Umhlanga Local Attractions & Activities:
The Sharks Board
The Natal Sharks BoardThis is the only organization of its kind in the world. Situated in Umhlanga, four days per week the Sharks Board conducts an audiovisual presentation and a shark dissection, see the internal machinery of one of the oceans most awesome predators. A large variety of lifelike replicas of sharks, fish & ray's, including that of an 892kg Great White Shark can be viewed in the Display Hall.
NAC Helicopters specialise in Exec charters etc. Try the Game drive/lunch A stunning tour inland through the valley of a thousand hills, land next to the hippo pools at Tala Game Reserve in the Natal Midlands, tour includes game drive through the reserve and lunch at the exceptional La Tala restaurant, or try the North Coast Tour. This scenic flight takes you north along the Dolphin Coast, past the lighthouse at Umhlanga to the lagoon where the fish eagles play. Glimpse the dolphins frolicking in the surf before turning around at Ballito.
Dolphin Coast Microlight School offers a variety of introductory flights on a daily basis along the Kwa Zulu Natal Coastline. They are the largest flying school in KZN. Highly qualified instructors aided by state of the art equipment to ensure your safety offer Professional flying instruction and lectures.
White Water Rafting
Join Umko Rafting for a day you'll never forget, take up the challenge and ride the river, enjoy the spectacular scenery and remoteness of the Umkomaas Valley. Rising high in the Drakensberg the mighty Umkomaas River thunders into the bushveld valley challenging River Runners with a variety of rapids.
Crocworld is more than just croc viewing, it is a whole wildlife experience. Go and learn about these fascinating reptiles, snakes and the abundant indigenous birdlife. See the graceful fish eagles, flamingos, the playful monkeys and the tortoises - and if you are energetic, you can go on a tranquil walk through the indigenous flora and fauna of the nature trail.
Zulu Culture and Tradition
The Zulu Warrior in Traditional Clothing.Phezulu Safari Park is an exciting tourist venue, only 35km from central Durban. Visitors are taken into the traditional beehive shaped thatched huts, where the various artefacts, beliefs & rituals are explained. The Zulu dancing show is impressive with dancers in their traditional clothing showing off their skills with grace, agility and humour - a truly unforgettable experience.
Take a boat ride to the Dolphin coast, this is the playground of the bottle-nose dolphins who are visible all year round and who invite you to join them as they frolic in the waves and make their way up the coast. Surveys of these waters suggest a school of about 200 dolphins, which break up into smaller groups, frequent them. Whale sharks can also be seen along this stretch of coastline.
Deep Sea Fishing
Allure Charters offer a 35 foot sea going yacht, powered by two diesel engines, 220v generator. Carpeted throughout, two comfortable cabins, toilet, microwave and ample seating. Equipped with the latest communication, radios, fish finder, GPS navigator, radar and autopilot.
Established in 1949 and situated on 14.5 hectares in the heart of Durban, this tropical haven in KZN is the oldest surviving botanical garden in Africa. The following groups of plants are the main collections of the garden: Orchids (Indigenous & Exotic) Palms (Indigenous & Exotic) Cycads (Indigenous & Exotic) Bromeliads (Exotic).
Playing Golf, in KwaZulu Natal,Kwa Zulu Natal is home to 12 of Africa's finest golf courses, including the DURBAN COUNTRY CLUB, the only African golf course listed in the prestigious Bell's top 100 world courses. Durban Country Club is less than 10 minutes drive from Umhlanga.
The Durban Country Club Beachwood Course is the links option. A little further up from the main club, Beachwood runs parallel to the beach with some spectacular views of the Indian ocean on a very challenging links course
Mount Edgecombe Country Club There is infinitely more to golf than simply the game itself. Tucked away in the hills of the Dolphin Coast, only 5 minutes from Umhlanga beaches, it is surrounded by natural splendour, each golf course has its own Halfway House. The two unique golf courses provide a treat for bird lovers as the indigenous trees and exotic shrubbery attracts a host of colourful birds and butterfly's. Other facilities to be enjoyed are the tennis courts, squash courts and bowling greens.
