Top 20 Umhlanga Activities 2017.

Umhlanga, which means “place of reeds” in Zulu, is known for its coastal-lying beauty, classy shopping malls and, perhaps above all else, as Durban’s popular resort town, so it’s only natural to find some epic adventures lying in store here.

Here are some of the best activities to enjoy in Umhlanga (and nearby areas) during 2017:

#1 See the Light with Umhlanga Lighthouse

This rather iconic, 21-metre high lighthouse is white with a topside red stripe and offers a light range of 24 sea miles. It not only doubles as a tourist attraction and popular local landmark, but it also, naturally, safely guides ships to shore.

And although this isn’t a lighthouse you can explore from within, it’s definitely one you need to snap a picture of or pass by when visiting Umhlanga.

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Address: East Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga, KZN

#2 Catch a tan at Umhlanga Main Beach

This popular beach offers a few fun things to enjoy. Not only can you tan and surf, but you can also swim in the granny’s pool, with the knowledge that there are life guards on duty. Visitors can also rent beach chairs and umbrellas and enjoy taking in the sights from nearby benches.

Parking is minimal so, if you can, it’s best to get there early to secure a spot. The beach is clean (and thus most perfect for beach walks!) and there are toilet facilities found , as well as a nicely maintained walkway. Ice-cream shops nearby will delight children and adults alike.

Contact: (031) 561 4257

Website: www.umhlangatourism.co.za

Address: Umhlanga Main Beach, Umhlanga, KZN

#3 Get your shopping fix at Gateway

Gateway Theatre of Shopping is the ultimate retail and entertainment experience, offering everything from fashion to dining and movies.

It’s considered to be one of SA’s most elite retail shopping stores, with over +390 stores and 70 eateries, and frequently brings world-class events, competitions and entertainment to town. What’s more, it offers something for everyone to enjoy.

Contact: (031) 514 0500

Website: www.gatewayworld.co.za

Address: 1 Palm Boulevard, Umhlanga Ridge, Umhlanga, KZN

#4 Enjoy a beach day at La Lucia Beach

While not strictly within Umhlanga, it’s close enough to warrant a mention… and it certainly deserves one! Offering a tropical element, La Lucia is close to paradise, with its coral reef and colourful fish. It’s ideal for snorkelling, diving, surfing and swimming.

It offers wonderful tranquility, despite being relatively close to the city centre… so if you’re in Umhlanga, you will definitely want to take a drive to enjoy some time at La Lucia Beach.

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Website: www.sa-venues.com

Address: La Lucia, Umhlanga Coast, KZN

#5 Lace up for Umhlanga Lagoon Hiking Trail

Located on the periphery of this resort town, Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve is nevertheless a popular nature lovers’ haunt.

The trail winds by past a picnic area, crossing over a wooden boardwalk into a coastal forest, inhabited by all manner of local wildlife, including veret moneys, buck, birds and even butterflies. Some of the trees have labels so you can learn while you ramble.

Contact: (031) 561 4257

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Address: Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve, Umhlanga, KZN

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#6 Catch a movie at IMAX Theatre Gateway

With pretty epic effects, good audio, comfy interiors and prime location within Gateway Theatre of Shopping, this will definitely be your go-to movie spot for all the major flicks, provided you can afford to splash out a little…

It’ll blow your socks off as you experience your favourite film in ultra high definition 3D on a very big screen indeed!

Contact: (031) 566 4415

Website: movies.sterkinekor.co.za

Address: IMAX Theatre Gateway, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Umhlanga, KZN

#7 Visit KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board

Enjoy an educational and insightful visit to the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board Maritime Centre of Excellence (also known as KZNSB), a global leader in shark protection, as well as in key environmental and tourism efforts.

Not only does the KZNSB maintain the 37 beaches found along the KZN coastline, but it also conducts shark biological research and offers fascinating public education programmes.

Activities visitor can enjoy, both at and with KZNSB, run as follows: boat trips, audio-visual and shark dissections, a museum, a curio shop and conference facilities. Be sure to visit them and learn more about these misunderstood ocean predators.

Contact: (031) 566 0400

Website: www.shark.co.za

Address: 1a Herrwood Drive, Umhlanga, KZN

#8 Hit the 4×4 track at Gateway

Tear up some turf with the Gateway Leisure Centre and 4×4 Track. Hop inside a supplied off-road vehicle and tackle the chart track.

Water traps, canons, rocky faces and river beds will delight drivers as they cover some pretty rugged terrain. Call ahead to book a fun, off-road experience.

Contact: (031) 566 3140

Website: n/a

Address: Gateway Leisure Centre and 4×4 Track, 1 Palm Boulevard, Umhlanga, KZN

#9 Take to the greens at Umhlanga Bowling Club

Have a bowl at this fun and free facility, which is also wheel-chair friendly and happily suitable for all ages. Registered coaches and officials are on-site to ensure that the rules are understood and that help is offered where needed.

The bowling green is not only a great place to enjoy some bowls but it’s also available to hire for corporate and function days.

