Aside from beautiful Indian ocean views, Umhlanga offers families a myriad of activities to make the most of their beach holidays. Here are some activities that you and your family can add to your holiday adventure list!
1. Beach Days
Sand, water, sun…the perfect three ingredients to help the kids burn their energy while you can take some much-needed downtime. The blue flag Umhlanga main beach boasts a clean white stretch of sand, met by the warm Indian Ocean and is well maintained. Lifeguards are on duty to ensure your peace of mind and rock pools are sure to spark the kid’s interest. Pack a family picnic and hit the waves to soak up that African sun.
2. See Umhlanga from a Helicopter
What better way to discover Durban than from the air? Soar like an eagle over scenic beaches and forests, tower over the Umhlanga Lighthouse and world-renowned Umhlanga Pier, and see the Durban harbour from a whole different perspective. This is an experience that you and the kiddies are unlikely to forget. Check out Coastal Explorer Tours to book this amazing adventure.
3. Visit the Monkeys at Monkeyland Sanctuary
Take the family to visit the world’s first free roaming multi-specie primate sanctuary where you will get to enjoy a guided tour through Monkeyland’s 23-hectare hidden forest. Here you will discover capuchin monkeys, ringtail and black-and-white ruffed lemurs, buff-cheeked gibbons, spider monkeys, and more. The stunning forest boasts with countless natural wonders and the sanctuary has a secure parking lot, gift shop, children’s play area and a pizza restaurant sure to satisfy hungry bellies after your forest fun.
4. Go to Ushaka Marine World
What’s a holiday by the coast without a trip to Ushaka Marine World? This is an absolute must to add to your family’s itinerary. This world class entertainment theme park offers stunning aquariums, dolphin shows, shark feeds, seal and penguin viewings, fun waterslides, primate and reptile parks, restaurants, and state-of-the-art shopping. We recommend you try the unique culinary experience inside the popular Phantom ship – your meal will come with spectacular views of the shark tank which is sure to keep the kids locked at the table while you enjoy your meal in peace …need we say more?
5. Take in the Natural Beauty at the Japanese Gardens
Looking to do something different on your holiday? Only 8km outside of Umhlanga Rocks, this traditional Japanese-style garden will have the children feel as if they have entered a magical fairy world with its lily ponds, bridges over tiny creeks, flower beds, small waterfalls, and sculptures. The tot-lot will keep the kids entertained for hours while you are engulfed in beautiful greenery. This is the perfect place for a family picnic on days when it’s too windy to be on the beach.
6. Capture the moment at the Whalebone Pier
This architectural masterpiece is sure to capture your family holiday photo just right. The Whalebone Pier ends with a 7.5-metre cantilevered viewing platform where you and the kids can stand on the polymer-concrete gratings and look between your feet to see the sea rushing below. You might even spot a dolphin or two!
Looking to explore the treasures of Umhlanga? Experience luxury accommodation at a price your family can afford at the 3-star Premier Splendid Inn Umhlanga, situated high on Umhlanga Ridge, 5 minutes from the Gateway Shopping Centre and conveniently located 1.6km from Umhlanga Main Beach, Whalebone Pier and the promenade. (Bonus: it’s only a 30min drive to Ushaka Marine World too!)