Where to Stay - South Africa

Ballito Travel Guide (KwaZulu-Natal)


Ballito is a relatively new town originating from as recently as 1953 when investors starting looking for land to develop a township. The name Ballito means "Little Ball" and was taken from an advert in a magazine. Today, the town is well known for its fantastic safe beaches, protected by shark nets and lifeguards, and its general surroundings. Ballito itself has a lovely relaxed atmosphere and provides a haven for visitors looking for holiday accommodation to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. This is a popular holiday destination with great accommodation, good surfing and tidal pools to entertain you. As well as great water sports there is golf on offer as well as tennis or squash which visitors can play at the many country clubs.

Lots of people come to this area to experience the great diving. Ballito and Umhlanga have operators that will take you through your PADI and out on shark dives. For the more experienced divers there is the excellent Aliwal Shoal dive spot to explore.

In the evenings you can choose from the many fine restaurants catering for every type of taste. You will often find family's dining out here enjoying the wonderful seafood on offer or trying French, Portuguese, Chinese or Italian food. Of course there the usual steakhouses as well as smaller cafe's and pub style venues. Whatever your taste buds desire there will be something for you here. During the day you can relax and enjoy a coffee and treat yourself to a homemade sweet. Ballito is well served all round providing modern amenities and creating a thoroughly enjoyable stay. Your Ballito accommodation options are plentiful with excellent hosts around to ensure you have a great holiday.

Known as the Pearl of the North Coast you cant help be drawn in by the gloriously golden sandy beaches and warm Indian Ocean. Ballito is about a 5-6 hour drive from Johannesburg and only 40 minutes from Durban.