Activities in Ballito
The North Coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal is host to many great activities and venues. Whether it’s a relaxed vacation or an extreme sports’ adventure
The North Coast
The North Coast is guaranteed to have something for everyone. Being located in the heart of the old Ballito center we are perfectly situated for all activities. We are surrounded by (within a couple of minutes walking distance) to beauty salons, restaurants, night clubs and a grocery store. We really have it all on our door step. The beaches on the North Coast are a delight for all – swimmers, surfers, scuba-divers, snorkelers, kite-boarders and fishermen are all catered for on the North Coast.
Located in Ballito and close to Zimbali Coastal Estate is a popular surfing spot and home to the Ballito Inflatable Boat Clubhouse.
Close to restaurants and a favorite swimming spot, Clark Bay is walking distance to the lagoon in Ballito.
Known as the “Pearl” of the North Coast, is the venue for the Ballito Pro surfing event held each year in July. A 2.5 km beach promenade, makes a great walking spot and the Ballito Lifeguard Centre is located at this beach.
Home to a natural rock formation known as “the hole in the wall” it also boasts the Olympic-sized tidal pool “Charlie’s Pool”
has spectacular views off the cliffs and many shallow tidal pools encrusted with coral and teaming with ocean life.
a Popular swimming beach, also has a man-made tidal pool and is walking distance to the Salt Rock Hotel.
While it is not a swimming beach, Christmas Bay has splendid ocean views that make it the perfect spot for a romantic walk or hike. The wreck of the Phoenix can be viewed as you travel towards Salt Rock.
The quaint hideaway beach has been a well-kept secret fishing spot for years. Spearfishing, scuba-diving and snorkeling are also favorite pastimes as this beach.
Offers peaceful fishing, swimming and surfing.
Get back to nature at Zinkwazi. The beach offers a natural 7 km lagoon that is perfect for canoeing as well as an indigenous forest. Jet-skiers, paddlers and bird watchers are keen visitors to Zinkwazi.
Try out the Eco-trail from Zinkwazi Lagoon Lodge: follow the 60 km John Ross Trail or paddle the lagoon.
The Glen Shaka Trail on the Glenariff Sugar Farm in Shaka Skraal offers an experience through an indigenous coastal forest. A firm favorite with birders.
Inland from Ballito, offers game drives allowing visitors the opportunity to spot zebra, giraffe, antelope and other wildlife.
What better way to view the ocean than with a microlight! Ballito Microlight School and Microlight Flights operate throughout the year (weather permitting) and definitely offer a once in a lifetime experience.Keen on a horseback beach ride or through the undulating sugarcane fields?
at Ballito offers a series of well maintained mountain biking trails among the farmlands. Mountain bikers must have a Holla Trails permit in order to take advantage of these great trails. Bikes and helmets are available for hire.
It offers both BMX and mountain biking tracks. Hiring facilities are also available
Are you looking for fun things to do in Ballito?
Sugar Rush Park is just the place. Our goal is to promote a healthy lifestyle for the whole family, by encouraging fun outdoor activities like riding and running, or just plain jungle gym climbing.
The site of a genuine gold mine that dates back to the 1880’s. The venue has a small petting zoo and a well-stocked bass fishing dam. Try out the “scratch patch” to search for hidden gems.
Tidal Tao – this has become a popular activity on the North Coast. Tidal Tao offers a two-hour beginner’s safari. The trip includes exploring tidal and rock pools as well as rock formations.
Already a firm favorite with both the locals and visitors, the Litchi Orchard at Salt Rock has a market held every second Saturday of the month and a night market (with a live music ensemble) every last Friday of the month. Delicious food stalls, farm-fresh produce, antiques and homemade jewelry are some of the offerings at the markets.
Strawberry Farm – Cappenary Estates is a short distance inland from Ballito and sells fresh or frozen strawberries to the public. Why not make a day of it? Bring a picnic or enjoy the offerings from the local eatery.
Reptile Park – Crocodile Creek, located mid-way between Ballito and Tongaat is an authentic reptilian centre with crocodiles, alligators, snakes, tortoises and more.
Ndlondlo Reptile Park – offers guided tours and a real hands-on demonstration for visitors, allowing them to interactive with the creatures.
Flag Animal Farm is great entertainment for families. Children can enjoy pony rides and feed the many farm animals – chickens, ducks, geese, rabbits, cows, goats, sheep, and pigs. Milking of the cows takes place daily at 12h00 and 15h00.
Burnedale Center – offers a small petting zoo and restaurant. Visitors also have the opportunity to enjoy the pottery shop.
The North Coast is home to many great events and festivals. Here are some of the annuals activities that take place on our sandy shores:
- Ballito Pro
- Easter Beach Festival
- Soapbox Derby
- King Shaka Day Celebration
- Rage Festival
- New Year’s Eve Party
- Zimbali Country Club
- Simbithi Golf Club
- Prince’s Grant
- Umhlali Country Club
- Darnall Country Club
For more information regarding times, tariffs and particulars, contact the local tourism board at the Sangweni Tourist Centre on: (032) 4375021/4375183 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com