A spectacular coastal town on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast, Umhlanga is a popular holiday destination for families, couples and friends. It’s close enough to Durban to enjoy the city’s numerous attractions but far away enough to retain its small-town charm. Luxury hotels and resorts abound here, including the famous Oyster Box Hotel, one of the Leading Hotels of the World and a favourite destination for couples and honeymooners.
Things to do in Umhlanga are varied and will keep the whole family entertained on holiday. There is lively evening entertainment on offer and plenty of things for kids too, especially at Gateway Theatre of Shopping. Plus, the town offers excellent restaurants to enjoy, whether you’re looking for a superb seafood meal or just want to have coffee and cake.
Why we love beach holidays in Umhlanga
The iconic red and white Umhlanga Lighthouse is a must to add to your Instagram profile.
Head to Umhlanga’s main beach for sun and seaside fun.
Stroll or jog along the Promenade.
Go hiking in Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve.
Enjoy a curry buffet at the legendary Oyster Box Hotel.
Learn all about sharks at the KZN-Natal Sharks Board.
Enjoy an offroad adventure at Gateway’s 4x4 Track.
Take the kids to Wavehouse Water Park.
Savour fresh seafood at a choice of excellent restaurants.
Watch dolphins frolicking in the waves.
Go deep-sea fishing.
Umhlanga is an excellent base from which to explore further up the coast to Umdloti, Ballito, Zimbali and Salt Rock as well as the lush Hawaan Forest. Seaside fun is just a short drive from your hotel, resort or self-catering accommodation. Book your Umhlanga holiday package today.
Umhlanga is roughly a 6-hour drive from Johannesburg, making it a great choice for a family road trip.
You can also fly to Durban and drive the 25 minutes to Umhlanga from there with a hire car.
Flight duration from Johannesburg to Durban: 1 hour, 10 minutes.
Flight duration from Cape Town to Durban: 2 hours, 5 minutes.
Getting around Umhlanga is easiest by car, but public bus transport is also available.
What must I pack?
Be ready for beach weather! Summer is hot and humid, so be sure to pack in lightweight clothing to wear over your swimsuit. Winter weather is mild – a few warm layers to wear in the cooler evenings should do the trick.
Do not leave home without your sunscreen, sun hat and sunnies.
If you’re planning to enjoy some nightly entertainment or dine out at high-end restaurants, be sure to pack clothing according to the dress code.
Don’t forget your personal musts: prescription medication, devices and chargers, a mini first aid kit, and whatever else you always take with on your travels.
Hand sanitiser and insect repellent are always handy when you need them!
Do not attract attention by openly displaying cash, expensive jewellery, cameras and other valuables.
Plan your travel routes beforehand.
Tag your luggage and belongings for easy identification and contact procedures.
What do I do in an emergency?
Contact the Thompsons Holidays 24-hour care line to assist.
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