The beach is the main attraction for most visitors to KwaZulu Natal, and the Dolphin Coast has a magnificent stretch of golden beaches and sheltered coves that are ideal for a day of soaking up the sun.
Salmon Bay - Ballito
Salmon Bay is located at the furthest beach south before Zimbali and is the official ski-boat launch site. The beach is quiet and provides a tranquil setting when taking that stroll at sunrise along the beach. Its is not suitable for swimming unless the tide is very low as there are no shark nets or lifeguards. It is often frequented by rock and surf anglers alike.
Clarke Bay - Ballito
Clarke Bay can be found a short 15-minute walk south of Willard Beach. This beach has rocky pools on either side of the beach area and is manned by lifeguards and protected by shark nets. Just south of Clarke Bay is the Ballito tidal pool, built on Ballito Point.
Willard Beach - Ballito
Willard Beach is considered to be Ballito's main beach and provides safe swimming with qualified lifeguards seven days a week and is protected by shark nets. The beach offers ideal conditions for surfing and body boarding with competitions held on a regular basis.
Thompson's Bay - Chaka's Rock
Thompsons' Bay in Chaka's Rock is a lovely spot for family gatherings. The beach is famous for is large tidal pool and the well known "hole in the wall". It is also right next to High Rock, a popular fishing spot for the experienced angler. There are shark nets and lifeguards on duty.
Chaka's Rock Beach
This beautiful stretch of sandy beach has a tidal pool bordered by picturesque, rocky cliffs. Here you can hunt for shells, frolic in the sea or safe tidal pools or fish from the famous Rock. You may even spot one of the many schools of dolphins that play in the ocean here.
Salt Rock Beach
Salt Rock Beach is always popular with the surfers, bathers and paddle ski fishermen. There are beautiful reefs off -shore, which give divers hours of enjoyment and a fabulous tidal pool for hours of fun. There are shark nets and lifeguards on duty. This beach is generally quieter than other Ballito beaches outside peak holiday season.
Sheffield Beach is the most northern resort suburb on the Dolphin Coast - a ten-minute drive from Ballito. This beautiful coastline will delight visitors with its sheltered coves and superb rock pools. A must for fishing and snorkeling enthusiasts.
Ballito and its surrounding areas boast some of the finest golf courses in South Africa. These magnificent golf courses are challenging and unforgettably beautiful with fresh sea breezes and majestic views.
Zimbali Country Club | 032 538 1041 | www.zimbali.co.za
The Zimbali Country Club's Golf Course is both challenging and breathtakingly beautiful offering a world class standard for all players. Offering irresistible ocean and forest views, exceptional water and wetland features and an inspiring natural setting, Zimbali Country Club has developed the reputation of a memorable course with charisma and challenge.
Prince's Grant | 032 482 0041 | www.princesgrant.co.za
Ranked in the top 20 golf courses in South Africa by Golf Digest, Prince's Grant is nestled between emerald-green fields of sugar cane in the rolling hills of Kwa-Zulu Natal's Dolphin Coast 20 minutes north of Ballito. Activities: golf, squash, volleyball, swimming (Beach and pools), tennis, kayaking.
Maidstone Golf Course | 032 945 0419 | www.maidstonegolfclub.co.za
Situated just 40 minutes north of Durban, Maidstone Golf Club offers a 9-hole golf course with 2 tee boxes and immaculate fairways. Challenging for both seasoned golfers and part-timers alike, Maidstone caters for all level of golfer. Its close proximity to Ballito means it's a perfect place for golfers who want a relaxed and convenient venue at a reasonable price.
Umhlali Country Club | 032 947 1181 | www.umhlalicountryclub.co.za
Umhlali Country Club is located just outside of Ballito and is open to visitor's everyday of the week. This magnificent 18-hole golf course with its breathtaking greens was designed by Peter Matkovich and is a must for avid and casual golfers alike. Other available facilities include tennis courts, squash courts, bowling greens as well as a halfway house and bar.
Darnall Country Club | 032 439 2006 | www.darnallcountryclub.co.za
The club has a beautiful, and challenging nine-hole golf course. The second nine of a eighteen hole round is played from different tee boxes. Green fees are charged at very affordable rates. The caddy master and caddies are on duty during weekends, public holidays and school holidays. The golf section is affiliated to The KwaZulu Natal Golf Union, The North Coast Golf Association and has a team playing in The Zululand Golf Association league.
Tours and Safaris
Ubuntu Adventure Tours | 079 505 3099 | www.ubuntuadventuretours.co.za
Ubuntu Adventure Tours have scheduled tour experiences along the beautiful Kwazulu-Natal coastline, from the urban jungle of Durban to the wetlands of St. Lucia and inland to the high mountains of the Drakensberg.
Beach – Bush – Berg Tours | 072 981 3077 | www.beachbushberg.com
Beach Bush Berg Offers Tours owned by Rudi & Jacqui Botha. Based in Ballito Bay, just 10 minutes drive from King Shaka Airport just North of Durban.
