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Discover the Best of Umhlanga

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Our Guide to Umhlanga: Top Attractions, Culinary Hotspots, Nightlife, and More. Plus, Tips on Making Connections with the Locals and Finding Fun Recreational Activities

Welcome to Umhlanga! If you're planning to move to Umhlanga, congratulations on taking the first step towards a new adventure. While there are many things to think about before you leave, such as visas, housing, and transportation, it's important to remember that once you arrive, the fun really begins. In this article, we'll introduce you to some of the best sites, restaurants, and nightlife that Umhlanga has to offer, as well as provide tips on recreational activities and making friends in Umhlanga.

Umhlanga, a coastal town in South Africa, is a popular destination for both tourists and locals due to its beautiful beaches, vibrant atmosphere, and numerous attractions. Some of the most notable sites of interest in Umhlanga include:

1. Umhlanga Lighthouse: This iconic red and white lighthouse is a symbol of the town and a must-visit for tourists. It is located near the beach and offers stunning views of the Indian Ocean.

2. Umhlanga Beach: The pristine golden sands and warm waters of Umhlanga Beach make it a popular spot for sunbathing, swimming, and surfing. The beach is also home to a variety of restaurants and bars, making it a lively destination for both day and night.

3. Umhlanga Pier: This award-winning pier is a beautiful architectural marvel and a popular spot for fishing, strolling, and taking in the views of the ocean.

4. Umhlanga Rocks Promenade: This picturesque promenade stretches along the coastline, offering stunning views of the ocean and the town. It is perfect for a leisurely walk, jog, or bike ride.

5. Gateway Theatre of Shopping: One of the largest shopping centers in Africa, Gateway offers a wide range of shopping, dining, and entertainment options, including a cinema, a skate park, and an indoor climbing wall.

6. Hawaan Forest: This indigenous coastal forest is home to a variety of flora and fauna, making it a great destination for nature lovers. Guided walks are available to explore the forest and learn about its unique ecosystem.

The restaurant and nightlife scene in Umhlanga is diverse and vibrant, offering a wide range of options for both casual and fine dining. Some of the most popular restaurants and bars in Umhlanga include:

1. The Chefs' Table: This award-winning restaurant offers a fine dining experience with a focus on seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients. The menu changes regularly, ensuring a unique and memorable dining experience.

2. The Lighthouse Bar: Located at the Oyster Box Hotel, this iconic bar offers stunning views of the ocean and the Umhlanga Lighthouse. It is a popular spot for sundowners and serves a range of delicious cocktails and snacks.

3. Butcher Boys: This popular steakhouse offers a range of succulent steaks, as well as seafood and vegetarian options. The stylish interior and attentive service make it a favorite among locals and tourists alike.

4. The George: This trendy gastropub offers a relaxed atmosphere and a menu of delicious pub fare, including burgers, pizzas, and craft beers. The outdoor seating area is perfect for enjoying a meal or drink in the warm South African weather.

5. Little Havana: This Cuban-inspired restaurant and bar offers a lively atmosphere and a menu of delicious tapas, cocktails, and live music. It is a popular spot for a night out with friends or a romantic date.

Recreational activities in Umhlanga cater to a wide range of interests, from outdoor adventures to leisurely pursuits. Some popular activities and their locations include:

1. Surfing and swimming at Umhlanga Beach: The warm waters and consistent waves make Umhlanga Beach a popular spot for both beginner and experienced surfers. Swimming is also a popular activity, with lifeguards on duty to ensure safety.

2. Hiking and birdwatching at Hawaan Forest: Nature lovers can explore the indigenous coastal forest on guided walks, spotting a variety of bird species and learning about the unique ecosystem.

3. Golfing at Mount Edgecombe Country Club: This prestigious golf club offers two 18-hole championship courses, as well as a driving range and practice facilities. It is a popular destination for both local and visiting golfers.

4. Scuba diving and snorkeling at Aliwal Shoal: Located just off the coast of Umhlanga, Aliwal Shoal is a world-renowned dive site, home to a variety of marine life, including sharks, rays, and tropical fish. Dive centers in Umhlanga offer scuba diving and snorkeling trips to the shoal.

5. Cycling and jogging along the Umhlanga Rocks Promenade: The scenic promenade is a popular spot for leisurely walks, jogs, and bike rides, offering stunning views of the ocean and the town.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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