Coastal holidays are all about beaches and we have some of the finest on the coast. From fun activities to lazing and relaxing on the sandy stretches we have a beach to satisfy the entire family, each with its
own unique features.
Always alive with colour and awash with a hive of activity. Lined with restaurants for everyone’s pallet including Hops, Gianni’s, Milk Café, Al Pescatore, Galley, Fiamma Grill and Franco’s. The adjacent beach precinct has a swanky nightlife culture. Close by is Salmon Bay, a favourite with surfers, surf and deep sea anglers. 5FM continues to host the Ballito New Year’s Eve Street Party here, too!
Home to the famous ‘Granny’s Pool’, (quite a few school galas are held here!) Thompson’s Bay boasts the renowned ‘Hole-In-The-Wall’, a unique rock formation that is a firm favourite for photo shoots and a trove of rock formations that are out of this world.
Also a great family spot, just across from the Salt Rock Library – so you can grab a good book before heading down to the beach. Salt Rock is privileged to host the annual free music concerts during the Pro surfing festival, where the cream of South Africa’s music scene play to swelling crowds.
This intimate and hugely popular beach is blessed with a glorious tidal pool (with corals) and is teeming with exotic sealife that can be explored by guided or unguided snorkeling during night or day.
Snorkelling is popular in the shallow rockpools and the relaxed atmosphere is a perfect chill zone.The lagoon is popular with jet skis and fishermen.
Ballito’s main bathing beach and the site of the legendary Pro surfing event. Willard Beach is the main attraction for visitors to Ballito. A magnificent stretch of beach with sheltered coves, Willard Beach is perfect for a day of fun in the sun. This swimming beach is protected by shark nets and attended to, by professional life savers.
A beautiful little beach with a lovely tidal pool. Very popular with fisherman and locals. Take in the buzz on weekends and holidays, and enjoy snorkeling and swimming in its welcoming waters. The tidal pool is a favourite spot with its elevated viewing and picnic decks.
A blue flag beach and firm favourite for locals and visitors. It boasts ample braai facilities, a children’s play area and unspoiled coastline. This beach hosts the official KwaDukuza New Year’s Eve bash and beach festival.
Talk about Tugela North and South bank and fishing immediately comes to mind. Natal Sharks Board staff regularly patrol the beaches, both to assist anglers and to make sure restrictions are observed.
The other Blue Flag beach on the North Coast is located a short drive away from Mandeni. It has a picture-perfect lagoon if you’re looking for peace and tranquility, and plays host to the annual iBeach Festival, a KZN event.
A Spirit ofAdventure
Now, if you’re not the type to go sky diving in your business suit… we get it, but we’ve got something for everyone to try here on the North Coast. From cycling to night snorkeling to microlighting, you can plan quite a holiday that will refresh and rejuvenate you. Let’s go off the beaten track.
Trails and Thrills
If you’re looking for an action-packed day that will make you feel like you’re starring in an episode of ‘The Amazing Race’, Club Venture is your best bet. This awesome spot in Compensation actually has an obstacle
course called ‘The Amazing Race’! Activities at Club Venture include paintball, scuba diving and the infamous Zipline, which gives you a breathtaking view as you fly down. Tel: 032 942 8014 / 082 414 2448
Cycling is taken pretty seriously on the North Coast. Holla Trails S 29º 29’ 27.719” E 31º 10’ 53.281” with their winding trails through the sugarcane fields outside Ballito, will get your adrenaline racing. You can try out the beginner’s course or a more complicated course if you’re feeling brave. Our riders are warm and accommodating to visitors. Tel: 082 899 3114
Fancy seeing the North Coast from the sky, where the air is clear and everything looks like a picture model? Hop on a microlight at the launch site at Comefly S 29° 29’ 32.0” E 31° 10’ 32.6” just off the N2 near Groutville, Tel: 084 266 3359 or at the Ballito Microlight School S 29° 24’ 33.485” E 31° 16’ 48.335” in Compensation, Tel: 082 659 5550 and have the ride of a lifetime!
