The Oyster Box


A KZN icon

Overlooking the famous Umhlanga lighthouse, a short way up the coast from Durban, The Oyster Box has long been one of the region’s most loved hotels.

Completely reimagined by new hotelier owners who first met here in the 1950s, it now boasts 86 rooms ranging up to expansive suites and villas combine charming nostalgia with modern luxuries.

Dining here has always been a highlight. For fine dining head to The Grill Room, whereas more relaxed bites can be enjoyed on the al fresco terrace and Palm Court. For something extra special, ask for the chef’s table experience. The hotel also features two swimming pools, a spa, three drinks venues and direct access to the beach.


At a glance

  • 86 rooms and suites

  • Three restaurants, three bars and wine cellar

  • Two swimming pools and fitness centre

  • Spa

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Since the Tollman family purchased The Oyster Box in 2007, sustainability has become a central pillar of the hotel's operations. From back-of-house innovations around water saving, energy efficiency and waste management, through to guest-facing programs that encourage environmental awareness and conservation, The Oyster Box has wholeheartedly embraced its responsibility to both sustainability and community upliftment.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

  • Unforgettable experiences

    Creating your trip is entirely collaborative and our Travel Researchers are here for every step.

  • Positive impact

    Curated sustainable experiences and accommodation that maximize the benefits to local people and place.

  • Fairness and transparency

    An open, competitive pricing structure that ensures more money goes to where it's needed in the destination.

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