The original concept of The Twilanga Retirement Village was initiated by the Borough of Umhlanga in 1974 and the association was formed in 1975. The land was then donated to the Borough by Natal Estates (now Tongaat Hulett).
In addition, the Rotary Club of Umhlanga was asked to assist in funding the project. They accepted the challenge and, assisted by the local Round Table and Lions Clubs via the original Umhlanga Festival, the funds were raised to finance the common property buildings (other than the Care Centre). The land is now leased from the City of Durban at a peppercorn rental and in 2013 will still have seventy seven years to run.