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Information about Umhlanga Rocks
Located at 29°43'S and 31°04'E on the east coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal, is the bustling and popular seaside village of Umhlanga Rocks. Umhlanga is the Zulu word for "Place of reeds" which makes reference to the natural, reed lined, lagoon formed by the Umhlanga River meeting the Indian Ocean to the north of the village. There is the 26 hectare Umhlanga nature reserve on the southern bank of the river which consists of an estuary, dune forest and coastal forest. There are 2 nature trails open to the public through the Umhlanga nature reserve.
Over recent years Umhlanga Rocks has experienced unprecedented growth with numerous new apartment blocks being built to provide more accommodation in Umhlanga Rocks. The development of the Umhlanga Ridge Business Park to the west of Umhlanga has seen many major companies choosing to locate themselves just a few minutes away from Umhlanga Rocks. Despite all this development Umhlanga has managed to maintain its laidback village atmosphere. It is this atmosphere that makes Umhlanga Rocks one of the most exclusive tourist destinations on the KwaZulu Natal coastline.
Umhlanga has 2 bathing beaches which are protected by shark nets and lifeguards. Main beach, as the name suggests, is the main bathing beach. Just to the north of Main beach is Bronze beach, the second bathing beach. To the south of Main beach is a natural rock pool known as Granny's pool which is where skiboats and other water craft launch from. The Umhlanga Lighthouse built in 1954, is possibly the most famous landmark in the area and is positioned to the south of Granny's pool.
Umhlanga Rocks is situated 20km north of Durban which translates to a 20 minute journey by car "up" the coast. Looking down on the village from up on the ridge is the "Gateway Theatre of Shopping" Complex, one of the largest shopping complexes in Africa. Gateway has a total floorspace of around 150 000m². Here you can enjoy an unequalled choice of shopping and recreational activities from fashion, food, technology and lifestyle to extreme sports. For more tourist information about umhlanga Rocks or for a full list of attractions and things to do and see in and around Umhlanga please browse the Umhlanga Tourism website. The rest of the Kwa-Zulu Natal province also boasts some stunning attractions such as the Drakensburg Mountains and the many game and safari parks scattered around the province which draw large numbers of tourists. The best time of the year to plan a safari to the game parks is during the winter months when the grass is shortest which makes spotting the game a whole lot easier.
The local currency is the South African Rand (ZAR) and major credit cards are widely accepted at most shops and restaurants. Umhlanga enjoys around 230 sunny days a year with the average summer temperatures being around 30°C and that for winter in the low 20's. There is no daylight saving in South Africa so our clocks are always set to GMT+02:00. We use the metric system so all speed limits and distance boards are in kilometers (km). We have 11 official languages in South Africa but the main language spoken in Durban and Umhlanga is English. King Shaka Interantional Airport (DUR) is a quick 10 minute drive on the M4/N2 (Northbound) from Umhlanga. Our electricity supply is rated at 220V / 50Hz
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