Cobecha Tours – Safaris | 082 879 0102 | www.cobechatours-safaris.co.za
Cobesha Tours offer shuttle services and planned Tour/Safaris tailor-made to suit your requirements and budget.
Adventure and Sport
Clubventure | 032 942 8014 | www.clubventure.co.za
- 1,5km Zipline Tour - 2 Hour Tour with the new "Parazip"
- Teambuilding - Amazing Race & Obstacle Course with full catering
- School Camps & Day Excursions- Tailormade to your budget
- Forest Paintball
- Scuba Diving...
Ballito Microlights | 082 659 5550 | www.microlights.co.za
The School is less than 30 minutes drive North of Durban, and only 5 minutes drive from the golden beaches of Ballito Bay on the Dolphin Coast. Ballito Microlight School is run professionally by Full Time A Grade Instructors (Class 1), who are dedicated to providing safe and fun training in a friendly atmosphere at affordable prices.
Rain Farm Game Lodge | www.rainfarmgameandlodge.co.za
Zimbali horse rides explore the coastal forest estate and the beach on well-trained horses. The expert horse-handler will ensure you have a memorable ride, no matter what your previous experience is. Rides are one hour long.
Dirty Harry Fishing Tour | 082 579 3878 | www.dirtyharry.co.za
Dirty Harry is a 19ft Tomcat powered by two Yamaha 115 motors. The boat has the latest Lowrence GPS and depth finder on board, along with first class fishing equipment that is all provided. We are registered to take six people on board including the skipper. Our skippers are all qualified and have more than 15 years of experience behind them, so you are assured of being well looked after at all times.
Ocean Blue Scuba | 031 561 8120 | www.oceanbluescuba.co.za
Ocean Blue Scuba is a certified PADI Dive Centre located in the Cabana Beach Resort in Umhlanga Rocks, just north of the vibrant city of Durban in South Africa. We offer PADI diver training from Discover Scuba Diver through to PADI Divemaster. The Bubblemaker programme is perfect for kids who are keen to start diving. In addition to Scuba diving, there are many other activities in the area, including snorkeling, boat trips, deep sea fishing, surfing, paddling, kite boarding and many nature reserves.
Ballito Dive Club | 078 647 1510 | www.wikivillage.co.za
Ballito Dive Club is a fun, social club for divers and their family members. It has been operating since 2011 and trips are done to mostly Durban, Aliwal Shoal and Sodwana Bay. Training are done in Ballito as well as all the local dive sites. We're a small but exciting club and always welcome new comers to the club and the exciting sport of Scuba Diving.
Tidal Tao | 079 307 0608 | www.tidaltao.com
At Tidal Tao, we are dilly, silly and plain old passionate about the ocean. The coastline, known as the Dolphin Coast (just north of Durban) between Ballito and Sheffield Beach, offers a surprising underwater wonderland. The oceans gives us so many things to do in Ballito. The coastline here is a wilderness, a wilderness that rivals any game reserve or national park in it's size and diversity of animal species. Tidal Tao's main business is Snorkeling Safaris in the Ballito, Salt Rock area. This really is really as close as you will get to Scuba Diving Without Scuba Diving.
Sky Adventures | 073 334 7911 | www.skyadventures.co.za
Sky Adventures, based in Durban, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa provide for all forms of aviation rides, flights and experiences throughout South Africa.
The Secret Spot - Learn to surf | 082 495 9811/073 562 9279 | www.secretspot.co.za
Perhaps the first of its kind in South Africa in terms of an actual fully-fledged "Surf Camp".
Moses Mabhida Stadium | www.mmstadium.com
- Big Rush Swing
- Stadium Tours
- Sedgway Gliding Tours
- Adventure Walk
- Visitor Centre
- People’s Park
For the Kids
Ushaka Marine World | 031 328 8000 | www.ushakamarineworld.co.za
Featuring up close and personal encounters with ragged tooth sharks, dolphins and penguins to adrenalin-pumping waterslides, decadent dining, unique shopping and cutting edge entertainment, uShaka Marine World is one of Africa's most celebrated playgrounds and renowned tourist destinations.
Flag Animal Farm | 032 947 2018 | www.flaganimalfarm.co.za
During the holidays, and weekends, we have special fun milking shows - with dancing, singing, prizes at 12 and 3pm. During the week we do the milking demo at 12 and 3pm. We have a coffee shop on the farm where we serve light meals. Coffee is freshly ground, percolated on sight.
Gateway - All Entertainment | 031 566 1897 | www.gatewayworld.co.za
- Ten Pin Bowling
- Pool & Action Bar
- Go Carts
- Mini Golf
- Foofie Slide
- Amusement Arcade
- Odyssey Internet Cafe
- Bumper Cars
- Fun Train & Food Court
Crocodile Creek | 032 944 3845 | www.crocodilecreek.net
Crocodile Creek was cut out of dense coastal bush over looking the Tongaat River flood plain in 1983 and is home to 7000 monster crocodiles, alligators, caimen, slender snouted and dwarf crocs. Enjoy an exciting guided tour, never to be forgotten, bush trails, huge pythons and deadly mambas complete the bush experience.
