Ballito at a glance
Situated just 40 Km North of Durban, on the magnificent shores of the Dolphin Coast, Ballito is one of the fastest growing towns in South Africa. The coastline is a tourist haven, with an amazing array of wildlife as well
as dolphin and whale viewing. Due to the growth, Ballito has now acquired a large permanent resident population and all necessary amenities are close at hand, ie. Schools, supermarkets and shopping facilities.
Short History of Ballito
Ballito was established in 1954 by the Glen Anil Development Corporation, headed up by Dr E. Rubenstein. Directly translated from Italian, Ballito means “little ball”. Apparently the town’s name was taken from a glossy advert for Ballito Hosiery. Original portions of land were advertised for R790, and Ballito was billed in its marketing as “The Caribbean of the North Coast”. Over the years Ballito and the nearby Shaka’s Rock and Salt Rock suburbs have become a popular holiday destination for South African families.
What to do in Ballito
Shopping: Due to the recent growth the town has acquired 3 large new shopping malls: Lifestyle Centre; The Junction; and The Ballito Bay Mall. These malls cater for all your shopping needs and include popular designer wear stores as well as all the major grocery retailers
Beaches: Picturesque beaches along the Ballito coastline offer fantastic opportunities for swimming, fishing, surfing and sunbathing. A meandering decked promenade stretches for 2,5km along the beaches and is perfect for jogging or taking a leisurely stroll while watching the ocean. The promenade is incredibly popular with locals and tourists alike. Shark nets are also in place at all major beaches for peace of mind.
Dining: Ballito has been long renowned for its excellent selection of restaurants from fine dining to real home style cooking outlets. Magnificent seaviews are offered by many of the outlets along the beaches, and this provides a beautiful setting to every meal. With the growth, also came the fast food outlets, so whether you are seeking something on the go, or a night out, no matter what you taste, Ballito can cater for your every need.
Nearby Attraction: Ballito is situated 20mins away from Sibaya Casino and 30 minutes from the town of Umhlanga, so should you wish to get out for a night on the town, movies, gambling and many more are on offer in close proximity. There are a number of safaris and game parks situated close to Ballito and tours can be arranged from Ballito for day trips or longer stays. There are additionally a number of world class golf resorts in and around Ballito for the avid golfer.