Zimbali Lodge epitomises elegance, opulence and sophistication. One can indulge in the superb cuisine of the intimate colonial-style restaurant, or relax on the terrace with its breathtaking views overlooking the nearby beach and championship golf course. Designed by former SA PGA and British Open champion and international golfing star, Tom Weiskopf, this 18-hole course is both challenging and unforgettably beautiful.
Umhlali Country Club, situated close to the Zimbali Lodge on the inland side of Ballito, this tropical look golf course uses the natural contours of the land and beautiful palm trees and tall blue gums integrated into the golf course architecture. A must for the country golfer.
Royal Durban Golf Club, ideally situated in the centre of the Durban premiere race track, Greyville. This flat course offers other challenges in some severe rough and out of bounds race track lingering close by.
Windsor Park, is Durban's well laid out municipal course situated alongside the Umgeni River, which comes into play on 3 holes. This allows all golfers members and non-member alike access at all times on first come first serve basis so early arrival would be recommeded. Alongside is a 9-hole mashie course ideally suited to those less accomplished in the art of golf!
Nothing can compare with the seer exhilaration of sailing on the blue Indian Ocean, with the salt spray on your lips and the Dolphins playing in the bow wave. The African Queen offers a Champagne Breakfast or Lunch cruise, duration 3 hours. Enjoy a delicious meal in the Captain's saloon, and then wander up on deck for an exhilarating cruise.
La Lucia Mall
The La Lucia - Umhlanga Mall is situated just 100 meters from the Ballyhigh. The Mall enjoys recognition as the centre for the discerning shopper of the North. Myriad of 118 interesting stores await you with top class service and products synonymous with their regular clientele. A games arcade for the kids, restaurant and coffee shops. For fun and relaxation look no further - your destination, The Mall La Lucia - Umhlanga!
Gateway Theatre of Shopping
Combines leisure shopping and entertainment in a spacious and attractively designed environment. Features include supermarkets, International clothing retailers, numerous restaurants, an 18 - cinema complex, five-screen Cinema Nouveaux complex and Imax giant screen theater. The 20,000m2 Expo Xplore area incorporates - a 23 meter climbing wall, 4000m2 Skate Park designed by Tony Hawk. Check out the world’s only double point break standing wave - the D-Rex, plus two FlowRiders ä (training waves)
uShaka Marine World, Durban
Discover a unique world adventure above and below the water. uShaka Marine world is to rank as one of the world's top theme parks. It is also one of the biggest and best of its kind , it is a unique tourist attraction that will set it apart from anything that has gone before.
The uniqueness of uShaka Marine world is the fact that four entertainment zone have been combined from 1. The first one is the interactive aquarium, the second is the retail mix, then there is the water park with its thrills and rides, and the forth element which most of the worlds tourism still want its beachfront attractions. so with these 4 put together this is going to be a real destination attraction.
Combine that with the fact that the aquarium is the 5th largest in the world and the largest in the Southern hemisphere. Here u will find a theme that no one in the world can parallel. The name itself uShaka Marine World combined with the retailing and the retail theming creates a unique african and Zulu theme.
There's also a little bit of local folklore in here with a ship wreck. The ship is a replica of one of many of its kind that sank of the Kwa-Zulu Natal's coast line and serves a dual purpose. First as a restaurant and event zone within the theme park. Then when u go underground there's the whole of the underground walkway which is your conventional aquarium and also the med within the terms of the ship wreck.
Umgeni Bird Park
Spectacular waterfalls and lush vegetation, with birds out on perches, in walk through aviaries and open paddocks, this little jewel is one of the finest bird parks in the world!
Come and see gaudy macaws and elegant flamingoes, and see how some of the world's rarest birds live and breed. A viewing window allows you to follow the activity in the baby room, where plump little chicks are reared by loving foster parents. You'll see the stately cranes, the comical toucans and loads more.
Free flight bird show - unique in Africa, with critically endangered species like the Wattle and Blue cranes, as well as owls, storks, hornbills, huge Cape Vulture and African Fish Eagle in free unrestricted flight.