Activities in and Around Umhlanga
The deep warm waters off the coast of Umhlanga Rocks are a magnet
for scuba divers and snorkellers alike, where they will find the
marine equivalent of the Big5. For those less inclined in going to
those depths, there's endless opportunities for golf, microliting,
parasailing, windsurfing, tennis, wavesurfing, paddle skiing, body
boarding, beach fishing, lazing about in the sand, or simply shopping
at some of the finest shopping centres in the world.
Durban is a sophisticated African city with a European style infrastructure
right on the doorstep of Umhlanga Rocks, which has restaurants, cinemas,
pubs and night clubs, all at prices well below European levels.
Kwa Zulu Natal, home of the Zulu people, invites you to discover
its many and varied destinations, ranging from some of South Africa’s
best game reserves, where you can view its beautiful wildlife, including
the "Big 5", to the majestic Drakensberg mountain range
that was recently declared a World Heritage Site, or the Greater
St Lucia Wetlands Park with its unique 38 000 hectares of lake system,
which is also a World Heritage Site and offers some of the most diverse
wildlife and outdoor experiences in the country. All this within
a few hours drive of Anchor's Rest at Umhlanga Rocks
For soaking up the summer sun, there is no better holiday destination
than Anchor's Rest in Umhlanga Rocks near Durban. From the warm Indian
Ocean, sandy beaches and coral reefs, to the mangroves, forested
dunes, wetlands and estuaries, Kwa Zulu Natal plays host to them
all. "A world in one province" cannot be better reflected
than in this coastal paradise.
Kwa Zulu Natal. is a destination that offers a complete experience
from the Drakensberg mountains to beaches, bushveld to battlefields.
Travel to the spectacular Drakensberg with it's awe inspiring sheer
cliff faces, or the golden beaches of the warm Indian Ocean, from
the world-famous game reserves of Hluhluwe-Umfolozi where the white
rhino was saved from extinction, to the battlefields of Isandlwana
and Rorke's Drift where the glorious battles of the Zulu Empire were
Anchor’s Rest in Umhlanga Rocks is an excellent stopover
before driving north to the game reserves of Zululand or the Kruger
National Park or south to Port Elizabeth and the Garden Route.
All of the following activities can be organised directly with the service provider, please enquire at our reception.
- Night Drive - in an
open-top game vehicle accompanied by a park ranger, to search in
the beam of our powerful spotlight for the seldom-viewed nocturnal
birds and animals of the park such as nightjars, owls, genet and
- Walking Trail - view
South African flora and fauna, with a lodge ranger (2 hrs)
- DumaZulu Village - learn
about traditional Zulu life and arts and craft, including Zulu dancing
and sangoma (traditional healer) (half day)
- Lake St Lucia - boat
ride to see hippos and crocodiles on the magnificent St Lucia estuary,
a World Heritage site (2 hours)
- Shakaland - view the
reconstructed kraal of the great King Shaka and experience traditional
Zulu life (half day)
- Hluhluwe River - boat
ride to view game from the river (2 hrs)
- Hluhluwe River + Game Drive
+Bush BBQ - as a special treat to mark a special occasion!
- Cycling Trail - enjoy
some exercise by cycling in the area, with guide (2-hours)
- Birding - Zululand offers
an outstanding bird watching holiday in South Africa, with over
600 of South Africa's 900-odd bird species concentrated in this
area. Large flocks of flamingos, pelicans and other water birds
can be seen at Lake St Lucia all year round and Hluhluwe boasts
a large population of raptors. Species specific excursions available
to a variety of habitats including large lakes, mixed woodlands,
riparian forests, coastal and dune forests, riverine and evergreen
forests, marshes and floodplains. Viewing is generally the best
during the breeding season - Sept to early Dec (full day)
- Overnight Wilderness Trail - spend 4 nights in a basic tented wilderness camp with sleeping
bags and bush showers, accompanied by an armed ranger and his assistant.
Walk up to 6 hours per day. Minimum age 12 years.
- *Note: Availability
on these trails is limited and they need to be booked well in advance