Umhlanga Rocks (pronounced as Umshlanga) offers a variety of comfortable, star quality hotels, guest houses and other accommodation types, superb restaurants, large shopping centers and promises to keep the holidaymakers and tourists entertained through an interesting variety of world acclaimed attractions and activities. If you are visiting Umhlanga or surrounding areas in Kwazulu-Natal here is a list of the must-do, highly recommended attractions in and around Umhlanga Rocks:
- uShaka Marine World
uShaka Marine World a world-class tourist attraction, is the recreation of a 1920s cargo ship transformed into an entertaining marine world of a Sea World, an underground aquarium, dolphin and seal stadiums, a water park, a retail village, food and beverage outlets as well as sand and surf activities. Make a note in your holiday schedule that this is a not-to-be-missed!
- Natal Sharks Board
The Natal Sharks Board is a research institute established in 1964 located 2km west of Umhlanga Rocks. The facility offers surround-sound multimedia presentations, live shark dissections and a display hall showcasing replicas of sharks including an 892 kg white shark. The entrance fee for adults is R20.00 p/p and children under the age of 12 pay R12.00. Shark dissections are not included in this rate. The Natal Sharks Board is open from Tuesdays to Thursdays and Sundays.
- The Victoria Market
Known as the Indian market before 1973, is now called the Victoria Market after it was rebuilt after considerable fire damage. The market is an oriental mix of Africa and Orient and has about 180 stalls selling exotic spices, basketwork, wood articles, wood carvings, brassware, fish, meat, vegetables and fruits. The market is opens seven days a week till 18h00.
- Umgeni River Bird Park
The Umgeni River Bird Park is based on the northern bank of the Umgeni River with a network of paths running through the park for visitors to enjoy both indigenous and exotic bird species including Lories, cockatoos and aras. The Park is open seven days a week till 17h00. Entrance fee: Adults R25.00 and children R20.00.
- Croc World
Croc World is a crocodile breeding farm of over 2 000 crocodiles and snakes. A particular attraction is the glass tunnel for visitors to walk through and view the snakes. Visitors can also purchase crocodile meat at the restaurant on-site. Visit Croc World any day of the week between 09h00 and 17h00. Feeding takes place at 11h00 and 14h00 and on Sundays, 15h00.
But a holiday wouldn’t be perfect without the right accommodation. No.5 Casaplaya, a luxurious self-catering apartment situated on the beach next to the Umhlanga Hotel, gives you opportunity to not only enjoy the activities in Kwazulu-Natal but also the beauty of Umhlanga Rocks’ long sandy beaches and uninterrupted stretches of rocky coast. Make your booking now to avoid disappointment!