Umhlanga is the black tie event of holiday destinations in Kwazulu-Natal and has long been the realm of the well-heeled holidaymaker. This bustling seaside village has become synonymous with luxury accommodation and high-end activities. Excellent hotels line the beachfront and super glossy boutiques fill the streets while South Africas largest mall – Gateway, is also located here. Its not all glitz and glamour though, the beachfront Hawaan forest has remained a popular site for walking in nature amongst the suburban excess, and the whales still pass by en route to greener pastures, providing opportunities for exciting ocean bound sightings. Family friendly activities are easy to come by too, with animal farms, the Sharks Board, mountain biking amongst the sugar cane, beach entertainment and the nearby Sibaya casino with its fun-for-all-ages activities within easy reach. Located close to King Shaka airport, Umhlanga is a great stopover for both business and pleasure.