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Capetonians on Holiday in Umhlanga

2017-06-15. We hopped onto our FlySafair flight from Cape Town to Durban, with the 4 sprogs in tow. FlySafair were offering a kids fly free special (insane, I know), with 4 little ones in tow it was a no-brainer which airline to fly with. We were staying at Marine Terraces in Umhlanga, which is relatively close to King Shaka International Airport (a lot closer than the old airport).

Sunset at Umhlanga Rocks - panoramic

FlySafair have forged a strong partnership with First Car Rental, and wherever we looked there were First Car Rental adverts - we even got a R100 voucher reduce our next car hire with FCR - we had already booked with Bidvest Car Hire, but kept it handy for the next time we travel.

Voucher to get R100 off your First Car Rental costs if you fly with FlySafair

After landing, we picked up our VW Kombi at Bidvest Car Rental, and headed for Marine Terraces, which would serve as home for 3 nights. It's about a 5 minute walk to the beach. We spent the first day at the beach, on Umhlanga's golden sands. The beach opposite Marine Terraces isn't suitable for swimming, as there are rocks in the sea and a vicious backwash (it's well signposted that swimming isn't allowed); so we restricted ourselves to dipping our toes at the end of the wash, digging holes, building sandcastles, soaking up the sun and, of course, eating ice-cream. Our apartment didn't offer wifi - so be sure to check whether yours does, before you book.

Here's the view from the balcony of Marine Terraces:

View from balcony of flat 8 of Marine Terraces

Here's the pool at Marine Terraces. It's chlorinated and rather cool. There's a shallow end on the right (about knee-deep) which the kids enjoyed splashing around in.

Swimming pool at Marine Terraces

Front-on view of Marine Terraces:

Front-on view of Marine Terraces, with the pool in the foreground

Next to the pool is a braai area, with tables to sit at:

Braai area at Marine Terraces with table to sit at

The balcony had a table and a generous amount of space:

Balcony at Marine Terraces

Later we headed down to the Cabana Resort, ate some pizza and played in the rock pools. To be frank, for a family holiday the Cabana area is far better positioned than the Marine Terraces given its proximity to a safe swimming area and restaurants, and the only reasons I'd stay at Marine Terrances would be cost or if I didn't have kids and was looking for slightly more silence.

La Spiaggia Trattoria is a lovely little spot to eat pizza with the family (they did a table for 10 for us). Tip: if you're in a hurry eat inside the restaurant, as outside it's harder to keep in touch with your waiter.

La Spiaggia Trattoria in Umhlanga Rocks

One of the things to do in Umhlanga, is enjoy a walk along the beachfront:

Walkway alongisde Umhlanga Rocks' beachside

We walked towards the famous whale bone pier:

Pier at Umhlanga Rocks with lighthouse in the background

And of course it's obligatory to walk to the end of the pier (tip: try to prevent your 2-year-old from climbing over the edge!):

Pier with elephant tusks in Umhlanga

And if you've got kids like our, you've got to get onto the sand and play amongst the rocks, and dare each other to go further in:

3 boys standing on a rock and looking out to sea, in Umhlanga

It was getting dark, and we don't know the area well, and this is South Africa, so we reluctantly ended our adventures on the beaches.

Umhlanga in Short

Funsunzi in KZN gets no better than Umhlanga, which is situated to the north of Durban in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa. Umhlanga and nearby areas like Salt Rock have always been popular, but since Durban's Airport was moved from the south to the north (King Shaka International) they have boomed.

Stand-out hotels are:

  • The Oyster Box which was voted 10th best hotel in South Africa - foodies will love their high tea and curry buffet at lunchtime. After you've eaten go for a swim in the infinity pool, and enjoy the views of the beach.

  • Beverly Hills which was voted 8th Best Hotel in South Africa

  • Teremok Marine (Close to the sea, choose the milkwood suite, with its view over the sea from a private balcony and huge bedroom)

  • Manaar House (Fifteen minute walk to the beach, and 25m back up the hill, room 3 is the most peaceful).

Cabana Beach Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa

Panoramic of Umhlanga Rocks, with pier, at sunset

Here's a list of spots to stay in Umhlanga:

Oyster Box Hotel

2 Lighthouse Road
Umhlanga Rocks
Durban 4320
KwaZulu Natal Province
South Africa

info@oysterbox.co.za

www.redcarnationhotels.com

Tel: 031 514 5000

Three Cities Gateway Hotel

Corner Boulevard & Twighlight Drive, Gateway,
Umhlanga,
KwaZulu-Natal Province,
South Africa