Contact: (074) 639 4028

Website: n/a

Address: 75 Twilight Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, KZN

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#10 Shop till you drop at Pearls Mall

If you need a little retail therapy, look no further than the relatively new and exciting, Pearls Mall, which opened in late 2016. This classy, high-end boutique mall not only offers excellent shopping, but it also includes a host of delightful coffee shops and eateries, like African Roots Coffee, Casa Bella and Doppio Zero to name just a few.

Strut your stuff as you enjoy some fun shopping and eating out at the Pearls.

Contact: (031) 940 6840

Website: thepearls.co.za

Address: Pearls Mall, The Peals, Umhlanga Rocks, KZN

#11 Sip some good java at African Roots Coffee

The still newly-opened coffee shop, located within the glamorous Pearls Mall, is already taking the Umhlanga area by storm. The still newly-opened coffee shop, located within the glamorous Pearls Mall, is already taking the Umhlanga area by storm.

Coffee lovers will rejoice upon discovering this speciality coffee shop, which serves only the finest African origin Arabica coffees. If you really love their java and would love some to enjoy at home, you can also shop for different blends on their site.

You can also order artisanal light meals, such as breakfast (includes banting-friendly and health eats), Danish-style open sandwiches, veggie quiches and locally baked cakes, to complement the fine coffee and speciality teas on offer at African Roots Coffee.

Contact: (087) 941 4591

Website: www.africanrootscoffee.co.za

Address: Pearls Mall, The Pearls, 6 Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, KZN

#12 Grab a bite to eat at Village Table

If you agree that eating is a great activity to partake in, then you are going to want to visit Village Table, where you can enjoy some delicious food in a very attractive setting.

Bringing life experiences from pantry to plate, Village Table is all about aesthetically appealing food and restaurant atmosphere both.

Contact: (087) 288 4235

Website: www.facebook.com/villagetableumhlanga

Address: 6 Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga, KZN

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Village Table via Facebook

#13 Keep the kiddes At Play

Let your little ones run amok @play, where children are always the priority. This safe indoor haven is suitable to children of all ages (from one-year-olds to tweens), and helps to broaden their creativity in fun, engaging ways as they learn and grow.

Under the careful eye of @play staff, children can climb the enchanted jungle gym, whiz about on cars and bikes, swim in a large pond (under supervision), or play dress-up to their heart’s content.

The play area also offers an abundance of great toys, like LEGO, books, puzzles and more to keep little minds (and hands) occupied at all times and away from screens and electronic devices. Parents can remain or go, knowing that, either way, the kids will have great fun on their own.

Contact: (010) 900 2191

Website: www.facebook.com/At-Play-Umhlanga-612718548924084/

Address: Shop B7 Pearl Walk Mall , Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, KZN

#14 Have some fun at Wavehouse

This fun, affordable and clean spot is a great, family-friendly location where visitors can enjoy a water park with a supertube and other water-based activities (making it a safe place to learn to surf), as well as a pump track for bikes, scooters or skates for those who prefer to stay dry.

It’s also offers a fun toddler area for the little ones – and generally makes for an enjoyable day out for all, whether young or old.

Contact: (031) 584 9400 Contact: (031) 584 9400

Website: www.wavehouse.co.za

Address: G240, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, 1 Palm Boulevard, KZN

#15 Enjoy the ultimate retreat with SurfSup Yoga

Enjoy six days in paradise with SurfSup Yoga on this exclusive Umhlanga yoga retreat, which will include five-star accommodation, five days of activities and of course, some super sup-ping!

Food and drinks, photos, daily transfers, lessons, equipment and so much more will be included on this awesome find-your-balance experience, as you learn to surf and stand-up paddleboard.

For dates and bookings for 6 Days in Paradise 2017/2018, please contact SurfSup Yoga.

Contact: info@surfsupyoga.co.za

Website: surfsupyoga.co.za

Address: SurfSup Yoga, Durban, KZN

#16 Explore Hawaan Forest

Immerse yourself in this beautiful forest, which offers a woodland enclosed by the Ohlanga River and the ocean. It is home to large number of birds and animals, and remains wonderfully unspoiled even to this day.

The Hawaan Trails are not open to the public due to preserving conservation efforts but you can partake in a guided trail and learn more about this unique ecosystem, which is home to creatures of all kinds.

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Address: Hawaan Forest, Umhlanga, KZN

#17 Grab some good coffee Power Plant

This Steampunk-inspired smoothie and coffee station not only serves good java, but it also offers a health shop for natural and superfood ingredients, which inspired the name ‘Power Plant’.

Stock up on some healthy goods while you pop by on a coffee run.

Contact: (031) 561 9191

Website: n/a

Address: 65 Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, KZN

#18 Enjoy great food at Olive & Oil

Tuck into comfort food at this cheerful eatery, where fresh ingredients come together beautifully to supply guests with wholesome meals.

Friendly staff and unrivaled hospitality will ensure you feel right at home too.

