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Over recent years La Lucia has experienced unprecedented growth with numerous new apartment blocks being built to provide more accommodation in La Lucia Rocks. The development of the Umhlanga Ridge Business Park to the west of Umhlanga has seen many major companies choosing to locate themselves just a few minutes away from Umhlanga Rocks.
Despite all this development La Lucia has managed to maintain its laid back village atmosphere. It is this atmosphere that makes La Lucia one of the most exclusive tourist destinations on the KwaZulu Natal coastline.
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Umhlanga Rocks is a tropical paradise – a place where jaded city dwellers are guaranteed leisure and enjoyment. This premier resort has been dubbed the ‘Riviera’ of the North Coast for good reason: beaches that offer endless opportunities for sun-worshippers, great accommodation, and the Contine La lucia and Surrounding Areas Informational charm of outdoor restaurants in a laid-back village atmosphere.
A favourite with walkers and joggers, the popular O’Connor Promenade winds above the beach from Durban View Park to the Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve. Added to Umhlanga’s landmark Lighthouse is the award-winning pier with its unique ‘whalebone’ design.
Warm water and near-perfect weather all year round ensure that the main beach buzzes with pleasure-seekers. Umhlanga’s main beach has again been granted the international Blue Flag award for excellence for clean and safe beaches, and water that meets rigorous quality standards. Life guards are stationed at both Umhlanga main beach and Bronze beach. Shark nets run south from the Breakers resort, to just south of Granny’s Pool.
La lucia and Surrounding Areas exploring the rock pools at low tide, finding oysters and mussels, and watching the ski-boats launch from Granny’s Pool are some of the simple joys that this spot offers.
Umhlanga has 2 bathing beaches which are protected by shark nets and lifeguards. Main beach, as the name suggests, is the main bathing beach. Just to the north of Main beach is Bronze beach, the second bathing beach.
To the south of Main beach is a natural rock pool known as Granny’s pool which is where skiboats and other water craft launch from. The Umhlanga Lighthouse built in 1954, is possibly the most famous landmark in the area and is positioned to the south of Granny’s pool.
Umhlanga Rocks is situated 20km north of Durban which translates to a 20 minute journey by car “up” the coast. Looking down on the village from up on the ridge is the “Gateway Theatre of Shopping” Complex, one of the largest shopping complexes in Africa. Gateway has a total floor space of around 150 000m². Here Lalucia and Surrounding Areas you can enjoy an unequalled choice of shopping and recreational activities from fashion, food, technology and lifestyle to extreme sports.
For more tourist information about Umhlanga Rocks or for a full list of attractions and things to do and see in and around Umhlanga please see the Umhlanga Tourism
The rest of the Kwa-Zulu Natal province also boasts some stunning attractions such as the Drakensburg Mountains and the many game and safari parks scattered around the province which draw large numbers of tourists.
The best time of the year to plan a safari to the game parks is during the winter months when the grass is shortest which makes spotting the game a whole lot easier.
Hippo & Croc Boat Cruise: Two hour educational boat cruise on the Estuary to see hippos, crocs and birds. Cash bar and toilet facilities available onboard. This is something that has to be done while in St Lucia. Departure times vary however the cruises are every two hours , bear in mind that the late afternoon trip with the fantastic sunset is quite spectacular.
Hluhluwe / Imfolozi long known for its Save the Rhino Campaign as well as Zulu History is the oldest park in Africa , should you be in the area jump onto one of the game drive vehicles and go in search of the Big 5.The game rangers have numerous years experience and will ensure that you have fond memories of you’re safari.
Hluhluwe / Imfolozi Game Reserve: Full day or Half day tour
World Heritage Tour: Five diverse Ecosystems – bush , beach, wetlands, game viewing, hiking, snorkelling, and bird viewing. Lunch and refreshments is included.
Eastern Shores Excursion: Off road Wetlands tour. Sundowners at Catalina Bay – Spotlight night drive along the 4 x4 routes.
Night Drive: Open vehicle with two spotlights. Sightings often include chameleons, hippo, buffalo, leopard, etc.
Deep Sea fishing: We supply bait and tackle. Just bring your own food and drink, no alcohol. Fishing license required. All fish you catch is yours to keep.
Horse Riding: Beach rides, Game Rides and Combination of Beach and Game Rides.
Cultural Excursions: Go to one of the neighbouring villages , Zulu dancing shows , Sangomas , Story telling evenings this excursion is very educational and will most definitely be remembered.
Cape Vidal: Full or Half day this includes game viewing and snorkelling in a protected bay , with the warm Indian Ocean snorkelling occurs year round. In season ( Whales ) can be observed from the whale look out and theirs also always a chance that one may even spot a Leather back or Logger head turtle.
Whale Watching June to November see Humpback whales migrating. This is something never to be forgotten , this is a beach launch and if you have never experienced this it alone is something , all skippers and guides are qualified and this tour will leave you speechless.
Turtle Viewing the season starts in November and ends March for the best viewing of Turtles go on a Kosi Bay excursion organised through the Hostel , sightings virtually guaranteed.