Adventures - Land, Sea and Sky!_____________________________________________________________________________
Umhlanga Rocks enjoys a warm sub-tropical climate all year round with mild temperatures between 19 C and 26 C between winter and summer. Fishing, both from ski-boat and the shore, is popular. Various establishments, including the Natal Sharks Board, offer whale and dolphin viewing trips. There are skiboat launches at both Umhlanga and Umdloti and skiboat fishing competitions are held regularly in the area.
Wave surfing and kite surfing are popular along this stretch of coast. Kite surfers practice regularly at Tekwini Beach, on the north side of Durban. Surfers and body-boarders get good waves at the Umhlanga beach breaks, while Umdloti offers a few challenging beach and point breaks.
Just south of Umhlanga is Virginia Airport, where you can take coast and inland sightseeing
Hazelmere Dam and Resort is a water sport Mecca for those who love water sports and fishing. An outing to the shady picnic spots on the water's edge will also reward you with sightings of zebra, wildebeest and many birds and butterflies. Contact 032 533 2315.
Rafting in an inflatable 2 man canoe (called Crocs), is adventurous & fun ! The challenge of negotiating the twist and turns in the river, and the rapids, whilst enjoying the astonishing views in the Umkomaas river valley, just 1 ½ hour from Durban. We cover 14kms of class 2 to class 4 rapids, over a 3 - 5 hour period.
Deep-sea, rock and shore angling are some of the major attractions of the Umhlanga coastline, offering some of the finest fishing in the province. However, over-fishing has forced the authorities to enforce strict regulations to preserve many threatened species.
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and the national Department of the Environmental Affairs and Tourism, are responsible for policing the new laws that require that anyone harvesting any marine resource, including all linefishing, has a permit to do so. Taking any inter-tidal resources, such as live shells, mussels and oysters, also requires a special permit. ( www.rhino.org.za )
Deep-sea charter owners and bait and fishing equipment retailers can provide specific information on permitted catch numbers and sizes.
Permits may be obtained by writing to the Kwazulu Natal Marine Permits Office, Private Bag X15, Congella, 4013. Contact 031-274 1150 (Commercial); 031-205 5278 (Fishing).
National permits are also available from all S.A. Post Office outlets.
Deep Sea Fishing