uMhlanga Rocks, for many one of the most desirable coastal resorts in the world, is a town of two distinct halves. 'The village', as it is fondly known comprises the coastal strip from the lagoon in the North, Hawaan Forest in the West, and Marine Drive in the South. Out of season a relaxed peace pervades whilst during holiday times the village transforms into a buzzing destination, the epitome of fun, sun, sea. Restaurants of all types abound, and two international five star hotels and many new apartment blocks add to the distinctly upmarket feel of the area.

The Gateway/Newtown Centre area on the other hand embraces the concept of live, work, play with many apartment blocks catering for all tastes, lifestyles and budgets. The Gateway Theatre of Shopping with it's mix of boutique shops, entertainment malls and restaurants, adds further attraction to the area. 

uMhlanga being 10 minutes from the new King Shaka airport is also centrally placed for those wishing to visit the City of Durban attractions. From its humble beginnings uMhlanga has now become one of the prime holiday destinations in the country and features some of the best hotels, resorts and timeshare complexes to be found anywhere on the African continent. Every year millions of tourists and South Africans embark on a mini exodus from all over the country to come and relax in this delightful resort. 

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uMhlanga Area

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Outdoor activities

Outdoor activities

With 320 sunny days a year the emphasis of uMhlanga is on the beach and other outdoor activities such as jogging on the promenade which stretches all the way from the Breakers Resort on the Northern edge of Umhlanga, down to Durban View Park in the South, or walking in the beautiful indigenous Hawaan Forest. Umhlanga lagoon nature trails are delightful and there are lovely braai and picnic spots along a well-marked path.

Nightlife

Nightlife

A bustling night life is also on offer, with a variety of restaurants and upmarket clubs both in the village and at Gateway.

Beaches

Beaches

There are two main safe surfing beaches, patrolled by professional lifeguards. Adjacent the beach is 'Granny's pool' a sheltered bathing area between two rock formations that abounds in miniature sea-life.

Family fun

Family fun

Chris Saunders Park plays host to the monthly Wonder market and various concerts throughout the year. The Natal Sharks Board provides for an educational day out learning about marine life. The Wavehouse, skate park and Gateway Water Park provides endless hours of entertainment for the whole family.

Living in uMhlanga

Areas near to uMhlanga

Amanzimtoti, Ballito, Berea, Durban, Durban North, Hibberdene, Kokstad, La Lucia, Margate, Montclair, Mount Edgecombe, Newcastle, Pinetown, Port Edward, Port Shepstone, Richards Bay, Scottburgh and Pennington, The Midlands, Umdloti, Umtentweni, Underberg, Upper Highway,

Education

There are a host of options for scholars of all ages including pre-school, primary and high schools such as Umhlanga College and Crawford College within a 5km radius. There’s also a Varsity College campus.

Healthcare

Umhlanga Rocks residents are serviced by the facilities at the Umhlanga Hospital and Medical Centre. The Gateway Hospital, just off Herrwood Drive can also be reached with ease while Twilanga and Rolling Hills retirement villages both provide excellent housing and nursing care to an older community.

Shopping

At The Gateway Theatre of Shopping, one of the biggest malls in the Southern Hemisphere, you’ll find every shop imaginable, from food and fashion to entertainment and lifestyle shops. There are also a few smaller centres for your day to day goodies including The Umhlanga New Town Centre, The Crescent Shopping Centre and La Lucia Mall, just 10 minutes away.

Travel

Living in Umhlanga affords residents easy access to the N2 Highway as well as the scenic M4 which winds its way along the coast, connecting with ease to Durban’s CBD in 20 minutes and King Shaka Airport in just 10 minutes. 

Umhlanga Rocks

The North Durban strip spanning from Durban North, to La Lucia, Umhlanga and Umdloti is without question one of the most highly sought-after areas in KZN, and indeed the country. Our Pam Golding Properties research team has recently noted the hive of activity in this area, and indeed, cites this sector of the KZN coastline as one of the fastest growing areas in the country. With the recent release of land in the Sibaya precinct, the area is abuzz with local and international investors, developers and end-users all wanting a price of the action.

One of the reasons this coastal belt is expanding at such a pace is because of the multitude of mini-metros along the coast. For example, one can choose to live work and play in Durban North. Similarly, La Lucia is a self-sufficient hub with everything from commercial to retail to residential. Then of course, Umhlanga is fast becoming the Sandton of KZN as commercial players flock to the area, supported by a strong residential and development market. Finally, further along the coast to Umdloti, the promise of Sibaya has created a tremendous amount of hype and the intention is for this area to be a vibrant mix of commercial, retail and residential – resulting in convenient living par excellence.

The lifestyle offering in each of these mini-metros is extremely enticing, given the balmy climate, beautiful beaches and renowned shopping centres and restaurants. Umhlanga is a diverse area, hotting up with mixed use areas, commercial and retail hubs, traditional suburban pockets and a beachfront filled with apartment blocks and five star hotels. New Town, which is the Gateway area, has become a highly popular retail centre. In this area, the mixed use concept has been implemented and a lot of young buyers who work in the area have entered the market. Gateway is comprised of 96% sectional title and the average selling price of an apartment in Gateway is R900 000. Rental returns are good – a unit with two bedrooms that costs around R1 million will lease for between R6 000 and R 7 000 per month. Forty four percent of buyers in the area are between 18 and 35 years, indicating that this “urban” lifestyle suits young executives.

Umhlanga Rocks – which comprises of the beachfront, Lower Umhlanga and the Village area is perhaps the most-sought-after node in the area. Seventy eight percent of this area is under sectional title, with twenty two percent freehold. Most of the freehold homes sit in the Lower Umhlanga strip along the beach and in central Umhlanga. Apartment living spans the entire area and attracts a wide range of buyers from investors, to people wanting second-homes, to retirees and to executives. The average selling price for a sectional title unit in the area is R2,8 million; but sea-facing apartments fetch over R10 million depending on location, size and finishes. The average selling price for freestanding homes in the area is R5,8 million, which indicates that Umhlanga is one of the most popular and therefore most expensive areas in KZN.

Estates are being developed all over the area, with the growing need for security, and prices in the estates start from R4 million and exceed R10 million. We are busy with feasibility studies on four new estates soon to be launched in the area. Demand is high and developers are seizing the opportunity.

In closing, we are experiencing very exciting times in KZN with all the development and growth in this northern corridor. It seems with the new airport, commuters are flocking to the area because of its lifestyle offering and KZN is set to become Cape Town’s warmer, sunnier rival.

For example Camps Bay or Mauritius