Umhlanga Rocks Tourist Attractions

Umhlanga Rocks (pronounced Umshlanga) has many comfortable hotels, a variety of restaurants and large shopping centers. With long sandy beaches interrupted by stretches of rocky coast and protected by shark nets, Umhlanga Rocks is a popular but not unduly crowded bathing resort.

Natal Sharks Board

The facility offers a surround-sound multi-media presentation with special effects, shark dissections and a display hall with a large variety of lifelike replicas of sharks, fish and rays, including an 892kg/1,960lb great white shark.
Visitors who want to know more about sharks should look in at the Natal Sharks Board, a research institute established in 1964 on a hill 2km/1.25mi west of Umhlanga Rocks. As a result of its work the 250km/155mi long coast between Port Edward in the south and Zinkwazi in the north has now more than 400 nets protecting bathers against sharks.
Address: 1a Herrwood Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal 4320, South Africa

Gateway World

Apart from the 370 stores included in the Gateway World mall is a variety of sporting and entertainment attractions including 18 movie theaters (including IMAX), the world's highest indoor climbing rock, and a 4,000sq m/43,000sq ft skateboard park.
Address: 1 Palm Boulevard, Umhlanga Ridge New Town Centre, Box 1366, Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal 4320, South Africa

Wave House (Royal Palace of Youth Culture)

The Wave House is a youth-oriented 4,000 sq m/43,000 sq ft skate-board park with multiple skating areas. A simulated surf pool called the Flow Rider is included along with a live music stage featuring popular performers. Wave House is located in Gateway World, the largest mall in the southern hemisphere.
Address: 1 Palm Boulevard, Umhlanga Ridge New Town Centre, Box 1366, Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal 4320, South Africa

Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve

Immediately north of Umhlanga Rocks is the Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve, area 26ha/60ac. Various trails run through this area of wooded dunes with their rich bird life.

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