The little resort town of Umdloti is one of the vacation jewels of KwaZulu-Natal. It combines a laid-back vibe with gorgeous beaches, a stunning countryside, and plenty of fun for families that love the outdoors.
Here are some ideas for Umdloti visitors that want to make the most out of the sunshine and fresh air:
The Umdloti Beach Coastal Conservancy
Made up of three separate beaches, this conservancy celebrates the natural beauty of white sands, blue waters, and the jade-coloured coastal vegetation that is the natural habitat of so many species. The beaches here are Umdloti, Newsel and Selection beaches; which are all ideal for swimming and watersports. These are perfect for the balmy KZN climate.
The rest of the conservancy is the place to be for those who love the outdoors and adventure. Go cycling, hiking (or walking), quad-biking, and horse riding through the pretty countryside. There are loads of bird species here, as well as some small game. In the waters, there are dolphins that can often be seen surfing the waves or leaping out of the blue.
This is the most popular of the beaches along the Umdloti coastline and is excellent for swimming, snorkelling, SCUBA diving, surfing, and stand-up paddling; thanks to shark nets and lifeguards. This beach is 5km long and is home to a natural tidal pool, which is perfect for little ones that want to splash around without negotiating waves.
From the sandy shores, visitors should look out for dolphins and, during the latter half of the year, whales.
Outdoor enthusiasts with an appetite can enjoy delicious meals on the massive terrace that overlooks the Indian Ocean. Smell the sea spray and feel the warm sunshine on your shoulders as you indulge in some delicious fare, perfectly paired with a glass of South African wine. Italian-influenced seafood is the order of the day at Bel Punto in Umdloti.
Witness the Mount Moreland Swallows
Every evening between mid-October to mid-April, millions of tiny swallows soar and dip overhead in a silently display of unspoken choreography. They only dance in the skies over the Lake Victoria Wetlands for about half an hour before sunset, but spectators will not easily forget the fantastic show.
Conveniently situated on Umdloti Beach, SandBar is a tapas-style restaurant with moreish snacks, cold beers, and a nostalgic vibe. This is the perfect place to cool down and refresh yourself after a long day soaking up the sun and enjoying the waves.
See Umdloti and the Umhlanga coastline from new and exciting heights when you soar through the sky in a microlight. ComeFly is based here and invites visitors to see the whole Dolphin Coast; including its turquoise waters, sugarcane fields, Tugela River mouth, and the rolling hills.
Outdoorsy visitors are spoilt for choice in Umdloti.