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Why you should visit Ballito on the Dolphin Coast: A Complete Guide

Updated: Apr 19, 2022

You walk down the beautiful beach. The sand is soft beneath your feet, and the waves crash rhythmically against the shore. You feel at peace, and you are grateful for the chance to experience such beauty. You know that this is a place you will always remember.

Welcome to Ballito.

Are you looking for a new and exciting travel destination?

Ballito, South Africa is a luxury travel destination that has something for everyone.

Travellers of all ages and interests can find something to enjoy here. The beautiful beaches are simply perfect for relaxing, swimming, and surfing. The upscale resorts offer luxurious accommodations and amenities and the world-class restaurants will satisfy any appetite.

You can choose to treat yourself to some of the best shopping and dining in the country, or just peacefully relax on one of the many stunning beaches.

So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and make your way to Ballito for an unforgettable holiday and make some memories that will last a lifetime.

Let's dive in and discover everything Ballito has to offer.

Contents: In this article, you will find

Getting to know Ballito

So, you're looking for a luxury travel destination with something for everyone?

Ballito, South Africa should be at the top of your list. Situated on the East Coast of South Africa, Ballito is known for its world-class beaches, upscale resorts, and delicious restaurants.

Whether you're looking to relax on the beach or experience some of the best shopping and dining in the country, Ballito has something to offer. Here are just a few reasons why you should visit Ballito, South Africa:

The beaches in Ballito are some of the best in the world.

With pristine white sand and crystal-clear water, they're perfect for a relaxing day by the sea. Dolphin and Whale sightings are common in this area so keep a lookout.

Ballito is home to some of South Africa's best shopping and dining.

From luxury brands to local boutiques, you'll find everything you're looking for in Ballito. And with a wide variety of restaurants to choose from, you are sure to find something to your taste.

The coastal town of Ballito and the resorts on the Dolphin Coast, including Simbithi and Zimbali are second to none.

With world-class facilities and a commitment to excellence, you are sure to have a luxurious experience in Ballito.

Tourists travel from far and wide to enjoy surfing, swimming and sunbathing. This area truly has something for everyone. Whether it's pure relaxation, an exciting adventure or fun-filled family days, Ballito is the perfect place for you.

Ballito beaches

Ballito beaches are world-famous for their natural beauty and stunning views. The crystal-clear water and soft sand make it the perfect place to relax and enjoy the incredible scenery. There are several beaches in Ballito, each with its own unique charm.

Willard Beach

The most popular beach in Ballito, Willard Beach is perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and surfing.

The beach is also a great place to take a walk, relax, and take in the stunning views.

Willard Beach has 15 reviews on Tripadvisor and an average score of 4 out of 5.

Reviews of the area have a common theme of talking about easy access to the beach, the pristine cleanliness of the area and beautiful scenery during the low tide.


Thompson's Bay

Another popular beach in Ballito is Thompson's Bay which is also great for swimming, sunbathing, and surfing.

The beach is also a great place to take a walk, relax, and take in the stunning views. With over 200 reviews on Tripadvisor and an average score of 4.5 out of 5.

The main highlights of Thompson's bay that reviewers talk about are the cleanliness and the tidal rock pools.

Something to bear in mind is that some visitors have reported that the boardwalk is not wheelchair accessible and it can be difficult to find parking close to the beach.


Granny's Pool Beach - Salt Rock

Granny's Pool Beach is a beautiful spot that's perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and simply taking in the stunning view.

The water is clean and clear, making it ideal for a refreshing dip, and the sand is soft and white. It's also worth noting that this beach is lifeguard-patrolled, so you can rest assured that your safety is always a priority.

You can find 16 reviews on Tripadvisor for Granny's Pool Beach, with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5.

Reviewers mostly comment on the safety of swimming for families with small children but they also comment that it can become very busy during peak periods, so make sure to be there early to get a good spot.

Other beaches in the Ballito area include Salt Rock Beach, Blythedale Beach, and Zimbali Beach.

Beach Safety

When visiting any beach, it is important to take a few basic precautions to ensure your safety. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Always swim within sight of a lifeguard, and heed their warnings.

  • NEVER swim alone.

  • Be aware of the dangers of rip currents and surfers.

Ballito, the luxury destination

It's a beautiful seaside town situated on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast and well known for its luxury amenities and accommodation. Ballito has something to offer everyone, from romantic getaways to family vacations.

There are plenty of Ballito Airbnbs to choose from, complemented by luxury shopping and world-class restaurants to keep you thoroughly entertained.

Here at North Coast Holiday Homes, you will find a selection of the most luxurious Ballito Airbnbs in the Dolphin Coast area. Every property is subject to our high & exacting standards.

Let's take a look at some of the amazing properties you are able to call your home away from home.

3 Bedroom Villa - Salt Rock

Positioned a stone's throw away from the ever-popular Salt Rock Main Beach and the well known Granny Pools (Tidal Pool) this light and airy, architecturally designed double storey home will turn your next ordinary beach holiday into something extraordinary!

Accommodating 6 adults comfortably, all 3, air-conditioned bedrooms boast large en-suite bathrooms. You can book this 3 bedroom villa in Ballito from R3000 per night.


