To the north and removed from the urban sprawl of the city of Durban, the Umhlanga Coast is a holidaymaker's paradise. This stretch of coastline has developed into a premier tourist destination offering a variety of diversions for visitors and locals alike. Whether you are looking for a beachside holiday, trendy shopping locales or the natural beauty of nature reserves, the Umhlanga Coast can offer it.
Stretching from the landmark lighthouse on the Umhlanga Beach northwards, the Umhlanga Coast encompasses the towns of Umhlanga, La Lucia, Mount Edgecombe and Umdloti. The coast is an eclectic mix of long sandy beaches, exclusive resorts, hotels and timeshare complexes. Despite the commercialisation of the area, however, the Umhlanga Coast has managed to retain most of its small town charm.
|The main beach caters to all tastes
For the majority of holidaymakers, the Umhlanga Coast is where they come to play in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. The favourite activities include scuba diving, snorkelling, surfing, wind surfing, kite surfing, beach volleyball, and many other seaside sports. Frequent tournaments, competitions and other events help to keep the action fresh on the coast ensuring that there is always something to do.
Bell's Beach, one of the most famous beaches of the Umhlanga Coast, offers year round activities for visitors and locals alike. This stretch of pristine beach is a blue flag beach.
Nearby is one of the biggest attractions of the area is uShaka Marine World. Situated on the Umhlanga Coast, it is one of Africa's largest marine theme parks. The total expanse of the park has a massive variety of entertainments and sights for visitors. There is a massive water fun park with some of the most elaborate super tubes in the country. Literally hundreds of commercial properties offer hours of shopping. Marine animal shows are on display at regular intervals and there are animal enclosures where visitors can get close view of penguins, seals, sharks and many other marine animals.
Leaving the beaches of the Umhlanga Coast behind, there are also a number of nature reserves in the area. The Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve, Hawaan Forest Nature Reserve and the Beachwood Mangrove Nature Reserve are three of the best known reserves in the area. The Beachwood Mangrove Nature Reserve is home to the largest population of black, red and white mangroves in the Durban area. This reserve offers three walking trails where a number of different animal species and plants can be seen and must not be missed.
The Umhlanga Coast is more than just a holiday destination. There are so many activities in the area that visitors will never be idle once they get into gear. The perfect climate, the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and the bustling cosmopolitan atmosphere all work together to create the ideal holiday destination.
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