Ballito-based company Tidal Tao S 29º 29’ 49.362” E 31º 14’ 7.843” organises night snorkeling expeditions in Ballito and Salt Rock. Qualified instructors lead you in a tour of the treasures on the reefs of the North Coast – at night. Truly incomparable. Tel: 079 307 0608
Redwoods Riding Centre S 29º 27’ 58.068” E 31º 6’ 36.687” is situated just fifteen minutes from Ballito Redwoods is a friendly, intimate stable yard. They offer livery as well as lessons and out rides to people at all levels of riding. They also offer relaxing Champagne breakfast rides. Tel: 032 942 6031 or 079 517 6764
Bell’s Bass Lodge S 29º 28’ 59.999” E 31º 13’ 59.998” situated just up the road from Shakaskraal, near the Lucky Linton Gold Mine and Flag Farm. Ideal for the ardent bass fisherman or those that want to enjoy the magnificent scenery and abundent bird life or take on the many tourist attractions the North Coast has to offer. Tel: 083 449 7808. Also try bass fishing at the Rainfarm Game & Lodge. S 29º 27’ 58.871” E 31º 4’ 53.482” Tel: 032 815 1050
Game Drives and Nature Reserves
The Rainfarm Game & Lodge S 29º 27’ 58.871” E 31º 4’ 53.482” is a tranquil venue outside Compensation where you can get a taste of Africa. Say hi to the giraffes and a host of other animals while you take a game drive, relax in the luxurious rooms or eat at the idyllic restaurant. Tel: 032 815 1050
Amatikulu Nature Reserve S 29º 6’ 53.316” E 31º 35’ 49.415” is roughly a 45 minute drive from the King Shaka Airport. The reserve is a rare, unspoiled piece of nature. See wildlife on the forested dunes overlooking the sea. Canoe, fish or swim on the Amatikulu and Nyoni River estuaries along the Indian Ocean. The Amatikulu Nature Reserve also has more than 300 recorded bird species, making it a haven for both the more serious “twitcher” as well as the general birder alike. Here you will find the rare African Finfoot, the Swamp (Natal) Nightjat and the Black Coucal and raptors such as the African Crowned Eagle, African Cuckoo Hawk and Jackal Buzzard. There are also many of the more common and wellknown birds to enjoy, such as the black (yellow-billed) kites, Wooly-necked stork, herons and a variety of beautiful Kingfishers.
Harold Johnson Nature Reserve S 29º 12’ 41.116” E 31º 25’ 11.654” is situated on the banks of the mighty Tugela River. The surrounding area is steeped in historical zulu heritage sites. The Harold Johnson Nature Reserve has more than 200 species of bird and a wonderful variety of indigenous thornveld flora, which attracts more than 114 recorded species of butterfly. Not only does it have a variety of bird species, it also has a fascinating diversity of wildlife including red and grey duiker, bushbuck, antelope and game species.
If Jet-skiing, an easy paddle on your canoe or an evening ride on your boat, is your thing, then you’ve got to sample these lagoons. As idyllic as nature intended, the Zinkwazi S 29º 17’ 11.71” E 31º 26’ 18.888”, Tinley Manor S 29º 26’ 46.702” E 31º 17’ 17.998” and Dokodweni S 29º 4’ 24.805” E 31º 36’ 30.031” Lagoons are a must!
A CarnivalOf Retail, Entertainment, Beauty & Health
If you are not taking in our magnificient beaches, then experience the bustle of our retail world, day and night entertainment or the relaxation and healing of our health and beauty spas.
Shop until you drop’ – an old adage but one with meaning and flavour. If you have a penchant for shopping, you will feel right at home at any one of our shopping centres on the North Coast.
Also an outdoor centre, Ballito Junction is conveniently situated across from Lifestyle Centre and has a few extras like beauty and hair salons (Perfect 10’s pedicures are award-winning) and the famous Mama G’s Italian restaurant for a pizza, pasta or good rack of ribs.
Situated in Burnedale Farm, Umhlali, Burnedale is already well known for its famous café and recently introduced an artisan market, every Saturday from 8am until 1pm. You can pick up your greens, fresh fruit and grab a bespoke cupcake before browsing its boutique store.
Currently the largest shopping space in Ballito, and with a large, airy Superspar as its anchor tenant, Lifestyle can give you an overdose of everything…clothing, food, decor, hi-tech and restaurants. Popular names like Truworths, Markham, Edgars, Woolworths and Mr Price are set off by boutique stores like Poetry, Old Khaki and Origins. Enjoy the al fresco shopping experience.
Ballito Bay Mall
Located in close proximity to the Ballito Junction, the mall houses big names like Game, Checkers and Woolworths. Be sure to catch Café Rumanah on the ground floor for some great chicken tikka.
