterslides. It seems fair…

Umhlanga Centre

The newly upgraded Umhlanga Centre is now home to world-class retail outlets such as Umhlanga Rocks Superspar & Tops, The Press Club and Sasseens Jewellers. Dining consists of the amazing 4320 Shisa Nyama and The Press Club Café restaurant. There is an array of service professionals such as Angela Smith School of Dance, Dr Albert Niemann, Prestige Photography and many…

The Crescent at Umhlanga Ridge

The Crescent at Umhlanga Ridge is an elevated shopping Centre with a high convenience factor and is home to approximately 60 interesting and essential tenants. The Centre’s anchors include Pick n Pay, Food Lover’s Market, Clicks, Builder’s Express and Baby City but also offers a balanced array of other well-known nationals and exclusive independent retailers.The…

Escape Hunt

The Escape Hunt experience is an adventure like no other – exciting, addictive, challenging, educational and above all fun, both in your personal capacity, and in a work environment for either a corporate or team-building event.

Rachawadee Thai Afrique Spa

Rachawadee Thaispa (The Thai Spa Experience). Traditional Thai massage has gained a reputation for being able to alleviate backache, headache, stomach ache and nervous tension as well as more serious ailments such as fever, epileptic fits, early paralysis and spinal defects. Thai massage is based on the concept of invisible energy lines running along the…

Umhlanga Promenade

The Promenade is approximately 3km long and spans the popular apartment and resort complexes that line the golden sands of this premier beach resort destination. Durban is just 17 km south of Umhlanga Rocks along an excellent motorway called the M4, just visible to the right of this picture.

Beachwood Mangroves Nature Reserve

The area is used as a Nature Conservation Education Centre. The black mangrove, the red mangrove, and the white mangrove may be seen. On the shoreline, there are sand dunes where creeping plants and pioneer scrub are to be found. There is some birdlife including the Mangrove Kingfisher, Curlew and water Dikkop. The Natal Nightjar…

Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve

Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve is a 26-hectare area on the shore of the Indian ocean. The reserve encloses the Ohlanga River’s lagoon while the greater part lies inland of the busy M4 road. The reserve trails start at the car park at the northern end of Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga. The reserve has the remains of…

Umgeni River Bird Park

How the Umgeni River Bird Park started Dr Alan Abrey designed and built the Umgeni River Bird Park. Abrey used to visit an old, water-filled quarry site when he was a child.  He began looking for a bird park site as an adult, and thought the quarry would be perfect. Workers then spent a year…

Imbizo Gallery

We are fine art consultans providing a one-stop service to private and corporate clients. We have a wide selection of abstract, contemporary, landscape, nude, tribal and wild life art. We also stock sculpture from leading sculptor`s such as anton Smit, Card Roberts, Marke Meyer, Isidro Duarte, Sarah Richards and Llewellyn Davies. Imbizo Gallery can proudly…

Absolutely Africa

Zulu beaded handbags & jewellery.

The Pearls of Umhlanga

Revel in sophistication as you explore exclusive retail stores, relish in delicious cuisine and enjoy a vibrant beachfront location, all in opulent surroundings at the Pearls Mall. We offer convenience with 45 minutes free parking and the ultimate luxury within KwaZulu-Natal’s most premium address, The Pearls of Umhlanga. Visit www.thepearls.co.za for more information.  

Awesome Africa

Awesome Africa caters to local and foreign tourists and offers a wide range of functional gifts, ostrich eggs, necklaces and beaded jewellery, T-shirts, ceramics and more.

Crocodile Creek

Located on the Tongaat River in sub-tropical bush and is home to over 7000 Nile crocodiles, alligators, caiman, snakes and other reptiles. The farm includes bush and hill trails, a waterfall, river plains, thatched buildings with tree top walkways (under construction), curios, croc leather, crocodile dishes and other refreshments. Hours: 9:30am-5:00pm daily. Feeding time at…

The Thai Touch

The Thai Touch specializes in the holistic Thai massage therapy (performed by certified therapists from Thailand) used by Monks in Thailand for 100`s of years before modern medicine. Our traditional Thai massage therapies will promote your overall well being and are everyone, young or older.

Mangwanani African Spa

Mangwanani African Spa is a true African Spa and Entertainment Destination Experience, Committed to Empowerment and Responsible Tourism. By marrying Western Culture with Ancient African Rituals, guests are pampered wih decadent Mangwanani Treatments for total relaxation of body, mind and soul. Mangwanani is suitable for couples, groups and individuals of all ages.

KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board

Tourists and scholars alike can enjoy a dynamic audiovisual presentation that has a powerful combination of aerials, slow pans, tight close-ups and superb imagery. Although the 26-minute presentation is designed to entertain, it is also educational, providing information on subjects such as the sensory biology of sharks and their role as top predators in the…

Umhlanga Ocean Charters

Umhlanga Ocean Charters is an ocean sight seeing charter business based in Umhlanga, owned and skippered by Zaan Grobler, who has 15 years experience and over 200 000 launches to take you out to sea and back safely. Come and experience the thrill of surf launching as well as learning about the ocean and rich…

Starlite Aviation

Starlite Aviation Charters offers thrilling helicopter and aeroplane flights for: Visiting exclusive game lodges, historical sites, the Drakensberg, cultural heritage locations and even Mozambique. Sightseeing along Durban’s spectacular coastline to view the beautiful city and Umhlanga Rocks. Whale and dolphin spotting from a bird’s eye view will make thrilling memories. Picnics on a mountain with…

Casea Charters

The only Durban Municipality licensed & approved deep sea fishing and boat ride operator in Umhlanga Rocks. Casea Charters is a professional family run deep sea fishing and sightseeing charter company operating from the picturesque coastal town of Umhlanga, just 15 minutes north of Durban, South Africa.Enjoy the thrill of a surf launch from Umhlanga…

Umhlanga Scuba

We are a scuba diving academy and expedition organizers. Catering for non diver and divers. Snorkelling trips, boat trips, reef and wreck trips, sodwana trips.

Brainstorm Escape Rooms

What is an Escape Room? Brainstorm Escape Rooms presents a unique and interactive live-action adventure game where you, the players, become active participants in our stories and must work as a team to solve intriguing problems, escape from precarious situations, unravel the plot and escape the room before time runs out!

Mindgame Escape

Your detective expertise is needed! Bring your friends & gather clues, solve puzzles, combine information, decipher secret meanings and trigger hidden mechanisms to escape the room. Do you have what it takes to solve the mystery and escape in 60 minutes.2nd Floor, Unit 205 Granada Square, Umhlanga

Aliwal Shoal SCUBA

Aliwal Shoal Scuba has been running since 1985 and is the first Gold Palm Padi resort in South Africa. We are are a dive charter specialising in the shark diving and shark cage diving. Situated on the beach front of Umkomaas / Aliwal Shoal.