Umgeni River Bird Park | 031 579 4601 | www.umgeniriverbirdpark.co.za
The Umgeni River Bird Park was designed and built by Dr Alan Abrey. It is situated in an old quarry site which used to contain water and was visited by Alan as a young boy growing up in Durban. When looking for a bird park site, he remembered it as a perfect option. After a year of extensive land filling, landscaping and aviary construction, the Umgeni River Bird Park was opened in April 1984 by the then mayor of Durban, Councillor Sybil Hotz. The park is situated in 3.5 hectares of lush tropical landscaping and houses an ever-increasing collection of more than 800 birds from 200 species. Some species are the only representatives of their kind in Africa whilst others are commonly kept as pets.
Ndlondlo Reptile Park | 084 240 3318 | www.ndlondloreptilepark.co.za
At Ndlondlo Reptile Park We pride ourselves on our personal hands on approach and every visitor is treated to a guided tour of the facility. Tours are provided by one of our competent team members with narration in either English or Afrikaans, you get to choose. We boast a variety of reptiles, large and small, venomous and harmless and are passionate about education; we offer a snake identification course which includes first aid treatment for snake bites.
Natal Sharks Board | 031 566 0400 | www.shark.co.za
The Natal Sharks Board welcomes and encourages visits by members of the public to its complex in Umhlanga Rocks, where they can view a 25 minute audio-visual presentation on the day to day work done by the Sharks Board as well as on the important role sharks and other animals play in the marine ecosystem. This is followed by a 20 minute dissection of a shark which provides the unique opportunity to see the internal machinery of one of the ocean' most awesome predators'. Visit the display hall and view the large variety of lifelike replicas of sharks, fish and rays, including that of a 892 kg great white shark.
Durban Ice Rink | 031 332 4597 | www.durbanicerink.co.za
The Durban Ice Rink, a new beginning, a place for great fun, entertainment, restoring friendships, relaxation, music and dance. A Place of serious development of the sports of Figure Skating and Ice Hockey.
Butterflies for Africa | 033 387 7356 | www.butterflies.co.za
Butterflies for Africa has been developed to combine the best elements of top butterfly houses from around the world with some unique features of its own. The complex currently houses a walk-through Butterfly House (housing both exotic and indigenous butterflies), Butterfly Craft Shop, Art Gallery, Coffee Bar, African Art & Craft Centre, Butterfly Nursery and a Butterfly Garden planted with a large range of butterfly foodplants.
Shakers | Compensation Beach Rd, Ballito | 032 946 2199 | www.shakersballito.co.za
The Lifestyle Centre | Cnr. 398&445, Main Rd, Ballito | 032 946 3923
The Junction | Main Road, Ballito
Ballito Bay Mall | Link Road, Ballito
Balvista | Compensation Beach Rd, Ballito
Boulvard | Dolphin Crescent, Ballito
Eat Local Grill-Bar-Cafe | Balvista Centre, Ballito | 032 586 1609
Fiamma Grill | Compensation Beach Road, Ballito | 032 946 1029
Mamma G's | The Junction, Ballito | 032 946 2214
Al Pescatore | 14 Edward Place, Ballito | 032 946 3574
Beira Alta | Lifestyle Centre | 032 946 2388
Olive and Oil | Lifestyle Centre | 032 586 0177
Primi Piatti | Lifestyle Centre | 032 946 3750
The Galley Beach Bar and Grill | Compensation Beach Road | 032 946 0597
Tin Roof Restaurant | Off Compensation Rd towards Umhlali Country Club | 032 947 2548
Milk Cafe | Compensation Beach Road, Ballito | 032 946 2310
Cinnamon & Silk | Lifestyle Centre | 032 946 1985
Sage | 1 Old Fort Rd, Foxhill, Umhlali | 032 525 8059
The Beach Hut | Balvista Centre, Ballito | 032 586 0123
Zaras Café | Lifestyle Centre, Ballito | 032 586 3204
Hops | Edward Place, Ballito | 032 946 2896
The Grandstand sports bar and grill | The Circle, Ballito | 032 946 0563
Live Theatres, Movie Theatres & Casino's
Barnyard Theatre | Gateway | 031 566 3045/6 | www.barnyardtheatre.co.za
iZulu Theatre | Sibaya | 031 580 5555
Suncoast Casino & Entertainment World | 031 328 3000 | www.suncoastcasino.co.za
Sibaya Casino & Entertainment World | Sibaya | 031 580 5000 | www.suninternational.com
The Playhouse | 031 369 9555 | www.playhousecompany.com
Ster Kinekor | Gateway | www.sterkinekor.com