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Snakepharm: Researching Antivenom

Hluhluwe, and Zululand in general, is home to some of the most varied landscape, ecology and wildlife on the East Coast of South Africa. It is also the base for Snakepharm, an NPO that is researching interesting new antivenom products and methods. Donald Schultz is a herpetologist who works for Snakepharm. He was born and…

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Umhlanga Tourism Members Can Visit Monkeyland

Lara Mostert of Monkeyland KZN reported that the organisation, which is new to KZN, cannot function at 100% as they are not yet allowed to take members of the public on ‘monkey safaris’ for a fee.  Until they are, they can offer free ‘monkey safaris’ to the trade. This means that anyone who works in…

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Wacky Waitronathon Closes the Umhlanga Tourism Summer Festival

The Umhlanga Tourism Summer Festival 2018 finished on Sunday 23 December in wacky style with a loopy new activation: the Waitronathon. The Waitronathon was a beach obstacle race for waitrons in the Umhlanga area with prizes for first, second and third place. Participants, winners and organisers were delighted with the fun spectacle and they feel…

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Culture Shines at the Umhlanga Tourism Summer Festival

Thanks to the Department of Arts & Culture the Umhlanga Tourism Summer Festival of 2018 hosted two surprise entertainment pieces: Young Mbazo on Reconciliation Day 16 December, and The Linda Vargas Flamenco Dancy Company on Monday 17 December. Young Mbazo – get this – are the grandchildren of musician Joseph Shabalala, founder of the hugely…

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Miss Umhlanga 2018 is a Winner

Umhlanga Main Beach was hot and happening on Monday 17 December when dozens of beautiful girls took part in the tenth Miss Umhlanga Beauty pageant. With the ocean and sand as a backdrop, and a breeze to cool the 30-degree sunshine, the competition was fun and relaxed. Beachgoers pulled up their deckchairs and enjoyed watching…

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Beach Fun at the Umhlanga Summer Festival 2018

The annual Umhlanga Summer Festival brings loads of family-centred holiday activities to Umhlanga for the 2018 festive season for visitors and locals alike, from 14 to 23 December. Understanding that the season is about goodwill, family and community, the theme for this year’s festival is It’s Cool to Care – with all aspects of the…

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Miss Umhlanga Beauty Pageant Summer 2018

The tenth Miss Umhlanga Beauty Pageant will take place on Monday 17 December 2018 on Umhlanga Main Beach, as one of the highlights of the Umhlanga Summer Festival programme. Registration is from 10.30am on the Millennium Stage, Main Beach, and the competition will run from 12 noon until 2pm. Winners will be crowned on the…

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It’s Cool to Care

The Umhlanga Tourism Summer Festival 2018 is just around the corner and this year’s theme is: Cool to Care. The popular Umhlanga Tourism Summer Festival will this year feature old favourites such as the Miss Umhlanga Beauty Pageant, Carols Under the Stars, and 10 days of beach fun. There will also be a relatively new…

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Charming Farmers’ Market in Umhlanga

Did you know that tucked away on an open piece of ground in the busy precinct of Umhlanga Ridge is the Umhlanga Farmers’ Market? The market, depending on which stallholder we spoke to, has been in existence for 20 to 25 years. It convenes every Wednesday from 8am to 12pm in Autumn Drive, Prestondale (next…

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Umhlanga Tourism Festival Host is a Winner

Kevin Ellis is a champion! Pinetown-boy Kevin returned to South Africa as the reigning European and World, doubles and singles champion after competing in the 2018 World Dance Masters competition in Blackpool, England in August, and the European competition in Dublin, Ireland in March. His partner in the doubles category was Robyn Beck. Kevin’s speciality…

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SA Agulhas 2 Open Day Sends a Message

On Oceans Day 9 June this year South Africa’s SA Agulhas 2 was opened to the public in Durban. Groups of people were taken through this beautifully maintained ship, shown its different areas, and told how scientific research on the ship takes place. Onboard laboratories were used by scientists to conduct marine, environmental, biological and…

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Looking for Miss Beach Babe

Girls, it’s Miss Beach Babe time! As part of the Umhlanga Tourism Easter Festival a fun beauty pageant for girls will be held on Easter Saturday 31 March at Main Beach, Umhlanga. So, don your bikinis and get down to the Millennium stage at 11am for registration, 12pm to 2pm for the competition. Sashes, tiaras…

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The Oyster Box embraces buckets of rubbish & says ‘NO’ to straws

Plastic seems to be in everything and almost impossible to avoid these days. But with the advent of social media awareness around the ills of single-use plastic growing daily, various initiatives such as #refusethestraw, #plasticpollution and #singleuseplastics, have galvanised the public into using their voices and purchasing power to stamp out its gratuitous use. Umhlanga…

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It’s Almost Easter Festival Time!

We have egg-citing news: it’s almost time for the Umhlanga Tourism Easter Festival! So hop along to the eggstravaganza being held on Easter weekend, Friday to Monday 30 and 31 March, 1 and 2 April, at the Millennium Stage, Main Beach, Umhlanga. Kids will be kept EXtremely busy with a host of EXciting activities like…

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Honour Humphrey with a Big Walk

Humphrey, the friendly Umhlanga Tourism ambassador, will be stretching his legs to raise funds for the SPCA. Join him on 25 March 2018 on the Umhlanga Promenade at 6.30am for an easy 5km walk and make a difference for animals in our community. The ‘Honouring Humphrey Big Walk’ sets off from the pier and the…

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It’s Almost Umhlanga Festival Time!

BY UMHLANGA TOURISM · PUBLISHED 5TH OCTOBER 2017 · UPDATED 3RD OCTOBER 2017 As the weather warms up little by little, work behind the scenes is increasing in intensity. Beach games, Christmas functions, beauty parades and sporting challenges all form part of the 2017 festivities. So, get out the suntan lotion, dust off your running…

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Gill Fordyce: A Parkrun Legend

BY UMHLANGA TOURISM · 4TH AUGUST 2017 In honour of Women’s Month… Every weekend, across the planet, whether at a local park, on a beach, a promenade or other accessible venue out in nature, runners and walkers line up for a distance that almost anyone can complete – the beautiful 5km run. It costs them…

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There’s something about sport…

Sport, recreation and the arts have the capacity to unite people. Take the latest Umhlanga Trail Run as an example. Top runners along with first-time trail runners participated in the winter trail run held earlier this month at Sibaya Casino. And enjoyed it. Runners young and old, competitive and casual, long distance (18km) and short…

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Umhlanga Trail Run and Walk | Sunday 2 July 2017

Starts at 6:30am at the Sibaya Casino entrance car park 6k, 12k and 18k Finish and prize giving at the Sibaya Casino entrance car park after each race. Please note that a breakfast is included in the price and there will be a lucky draw after the final prize giving. Pre register on the ROAG…