One of the suburbs of Durban North is Glenashley, which along with Umhlanga and La Lucia has become one of the most sought-after places to live in Durban. The cosy suburb of Glenashley is located north of the Umgeni River and the Blue Lagoon, which serves as the finish line for the thrilling yearly Duzi Canoe Marathon. It is home to family homes and safe complexes, excellent schools, and a way of life that includes beaches, shopping centres, and sunny days.
The businessman who doesn’t want to stay in the city’s centre but needs quick access to the multinational corporations and businesses that have relocated north of Durban’s former Central Business District (downtown) to set up shop in the contemporary business parks with enviable coastal views will find Glenashley to be an excellent and quick commute. Another benefit of vacationing at Glenashley is that the Virginia Airport is almost right outside your door.
On the north bank of the Umgeni or Umgeni River, you are not far from the Beachwood Mangroves Nature Reserve. The area serves as both a natural sanctuary and a centre for environmental education. The black, red, and white mangrove swamp is a popular destination for school excursions because of its sea snails, creeping plants, and incredible birdlife, which, with any luck, includes the mangrove kingfisher and Natal nightjar.
If the beaches no longer appeal to you, the Sibaya and Suncoast casinos are both close enough for a day trip. Umhlanga’s Gateway retail mall offers hours of entertainment and shopping.