Contact: (031) 561 2618

Website: oliveandoil.co.za

Address: Olive & Oil, 15 Chartwell Drive, Umhlanga, KZN

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#19 Discover new things at KZN Science Centre

Visit the KZN Science Centre and learn all about science, technology, engineering, Mathematics and more at this interesting, highly educational place. This non-profit organisation is big on giving back and educating people on all things science-related.

It’s a particularly great experience for young, curious minds and is sure to inspire a love of science and technology in our South African youth and foreign students alike.

Contact: (031) 408 1012

Website: kznsc.org

Address: 1 Airport Road, Reunion Road, Gateway, Umhlanga, KZN

#20 Walk along Umhlanga Promenade

Of course, one way to really take in some of the best sights Umhlanga has to offer is by simply enjoying a leisurely walk along the promenade.

Or, if you prefer, go for a 4.6km-odd jog and ensure you stay fit and healthy, while absorbing the gorgeous scenery and surrounding views.

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Address: Umhlanga, KZN

These are just some of the fun and varied activities you can enjoy when visiting the Fun-Shine Coast!

 

Top 10 Umhlanga Restaurants 2017.

The trendy resort town of Umhlanga, found just north of Durban, is known for its coastal-hugging location, high-end shopping and natural beauty – but it also has some nice food offerings lined up for visitors to enjoy.

Here are the top 10 restaurants to visit in Umhlanga during 2017:

#1 Village Table

Located in the Pearls of Umhlanga Mall, this eatery offers “life experiences from the pantry to your plate,” as it serves breakfast, lunch and supper.

It overlooks the enviable, warm Indian Ocean and is both trendy and cool, with a relaxed, yet elegant interior. The fresh food is a blend of Mediterranean meets Portuguese.

Contact: (087) 288 4235

Website: https://www.facebook.com/villagetableumhlanga

Address: 6-8 Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga, KZN

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#2 Lord Prawn Fish & Grill

Initially established in 1975 on the Durban beachfront, Lord Prawn relocated in 1989 to Umhlanga, where – operating under the same staff and owners – it soon became a local favourite.
To this day, it remains a consistently good institution, serving wonderful meals off its set menu.

Options include: shellfish, pasta, chicken dishes, curries and even steaks – but it’s naturally the prawns that are lord over all at this restaurant.

Contact: (031) 561 1133

Website: www.lordprawnumhlanga.co.za

Address: 9 Umhlanga Plaza, 2 Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga, KZN

#3 Doppio Zero

With branches found across other parts of SA, Doppio Zero Umhlanga is the first branch to hit KZN. Located at The Pearls Boutique Mall, it offers an artisanal, on-site bakery, packaged retail items and a relaxed, open-style eatery, made for home-away-from-home dining and good food enjoyment.

Doppio Zero is best known for its good coffee, light lunches and lovely dinners. It’s also enjoys a prime setting, lying only a stone’s throw away from the beach.

Contact: (010) 900 3173

Website: www.doppio.co.za

Address: Shop A21, Pearls of Umhlanga, Corner Lagoon Drive and McCausland Cresent, Umhlanga, KZN

#4 Café La Plage

More than a restaurant, Café La Plage is really a lifestyle. After a long search, the team finally found the right spot to pour all their passion and efforts into.

Now, they offer a memorable dining experience and a gorgeous view, which complement the fine French, cosmopolitan food, cocktails and great entertainment that guests can enjoy.

Contact: (031) 561 9999

Website: www.cafelapage.co.za

Address: Shop D1, Pearl Walk, Pearls of Umhlanga, Umhlanga, KZN

#5 Mo-Zam-Bik

With a number of popular branches across SA, this Portuguese restaurant chain does a great job no matter where it’s situated.

This is no-frills, colourful dining, which offers visitors tasty Portuguese-African food, which will make your mouth water in pleasure.

Contact: (031) 836 1574

Website: www.mozambik.co.za

Address: F183, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, 1 Palm Boulevard, Umhlanga Ridge, Umhlanga, KZN

#6 Olive & Oil

It is not often that restaurants live up to their self-promoting taglines – but Olive & Oil definitely personifies theirs: “comfortable food made exceptionally well”.

The owners of this family-run eatery treat guests like an extension of their own family, as they use fresh, seasonal ingredients to create dishes inspired by Mediterranean to exotic Morocco cuisines. The menu will suit meat-eaters, pasta lovers and vegetarians all.

Contact: (031) 561 2618

Website: oliveandoil.co.za

Address: 15 Chartwell Drive, Shop 19, Chartwell Centre, Umhlanga, KZN

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#7 Lucky Shaker

Lucky Shaker is an oasis for those who wish to escape and unwind for a while. Here, the small but passionate team of staff do their best to ensure a good and memorable experience.

With both top drinks, tasty burgers and other yummy offerings, Lucky Shaker is the perfect spot to sit back and relax with friends, family or your significant other.

Contact: (078) 450 6751

Website: www.lukcyshaker.com

Address: 9B Mayfair On The Lake, 5 Park Lane, Parkside, Umhlanga, KZN

#8 Casa Bella

Specialising in Italian cuisine, like wood-fired pizzas, pasta and grills, Casa Bella believes in simple, wholesome ingredients, original meals and time-honoured recipes.