info@thegatewayhotel.co.za

Tel : 031-536-9200

African Dreamz

97 Ridge Road, Umhlanga Rocks
4319
KwaZulu-Natal Province
South Africa

info@africandreamz.co.za

www.africandreamz.co.za

Tel : 031 562 8943

Fax: 0866 352 013

Beachside Guesthouse

24 Ypsilanti Avenue
Glenashley
Durban
KwaZulu Natal Province
South Africa

beachside@mweb.co.za

www.beachsideguesthouse.co.za

Tel: 031 562 9859
Cell : 082 781 7831

Beverly Hills Hotel

Lighthouse Road
Umhlanga rocks
Durban 4320
KwaZulu Natal Province
South Africa

beverlyhills.
reservations@tsogosun.com

Tel: 031 561 2211
Fax: 031 561 3711

Breakers Resort Hotel

88 Lagoon Drive
Umhlanga rocks
Durban 4320
KwaZulu Natal Province
South Africa

reservations@breakersresort.co.za

www.breakersresort.co.za

Tel: 031 561 2271
Fax: 031 561 2722

City Lodge Hotel Umhlanga Ridge

2 Palm Boulevard,
Umhlanga Ridge
Durban 4320
KwaZulu Natal Province
South Africa

clumhlanga.resv@citylodge.co.za

www.citylodge.co.za

Tel: 031 580 7000
Fax: 031 580 7001

Cabana Beach Resort

10 Lagoon Drive
Umhlanga Rocks
Durban 4320
KwaZulu Natal Province
South Africa

cabanabeach.
reservations@tsogosun.com

Tel: 031 561 2371
Fax: 031 561 3522

If you forgot to hire a car, no worries - there's an Avis-Budget kiosk at the Cabana Beach Resort:

Avis Budget car rental kiosk at the Cabana Beach Resort

Crooked Tree Bed & Breakfast

39 Hilken Drive
Durban 4320
KwaZulu Natal Province
South Africa

info@crookedtreecottage.co.za

www.crookedtreecottage.co.za

Tel: 031 561 5759
Fax: 086 6007567

Endless Horizons Hotel

108 Umhlanga Rocks
Umhlanga Ridge
Durban 4320
KwaZulu Natal Province
South Africa

info@endlesshorizons.co.za

www.endlesshorizons.co.za

Tel: 031 564 0360
Fax: 031 563 9387

Gateway Country Lodge

Gateway Country Lodge
3 Woodland Close
Prestondale
Umhlanga Rocks
4319
KwaZulu Natal
South Africa

info@gatewaycountrylodge.co.za

www.gatewaycountrylodge.co.za

Tel : 031 566 1206

Fax: 086 690 6480

Honey Pot Bed & Breakfast

11 Hilken Drive
Umhlanga Rocks
Durban 4320
KwaZulu Natal Province
South Africa

info@honeypotguesthouse.com

www.honeypotguesthouse.com

Tel: 031 561 3795
Fax: 031 561 2088

La Loggia Bed & Breakfast

57 Herrwood Dr,
Umhlanga Rocks
Durban 4320
KwaZulu Natal Province
South Africa

www.laloggia.co.za

Tel: 031 561 2411
Fax: 031 561 7560

Manaar House

Manaar House
16 Manaar Road
Umhlanga Rocks
KwaZulu-Natal Province
South Africa

hogie@iafrica.com

www.manaarhouse.co.za

Tel: 031-5617902

Fax: 031-5617336

Pearls Hotel

4 -6 Lagoon Drive
Umhlanga rocks
Durban 4320
KwaZulu Natal Province
South Africa

maritab@urbanhiphotels.com

www.urbanhiphotels.co.za

Tel: 087 808 6166

Protea Hotel Umhlanga

Protea Mall Cnr Lighthouse & Chartwell Drive
Umhlanga rocks
Durban 4320
KwaZulu Natal Province
South Africa

reservations@proteaumhlanga.co.za

www.proteahotels.com

Tel: 031 561 4413

Fax: 031 561 4564

Royal Palm Hotel

08 Palm Boulevard,
New Town Centre,
Umhlanga Ridge
Durban 4320
KwaZulu Natal Province
South Africa

info@royal-palm.co.za

www.threecities.co.za

Tel: 031 581 8000
Fax: 031 581 8002

Sandringham Bed & Breakfast

No. 8 SandringhamCourt
Umhlanga Rocks
Durban 4320
KwaZulu Natal Province
South Africa

mike@thesandringham.co.za

www.thesandringham.co.za

Tel: 031 561 3823
Fax: 031 5613823

Sylvan Grove Hotel

49 Sylvan Grove
Umhlanga Rocks
Durban 4320
KwaZulu Natal Province
South Africa

www.sylvangrove.co.za

Tel: 031 561 5137
Fax: 031 561 6698

Umhlanga Sands Lifestyle Resort

44 Lagoon Drive,
Umhlanga Rocks
Durban 4320
KwaZulu Natal Province
South Africa

umhlangasands.
reservations@tsogosun.com

Tel: 031 561 2323
Fax: 031 561 2333

For something a bit different, Umhlanga Ocean Charters offers Deep Sea Fishing & Boat Trips, launching from Granny's Pool. The deep sea fishing charters are on a 19ft YELD Cat, whilst the boat trips are on a 7.2m rubber duck.

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