Ballito is well-known for its superb, safe beaches and splendid surroundings. It has a friendly village-like atmosphere whilst still offering all the modern amenities and services. Situated 30 minutes north of Durban, Ballito is flanked by golden beaches and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.

Beaches

The golden beaches and clear waters of the Dolphin Coast are undoubtedly one of the biggest attractions in South Africa.

There is a wide range of tidal pools, sheltered coves, rock pools and exquisite swimming beaches to guarantee an incredible day of "fun in the sun".

Bask in the balmy waves of the Indian ocean or relax unconcerned on the crisp sands as your children play safely in the watchful eyes of professional life savers and protected by shark nets.

Golf

The Dolphin Coast, Ballito and surrounding areas, are home to some of the finest golfing turfs in South Africa. These magnificent golf courses are unique in setting, have incredible views and are sure to be both challenging and unforgettably beautiful.

A prime example is the nearby Mt Edgecombe Country Club offering two championship golf courses.

Wildlife and Nature

uShaka Marine world, 30km away in Durban, is a popular destination for adults and children alike and offers a wide variety of fun activities including the "Xpanda Shark Dive", "Ocean Walker", "Meet a Dolphin" and the "Snorkel Lagoon".

There is a multitude of beautiful nature reserves, wildlife parks, picnic sites and hiking trails along the Dolphin Coast. A popular destination is the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Park; the oldest game park in South Africa along with the nearby St Lucia Reserve.

Hluhluwe is set in the heart of Zululand where Zulu kings such as Dingiswayo and Shaka hunted and put in place the first conservation laws. It hosts Africa's "Big Five" animals (Elephant, Lion, Buffalo, Rhinoceros and Leopard) which flourish in this natural savannah.

Sports and Adventure

Ballito and the Dolphin Coast have many adventure activities to keep the thrill-seekers entertained. Why not consider one of the many activities at the uShaka Marine World and the uShaka beach? Or experiment with something a little more daring like microlite flights, hot air balloon rides, gyrocopter flights and even skydiving.

Activities range from visits to crocodile breeding farms; swimming with the dolphins; Quad-biking trails; boat tours of the Ocean Wilderness Trail; hiking trails, scuba diving, canoeing, sailing and surfing.

You can also enjoy a game of squash or tennis at one of the many country clubs along the Dolphin Coast – all sure to extend a warm welcome to visitors.

Dolphin and Whale Watching

There are several licensed operators on the North Coast who can take you out to sea to get a close up view of these beautiful and mysterious animals. Dolphin viewings are a near-daily occurrence, and Humpback and Southern Right Whales can regularly be seen from shore.

Their journey takes them north to breed off the coast of Mozambique during June and July. They can be seen returning in September and October to their feeding grounds in the southern ocean.

Knowledgeable tour guides will provide fascinating information about the marine life, including sharks, turtles and manta rays, to further enrich your experience.

Shopping, Restaurants and Nightlife

Ballito is spoilt for choice when it comes to dining out. Restaurants range from A La Cart, to Steakhouses, Pubs and Grills; and even cosy cafés and coffee shops. You'll be sure to you're sure to find a meal to satisfy any hunger and taste.

For those that enjoy the shopping experience, why not visit The Ballito Lifestyle Centre; one of the three incredible shopping centres nearby; which offers absolutely everything you could wish for; from clothing to food, numerous curio and craft shops and even cinemas. A caleidoscope of local arts and crafts can be found around every street corner.

The Sibaya Casino and Entertainment World is Durban's ultimate casino and hotel in KwaZulu-Natal.

Wellness & Spa's

Ballito; infused with serene beauty and tranquillity; is well-equipped to take care of your health, beauty and fitness needs. A full range of gyms, professional Spa's and Health and Beauty services are available.

The exclusive Willow Stream Spa is located right within the Fairmont Zimbali Resort and offers unrivalled facilities and promises relaxation and pampering of a world class standard. Contact them on 032 538 5000.

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