The beauty of a holiday in Umhlanga is that it combines the best of most worlds. Nestled into one of South Africa's most beautiful coastlines, you're treated to wonderful waves for surfers, incredible coastal views, and nature's jungle-y encroachment wherever you look. At the same time, you're minutes form the world-class King Shaka International Airport and Africa's appropriately named mega-mall, Gateway Theatre of Shopping.
Even so, the wild is calling.
Aeons-old nature is on your doorstep. All it takes to immerse yourself is to take a walk on the wild side with a guided tour of Umhlanga's near-primordial lagoon land. Wooden board walks lend a Lord-of-the-Flies authenticity to your adventures as they lead you along the banks of the Ohlanga River. Buttressed by dunes many metres high, these dunes, grasslands and forests house hidden communities of indigenous fauna, from monkeys to small buck, incandescent butterflies and a profusion of bird life set to enchant even the least ardent bird watcher among us.
Start your escapade on the shore-hugging O'Connor Promenade, wending your way into the Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Trail. The trail leads through beach and lagoon wilderness, earning a growing reputation as a nature-lover's hideaway. Strategically placed benches and picnic spots allow the ambling adventurer a break from the pace, and a chance to stop and smell the – well, wildlife.
For the history buffs there's even a stone-age seashell midden lurking at the entrance of the lagoon.
Round your adventures off with a return to the convenience of modern luxuries at Anchor's Rest.
Umhlanga's upmarket luxury and first world convenience are right at home in our opulent serviced rooms, lending a feeling of elegance to your leisurely escape. Our lounge area is a tastefully decorated home from home, complete with a fully stocked bar to cater to your post-exploration requirements.
Soothing neutral hues are subtly complemented by shades of classic gold and warm umber. Large sliding doors invite you out onto the sheltered balcony, where deep-cushioned chairs offer the ideal spot to watch the sunset while sipping sundowners. Or slip into the pool for a refreshing dip on the languorous summer days beckoning holiday makers to Umhlanga.
The bar's wide screen TV keeps you connected to current events, or affords the opportunity to unwind with a relaxing movie if you prefer. It's the perfect end to a perfect day in Umhlanga.
As dusk settles in, head for bed in one of our comfortable rooms, fully-equipped with every convenience for the world traveller.