Seaside splendour at Durbs's Umhlanga Coast

Thursday, 14 January 2021 08:48 AM

Umhlanga is just a hop, skip, and a jump from Durbs and boasts the iconic Umhlanga lighthouse that watches over their pristine, Blue Flag beach. It’s a smorgasbord of long, sandy-white beaches that is at once a small-town, seaside village and a tourist hotspot

Here, you’ll find the Indian Ocean waters lapping up against scenic stretches of unspoiled beach and a cosmopolitan collection of pubs, restaurants, shopping centres and vibey nightlife that makes the popular scuba diving, snorkelling and surfing destination that much more worthy of a sight to see. Did we mention that you can also visit the former dwelling of Mahatma Gandhi?

Make sure to make a turn at O’Connor promenade, the ideal place for strolling in the sunshine with an ice-cream cone in hand. Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve is where you’ll find the remains of a shell midden that dates back all the way to the Stone Age, the indigenous woodland named Hawaan Forest that has been around for centuries, the Beachwood Mangrove Nature Reserve, and a variety of thrilling dive sites.

Umhlanga Rocks is the renowned, upscale, resort town that features dreamy beaches bordered by a rocky coastline that continues for a whopping 200km toward the picturesque iSimangaliso Wetland Park, which happens to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Not only an incredible natural sight, this area has a host of epic water-based activities on offer. Think surfing, deep-sea fishing, whale watching, dolphin viewing, scuba diving, and kiteboarding.

Umhlanga beach is renowned for its safe swimming waters, making it the perfect place to go for the entire family. As mentioned, this beach boasts Blue Flag status, an esteemed title that ensures the beach is clean, safe, aesthetically pleasing, and actively promotes environmental education and responsibility.

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