Property in Umhlali
Property in Umhlali
Umhlali reflects the epitome of charming colonial living and its main city streets boast beautiful old buildings that speak of a lovely, sugar town history. The town’s museum offers a glimpse into this past that is made up predominantly of sugar with its main attraction being the old locomotive that was used to transport sugar to the mill.
This quaint farming village is situated inland from popular seaside resort towns such as Salt Rock and Sheffield Beach and is a mere 50km from Durban. Its neighbour is the uber trendy Ballito Bay whose inhabitants flock to the Umhlali Country Club to play a few rounds of golf on the internationally designed golf course. The country club also has seven watering holes that attract a number of wild animals that populate the area such as zebra and antelope.
Umhlali is found along the Umhlali River which plays a large part in its name back when the town was established by Scottish and English settlers in 1850. The Umhlali River is also known as “the place of waiting” as settlers and inhabitants would have to wait along the banks of the river before crossing it. Umhlali is also the Zulu word for “Monkey Orange Tree” – these trees can be found in abundance all along the banks of the Umhlali River and are popular among baboons in the area.
The town also offers plenty of shops and since the area is predominantly a farming village, visitors and residents enjoy the Flag Animal Farm as well as horse riding and hiking trails. Much of this farmland is still for sale and the houses are sizeable on large plots.
Many of the houses can be found closer towards Salt Rock and Sheffield with fantastic views of the ocean, just like many of the houses found along the coastline in Durban. With ocean on the one side and sprawling farmland on the other, there isn’t much to complain about in Umhlali.
Locals enjoy the odd farmers market where produce is farm fresh. Home made goods are popular throughout the area and sold in many of the shops. This adds to the appeal of staying in the area, especially with families in search of a place with clean air and open spaces for children to play – an ideal place for kids to grow up.