The uMlalazi Tourism Office are situated in Eshowe and Mtunzini, it is the main tourism information centre but satellite kiosks, information boards and pamphlet stands are distributed throughout the region.
Visitumlalazi.com which is the heart of Zululand is the official website of the uMlalazi Tourism Association which promotes tourism in the uMlalazi Local Municipality.
uMlalazi – which is made up of the towns of Eshowe, Mtunzini and Gingindlovu, the villages of Amatikulu and Ntumeni, together with a considerable rural hinterland – covers one of the largest geographical areas of all municipalities in South Africa, with a total area of some 2 217 km3 and a population just short of 250 000.
It is a region of dramatic contrasts – not only in its landscape and history but also in the economic realities of its residents’ daily life.
More than 80% of uMlalazi residents earn less than R1 500 per month while only 2% earn more than R5 000 a month. Just over 2% have reached a tertiary level education while 30% have either no formal education or a basic education.
Almost 90% of the residents of uMlalazi depend on rivers, dams and springs for water – only 4% have access to piped domestic water.
When you’re in the area pop into our Umlalazi Tourism office which is conveniently situated within 1 km of the Mtunziini off-ramp from the N2. Here you will get to experience true Umlalazi hospitality as our friendly tourism officers tell you all about the hidden jewels that lie within our little piece of paradise- natural attractions; restaurants and pubs; accommodation facilities; events; cultural attractions and sporting facilities. You will also be able to view exquisite basketware; chat to the crafters who create this unique art form and- if you’re in the buying mood- you could even become the proud owner of some of their creations.
uMlalazi Municipality’s vision for the future is founded on the following three pillars:
To integrate the fragmented nature of community structures of local government under the apartheid years.
Access to all basic services, including water, sanitation, roads, electricity and social services.