Gateway Theatre of Shopping in Umhlanga Ridge is the largest mall in Africa and was voted best shopping centre in the Daily News Your Choice Awards in both 2014 and 2015. Why is this? What is it that keeps locals and visitors to KZN’s North Coast flocking to this shopping and entertainment paradise?
The construction of Gateway changed Umhlanga Rocks – and more specifically, Umhlanga Ridge – and its surrounds drastically when it opened in September 2001 after a three year construction period. It is home to more than 400 stores including local South African retail brands, international brands such as Zara, Forever New, Cotton On, Superdry, Gant, and so much more! Gateway also features a Ster Kinekor cinema with 18 screens, an IMAX Theatre, Funtubbles Funfair (arcade games and rides for kids of all ages), Wavehouse, Electric Avenue bowling, Action Karting and much, much more!
Wavehouse is probably Gateway’s most iconic attraction. It is a water park which boasts two simulated waves known as Flow Riders. These waves combine elements of surfing, snowboarding, wakeboarding, and skating. They are perfect for beginners, and it is pretty safe as there are professional instructors on duty. Wavehouse also features seven waterslides to cool you down and keep that adrenaline flowing.
Gateway is also home to SA’s biggest skate park. This 4 000 m² park was designed by skating legend, Tony Hawk. You’ll also find the highest indoor climbing wall here. There’s a Concert Arena and boardrooms and function rooms for corporate events and parties, as well as bars and a restaurant with a great deck for viewing the action from above.
For an incredible day of shopping, entertainment, dining and the absolute best that Umhlanga has to offer, head up to the Ridge and enjoy Gateway Theatre of Shopping. For self-catering accommodation in Umghlanga Rocks, Casa Playa is an ideal choice. Contact us today to make a booking.