They have branches across SA, including in the Western Cape and at the Mall of Africa.

Contact: (031) 007 0136

Website: casabelladining.co.za

Address: Shop A17, Pearl Walk Umhlanga Shopping Centre, 6-8 Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga, KZN

#9 De’Ma

This restaurant, located within the Gateway of Theatre of Shopping, specialises in authentic, quality Indian food, beverages, sweetmeats and desserts. The food is a mixture of Durban-style and North Indian cooking.

Aside from catering to its walk-in, sit-down clientele, De’Ma also offers a full catering company, which caters to weddings, conferences, parties, takeaways and deliveries.

Contact: (031) 566 2450

Website: www.dema.co.za

Address: F179, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, 1 Palm Boulevard, Umhlanga Ridge, Umhlanga, KZN

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#10 The Incredible India

This unique dining experience offers dishes that are prepared and served fresh. The restaurant is a 120-seater, with group tables dotted all about to add a sense of a togetherness, mixed with relative intimacy for your table.

The Incredible India also accommodates for events and conferences in its facilities and can cater for up to 150 people.

Contact: (031) 837 3731

Website: theincredibleindia.co.za

Address: 6 Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga, KZN

These are just some of the eateries you can enjoy in glamourous Umhlanga and nearby surrounds when visiting this coastline-hugging resort town in KZN.

Top 20 Durban activities 2017.

Durban is undoubtedly one of South Africa’s most popular cities. With its vibrancy, balmy, tropical climate, glorious beaches and warm Indian Ocean waters perfect for swimming in,it’s hard not to be drawn to this coastal-lying city.

Here are some great activities to enjoy when visiting Durban in 2017:

#1 Browse Shongweni Farmers & Craft Market

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Every Saturday morning (from 6:00 am till 11:30 am), you can enjoy exploring this exciting, yet relaxed market, just a short drive outside Durban. Browse a wide variety food, jewellery, drinks, keepsakes and more.

You are even allowed to bring your pooch (provided you bring a bag and leash!) and with a child-friendly play area, it is perfect for a fun morning out at the market.

Contact: (031) 777 4686

Website: www.shongwenimarket.co.za

Address: Lot 457, MR551, Shongweni, Hillcrest, KZN

#2 Feel ten feet tall at MiniTown

Mini Town, at Fizsimmons Snake Park, is a place where everyone can feel like a giant… at least for a day.

Established some 30 years ago, this mini city offers miniature replicas of some of Durban’s most notable landmarks, including the airport and Durban Harbour, in 1:24 scale.

Contact: (031) 337 7892

Website: www.durban-tourism.com

Address: 114 Snell Parade, North Beach, Durban, KZN

#3 Have a good time at Fun World Amusement Park

This beachfront amusement park offers family-friendly fun and entertainment, with offerings such as: a scenic cable car, awesome rides for young and old to enjoy, carnival lights, music and of course, great entertainment to keep everyone well-occupied.

Contact: (031) 332 9776

Website: www.funpark.co.za

Address: 73 O R Tambo Parade, South Beach, Durban, KZN

#4 Enjoy a romantic gondola ride with Zulumoon Gondolas

Be transported to Venice and experience a unique gondola ride around Durban Point Waterfront Canal.

Options include: day or night rides, as well as mysterious Venetian-masked rides and even oh-so-romantic picnic rides too!

Contact: (084) 730 8784

Website: gondolas.co.za

Address: Zulumoon Gondolas, 39 Timeball Boulevard, Point, Durban, KZN

#5 Take to the sky at Moses Mabhida Stadium

Enjoy an unrivalled, 360 degree tour of Durban when you hitch a two-minute ride in Moses Mabhida Stadium’s Sky Car. Through this, you will get to experience the stadium’s famous arch up-close-and-personal.

Visitors are also able to enjoy a stadium tour and/or quickly step out onto the pitch as well.

Contact: (031) 582 8242

Website: www.mmstadium.com

Address: 44 Isaiah Ntshangase Road (Walter Gilbert), Durban, KZN

#6 Dive into uShaka Marine World

uShaka is definitely one of Durban’s biggest holiday attractions. This marine theme park offers a treasure trove of activities and attractions, day or night.

These include everything from: Sea World, Wet ‘n Wild, Dangerous Creatures, Kids World and uShaka Beach, right down to the night-time festivities of Village Walk.

Contact: (031) 328 8000

Website: www.ushakamarineworld.co.za

Address: 1 King Shaka Avenue, Point, Durban, KZN

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#7 Get active at Southern Rock

Southern Rock is Durban’s sole climbing venue. It’s a world-class facility for amateur and advanced climbers to hone their climbing skills.

Here, young and old can get the best advice and quality climbing gear, and enjoy some quality climbing within this fine indoor space.

Contact: (031) 705 3842

Website: srockgym.co.za

Address: 5 Valley View Road, Falcon Industrial Park, New Germany, KZN

#8 Devour a Bunny Chow like a Durbanite

No visit to Durban is official without trying one of the delicious bunny chows (basically half a loaf of hollowed out bread with rich curry sauce inside)… and one of the absolute best places to sample one is at the award-winning Bunny Hugging.

