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Umhlanga means "Place of Reeds" in the Zulu language, referring to the beds of reeds that accumulate on the banks of the Ohlanga river a few Kilometers North of present day Umhlanga Rocks. 
The area used to be part of a coastal dune forest system many years ago and provided sanctuary to a multitude of bird and wildlife species of which many can still be found in bird, marine, and wildlife preserves in and around the area today. 
Just 15 minutes north of Durban, it has become the playground of the young and old who visit this Indian Ocean resort to experience miles of attractive beaches and an array of sophisticated shopping malls. In spite of Umhlanga's phenomenal growth rate, much of its village ambience has been retained and Umhlanga has become a premier holiday resort for sun worshippers and fun seekers alike. The Gateway Shopping and Entertainment Centre, currently under construction, promises to be the largest shopping and entertainment centre in the Southern Hemisphere and is scheduled to open in October 2001.


  • Hawaan and Lagoon dune forest

  • Natal Sharks Board

  • Umgeni Bird Park

  • Umhlanga Lighthouse, was completed on the 24th of November 1954. At night it beams it's light  from a 25 meter vantage point as a warning to ships that venture too close to shore.


  • Mount Edgcombe golf course

  • Umhlanga's bathing beaches are among the best along the South African coast

  • Helicopter & Microlight Flights

  • Fishing

  • View and swim with the dolphins

  • Several Bowling Greens