Over the past few years Umhlanga Rocks has developed into a vibrant city that offers the best of the beautiful northern coastline of KwaZulu-Natal. It is an extremely popular holiday destination and people from all over the world flock here to enjoy a relaxing holiday at the seaside. Umhlanga is situated near several gorgeous beaches and is a stone’s throw away from Durban Central. There are constant developments and improvements being done around Umhlanga so that it offers something exciting to all visitors.
Umhlanga Rocks was initially home to the San-gatherers. In the 1800s the area south of the Tugela River (including Umhlanga) was occupied by Nguni-speaking people who later unified under King Shaka and came to stand as the Zulu nation. Soon after the Nguni-occupation, the British colonized the area and it became part of the larger estate belonging to Sir Marshall Campbell, a sugar entrepreneur. In 1860 Indian indentured labourers were brought in to work on Campbell’s sugar estates, bringing their colourful culture with them. Today this area is a cultural hotpot and boasts a diverse set of people working and living together.
The attraction of Umhlanga
Umhlanga has grown from Campbell’s acquisition of it and is now a business and shopping hub that people from all over Durban often frequent. One of the biggest shopping centres in the country, Gateway, sits proudly just outside Umhlanga and offers a wide range of boutique and retail stores, restaurants, and fun activities for the whole family. If it is something more outdoorsy that you are looking for, the Umhlanga promenade stretches from Durban View Park to Breakers, providing the perfect opportunity for sight-seeing and a relaxing walk.
You also can’t go to Umhlanga without visiting the famous Umhlanga Lighthouse which is still the town’s beacon to this day. Here you will find several excellent restaurants where you can enjoy the serene ocean breeze and the exciting nightlife. A visit to Umhlanga is also not complete without stopping at the world-class Oyster Box hotel. Enjoy a sundowner on the terrace whilst you overlook the lighthouse in all its glory.
The Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve is the perfect way to spend a Saturday or Sunday morning and here you will find a wide range of plants, birds, and animals. It is also very close to the Umgeni Bird Park where kids and adults can feast their eyes on our glorious feathered friends. If animals aren’t your thing but you still want to enjoy the outdoors, Umhlanga is closely situated near several prominent golf ranges. Practice your swing and enjoy the spectacular views that this town has to offer.
The appeal of Umhlanga
Umhlanga has attracted several businesses and entrepreneurs that have contributed to this eclectic community. Durban International Airport has moved to La Mercy and has been renamed King Shaka International Airport, a mere 10-minute drive from Umhlanga. The town is also 16 kilometres from Durban Central, making it easy for daily commuting.
The area has since its establishment acquired suburb status and boasts the most beautiful homes in the greater Durban area. Residents have a choice between cosy flats and townhouses, family homes, and extravagant mansions that are perfect for entertaining. Some of the most breath-taking homes in the country are perched on Umhlanga Ridge, giving residents the best views of the Indian Ocean.
Umhlanga is one of the fastest growing towns in KwaZulu-Natal and it is rooted in a rich South African history. With stunning beaches, magnificent malls, and the great outdoors on your doorstep, there is no reason for you to go anywhere else.