They serve some 30,000 people a month, and are open 24 hours a day. Try their signature medium or hot mutton bunny chow.

Contact: (031) 537 3997

Website: www.zulu.org.za

Address: 4 Sipho Sethy Rd, Mt Edgecombe, Durban

#9 Surfs up at Wavehouse

Wavehouse is the coolest place for the family to enjoy some fun together. Try the skate park designed by 10-time world skating champ, Tony Hawk; tackle the double-point break standing wave, the D-Rex – or head to the two-beach break Flow Riders, suitable for everyone.

There are is also a restaurant and bars on-site for visitors to enjoy.

Contact: (031) 584 9400

Website: www.wavehouse.co.za

Address: G240, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, 1 Palm Boulevard, Durban

#10 Monkey around at Mitchell Park Zoo

Durban’s solitary zoo, Mitchell Park Zoo, offers a host of animals, reptiles and birds for visitors to see. These include: crocodiles, buck, raccoons, cranes, wallabies, monkeys and more – as well as a walk-through aviary, filled with all kinds of beautiful birds.

There’s also a sand-filled playground for small kids, with jungle gyms, swings, slides and other play equipment. Also, enjoy a meal or tea at the Blue Zoo tea garden, located amid the trees and flowers.

Contact: (031) 303 2275

Website: www.durban.gov.za

Address: 10 Ferndale Rd, Morningside, Durban

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#11 Visit Durban’s KZNSA Gallery

Located on a street corner, the KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts (or KZNSA) offers a range of installations and performance arts events, which emerge from its gallery space.

However, the fun doesn’t stop there, for you can enjoy browsing a shop filled with unique, hand-made goods, clothing, toys and more, as well as dining outside in the sunshine at the outdoor café.

Contact: (031) 202 3686

Website: www.durbanlive.com

Address: 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban, KZN

#12 Walk along Wilson’s Wharf

Situated on Durban’s Victoria embankment, Wilson’s Wharf is a combination of fun, food, shows and crafts, which revolve around the boating marina and working slipways, found between Yacht Mole and Sugar Terminal.

Here, visitors can enjoy the great outdoors, the marine lifestyle and the trendy vibe the wharf offers, as well as experiencing performances and festivals, which occur throughout the year.

Contact: (031) 907 8792

Website: www.wilsonswharf.co.za

Address: 14 – 18 Boatmans Rd, Albert Park, Durban

#13 Take in the gorgeous Golden Mile

Runs from South Beach to the Suncoast Casino in the north, the Golden Mile is a gorgeous stretch of sea and sunshiny beachfront.

Although it’s longer than a mile, it’s the ideal place for a beach jog, rollerblading session or even a cycle alongside the coastline.

Contact: none

Website: www.southafrica.net

Address: Durban, KZN

#14 Explore Umgeni River Bird Park

This bird zoo is a safe haven for our feathered friends and contains some 700 birds, with almost 200 different species from across the globe. One of the Park’s main highlights is the free-flight bird show.

The Bird Park also offers The Cockatoo Café, a lovely tea garden situated within the Bird Park, which happily overlooks an awesome, 20metre-high waterfall.

Contact: (031) 579 4600

Website: www.umgeniriverbirdpark.co.za

Address: 490 Riverside Road, Durban North, KZN

#15 Visit the Southern Hemisphere’s oldest mosque

Juma Masjid Mosque, aka the ‘Mosque of the Congregation’, is not only Durban’s first mosque, but it is also the largest and oldest mosque in the entire Southern Hemisphere! It can fit some 6,000 worshippers inside at any given time.

Aside from its history and pure geometric beauty, it is a sacred place. As such, out of respect, visitors are expected to dress decently when visiting and to remove their shoes before entering the mosque.

Contact: (031) 304 1518

Website: www.sa-venues.com

Address: Corner of Denis Hurley (old Grey) Street and Dr. Yusuf Dadoo (old Queen) Street, Durban, KZN

#16 Tour Durban Natural Science Museum

The Durban Natural Science Museum, found within Durban City Hall, is a fascinating place, with spectacular wildlife displays, realistic illustrations of habitat groups (or dioramas).

It includes some pretty unique museum exhibitions, including the mummy of Peten-Amena, an Egptian who lived some 2300-odd years ago, an almost complete Dodo skeleton and even a life-sized T-Rex.

Contact: (031) 311 2256

Website: www.durban.gov.za

Address: City Hall, 234 Anton Lembede Street, Durban Central, KZN

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#17 Delve into the Durban Botanical Gardens

Founded in 1851, the botanical gardens are Durban’s oldest institution, as well as Africa’s oldest surviving botanical gardens.

Aside from a wide variety of rare cycads, palms and many other indigenous plants, the gardens also include the popular Orchid House. They also play host to a range of local events.

