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Ballito Tourism Information

Quick Facts: Ballito

  • Pretty coastal town north of Umhlanga in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Swimming:  relax and enjoy the sun and surf on the safe beaches with its warm waters of the Indian Ocean
  • Dolphin watching:  watch the Bottlenose dolphins that frequently surf the waves along the coast
  • Microlight School -  enjoy a flight and view the scenery from high up of the coast of Natal; learn to fly one – an instructor is on hand   (www.microlights.co.za)
  • Hotel Izulu (Relais & Chateaux)
  • Zimbali Lodge (five star)
  • Fairmont Zimbali Resort (five star)
  • Willard Beach
  • Clarke Bay
  • Salmon Bay
  • Thompson’s Bay
  • Prince’s Grant Golf Estate
  • Simbithi Country Club
  • Zimbali Country Club / Zimbali Lodge and Fairmont Zimbali Resort
  • Umhlali Country Club
  • Dolphin & Whale Watching
  • Scuba Diving
  • Quad Biking
  • Crocodile breeding farm
  • Many fine restaurants: Italian, French, Chinese and Portuguese ranging from family steakhouses to charming coffee shops
  • Camelot Health and Beauty Spa at Zimabli Lodge
  • Impilo Beauty Spa at Hotel Izulu, Ballito
  • Gateway Virgin Active

Distance to Airport: 22

Distance to City: 1

Introducing Ballito

The coastal town of Ballito in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, has a friendly village atmosphere and nestles 30 minutes north of Durban on the ocean known as the Dolphin Coast. Ballito and the neighbouring Salt Rock, extend for 6km along a coast which is well known for its beaches, rocky headlands and sheltered tidal pools alive with sea creatures.

Attractions and activities in and near Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa)

Beaches in Ballito

The beach in Ballito is the main attraction for most visitors to KwaZulu-Natal.  Durban's magnificent Dolphin Coast has a beautiful stretch of golden beaches and sheltered coves which are ideal for swimming, surfing and bodyboarding.

  • Willard Beach
  • Clarke Bay
  • Salmon Bay
  • Thompson’s Bay

Golfing in Ballito

South Africa's Dolphin Coast and its surrounding areas are home to some of the finest golfing turfs in the country.   These challenging golf courses are beautiful, with unique settings and breathtaking views.

  • Prince’s Grant Golf Estate
  • Simbithi Country Club
  • Zimbali Country Club / Zimbali Lodge and Fairmont Zimbali Resort
  • Umhlali Country Club

Nature and Wildlife in Ballito, Durban

Nature enthusiasts have the opportunity to enjoy the Dolphin Coast's wide and tropical range of flora and fauna at one of the many nature reserves, wildlife parks, hiking trails and picnic sites in the area.

  • Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Park
  • Harold Johnson Nature Reserve
  • Glenshaka Trail

Cultural Sites in and near Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal

The North Coast of Durban in South Africa is a hidden treasure of history and culture. Cultural and historical influences range from European, Indian to local Zulu. The region has an embattled past, ruled by some of the most respected and feared warrior chiefs. The many cultural dependants of the various role players of the region offer a unique and fascinating experience.

  • King Shaka
  • Heritage Route
  • Albert John Luthuli
  • Battlefields
  • Forts

Ballito Adventure Activities

For the more adventurous and thrill-seeking visitors, South Africa's Dolphin Coast offers many adventure activities. Swim with the dolphins in their own environment, take an educational boat tour of the Ocean Wilderness Trail from Salmon Bay, take an exciting low altitude flight over Ballito and the surrounding coast in a piloted microlight, or visit a nearby crocodile breeding farm.

  • Dolphin & Whale Watching
  • Scuba Diving
  • Quad Biking
  • Adventures Sky
  • Crocodile breeding farm

Restaurants in Ballito

Dine at one of Ballito's numerous wonderful restaurants is a great feast. There is a great variety of cuisine to choose from, including superb seafood, Italian, French and Portuguese, from family steakhouses to charming coffee shops.  Ballito is spoilt for choice when it comes to dining out on a wide variety of delicious cuisine. Whether you're in the mood for Italian, Chinese, or French any one of Ballito's wonderful restaurants and cosy coffee shops guarantee fine dining for any appetite.  From A La Carte restaurants, steakhouses and pub 'n grills, to coffee shops, cafés and takeaway outlets, you're sure to find a meal to satisfy any hunger.

Shopping in / near Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal

The Dolphin Coast is a great place to shop.  From the curios shops to the shopping malls, you are sure to find what you're looking for from a wide range of goods and services. You can also choose to see the latest movie at one of Ballito's two cinemas.

  • Lifestyle Centre
  • Contemporary Life

Ballito Sports

Whether you're in the mood for any of the exciting watersports on offer, a round of golf on one of the North Coasts supurb courses or a game of tennis or squash, many of the country clubs along the Dolphin Coast extend a warm welcome to visitors.

  • Surfing
  • Fishing
  • Umhlali Country Club

Ballito Wellness: health and beauty spas

South Africa's Dolphin Coast offers venues for your health, beauty and fitness needs. A full range of professional Spa and Health and Beauty services are available on the Dolphin Coast in salons set in exotic and relaxing surroundings.

  • Camelot Spa at Zimabli Lodge
  • Impilo Beauty Spa at Hotel Izulu
  • Gateway Virgin Active
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