Planning your December beach holiday? Nothing beats Ballito’s brilliant offering and this seaside town comes with all the bells and whistles. It hasn’t been such a popular choice for so long for nothing, and holidaymakers from Gauteng – and all over actually – keep coming back for more Ballito magic. From the inviting warm water of the ocean to the pristine stretch of coastline and excellent services, eateries and interesting places to to visit – Ballito truly offers it all.

Ballito enjoys pride of place on the North Coast-shoreline, and here, you’ll be able to spot bottlenose dolphins all year round (which is in fact why the area is named the Dolphin Coast) – as well as whales, during their migration to Mozambique.

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When it comes to beaches, some of the top spots on offer in Ballito are:

Willard beach
– A firm favourite with the young crowd and families.
– Very popular with surfers and bodyboarders.
– Offers shark nets and a lifeguard seven days a week.

Thompson’s beach
– Picture-perfect with idyllic coves and fascinating lime rock formations.

Salt Rock beach
– Offering excellent conditions and waves for surfing.

Shaka’s Rock
– Boasting a tidal pool brimming with sea life.

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For the adventurous, this stretch of coastline has numerous pursuits on offer, such as microlight tours, kitesurfing, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing and mountain biking on the Holla Trails. The annual Ballito Pro international surfing competition is a highlight on the calendar.

For more leisurely options, you can head out to the Flag Animal Farm (a sanctuary to more than 1,000 rescued animals), the Ndlondlo Reptile Park and the fascinating King Shaka Heritage Route. The Ballito Junction Regional Mall is just the ticket for some laidback retail therapy – offering no less than 200 stores as well as exquisite restaurants.

Did you know?

• Ballito used to be a private township! It was established in 1954.
• It is less than 40 minutes from the King Shaka International Airport.
• This coastal town is nestled between Umhlanga in the south and Salt Rock and Shaka’s Rock in the north.

Where to stay:

Fairmont Zimbali Resort
The Vineyard on Ballito
Ballito Manor
Chantilly Resort
Hampshire Hotel
Coco De Mer

Best bites

Fiamma Grill: for meat-lovers
Mozambik Ballito: for sumptuous seafood
Al Pescatore: superlative Italian fare
Beira Alta: Portuguese cooking with an African twist
Zaras Cafe: continental-style meals
Beluga: Asian-style fine dining
Casa Bella: perfect wood-fired pizzas

Don’t miss this!

Harold Johnson Nature Reserve
Simbithi Golf Course
Zimbali Country Club
Ballito Helicopter Flips
Ballito Lifestyle Centre
King Shaka Heritage Route
Flag Animal Farm
Ballito Brewing Company (formerly known as The Great Railroad Brewing Company)

Resident’s view:

“I love escaping my big city life in Joburg and spending the holiday enjoying the beach, the warm water and the friendly atmosphere of Ballito.” – Jessica Daniels, holidaymaker

Words: Riekie Human | Images: Supplied

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