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Umdloti is a small resort town located just a stones’ throw away from South Africa’s third largest metropolitan area, Durban. Technically the tiny holiday town forms part of the greater Durban municipal area yet the drive out of the city almost seems as if you are miles and miles from city life.
Umdloti is a town where sun, surf and pleasantries are the order of the day instead of busy city streets and people. Out of season the residents enjoy a quiet town atmosphere however, when holiday time arrives, the many holiday apartments along the beachfront are filled with holidaymakers looking for a bit of the same relaxation!
The holiday town is well situated, close to the bustling Umhalnga and Ballito, it gives one the option of perfect beach tranquillity as well as some nightlife. It is also only a short drive to the Sibaya Casino Complex.
Umdloti is a picturesque town and as expected, its’ blue flag beach is the main drawcard – think swimming, sunbathing, surfing, kite surfing, fishing, waves, whales and dolphins! The beachfront has many restaurants and shops and in some areas your fur friends are welcome on the beach during certain times of the day. It’s an ideal little town for both residents and holiday makers!
Accommodation on offer includes self-catering units, guest houses and bed and breakfasts.
Things to do and see
- Umdloti Beach
- Umdloti Coastal Conservancy
- Lake Victory Conservancy & the Mount Moreland Swallows
- Beachfront Restaurants
- Umhlanga Beach, 14 km
Umdloti receives approximately 965 mm of rain annually with significant rain falling throughout the year however the heaviest rainfall occurs during the summer months.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 16˚C and 32˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 11˚C and 24˚C.
There are daily flights into Durban’s King Shaka International Airport, approximately 10 km away via the N2. Car hire facilities are available at both Airports.
The town of Umdlo received its name after the English immigrants arrived and started naming places and rivers using Zulu names prefixed by “u”. Names included uMhlanga, uMvoti, uThukela and of course Umhloti which was changed to Umdloti some decades later.
The origin of the word is believed to have come from a Zulu name for the dried leaves of the exotic tobacco plant then mixed with dried leaves of the indigenous Aloe Thraski, which grows in abundance on the Umdloti Beachfront.
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