Ballito at a glance
One of the most desirable holiday locations in South Africa is undoubtedly Ballito, due to its vast enchanting beaches, luxury accommodation and a host of attractions and amenities. The coastal town, commonly referred to as the Dolphin Coast, lies in KwaZulu-Natal’s north coast and is 40 km’s away from Durban and 29.4 km’s from the King Shaka International Airport.
The Beaches of Ballito
The main reason for the town’s holiday allure is its eight beaches that have continuously attracted local holidaymakers and international tourists for several decades, even during eras when the area was largely undeveloped.
Top 8 beaches:
• Salt Rock Beach
• Chakas Rock
• Sheffield Beach & Christmas Bay
• Willard Beach
• Thompson Bay Beach
• Clarke Bay
• Salmon Bay
• Zimbali Beach
Like every great success story, early beginnings are modest and somewhat underwhelming, and in the case of Ballito, this rings entirely true. The town was established back in 1954, under the initial private ownership by the Glen Anil Development Corporation. By this time, Ballito stretched out along an area known as Compensation Beach, which encompassed Willard Beach, Clark Bay, Salmon Bay and Port Zimbali. Like most north coast suburbs, Ballito initially was a sugarcane farm. However, almost immediately, investors began realising it was an ideal holiday destination, and this gave rise to a wealth of hotels, lodges and chalets. Such a culture of leisure continued to grow exponentially, until the town once defined by its sugarcane plantations, transformed into the internationally recognised holiday destination we know and love today.
Available Accommodation in Ballito
With an appeal dating back to its inception, Ballito has perfected its holiday and leisure services through the decades. A quick internet search of the available places to stay during time-off from work or the school holidays will bring you to a selection of options that include some of the most prestigious hotels and lodges KZN has to offer. Some of these include:
• Fairmont Zimbali Resort/ Lodge
• Coco De Mer
• Hampshire Hotel
• Canelands Beach Club and Spa
• Villa Royale
• Bali Hai
• La Piroque (Westbrook)
• La Mer
• Cowrie Cove
Chas Everitt Holiday Rentals provides self-catering holiday apartments, complexes and cottages from most of the above mentioned places. At the touch of a button, you can view and inquire about your preferred accommodation, with prices starting from approximately R650 per night. The majority of units available have direct access to the beaches of Ballito, some of which include Clark Bay Beach, Salt Rock main beach, Willard Beach and Thompson’s Bay.
This list is due to grow as the coastal town is currently experiencing a burgeoning tourism market that is expected to see the establishment of many new self-catering holiday homes available on Chas Everitt Holiday Rentals.
Directly in line with booming tourism, the residential market is also growing quite remarkably as a wealth of new residential developments take hold. Currently, the most famous property type in the area is secure and gated estates, with the most renowned being Zimbali and Simbithi Eco Estate. The rising residential market will have a knock-on effect on the number of holiday homes available as more homeowners are choosing to invest in property strictly for holiday-letting purposes owing to the lucrative tourism market.
Activities and attractions in Ballito
Looking for the best way to experience the sheer beauty of Ballito? Then there is no better way than by foot. Leisurely walk along The Ballito Promenade which is strategically immersed in Ballito’s breath-taking scenery. Thompson’s Bay “Hole in the wall” between Ballito and Salt Rock is easy to get to with lovely walks and scenery, ideal for low-tide conditions. For those who seek more of an adventure, there is an option to hike along the trail. The boardwalk is ideally positioned to greet friendly dolphins who enthusiastically rise to the shallow surface in search of treats. Dolphins are not the only exquisite mammals visitors are likely to see, as during the whale season sightings of the Giant Humpback and Southern Right whales are very common.
Ballito Helicopter Tours
Another way to truly experience and feel the real Ballito is through adrenaline pumping helicopter flips, tours and routes. Located in Imbonini Industrial Park, 36-minutes from Ballito and conducted by BAC, these helicopter rides are customised to suit budget, time availability and preferences. Some of the helicopter routes include briskly flying through a myriad of KZN’s finest game reserves and beaches, and Africa’s busiest port. This experience is also ideal for couples who want to infuse a burst of romance into their Ballito getaway as the helicopters also fly over natural attractions, such as the Drakensberg Mountain Range, Monk’s Cowl and Mkuze Falls. Those looking for something historical and educational, can choose tours that fly-over battlefields.
Flag Animal Farm
A holiday in Ballito is not only ideal for couples, but families as well. Lying just 5-minutes away from the town’s city centre sits the Flag Animal Farm. It offers picnic and braai areas, playgrounds for children and a tea garden with light meals. Children can learn how to milk cows, go on pony rides, and feed chickens; ducks; rabbits; sheep and many other tame animals.
The Litchi Orchard
The Ballito night market, known as the Litchi Orchard is a must see when in the area as it emanates the authentic culture of the Dolphin Coast. The vibe of the market is rustic, warm and welcoming - and makes for a memorable evening out. Held monthly, on the last Friday of each month, it promises the finest foods and drinks; handmade art and craft and soothing live music.
Like all holiday destinations, good restaurants are a key requirement to keep tourists happy, and it is for this reason that Ballito has some of the very best restaurants KZN has to offer, including:
• Mo-Zam-Bik Restaurant
• Al Pescatore Italian Restaurant
• Fiamma Grill
• Mamma G’s
• Gianni’s Restorante
• Zaras Cafe
• Beira Alta
• Impulse by the Sea – Tinley Manor
• Eat Local
Ballito’s main shopping malls have undergone major renovations as a response to a growing professional urban populace who demand high-quality amenities that meet their regular requirements. These malls include:
• The Ballito Lifestyle Centre
• Ballito Junction Regional Mall
• The Ballito Bay Mall
Hospitals and medi-clinics
Choosing a holiday destination also requires careful thought of health-care facilities in the case of an emergency. Professional health-care with only the best service gives one incredible peace of mind and ensures that you (and your family) are adequately taken care of, in any situation. The following hospitals in Ballito will ensure that all your medical needs are met:
• Netcare Alberlito Hospital
• Ballito Clinic
• Clinicare Medical Centre
• Ballito Medical Centre
Ballito is synonymous with the holiday-spirit, and through the years has honed its tourism allure through exceptional accommodation, attractions, activities and amenities. If the area is your next destination to spend your time-off, rest assured that Chas Everitt Holiday Rentals has you covered with only the best self-catering holiday apartments, cottages and lodges the north coast has to offer.