Contact: (031) 322 4000

Website: www.durbanbotanicgardens.org.za

Address: 70 St Thomas Road, Musgrave, Durban, KZN

#18 Head into the jungle at Beachwood Mangrove Nature Reserve

Containing three rare mangrove species – red, black and white – Durban’s amazing Beachwood Mangroves are also a National Monument.

Stroll about the Reserve’s sturdy wooden walkways, exploring these glorious mangroves – and if you’re lucky, you may even catch glimpses of the wonderful animal life, like mudskippers, fiddler crabs and rare kingfishers to name only a few.

Contact: (082) 559 2839

Website: www.southafrica.net

Address: Riverside Road, Durban, KZN

#19 Utilise the epic Durban Beachfront Skate Park

Haul out your roller blades, MBX bikes and skateboards and head to Durban’s epic skate park.

The arena is located in the Military Museum and it’s the ultimate place for wheel enthusiasts.There is also a cool skate shop nearby.

Contact: (031) 3327433

Website: none

Address: Durban Beachfront, Durban, KZN

#20 Stroll about the iconic Umhlanga Pier

Finally, saving perhaps the best for last, you have to make a stop at the iconic Umhlanga Pier. Popular among Instagrammers and photographers, this beautiful pier is most striking, particularly at sunset.

With its whalebone skeleton structure, it provides immense aesthetic appeal, in addition to performing the important function of helping disperse excess storm water into the sea, as an extension of an underground culvert.

Contact: none

Website: none

Address: Whlae Bone Pier, Umhlanga, KZN

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These are just some of the great activities you can enjoy in and around the glorious South African city of Durban in 2017.

 

 

Top 20 Restaurants in Ballito Restaurants 2017.

Beautiful beach town of Ballito – found in KZN’s Dolphin Coast – is about so much more than the stunning beaches and holiday atmosphere it provides, for it’s also a place rich in food culture and top restaurants, to suit every palate and dietary style.

Here are the top 20 restaurants to enjoy in 2017:

#1 Fiamma Grill (Coco De Mer Boutique Hotel)

This Italian grill house focusses on cuts of grain-fed, matured meat, spectacular seafood and seasonal specials, which keep its guests coming back for more.

Situated in the lovely Coco De Mer Boutique Hotel, Fiamma also offers a great wine and cocktail list to help wash down all the tasty food.

The family-owned and operated restaurant dedicates special attention to quality, detail and freshness, even sourcing much of its produce from local markets.

Contact: (032) 946 1029
Website: www.fiammagrill.co.za
Location: Coco De Mer Boutique Hotel, 63 Compensation Beach Road, Ballito, KZN

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#2 Mo-Zam Bik

What started out as a dream between two friends – Ryan Stewart and Brett Michielin – has grown into a chain of several family restaurants, spread across both KZN and Gauteng.

The restaurants offer traditional Portuguese cuisine, all based on the authentic Mozambique ‘Barraca’ (which means hut in English). They are rustic beachside eateries, with a menu that caters to all tastes.

These restaurants all share their passion for food and cooking with you, allowing you to encounter Mozambique from SA.

Contact: (032) 946 0979
Website: www.mozambik.co.za
Location: 4 Boulevard Centre, Compensation Beach Road, Ballito, KZN

 #3 Eat Local Grill

Eat Local Grill is a passionate local restaurant, which specialises in grilled food. They have a branch in both Ballito and Salt Rock.

This restaurant provides great food, company and service, as they offer the likes of gourmet burgers and combos, salads, wood-fire pizzas, premium cuts, seafood and even pasta.

Contact: (032) 586 1609
Website: www.eatlocalgrill.co.za
Location: 12 Library Lane, Belvista Centre, Ballito, KZN

#4 Beira Alta

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Situated in the heart of Ballito’s popular Lifestyle Shopping Centre, Beira Alta is a Portuguese restaurant, with an African influence.

Named for a historic region in Portugal where royalty reigned, this restaurant serves a great selection of starters, soups, salads, meats, seafood vegetarian and of course, dessert.

At this family-owned and run restaurant, they believe in a hands-on approach, and prepare their food using only the freshest ingredients, spices and herbs as they have a firm commitment to quality.

Contact: (032) 946 2388
Website: www.beiraalta.co.za
Location: Lifestyle Shopping Centre, Shop 6, Main Road, Ballito

#5 Impulse By The Sea

The temptingly named Impulse By The Sea Curry Restaurant is an authentic and family-friendly Indian restaurant, which has been a family-run, long-standing institution for some 28 years.

It offers magnificent sea views, a relaxed restaurant atmosphere and of course, traditional, flavourful Durban curries. Other offerings include Butter Chicken, masala-grilled fish or even prawn curry. Service is warm and welcoming, particularly from the dedicated owner.

Contact: (032) 554 4626
Website: www.facebook.com/Impulse-By-The-Sea-Curry-Restaurant-389370891075061
Location: 167 Seaview Drive, Tinley Manor Beach, Ballito, KZN

#6 Al Pescatore

This Italian and seafood restaurant offers a unique food experience, with owner-designed specials every day for visitors to enjoy.

