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Ballito, Dolphin Coast

Ballito, Dolphin Coast

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In the heart of the Dolphin Coast, Ballito lies nestled between the fields of KwaZulu Natals famous Green Gold and is flanked to the east by golden beaches and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.

The waters off Ballito's Beach are the playground of the bottlenose dolphins, which frolic in the waters close to shore and are visible all year round. The dolphins favour this stretch of coastline because of it's relatively clear and shallow waters, allowing dolphins to swim close to shore in order to feed. Surveys of these waters suggest that they are frequented by a school of about 200 dolphins, which break up into smaller groups. Whales can also be spotted on their annual migration to Mozambique for the summer.

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The main swimming beach in Ballito is Willard Beach. Willard Beach has Blue Flag Status. It provides safe swimming with qualified life-guards seven days a week, and is protected with shark nets. It also has a fully equipped first aid station. Willard Beach is also a popular spot for surfing and body boarding.

Lifeguards and shark nets are provided at a second beach, Clarke Bay. Further south of Clarke Bay is the Ballito tidal pool which caters for the young and old. The pools are well maintained, clean and are home to a wide variety of sea life. Moving South is Salmon Bay, which is a launch area for watercraft. This beach is also popular with surfers. 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. Fishing licences can be purchased at any of the local post offices. Licences for mussels, oysters and crayfish can only be obtained from the Nature Conservation offices at 25 Stella Road, Umbilo in Durban (Telephone: 031 205 - 5278).

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average visitor rating: 5/5"Awesome spots for surfing here, really cool vibe in this holiday town. The water is nice and warm compared to Cape Town! Lekker ..." - Derick, Cape Town

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Ballito Lifestyle Centre

Ballito Lifestyle Centre, with its innovative layout and design, opened up a whole new retail experience to residents and visitors when it opened its doors in September 2003. We are proud to boast major retailers amongst our tenant mix including an award winning Superstar, Woolworths, Truworths ... more information

Dolphin Coast Beaches

Dolphin Coast offers visitors a combination of modern facilities at it's sun drenched seaside resorts in a lush, subtropical environment. The Dolphin Coast shoreline is an exciting blend of golden beaches and rock pools for safe bathing, surfing and scuba diving, rock and skiboat fishing, or just relaxing on the ... more information

Harold Johnson Nature Reserve

The Harold Johnson Nature Reserve is situated north of Ballito on the banks of the Tugela River and north of Zinkwazi. Fort Pearson and the Ultimatum Tree, both of which are national monuments, lie within the reserve. The Fort was built in 1878 on a bluff overlooking the Pont-crossing on the Tugela River. Both of ... more information

Natal Sharks Board

The only organisation of its kind in the world, the Natal Sharks Board protects beach users in KwaZulu Natal against shark attack with an extensive and effective network of shark nets that extend along 320 kilometres of coastline. The Natal Sharks Board is not only involved in preventing shark attacks, it also plays a ... more information

Umhlali Golf Course

Neighbouring on Ballito Bay, only 15 minutes North of Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlali, just 20 minutes drive north of Durban is a scenic undulating course in a tropical garden setting. Although not a very long course, the holes at Umhlali Golf Course are cleverly designed and varied, providing a fair golfing test ... more information

Zimbali Golf Course

Zimbali is well known for its stunning 18-hole golf course. It offers a challenging round of golf of world-class standards and stunning views. The Zimbali Golf Coastal Resort Course varies. Starting off with a coastal links feel, the course takes a dramatic turn through rough rolling wetlands and ends up in the Zimbali ... more information

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Things To Do in Ballito

The Tin Roof Restaurant

Where: Ballito
How much (per person): Price on request

The Tin Roof has gathered a reputation as being a dining experience with such finely tuned attention to detail. You will be assured to remem ... more information

Visit Crocodile Creek

Where: Ballito
How much (per person): Price on request

Crocodile Creek is located in KwaZulu Natal, and is home to some 9,000 crocodiles, as well as snakes, monkeys, alligators and leguaans. ... more information

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Restaurants in Ballito

Al Pescatore

Where: Ballito

As one of the Dolphin Coast’s favourite eateries, Al Pescatore continues after generations of success, earning its status as one of the area’s oldest restaurants too. Daily specials are part of th ... more information

Beira Alta

Where: Ballito

Beira Alto Ballito is situated conveniently within the Lifestyle Centre on the beachfront of this coastal town. It is only five minutes from the King Shaka International Airport. But, it is the excell ... more information

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Christmas Country Fair

Location: Ballito
Duration: 2 days

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event starts: 29 October 2014

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