is a residential, commercial and resort town north of Durban
on the coast of KwaZulu-Natal
, South Africa
. It is part of the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality
, created in 2000, which includes the greater Durban area. Commonly and erroneously pronounced Umshlanga
(the correct pronunciation
, of "hl"
in Umhlanga is similar to the Welsh "ll"
), the name means "place of reeds" in isiZulu
Umhlanga is named after the Ohlanga River
, which reaches the Indian Ocean
three kilometres north of the town.The Oyster Box
, a luxury hotel since the 1930s, was originally built as a beach cottage in 1869, before the town had even been founded.
In 1895, Sir Marshall Campbell
founded Umhlanga. The town's first hotel was established in 1920, followed by a shop, a lighthouse, the Natal Anti Shark Measures Board (today called the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board
) and further hotel developments.
The Borough of Umhlanga was formed in 1972 through the merger of Umhlanga Rocks, a seaside resort town, and the suburb of La Lucia
In the 1980s, development expanded inland.
Umhlanga, specifically the former sugarcane
fields of Umhlanga Ridge, has become the focus of development in the greater Durban area with many businesses relocating offices from central Durban... Read More