Guide to the Ballito area

Private Property South Africa
Lea Jacobs

Here's why the upmarket resort town of Ballito is hugely popular among Durban residents.

About the area

The upmarket resort town of Ballito lies approximately half an hour’s drive from Durban. Nestled in the heart of sugar cane country, the area has been drawing holidaymakers for years. Gorgeous sandy beaches and possibly one of the nicest winter climates in the country are just two of the reasons this area remains so popular.

The fact that the relatively new King Shaka International Airport is just down the road has certainly boosted buyer interest from those who live further afield, and an increasing number of buyers are relocating their families to the region while they commute to work in Gauteng. As one such buyer noted: “It is often quicker to catch a flight to Johannesburg and catch the Gautrain to Sandton than it is to drive between Pretoria and Johannesburg.”

Geared towards tourism, the area enjoys a wealth of excellent amenities, including a variety of top restaurants. It's also home to The Ballito Pro, an international surfing competition that's held on an annual basis. It's the ideal spot for adventure seekers and attractions include microlight tours, kite surfing, scuba diving and deep-sea fishing. For those who prefer taking life at a slower pace, there's the beach, Flag Animal Farm, as well as the Ndlondlo Reptile Park and paintball arenas.

There are a number of schools in the area, including Ashton International College and the PLG Ballito Academy. Curro Mount Richmore is located in nearby Salt Rock.

All in all, this little coastal gem certainly seems to tick all the right boxes as a holiday destination and as a permanent home. Indeed, Ballito (which incidentally is Spanish for little ball) has come along way since its founders decided to name an undeveloped area of the coast after a hosiery company. Popular with permanent and temporary residents, this town is bursting with potential.

Best in food:

  • Mo-Zam-Bik Ballito
  • Al Pescatore
  • Mamma G’s resturant
  • Fig Tree Restaurant

Nearby medical facilities:

  • Netcare Alberlito Hospital
  • Ballito Medical Centre
  • Pearl Wellness Clinic

Things to do:

  • Visit the Flag Animal Farm.
  • Take a sightseeing trip in a helicopter.
  • Explore the King Shaka Heritage Route.
  • Take a bike ride on the Holla Trails.

This article originally appeared in Neighbourhood, Sunday Times.

Take a beautiful journey through the town of Ballito:

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