Things to do

Spoilt for choice of things to do.

Royal Palm Hotel and Apartments by BON Hotels is located in the centre of Palm Boulevard directly opposite the Gateway Theatre of Shopping on Umhlanga Ridge. Other nearby attractions include the beachfront that is a mere 2 minute drive away, Mangrove Swamps, Umhlanga Lighthouse, Hawaan Forests, and Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Trail. King Shaka International Airport is a 15-minute drive away.

The Royal Palm Gym, Spa, Health and Vitality Centre
Royal Palm Hotel and Apartments by BON Hotels is equipped with its very own Gym, Spa, Health and Vitality Centre. The workout centre is fully equipped with all the latest mod cons which includes treadmills, stationary bicycles, a weight machine, an elliptical machine and a yoga/Pilates studio.

Guests can also relax in the sauna room and take a refreshing shower after their workout.

Gateway Theatre of Shopping Centre – 50m
Gateway Theatre of Shopping is the ultimate fashion, entertainment and dining destination in Durban. With over 430+ stores, 70 eateries and a host of exciting entertainment, visitors are spoilt for choice!

KwaZulu-Natal Shark Board Maritime Centre of Excellence – 0.8km
Watch a spectacular audio-visual presentation, capturing, the drama of the ocean and the energy of the Sharks Board staff as they carry out their daily servicing of shark nets followed by a shark dissection. The centre also offers early morning boat tours and has a Shark Museum.

Umhlanga Main Beach – 1.9km
Umhlanga's main beach is one of the Zulu Kingdom's seven Blue Flag beaches.

Whalebone Pier and Promenade – 2,6km
Considerable attention to detail went into the pier’s design and manufacture. The pier is practical, durable and dramatic, while remaining people-friendly. These were some of the things that helped it earn engineering awards, as well as top billing in a list of the world’s most beautiful piers, compiled by the international broadcaster, CNN

Umhlanga Lighthouse – 2.6km
The Umhlanga Lighthouse was completed on November 24, 1954 and has since become an area landmark. The circular concrete tower, painted white with a red band at the top, stands 21m above the beach and has a focal plane height of 25m.

Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve – 4.2km
A small, scenic reserve preserving coastal forest. The remains of a Stone Age Sea shell midden can be seen at the lagoon mouth. The Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Trail is a delightful hour-and-a-half trail on a well-marked path. Wander through stunning coastal forest on boardwalks that cross the Ohlange River on its way to the lagoon, buttressed by dunes.

The Hawaan Forest - 4.2km
A unique indigenous woodland area that has remained in its natural state for centuries, this beautiful forest is characterised by many notable species of trees with tropical attributes. It supports a surprising number of animals and a great wealth of birds.

Beachwood Mangrove Nature Reserve – 7km
This 76-ha reserve can be found on the northern bank of the Umgeni River mouth, in Durban North. The Beachwood Mangroves Nature Reserve is home to White, Black and Red Mangroves.

Big Rush Big Swing – 12.1km
The Big Rush Big Swing has been officially named the world’s tallest swing by the Guinness Book of Records since 14 May 2011. Not your average swing, the aptly named Big Swing allows you to take the thrilling leap swinging out into a massive 220m arc where you soar into the centre of the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Durban Botanic Gardens – 14.9km
The Durban Botanic Gardens (Est. 1849) is currently Africa's oldest surviving botanic garden and remains a national and local City asset actively contributing to plant conservation and plant-based education.

Ushaka Marine World – 18.5km
Offering a world of entertainment, excitement, fun and uniqueness. Entertainment is non-stop, extending from the daytime operations of Sea World, Wet ‘n Wild, and uShaka Beach, to the night time festivities of the Village Walk.

Dive Sites
There are various dive sites in the area such as Fontao Wreck, T-Barge Wreck, Dolphin Reef, Fame Wreck and Lighthouse Reef.

 

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