4 Bedroom Elite Villa - Simbithi

4 bedroom velite villa by North Coast Holiday Homes
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This gorgeous architectural masterpiece is bound to leave you speechless! The large glass, the front door opens up into a welcoming passage, full of interesting and eye-catching pieces of art.

As you journey through this jaw-dropping home you are greeted by the spacious, light and brightly coloured living room and dining area. This beautiful home with 4 bedrooms can sleep up to 8 guests and is available to book from R7500 a night.


5 Bedroom Elite Villa - Zimbali

Luxury 5 bedroom elite villa from North Coast Holiday homes
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As you walk up the stairs that take over the massive koi fish pond up to the main square with a large pool.

The undercover area comes with lavish furniture and eye-catching African-styled art, with wide sliding doors that give a bird’s eye view over Zimbali with the ocean beyond. The enormous kitchen has everything guests could require during their stay. Book your holiday home for up to 10 guests from R18000 per night.


Things to see and do in Ballito

One thing is for sure... You will never get bored in Ballito! There are plenty of activities to keep you busy here.

Looking for a thrill? you can go zip-lining or skydiving.

Looking to relax? you can take a tranquil beach yoga class or get a massage.

And, of course, no trip to Ballito would be complete without spending some time on the beautiful beaches.

Here are our favourites from the Top 10 best things to do in Ballito list by Tripadvisor.

1. Holla Trails

Off road mountain biking at Holla trails near the Dolphin Coast
Take a Biking adventure around Holla Trails

Holla Trails is a system of 42 working farms located just outside Ballito that has 340 kilometres of marked routes. Riders of all skill levels are taken in by the range of trails and breathtaking scenery on display. Holla is a wonderful ride for riders of all abilities. Bicycles are a popular form of transportation among tourists. Hiring a bike to explore the paths and rural vistas on your own or with a guide is an excellent way to see the region. Learn more and arrange your visit here at the Holla Trails website.


2. Monkeyland KZN

Visit Monkeyland from your luxury Airbnb by North Coast Holiday Homes

Located close to Ballito resort, this once in a lifetime experience will get you up close and personal with rescued exotic primates.

Your guide will show you the best spots to catch a glimpse of the free-roaming inhabitants, as you explore the beautifully maintained forest.

3. Secrets Health, Beauty and Day Spa

Indulge in a relaxing massage during your North Coast Holiday Home Vacation

What would a luxury holiday be without a trip to the spa for some indulgent pampering and pure relaxation? The Secrets Health, Beauty and Day Spa is highly rated by Tripadvisor users and ranks at number 15 on the list of top things to do in Ballito.

Need more inspiration? Head over to this article to read a list of amazing activities in Ballito with pictures and videos.

Shopping in Ballito

With a mix of high-end boutiques and local markets, you'll be able to find something to suit every budget.

Ballito is home to a number of luxury brands, including Louis Vuitton, Cartier and many more.

Ballito Junction

The Ballito Junction Mall is a major shopping centre in Ballito. Featuring over 150 stores, including a large number of high-end brands.

If you're looking for a luxurious shopping experience, the Ballito Junction Mall is the place to be.

Quarter Boutique Shopping Centre

The Quarter Boutique Shopping Centre is a small lifestyle and destination shopping centre, featuring a range of high-end boutiques and restaurants, making it the perfect place to find that special gift or enjoy a delicious meal.

Ballito Lifestyle Centre

The Ballito lifestyle centre is a must-visit destination for anyone travelling to South Africa. This luxury shopping and dining centre offers something for everyone, from high-end fashion brands to beautiful restaurants serving international cuisine. You will also find some of the best shopping in the country at the Ballito lifestyle centre, with everything from cosmetics to jewellery.

Dining in Ballito


Ballito offers an array of world-class restaurants, from local eateries to international cuisine. Whether it's a quick snack or a feast fit for royalty, you'll find something to suit your taste buds in Ballito.

We have got too many favourites to condense into a list here, but you can head over to this article where we have given our honest reviews of the top 10 places to eat in Ballito.

Book your visit to Ballito

We invite you to choose North Coast Holiday Homes for your luxury holiday on the Dolphin coast.

The selection of luxurious homes will make your stay in Ballito an unforgettable experience. With a range of homes to choose from, we have something to suit your every need.

We also offer a range of services, including personal shopping, housekeeping, and much more.

For more information and to book your stay, head over to our home page and find the perfect holiday rental for you and your group.

Come and enjoy Ballito and everything it has to offer.

We hope to welcome you to Ballito soon!

Ballito Airbnbs with North Coast Holiday Homes

North Coast Holiday Homes is a leading luxury holiday let company specialising in the Dolphin Coast area, including Ballito, Simbithi and Zimbali. Their expertise is second to none, and you can rest assured that your luxury holiday on the Dolphin Coast will be a memory to last a lifetime.

Have you been to Ballito or are you planning a trip? We would love to hear from you! Get involved with our community, post your questions, tips and comments below.

The images and photographs used in this blog post are ⓒ Copyright to Barry Bowditch. Reproduction or use of the images is strictly prohibited without prior permission. Barry Bowditch is a renowned local photographer in the Dolphin Coast region. You can visit their website here.

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