Ballito and surrounding areas on the North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal.
Ballito is a vibrant seaside town on the North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Also known as the Dolphin Coast. It is in close proximity to Westbrook Beach, Durban's King Shaka International Airport to the south. Thompson's Bay, Chakas Rock, Salt Rock, Sheffield Beach, Umhlali, Tinley Manor, Blythedale Beach, Stanger and Zinkwazi Beach to the north. Flanked by the warm Indian Ocean to the east and green rolling hills of farm lands to the west.
Opportunities offered to Ballito's visitors and holiday makers are exciting and diverse - the enchanting locations are within easy reach, or you may choose to simply relax on the warm sandy beaches and soak up the east coast's sun.
With Ballito's many new bustling retail centres, sumptuous restaurants, fabulous beaches, breathtaking fairways, exhilarating cycle/running trails, wonderful wedding and conference venues, there is so much to look forward too.
It is not difficult to see why so many people enjoy holidaying, retiring to, or even buying a second home in Ballito or the surrounding area. Yet out of season things are not wrapped up in moth-balls and deserted, but rather the town is a vibrant hub with a hectic schedule of activities through-out the year.
Living in Ballito or the Dolphin Coast appeals to many, but in the past most have left this dream until their golden years, however with the relocation in recent years of many businesses from the Durban CBD northwards onto the Dolphin Coast, the development of an excellent infrastructure.
Durban's King Shaka International Airport is only 15 minutes away from Ballito.
World class hospitals in close proximity offering specialist care.
Excellent local schools are available in Ballito offering a variety of different curricula.
Energetic and scenic mountain bike and running trails.
Ballito has seen a boom in shopping and entertainment facilities. (Lifestyle Shopping Centre, Tiffany's Shopping Centre and the new Ballito Junction Regional Mall).
The North Coast has seen an increase in families moving into the area. This generation mix gives the town it's distinctly all-round "village" charm which sets it apart from most seaboard resort towns.
Ballito Bathing Beaches
Spectacular bathing beaches are a popular attraction. They are protected by shark nets which are checked daily by the Natal Sharks Board. Qualified life-guards are on duty to ensure bathers' safety.
Surfing & body boarding are popular activities at Salmon Bay, Clark Bay, Willard's Main Beach, Thompson Bay, Salt Rock and Tiffany’s Beach as they are renowned to offer great wave action.
For those that want to stroll and enjoy the sea views and other beach activities there is the very popular Ballito promenade of 2.6km snaking along the coastline from Willards Beach to Salmon Bay. One could cool down in the refreshing Clark Bay tidal pool if things get a little warm.
Willard beach is Ballito's main bathing and surfing beach. It is where the World famous Ballito Pro surfing festival presented by Billabong is held annually in June and July.
There are four popular surfing spots that the locals frequent on a regular basis and depending on the sea conditions at Willard Beach, they are from south to north Bog, Bathers, Surfers and Sunrise.
Lifeguards are on duty during normal beach going hours and there are shark nets installed and serviced by the Natal Sharks Board to protect the bathers and surfers.
Upmarket Ballito is thriving with the developments of Simbithi Eco-Estate, Zimbali Estate, Dunkirk, Brettenwood, as well as many other residential 'resort-style living' investments.
With land becoming increasingly scarce in the sister neighbourhood of Umhlanga Rocks, and King Shaka airport, South Africa's newest international airport, less than 12 minutes away between Verulem and Tongaat, together with the Dube Trade Port, the latest property "hot-spot" is right here!
To acquire your piece of Ballito or the surrounding area contact one of the many real estate agents in town. There are many areas to choose from, the more expensive beach or the more reasonable inland properties.
This is the very popular and scenic Ballito promenade snaking along the beach front for 2.6km from Willard Beach to Thompsons Bay.
From early morning to late evening you will find locals and visitors strolling, walking and excising along this pathway, or simple taking in the scenery by watching other beach front activities. There is also a good chance of seeing a school of dolphins surfing in the waves or a whale or two in the deeper water off backline.
If things get a little warm one could cool down at the Clarke Bay tidal pool.
Ballito's Willards Beach
Ballito Pro Surf Festival 2017
Ballito Pro Surf Festival presented by Billabong Brings World’s Best to Willards Beach Ballito from the 27 June - 9 July 2017.
The World Surf League’s top ranked performers will be joined by the cream of South Africa’s men, women and junior surfers for a 14 day festival of high performance action in the waves of Willard Beach in Ballito.
Ballito and the North Coast of KwaZulu Natal will welcoming 112 of the world’s top competing male surfers from over 20 different countries for the WSL Qualifying Series (QS) 10,000 rated event with a prize-pool of R3.4 million and the highest available ranking points on offer.
The QS1000 rated women’s event will also be back as well as the three day Billabong Junior Series which will include events for men and women aged 18 and under at Ballito.
Dubbed the biggest beach festival in Africa, the Ballito Pro includes three nights of free beach concerts featuring some of SA’s top artists as well as The epic beach festival including beach sports, extreme sports, daily live entertainment and a retail arena.