Location: South Africa » Kwazulu Natal » Ballito

The coastal resort of Ballito Bay, often referred to as ‘ the heart of the Dolphin Coast’, lies nestled between rippling fields of Natal’s famous ‘Green Gold’ (Sugar cane) and is flanked to the east by golden beaches and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. The towns origins date back to 1953 when a group of entrepreneurs began investigating the possibility of developing a township in the Compensation Beach area. Proclaimed in 1954, Ballito, whose name was gleaned from a magazine advertisement meaning ‘Little Ball’, became a town board in 1966. The town, which reached borough status in 1986 is well known for it’s superb, safe beaches. For a small price of a licence, which can be purchased at the Natal Sharks Board, you can pick your own mussels off the rocks, collect oysters or bring in fresh crayfish from the Indian Ocean. Ballito’s friendly, village atmosphere is a welcome haven from the fast pace of big city life, yet it offers all the modern amenities and services to residents and holiday makers alike. Modern shopping centres cater for all your needs. There are busy supermarkets in three main shopping complexes, and a variety of specialist shops where you can buy clothes, gifts, books, trinkets and curious, electrical goods, hardware, furniture additions for your home, jewellery, cosmetics and medicine, and much more. You can have your hair done, and visit a beauty parlour, or shop for fresh produce at a farm stall. As in small towns, the hospitality of the shopkeepers will be remembered long after your visit to Ballito. Entertainment is a priority in Ballito too. Dance the night away to disco music, or take in one of the latest movies. Whether you are looking for a fancy dinner, slap up meal, a holiday snack or take away, there are restaurants and pubs to suit all occasions. Your taste buds could enjoy a trip around the world with restaurants catering for all types of cuisine from mouth watering seafood specialities, spicy Indian curries, Portuguese, Italian and Mexican dishes. One could also enjoy a typical pub grub meal and watch sport on the big screen in an English pub atmosphere. The beach, of course, is the main attraction for most visitors and the Dolphin Coast has a magnificent coastal stretch of golden beaches and sheltered coves to lure the sun lover. The Ballito inflatable boat clubhouse is also located here. Ballito is home to plenty of fishing spots which guarantee keen fishermen of at least a good bite and perhaps the catch of a lifetime. There are also numerous diving spots for the spear fishermen and beautiful reefs for the scuba diver. The Natal Sharks Board regularly patrols the beaches, both to assist anglers and also to ensure that restrictions are observed. A pamphlet explaining coastal fishing and regulations is available free of charge from the KZNNCS coastal offices or from the Dolphin Coast Publicity Association in Ballito. One can either soak up the sun or take a leisurely stroll along Ballito’s scenic beach front promenade. Breathe in the fresh sea air and feel the breeze on your face whilst taking in the natural beauty of the coastline on an easy 2,5 km walk. Accommodation in Ballito is difficult to fault. Apart from a luxury time share resort, there are many modern apartments and self catering units available. Choose a view of the rhythmic shore break, or peaceful green fields, or stay close to where the action is. The town also has a magnificent caravan park with large, tree shaded sites and an abundance of birdlife in the indigenous bush that surrounds it. Situated 50 m from the beach it has a superb location and is close to all amenities. The number of B&B and guest house accommodation offering visitors home from home hospitality is also on the increase. Overall Ballito is one of the most popular holiday destinations in South Africa, attracting thousands of visitors each year.


How to get there

Cape Town 1507 km, Durban 40 km, Harolds Johnson Nature Reserve 47 km, Hluhluwe 257 km, Johannesburg 660 km, Pongola 327 km, Richards Bay 147 km, Shakaland 115 km

Average Rainfall - 900 mm per year

Average Temperatures - Summer 24°c – 30°c; winter 20°c

Banks - Absa, Fnb, Nedbank, Perm, Standard

Rivers - Mzumkulu, Tugela, Umvoti


Morewood Memorial Gardens

While visiting the North Coast, take time to visit the Edmund Morewood Memorial. It is it appropriately situated amongst the rolling cane fields of Compensation, ten minutes from Ballito and is the site of South Africa’s first sugar mill. The garden commemorates the life of Sir Edmund Morewood, who grew the first commercial cane in South Africa and who was the founder of the South African sugar industry. When his first crop of sugar cane reached maturity in 1851, he produced the country’s first sugar in a primitive factory located on the site of the present day garden.


