Here is a list of things to do in and around Ballito if you are planning a day trip
Hluhluwe and iMfolozi Game Reserves covers some 96 000 ha and an immense diversity of fauna and flora occurs in this region.
A 2 hour drive from Ballito will bring you to 'Imfolozi' the heart of the Zulu Kingdom, the home of the BIG FIVE which includes White and Black Rhino, where wilderness trails take you along mighty rivers wandering through thorn savannah inhabited by the BIG 5 of Africa. Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park is the oldest game reserve in Africa proclaimed in 1895.
Imfolozi and Mpila Camp, the southern component of the park lies west of the town of Mtubatuba while Hluhluwe and Hilltop Camp make up the northern component of the park, found west of the town of Hluhluwe. The region is generally hot in summer, and mild to cool in winter, although cold spells do occur. Larger mammals to be seen include buffalo, blue wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, elephant, and large numbers of impala, waterbuck, common and mountain reedbuck, nyala, kudu, bushbuck, steenbuck, duiker, warthog, black rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and jackal. In excess of 320 species of birds have been recorded. There are a number of picnic sites and three self-guided walks providing magnificent views. Two daily walks in the company of a field ranger can be booked through the camp office.
Mkhuze is another 40 minutes further along the N2 situated east and between the town of Hluhluwe and Mkhuze.
A place of great beauty and high contrasts, Mkhuze is renowned as a mecca for bird lovers , with more than 420 bird species on record.
The reserve has an astonishing diversity of natural habitats, from the eastern slopes of the Lebombo mountains along its eastern boundary, to broad stretches of acacia savannah, swamps and a variety of woodlands and riverine forest.
Two beautiful pans, Nhlonhlela and Nsumo , lie in the north and east respectively, home to communities of hippo, crocodile, pinkbacked and white pelicans, as well as a diversity of ducks and geese which gather in spring. Situated in northern Zululand, this 40 000 hectare reserve was proclaimed a protected area in 1912.
Mkhuze Game Reserve constitutes the north western wetland of the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park . The Mkhuze River meanders along the reserve's northern and eastern boundrie's with a fine stretch of fig and yellow fever forest along its banks. . Other animals to be found in the reserve include black and white rhinoceros, elephant, giraffe, leopard, buffalo, nyala, blue wildebeest, bushpig, warthog, impala, kudu, duiker and other smaller antelope. Rare glimpses have occurring of cheetah, hyaena and suni.
The four hides in the reserve give visitors excellent opportunities for animal and bird sightings.
About an hour and a half drive from Ballito, you can enjoy a scenic tour of the Midland's Meander. It offers a great variety of activities, good value and excellent service at one of the many delightful places to eat.
It specialises in a diverse range of crafts as well as environmental and historical sights.
These can be found in northern KwaZulu-Natal. It is the largest concentration of battlefields in the southern hemisphere - these sights saw the clashes between Zulu warriors, Boers and the British soldiers.
While this trip is a valuable historical experience, you can also enjoy birdwatching, game drives and outdoor adventures like off-road trails, fly fishing etc.