TRAVEL GUIDE - DURBAN CITY NORTH, KWAZULU-NATAL NORTH COAST, SOUTH AFRICA
a really interesting educational and entertaining outing, a visit to the
Sharks Board is a real eye opener. Here you’ll learn that sharks are not
mindless killers but you’ll also be reassured by the measures the Sharks
Board takes to protect beach users from these rather maligned, but beautiful
|Just north of Durban, Umhlanga
is the gateway to the KZN North Coast. Renowned for its fabulous beaches
and party atmosphere, it’s a great family holiday destination. Although
they tend to get top billing, hyped up attractions like a casino and the
Gateway, which is an enormous but rather fabulous mall, are the least of
Umhlanga’s attractions. Although the Gateway has supermarkets, boutiques,
movie theatres, restaurants and hundreds of other retail therapy outlets,
it’s far from your average mall.
The Rock – a 22m-high freestanding
climbing wall – is the highest on the planet, and a cooking wave machine
has a hectic tube and the only artificial double point break in the world.
A mini 4x4 course, complete with mini four-wheel drive vehicles, completes
the adventure collection. And – for the more erudite – the MTN ScienCenter
is an adventure of the mind – exploring the outer limits of human knowledge.
This is shopping with a difference!!
Map of Umhlanga
But, more to the point, Umhlanga,
which means “Place of Reeds” in the Zulu language, is a great beach and
nature destination. A lovely old lighthouse, which still flashes out its
warning signal every night, stands proud up on the beach, which has been
awarded a Blue Flag for cleanliness, environmental standards and facilities.
The O’Conner Promenade, which
is a great place for a beach-front jog or leisurely stroll, leads on to
the lovely Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve Nature Trail – a one and a half
hour ramble through coastal forest, where you may see lots of birds, some
vervet monkeys, and even the odd antelope. Other nearby nature destinations
include the Hawaan Forest and Umhlanga Ponds, which are a magnet for water-fowl,
and hence also a magnet for keen birders.
Umhlanga, like the rest of
the North Coast, is very well endowed with hotels, guest houses, shops
and restaurants. See also La
Lucia, suburb of Umhlanga.
HOTELS - DURBAN CITY NORTH, KWAZULU-NATAL NORTH COAST, SOUTH AFRICA
accommodation in Umhlanga
Hotel Umhlanga, UMHLANGA ROCKS
The name of Umhlanga Rocks
evokes a vision of golden beaches, lush surroundings and the exhilaration
of holidaying in an idyllic part of the world. And the Protea Hotel Umhlanga
is where that vision turns to reality. Conveniently situated mere
minutes from the beach, in the heart of Umhlanga Rocks, the Protea Hotel
Umhlanga will treat you to comfortably appointed accommodation in an appealing
selection of rooms. Admirably equipped self-catering rooms, as well as
facilities for disabled GUESTS, are also available, with all the mod cons
as well as outstanding features such as satellite TV and breathtaking sea
views of the Indian Ocean. Delicious breakfasts are available in
the breakfast room at an additional cost, while a variety of restaurants
in the area have a range of menus to suit all tastes. Conference facilities
are available for up to 200 delegates and there is secure, undercover parking
at R50 per day on the premises.
BED & BREAKFASTS/GUEST HOUSES - DURBAN CITY NORTH, KWAZULU-NATAL NORTH
accommodation options in Umhlanga
Guest House, UMHLANGA
is an exclusive establishment situated halfway between Durban and Umhlanga
Rocks on the North Coast with the magnificent sea view of the Indian Ocean.
The house consists of three tastefully decorated en-suite rooms fitted
with multi-channel TV, radio, clock alarms, fans, hair-dryers and a coffee
and tea facilities. You will also find an entertainment area with a pool
table, lovely lounge, a dining room and a lapa with a swimming pool. With
our ambience and efficient service, we strive to meet all our guests expectations.
The place where you walk amongst the stars and where every guest is a celebrity.
All three rooms are fitted with an air-conditioner, TV with M-Net and selected
DStv, hostess tray, microwave oven, limited cutlery and crockery, hair-drier,
bar fridge, safe and ceiling fans plus family Room, three people sharing.
Rest Guest House, Guest House/Self-Catering, UMHLANGA
Anchor's Rest 4 star accommodation,
offers guests 3 luxury self catering suites, 1 luxury two roomed B&B
suite and 1 standard B&B room. Rooms have private entrance and patio
with BBQ facilities, air-conditioning, plus ceiling fans, DSTV, hospitality
tray and fridge. Wireless internet available throughout the guesthouse
and business centre for sending and receiving e-mails. Linen is 100% percale
cotton with high quality towels and complimentary bathroom toiletries.
Breakfast is a sumptious feast and is served from 0700 to 0900 during the
week and 0800 to 1000 on week-ends and public holidays. Anchor's
Rest is within easy walking distance to the beach, shops, restaurants and
coffee bars. For 'keep fit' enthusiasts the Umhlanga Promenade is just
2 blocks away and is ideal for jogging and walking along as it extends
for 2.5 kms alongside the shoreline.
Tree Cottage, Bed & Breakfast/Self-Catering, UMHLANGA
The Cottage, situated in
one of the hot spots of tourism, Umhlanga, Durban, South Africa, boasts
3 lovely bedrooms all en suite. Helen and Reinhard Oehler, the owners,
run the Cottage. Helen was born in the UK and has lived in South Africa
most of her life. Reinhard was born in South Africa but had a very strong
German upbringing and resultantly is fluent in English, Afrikaans and German.