Shakaland is approximately an hour’s drive north of Ballito. Here you can take a step back in time and enter the world of Shaka, King of the Zulus. The Nandi Experience is a three hour day time adventure named in honour of Shaka’s mother, Nandi, and is not to be missed. Thrill to the spectacle of assegai – wielding impis welcoming you to their traditional home. Listen to the tales of ancient lore and legend. Discover the secrets of the sangoma. Watch traditional customs such as tribal dancing and the beer ceremony. Enjoy a full traditional Zulu lunch.



The beach, of course, is the main attraction for most visitors and the Dolphin Coast has a magnificent coastal stretch of golden beaches and sheltered coves to lure the sun lover. The main bathing beach, Willard Beach, provides safe swimming and qualified lifeguard on duty seven days a week and is also protected by shark nets. It has a fully equipped first aid station. Willard Beach is also a popular spot for the surfing and body boarding fraternity and competitions are organized regularly providing beach goers with the best moves and grooves on the waves. Lifeguards and shark nets are also provided at a second beach, Clarke Bay. Further South is the Ballito tidal pool, which caters for big and small with two different size pools. They are well maintained, kept clean and are home to a wide variety of sealife.

Dolphin Experience

The Dolphin Experience and Dive Centre offers boat rides on a 6 m rubber duck to view dolphins in their natural environment.



Maidstone Riding Club

Horse riding and livery. Maidstone Riding Club has first class facilities for horses and riders; spacious stables and paddocks; level grass and sand arenas for jumping and dressage; riding lessons for beginners; visiting instructors for show jumping and dressage; lunging and schooling of horses; beautiful outrides; regular shows; clubhouse with catering facilities; friendly social ambience. Just 10 min from Ballito. Visitors and new members welcome.

Accommodation in and around Ballito

Ridge Crest House    accommodation in Ballito
ON top of a rolling green hill, fringed by warm, welcoming beaches, lies the Dolphin Coast's best kept secret -... More

The Guesthouse    accommodation in Ballito
Overlooking the warm Indian Ocean, The Guesthouse offers gracious holiday accommodation in Ballito with warm hospitality. The central location of The Guesthouse makes i... More

The Vineyard on Ballito    accommodation in Ballito
Inspired by the distinctive beauty of the South African vineyards and the country’s rich viticulture, our luxurious guest house provides a friendly haven in the sea-side town of Ballito. Enjoy superb sundowner ocean views from the terrace, a pl... More

Fairmont - Zimbali Lodge    accommodation in Ballito
On KwaZulu-Natal’s Dolphin Coast, under an abundant forest canopy, you will find Zimbali—Zulu for “valley of flowers.” A sanctuary unlike any other in South Africa, this charming and unspoiled region is a nature lover’s ... More

Sak 'n Pak Guest House    accommodation in Ballito
Accomodation Sak 'n Pak Luxury Guesthouse boasts with a total of 8 exclusively designed and decorated units, two of which are elegant executive suites. These luxurio... More

Hotel Izulu    accommodation in Ballito
In a secluded tropical setting half an hour north of Durban on KwaZulu Natal s North Coast is a place where heaven has a name.A five star property with luxury all suite accommodation, year round sunshine, fine dining, immaculate yet personalized serv... More

Lalaria Lodge    accommodation in Ballito
Lalaria offers panoramic sea and coastal views. The spacious deck overlooking the beach is the ideal place for al fresco meals, drinks and dolphin spotting - which is an almost daily occurence! Whales are frequently sighted in season. Expe... More

Zuider Zee Guest House    accommodation in Ballito
Situated on South Africa’s eastern sea board, here you will find the Dolphin Coast, a glorious stretch of coast line, beaches and a panorama of waving sugar cane stretching across the malaria-free North Coast of Kwazulu Natal, from Umhlanga Roc... More

Kasia's Guesthouse    accommodation in Ballito
Situated just 200m from the beach, this fabulous guest house is set in a lush tropical garden, bordering a nature reserve. Bedrooms are stylish and comfortable, all with en-suite bathrooms. Each has a television and complimentary tea/coffee facilit... More

The Beach House - Salt Rock    accommodation in Ballito
This Mediterranean styled house is situated less than 200 meters from the beach in KwaZulu-Natal's North Coast. Durban is only 40 minutes to the South, while Zululand's world renowned Game and Marine Reserves are between two and three hours d... More

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