Umhlanga Local Information
Here is a little bit of background information on South Africa, and our region which we thought you might find useful or interesting.
Umhlanga Umhlanga is a Zulu name, meaning "Place of Reeds" as reeds were washed down to the beach from the Ohlanga River 3km north of the resort. The area was part of the coastal dune forest system where wild animals once roamed. In 1820 Umhlanga was divided into plots and it was an Irishman, Marcus McCausland, who played the leading role in the development of the village as a holiday resort. In 1923 he built the Victoria Hotel, which is now the Umhlanga Rocks Hotel. Situated in the northern part of Durban Metro, Umhlanga Rocks has developed into a prime up-market holiday resort with an array of luxury hotels, bed and breakfasts, excellent cuisine and unspoiled beaches.
There are 11 official languages in South Africa. The three languages commonly used in Kwa Zulu Natal are English, Afrikaans and Zulu.
Umhlanga Rocks is known for its subtropical climate throughout the year. Swimming can be enjoyed all year. Sea temperatures are warm with an average temperature of 24ºC in summer and 15ºC in winter.
Based on Rand (ZAR), consisting of 100 cents.
V.A.T / Tax Refund
Foreign visitors to South Africa are not exempt from paying VAT on goods purchased. VAT may be claimed back on items with a value of more than R250 when they are taken out of the country. Claims may be made at the airport, various harbours and customs offices on departure.
All major South African Banks have branches in the main Umhlanga Village. Hours are 09h00-15h30 (Mon-Fri) and 08h30-11h00 (Sat)
220/240v - 50
There are several shops located reasonably close to us who stock international adaptors for appliances should you require these. Please do ask us about this and we will gladly point you in the right direction.