Their travel experience between these three countries was the influencing
factor for Helen and Reinhard to start the B&B. Their friendly relaxed
attitude combines personal service with German efficiency! The Cottage
- Two rooms face the sea and the third room is ideal for those of you who
prefer a bit of privacy, as it has it's own private access. The en suites
consist of 2 bathrooms with showers and one with a bath/shower. The rooms
all have their own TV's with local channels supplied via DSTV decoders...
Loggia on Portland, Luxury Bed & Breakfast, UMHLANGA
the heart of Umhlanga village, this new B&B offers the comforts of
a home in a sophisticated manner. The contemporary feel of La Loggia on
Portland B&B instills a peaceful yet modern atmosphere. The B&B
is 5 minutes walking distance to the local beaches, and a 3-5 minute drive
to Gateway Shopping Centre. Breakfast is served daily in the spotless
dining room, English or Continental, and other meals can be arranged. Complimentary
tea and coffee facilities are on offer. The spacious lounge, complete
with flat screen T.V (Mnet and Satellite) opens up onto the scenic terrace.
The BBQ facilities are open to use as well as the large swimming pool.
B&B, Bed & Breakfast, UMHLANGA ROCKS
modern contemporary home is designed with ultimate luxury in mind, situated
in Umhlanga and only a short walk from the beach. With spacious rooms
and beautiful sunrise balconies, this is the perfect place to stay whether
you need a tranquil environment on an important business trip or just for
relaxing. Umhlanga remains a highly popular seaside resort. Its wide,
sandy beaches are lined with exclusive hotels and apartment blocks, the
beaches filled with umbrellas and sun worshipers, while locals enthusiastically
walk the promenade at sundown. Gateway Shopping Centre, one of the biggest
shopping centres in the country, means that while staying in Umhlanga,
one has little reason to venture elsewhere.
Grove Guest House, UMHLANGA
Hosts Jill and Chris welcome
you to Sylvan Grove, a 4 star Guest House situated in a quiet residential
area of Umhlanga Rocks, with a tranquil tropical garden, inviting swimming
pool and prolific bird life facing the Indian Ocean. Our 6 double
rooms have en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, complimentary
tea and coffee facilities, hairdryers, bar fridges, safes, telephones,
wireless internet and satellite TV. We also cater for the family
with our two interleading twin room suite. Guests have the use of the swimming
pool and BBQ, and children are welcome. We are only a 10 minute drive from
the Durban CBD, International Conference Centre, uShaka Marine World, Sibaya
Casino and a few minutes from Umhlanga and La Lucia Ridge Business Parks,
the blue flag beaches, with lifeguards on duty, and Gateway Shopping and
Entertainment Centre with an extensive choice of restaurants.
SELF-CATERING ACCOMMODATION - DURBAN CITY NORTH, KWAZULU-NATAL NORTH COAST
browsing accommodation in Umhlanga
Rest Guest House, Guest House/Self-Catering, UMHLANGA
This property is 2 minutes
walk from the beach. Just 17 km north of Durban, in the heart of Umhlanga
Rocks, Anchors Rest offers elegant rooms with free Wi-Fi. The guest house
features an outdoor pool, a large garden, and free private parking. Anchor's
Rest Guest House offers air-conditioned rooms with a private entrance and
a patio with barbecue facilities. They feature en-suite bathrooms, an open
plan lounge, a well equipped kitchenette and are fitted with a satellite
TV, safe and a hair dryer. Guests can start their day with a breakfast
buffet, while the property is within walking distance from a variety of
restaurants and bars. Barbecue facilities are also available. Surfing,
deep-sea fishing, dolphin viewing, and kite boarding are some of the activities
guest will find in the surrounding area.
Siesta, 3 bedroom Self-Catering Apartment, UMHLANGA
105 Ben Siesta, is situated
directly across the road from the main bathing beach (Bronze Beach) in
Umhlanga Rocks. This luxury self catering apartment consists of a lounge,
dining area and a fully fitted kitchen. There are three double bedrooms
with a main en suite. The apartment can comfortably sleep six people with
a queen size bed in the main bedroom and two single beds in each of the
other bedrooms. Quality linen is provided. There is an additional bathroom
and toilet. Off the lounge and the main bedroom are sliding doors onto
a large sun drenched patio with breaker views of the sea and the bathing
beach. The kitchen is well appointed and is fully equipped. The apartment
has satellite TV as well as a DVD player. The apartment is air conditioned
and there is also a ceiling fan in the lounge.A Weber braai (barbeque)
can be enjoyed on the patio or by the swimming pool. The beautiful swimming
pool is available for the exclusive use of guests.
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Oysters Umhlanga, Holiday Rental Apartment, UMHLANGA
Located 100 m from Umhlanga
lighthouse, The Oysters Umhlanga offers accommodations in Durban. The property
is 11.3 km from Kings Park Stadium and free private parking is featured.
The kitchen features a dishwasher. A flat-screen TV is available. Other
facilities at The Oysters Umhlanga include a spa center and fitness center.
Kings Park Athletics Stadium is 12.9 km from The Oysters Umhlanga, and
Moses Mabhida Stadium is 12.9 km away. The nearest airport is King Shaka
International Airport, 12.9 km from the property.