It also offers breath-taking views of the warm Indian Ocean, fine food and delightful service.

Contact: (032) 946 3574
Website: www.alpescatore.co.za
Location: 14 Edward Place, Ballito, KZN

#7 Mamma G’s

This buzzing Italian café and restaurant is well-known for its warm hospitality and delicious gourmet pizzas.

Using only the freshest ingredients, Mamma G’s prides themselves on offering visitors a true Italian experience.

The diverse menu caters to everyone, including kids, and includes a selection of pizza, salad or sandwiches, grill, poultry, veal or seafood offerings and more.

Contact: (032) 946 2214
Website: www.mammags.co.za
Location: Shop 5, Ballito Junction, Ballito, KZN

#8 Giannis (Beachfront) Ristorante

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This Italian beachfront restaurant, complete with a balcony, offers awesome Mediterranean food, wood-fire oven pizza, pasta, South African cuisine and even seafood.

It is a continental eatery suitable for the whole family, and offers diners one of the best locations and sea views on the coastline.

Contact: (032) 946 3217
Website: giannis.co.za
Location: 17 Compensation Beach Road, Ballito, KZN

#9 Ayoba! (Fairmount Zimbali Resort)

Set in Fairmont Zimbali Resort, Ayoba! Restaurant offers Central American flair and South African hospitality.

The restaurant specialises in “a fiesta of Mexican flavours” and allows diners to choose from a selection of Mexican fare.

Please bear in mind that reservations are recommended at Ayoba!

Contact: (032) 538 5000
Website: www.fairmont.com
Location: The Beach Club, Fairmont Zimbali Resort, KZN

#10 La Piazza

This restaurant is big on family and invites everyone to come together and enjoy a delicious meal.

Serving hearty Italian, including pastas and pizzas, it’s definitely a great spot for big eaters or simply those with a penchant for Italian cuisine… and who doesn’t love Italian food?

Contact: (032) 586 3565
Website: www.facebook.com/lapiazzacontinentalcafe
Location: The Well, Albertina Way, Dolphin Coast, KZN

#11 The Beach Hut

Situated right next to the beach, this restaurant serves fresh, good food in a relaxed environment. They are open from Mondays to Saturdays to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.

With great options like breakfasts, light lunches, seafood, local delights (including oxtail), beverages and even toasted paninis – there’s something for everyone to tuck into at The Beach Hut!

Contact: (071) 869 0031
Website: www.beachhutrestaurant.com
Location: Library Lane, Ballito, KZN

#12 Thava Indian Restaurant

Thava Indian Restaurant is owned by Matthew Abraham, who hails from Kerala, a place of great food and rich mixed cultures and religions.

Thava specialises in Indian cuisine, priding itself on aromatic dishes, made using the freshest ingredients, and a unique Indian tapas offering.

Meal options include an array of vegetarian, lamb, chicken and seafood, as well as curries, biryanis, stews, Tandoori and Masala too, all served with traditional breads, rice dishes and sides.

Contact: (078) 802 7427
Website: www.thava.co.za
Location: 33 Compensation Beach Road, Salmon Way, KZN

#13 East Oasis

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With a long-standing background in the hotel industry, Sean Touskin, a classically trained chef, is no stranger to good food and since East Oasis’s opening, he has ensured a quality eatery.

East Oasis is well-known for its American-style food, including smash burgers, ribs, pizzas, chicken wings, salads and seafood.

The focus here is on keeping things quality, and offering flavourful, good food to delight palates of all kinds and tastes.

Contact: (032) 586 1034
Website: www.eastoasis-grill.co.za
Location: 16 Compensation Beach Road, Ballito, KZN

#14 Captain Fine’s Fish Factory

This laid-back seafood restaurant offers delicious ocean fare.

They specialise in different types of fish and chips, scampi (queen prawns), calamari and more, offering food that is tasty, yet very affordable.

Service is good and efficient, and the food definitely won’t let you down in a restaurant space that is in no way pretentious.

Contact: (032) 946 3933
Website: www.facebook.com/Captain-Fines-Fish-Factory-Ballito-126402910769883/
Location: Douglas Crowe Ave, Ballito Business Park, Ballito

#15 Sawagat

Meaning “Welcome” in Punjabi, this North Indian restaurant is fast becoming known for its unusual, yet delicious flavours.

It offers diners a true sense of India, and at Sawagat, they do things the traditional way, even using family recipes.

With Naan bread, Indian cream cheese, paneer and more, there is fresh and flavourful food to be had here.

Contact: (032) 586 1384
Website: www.sawagat.co.za
Location: 27 Sandra Road, Ballito, KZN

 #16 Osa (Fairmont Zimbali Resort)

Serving fragrant, flavourful fare from India, made from generational recipes, Osa is a wonderful Indian restaurant at the Fairmont Zimbali Resort.

Recommended dishes include their signature Butter Chicken, traditional Thali and signature grills, which will have you drooling from the deliciousness.

Please bear in mind that reservations at Osa are essential.

