Umhlanga at a Glance
Umhlanga is a residential, commercial and holiday town north of Durban on the North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It is part of the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, which includes the greater Durban area. Neighbouring suburbs include Durban North, La Lucia, Gateway and Umdloti. The name Umhlanga means "place of reeds" in the Zulu language (isiZulu).
Umhlanga is named after the Ohlanga River, which reaches the Indian Ocean three kilometres north of the town. Umhlanga was formed in 1972 through the merger of Umhlanga Rocks, a seaside resort town, and the suburb of La Lucia.
Umhlanga has become the focus of development in the greater Durban area with many businesses relocating offices from central Durban. In line with this, the Durban International Airport has moved to La Mercy, near Umhlanga, and reopened as King Shaka International Airport.
Umhlanga Rocks has many luxury hotels right on the beach, including Breakers, the Cabana Beach Hotel, the Beverly Hills Hotel, the Oyster Box Hotel and the Umhlanga Sands Hotel. The upmarket Umhlanga property market includes the Pearls of Umhlanga apartments and Edge of the Sea apartments.
Many of these have views of the landmark Umhlanga lighthouse and the blue flag beaches. The Umhlanga lighthouse is a symbol of Umhlanga and is often featured in hotel promotion materials in the Umhlanga area. Umhlanga property prices range from R 1,000,000 for an entry level apartment up at Gateway to over R 20,000,000 for the more stately homes on Umhlanga Ridge and the world-class penthouses on the beachfront.
Umhlanga Ridge is a new retail, office and residential node situated on a hill overlooking the Indian Ocean. It was largely developed on sugar cane land by property development company, Moreland Estates, owned by the Tongaat Hulett sugar group. Located on the ridge are the Gateway Theatre of Shopping, The Crescent Shopping Centre and other shopping centres, motor dealerships, a private hospital and many offices.
Umhlanga Ridge Town Centre is connected by a series of pedestrian-friendly roads, parks and public spaces and is accessible from the N2. Together, Umhlanga and Umdloti form the Sugar Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Other places of interest in Umhlanga are the Umhlanga Country Club, Mount Edgecombe Country Club in nearby Mount Edgecombe, The Natal Sharks Board and the Wavehouse at Gateway Theatre of Shopping.
Umhlanga Coast Beaches
Soak up the sun on some of South Africa's most beautiful blue flag beaches. The warm ocean and sub-tropical climate make Umhlanga's beaches ideal for all lovers of sun and sea. Enjoy a day on the golden sand and in the clear warm ocean.
Gateway Theatre of Shopping
Gateway is the largest mall in the southern hemisphere. The mall has 24 movie theatres, a playhouse called the Barnyard Theatre, over seventy restaurants, more than 350 stores including high end fashion outlets and the Wave House.
Natal Sharks Board
The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board (KZNSB) is located in Herrwood Drive, Umhlanga Rocks. It has a large auditorium and a display area, including an impressive array of fibreglass models taken directly from captured sharks.
Mount Edgecombe Country Club has two magnificent championship golf courses uniquely designed offering the serious golfer a true test of golf and the social golfer an enjoyable day on the golf course.