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Experience the sun-kissed Dolphin Coastline, warm Indian Ocean water and laid-back beach vibe of Umhlanga − where every day is a summer holiday.

Located on the perpetually sunny north coast of KwaZulu-Natal, Umhlanga is the quintessential beach holiday destination for South Africans and international tourists alike. Just 16km from the vibrant city of Durban, Umhlanga invites everyone from families and honeymooners to backpackers and leisure seekers with its famous Golden Mile, friendly locals and year-round tropical weather.

The golden sandy beaches stretch northwards for more than 200km, providing plenty of opportunities for sea-side adventures. Ocean lovers can get wet with some awesome water sports including surfing, deep-sea fishing, whale watching, scuba diving, kite boarding and almost any other ocean-centred activity.

Back on land, golfers can work on their swing at one of many excellent golf courses all within a 15-minute drive of Umhlanga. Further inland, outdoor enthusiasts can explore the expansive sugarcane fields that lead into the rolling Valley of 1000 Hills, as well as the beautiful hidden valleys of Zululand. Take a walk on the wild side at Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve. Meander along boardwalks through lush coastal forest that cross the Ohlange River leading to the lagoon. You can even spot vervet monkeys, small buck, and many colourful birds along the way.

Shop up a storm at the impressive Gateway Theatre of Shopping where over ninety restaurants, more than 18 cinemas, 400 high-end stores, an indoor fun fair, arcade, tenpin bowling alley and a science theme park promise fun for the whole family.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, you’ll definitely want to tuck into some of the famous local cuisine. Spicy Durban curry is a staple of the area and well worth sampling. These curries can be extremely hot, so make sure to order yours the way you like. For a tasty snack on the go, try a delicious bunny chow made from a quarter loaf of bread hollowed out and filled with a curry of your choice.

If you’re into sun, surf, sand and fun, Durban is where you want to be.

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