Of course, when the sun sets, our nights come to life! The nightlife on the North Coast is quite active – between the Rage Festival and The New Year’s Eve Street Party and Ballito Pro there’s plenty to keep you busy. You can also try the following…
Ballito’s premier cocktail bar, Shakers, is right on the beach. Stop by for a drink and some dancing. It’s a stylish, people-friendly bar with highly-trained security staff with professional DJ sets from Thursday to Saturday, in season.
Crush is the haunt that hosts the cream of Ballito’s parties, including official after parties for Rage, Pro and New Year’s Eve Street Party. The sky deck is also quite popular, and the bar is well-stocked if you’re thirsty!
The vibe at Beach Bums near Casuarina, is unbeatable. Have an expertly mixed cocktail right on the beach and chill out with your friends. Quite a few celebs have been spotted here, too!
Situated on Clarke Bay, Hops, has the best pub fair on the coast. A hearty pub lunch, a good pint and then a walk on the promenade: unbeatable! Live music, in season.
One of the newer centres on the North Coast, Tiffany’s serves the surrounding areas of Sheffield, Salt Rock and Umhlali with its unique, boutique-style shopping atmosphere. Shop at the Spar onsite or grab a bite at Jack Salmon…or stop for breakfast at BBM Café.
The latest shopping complex in Stanger, with most of the necessary retail amenities including clothing, food, hardware and hitech. This mall boasts a large Pick ‘n Pay and clothing stores, where you can pick up an emergency outfit for that party you just got invited to!
The Litchi Market
One of the most loved markets on the North Coast, the Litchi Market is located at the Litchi Orchard in Salt Rock. The market is a melting pot of food, crafts and handmade goods. The Orchard itself is open every day, with a nursery, fresh produce store and a café. Markets happen on the second Saturday of every month from 9am until 2pm, with night markets on the last Friday of every month.
Lifestyle Foodies Market
Set in the al fresco hallways of the Lifestyle Shopping Centre the Foodies Market celebrates the food culture of the North Coast. Foodies Market takes place on the first Saturday of every month, so diarise and head North. You will not be disappointed!
Beauty, Spas and Gyms
Zen’Ju Day Spa is a small, private, exclusive Day Spa situated in a beautiful tranquil forest like setting within the heart of Ballito.
Secrets Beauty and Day Spa is situated at the Boathouse on Salmon Bay.
Redlands Beauty and Health Clinic is great for massages, to full beauty treatments.
Curves! An exclusive gym for girls only. No Men. No Makeup and no Mirrors! Go girls!
Virgin Active, a well established brand has also found a home on the North Coast, boasting the latest and greatest.
Indurance Fitness in Ballito has scenic views over Zimbali and the ocean. Take in the amazing views while you exercise.
The golf course – the place where deals are clinched while enjoying a good glass of wine and an african sunset. Here on the north coast, golf is our way of life.
Several high-profile corporate and charity golf tournaments are held on the North Coast. The golf courses found on our coastline are world-class, where anyone from a beginner to a pro can hit a few shots. Even the ladies are welcome to test their handicaps!
Darnall Country Club
A beautiful, yet challenging nine-hole golf course set amidst the tranquility of Darnall. Caddy masters and caddies are on duty during weekends and public holidays. The second nine of an eighteen-hole round is played from different tee boxes. The club is affiliated to the KZN Golf Union. Tel: 032 486 1207
Fairmont Zimbali Country Club
Golf is just one of many luxury sporting experiences at Zimbali, which houses one of South Africa’s best 18-hole courses. To begin with, ocean and forest views make the game an absolute pleasure. Former British and national PGA champ, Tom Weiskopf created the prestigious course, which provides an enthralling journey of golf through varying terrain – an absolutely captivating game. Tel: 032 538 1041
Sublime if you want to tee off in a secluded, sedate environment. The Prince’s Grant 18-hole course is acclaimed, named in the list of South Africa’s top 20 courses and recipient of the 5-Star Golf Experience Award. The course caters for golfers of all skill levels with its traditional link design. Tel: 032 482 0005
Simbithi Country Club
The pristine layout of this course makes it a firm favourite – it was the first executive 18-hole course to be built in South Africa. Peter Matkovich designed this 60-par golfer’s dream. Simbithi is one of two KZN courses to be rated as the Volvo 5-Star Golf Experience winners. Tel: 032 525 4632
Umhlali Country Club
Also designed by Peter Matkovich this 18-hole course boasts superbly manicured fairways, surrounded by the stately homes of the Umhlali Country Club Estate. Super Dwarf Paspalum Greens are in great condition all year around and the Pro Shop is well-stocked for your golfing needs. Tel: 032 947 1181