UMHLANGA SANDS RESORT

Weeks To Purchase: 

 

Week 14:

4 April - 11 April 2015

RED/PEAK - 4 sleeper

 R49 500
(Fluctuates in and out of Government School Holidays)

 

Week 25:

20 June - 27 June 2015

RED/PEAK- 6 sleeper

R30 300
(Fluctuates in and out of Government School Holidays)

 

Week 39:

27 September - 4 October 2014

RED/PEAK- 4 sleeper

R 27 300

(Fluctuates in and out of Government School Holidays)

 

 

 

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*Subject To Availability
*Updated on 01/8/2014

 

Umhlanga - Climate & History

Climate

The Durban / Umhlanga coastline enjoys a warm subtropical climate. Winter time (June to August) is wonderful, with temperatures ranging between 12 C at night (no need for air conditioning) and 23 C at lunch time, with blue skies and sunny days. Summers are hot and humid, particularly during the months of February and March, with temperatures reaching 30 C or higher.

Sea temperatures vary from 25 C in summer to 20 C in winter, which allows for comfortable year-round swimming, without the need for a wet suit to keep warm. The average rainfall for the year is in the order of 900mm, with the main precipitation taking place during spring and early summer and the least rainfall during the dryer autumn and winter months

A history of hospitality

The name 'Umhlanga' means 'place of reeds' in the Zulu language.

Originally home to San hunter-gatherers, the area south of the Tugela River (incorporating present-day Umhlanga) was later occupied by Nguni-speaking people who were unified under King Shaka in the early 1800s into the proud Zulu nation. The area came under British control soon after, becoming part of the large estate belonging to the great sugar magnate, Sir Marshall Campbell, who sailed to South Africa from Glasgow in 1850. Indian indentured labourers were brought in to work on the sugar estates in 1860, bringing with them a vibrant and colourful culture, giving the area its unique multicultural flavour.

In 1869, Umhlanga's first beach cottage was built on a rocky site overlooking the sea and in the true spirit of Umhlanga hospitality tea and scones were served to passers-by. The reflective roof of the cottage was also used as a beacon by passing ships' captains to navigate safely around Umhlanga's rocky headland. However, the cottage was converted into the Oyster Box hotel in the 1930s and in 1953 Umhlanga's distinctive red and white lighthouse was built to warn mariners away from the dangers of the rocks. The first hotel in Umhlanga was built in the 1920s by Virginia, daughter of Sir Marshall Campbell. Other hotels soon followed these two and the village of 'Umhlanga Rocks' became the most sought-after area for locals to visit during their holidays. The rest, as they say, is history.