Umdloti is a small resort town that forms part of the Greater Durban Metropolitan Municipality. The name Mdloti is the Zulu word for a species of wild tobacco that grows here.
Umdloti, although still a small, peaceful town is situated ten kilometers north of Umhlanga Rocks. The town is split in two levels by an ancient, mature sand-dune, creating an upper and lower area of the town.
A natural rock pool by the beach creates a safe swimming area. Its southern boundary consists of natural, sub-tropical bush and sugar cane fields. To the north, the Umdloti River and estuary. To the West, it abuts natural bush and behind that, the Tongaat-Hulett Sugar’s Bellamont Estate.
Umdloti is famous for dolphins that swim very close to the beach early morning and July to November is a good time for whale watching when whales are often spotted from the beach.