Sport and Entertainment in Umdloti
Here is a list of the many sporting activities and entertainment opportunities available
in Umdloti with useful tips and links to web pages and pictures.
Beach on The Dolphin Coast (
There are three beautiful beaches in Umdloti: Newsel Beach and Selection Beach, beside South Beach Road and Umdloti Beach, beside North Beach Road. Simple? Umdloti Beach features a totally natural tidal pool with lifeguards on duty, by day, safe swimming for youngsters, and lots of ocean life to view in the rock pools, at low tide. On the other bank of the Umdloti river is nearby La Mercy Beach, which is a perfect place for those who like chill and play poker or chess with their friends because it is often quiet and secluded. If you are not too keen on the waves, further north, there is a huge tidal pool at Thompson’s Bay. To the south there is the vast expanse of beach at Umhlanga.
Dive Nautique: Safe trips out through the surf on rubber ducks: masks, snorkels and wet suits provided. Based in Umhlanga, 7kms from Umdloti.
Planet Dive Centre: Organises aquarium snorkelling at uShaka.
surfing opportunities from all three of the Umdloti beaches:
Dive Nautique; Provides charters to wrecks and reefs. Equipment rental and sales. PADI and NAUI certification courses. Based in Umhlanga, 7km from Umdloti.
Aqua Planet Dive Centre: Diving from
A range of fishing activities is available in the area from river fishing, shore and deep sea fishing. Shore fishing is very popular along the coast line, just bring your gear and check-out the locals. Specialist tour operators are also available:
Casea Charters: Boats equipped with GPS and Fish Finders. Top quality equipment. Game, reef and shark fishing. Fly-fishing. Based in Umhlanga.
Charters: Exclusive deep sea fishing trips for sharks, game fish, barracuda,
and marlin. Departures from
Zulu Safaris: Deep sea fishing, Dolphin viewing, Harbour Cruises.
Massage and Beauty Centre: A visit to the spa offers professional treatments
with the luxury of a tropical garden and views of the
There are a wide range of canoeing events, co-ordonated throughout the area. For up to date information for spectators and participants contact the KwaZulu Natal Canoe Union (KNCU) on firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit our whale and dolphin register to view reports of recent sightings of whales and dolphins off Umdloti. There are frequent seasonal sightings from the beaches, shoreline and restaurants and accommodation places in Umdloti. Specialist operators, who will take you out to sea, are also available.
African Queen. Sail with the dolphins in style aboard a cruising yacht. Departures from Durban Yacht harbour.
1. Guided Quad Trails
Fat Traxx: Off road quad/4x4 trails. Catering for groups, families and corporates. Based in Ballito, north of Umdloti. Trails around Umdloti are available.
Quad Trails: Off road quad/4x4 trails. Official Suzuki Quad
partner. Voted one of the top 10 trails in
Come Fly Microlights: Scenic coastal flights with qualified and
experienced instructors who share the freedom of the skys.
Umdloti is a popular destination for Kiteboarders, and the Umdloti Lagoon is often used as a ‘training pool’ with more sheltered conditions, for those building up their experience levels. Various schools operate in the area.
Aqua Air Kiteboarding Schools: Internationally certified instructors. Beginners to advanced courses. Organised Kiteboarding trips.
Mile High Parasail: Parasail from Umhlanga, a thrill to remember.
Unique opportunity to see the Audio-visual programme, and watch a real-life Shark dissection.
Beachwood Country Club (
Tel: (031) 313 1777
Tel: (032) 552 3255
Mount Edgecombe Golf Club
Golf Course Drive, Mount Edgecombe
Tel: (031) 539 5330
Golf Estate and Country Club
Tel: (032) 482 0005
Tel: (031) 309 1373
Tel: (032) 947 1181
Zimbali Country Club
Sibaya Casino and
Umdloti boasts several ‘informal’ opportunities for purchasing locally produced crafts. There is an informal craft market at the beginning of North beach Road, beside the beach. Local beadwork crafts are also available regularly – sold by the artists themselves.
There are several major shopping nodes in the area surrounding Umdloti, from Gateway, just 7kms away, to Umhlanga village, La Lucia Mall and Ballito Lifestyle centre, all just a little further away.
The Gateway Theatre of Shopping: is the largest shopping complex in the Southern Hemisphere, is only 7km away and houses cinemas, a Barnyard Theatre, an IMAX theatre, children's entertainment centre, skateboard park, wave riding, indoor rock climbing, etc. Together with numerous restaurants and shops