Contact: (032) 538 5000
Website: www.fairmont.com
Location: Level 1, West Wing, Fairmont Zimbali Resort, KZN

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 #17 Zaras Café

Located in Ballito Lifestyle Centre, this trendy hot spot offers a fantastic, well-thought-out menu, true commitment to their guests’ enjoyment and an invitingly crisp, clean décor, which complements the beautiful beach town.

With continental cuisines like Greek, Italian and South African, there are breakfasts, salads, speciality meals, pastries, breads and even aromatic coffees to be savoured at Zaras Café.

Contact: (032) 586 3204
Website: www.zarascafe.co.za
Location: Shop 90, Ballito Lifestyle Centre, Main Road, Ballito, KZN

#18 Loaf Café

This family-owned eatery – run by the experienced, culinary mother-and-daughter duo in Theresa and Gina Rattray – is located in the bustling Ballito Lifestyle Centre.

It’s your go-to restaurant for fresh coffee, all-day Flapjack stacks, wonderful lunch specials and even sweet treats too.

It’s a place for friends to gather, with friendly service and a warm, cosy atmosphere to complement the wholesome, uncomplicated, yet excellent fare.

Contact: (032) 946 1985
Website: www.facebook.com/cafeloaf
Location: Shop 56, Ballito Lifestyle Centre, Ballito Drive, Ballito

#19 SeaBelle Restaurant

Founded some 40-odd years ago in 1971 by the loving Govender couple, SeaBelle Restaurant has consistently served locals and foreigners alike for many years, offering the same excellent food and service that has always made it such a find.

Although it has undergone some renovation and is now run by the couple’s son, Tony, SeaBelle remains as popular as ever.

Here, an Al Carte menu provides diners with a choice between the likes of: starters, seafood grills, curries (including their famous prawn curry), grills, combos, breyani, kiddies’ meals, platters, pizza, pasta and deserts, with all food made to order.

Contact: (032) 941 5551
Website: seabelle.co.za
Location: 62 South Beach Road, Desainagar, Tongaat, KZN

#20 Xing Ye

This Chinese restaurant is best known for its sushi, which can be enjoyed as either sit-down or takeaway.

It is a small, no frills family-owned gem, which offers decent food at affordable prices. Service is slightly limited, so many visitors prefer takeaway.

Contact: (032) 946 0432
Website: none
Location: The Well, Albertina Way, KZN

These are just some of the top 20 restaurants, which you can feast at in beautiful Ballito and surrounds, if you visit (or are fortunate enough to reside in) this wonderful coastal region of KwaZulu-Natal during 2017.

Top 20 Things to do in Ballito.

Popular holiday town of Ballito – found some 40 km north of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal – is well-loved for its beaches, subtropical clime and outdoorsy way of life.

Here are the top 20 outdoor activities to enjoy in beautiful Ballito:

# 1 Flag Animal Farm

This farm makes for a wonderful outing for the whole family. Offering the likes of pony rides, the chance to feed chickens, ducks, rabbits, goats, sheep, pigs and more, it also even has a daily milking show!

Facilities include: a rain-proof indoor play centre, accommodation options, playgrounds, a jumping castle and tea garden.

Bring the family along and enjoy a relaxing day out, as you either picnic or braai.

Contact: (032) 947 2018/20
Website: www.ballito-online.com
Address: N2 Umhlali, Salt Rock turn-off, Exit No. 214.

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# 2 King Shaka Heritage Route

Celebrating one of the greatest ever Zulu chiefs, King Shaka, there is much to visit along this historic Route.

Visit High Rock, Observation Rock or Shakas Trees, which lie in the town of KwaDukuza. The almost two-hundred-year-old trees include the Indaba Tree and Assassination Tree, where Shaka was alledgedly killed, way back in 1828.

Contact: (032) 946 3244
Website: www.sa-venues.com
Address: King Shaka Heritage Route, Ballito, Dolphin Coast, KZN

# 3 Clarke Bay Beach

A mere 15 minutes from Ballito’s main beach, Willards Bay, one can find Clarke Bay beach.

This quieter beach is protected by both life guards and shark nets, and it offers a lovely tidal pool, where you can show the kids natural sea life – though please don’t disturb or hurt these intriguing sea creatures.

After a day at the beach, enjoy a meal at any of Ballito’s many restaurants.

Contact: (032) 946 1997
Website: www.sa-venues.com
Address: Ballito, Dolphin Coast, KZN

# 4 Ballito Tidal Pool

This tidal pool is a fun experience – no matter one’s age.

There are two different pools, with a larger one for adults and a smaller one to keep kids happy too.

Found at a large family beach, the pools brim with sea life, which swimmers/visitors must please be both mindful and protective of.

Contact: (032) 946 1997
Website: www.sa-venues.com
Address: Ballito, Dolphin Coast, KZN

# 5 Ballito Boardwalk

Boardwalks are always fun to stroll along and, with this one, not only can you enjoy a long walk but you can also hike to Salt Rock, which offers amazing views. (Though it’s best to traverse the tunnel along the route at low tide!)

Bring some binoculars and a camera with to best soak up this cool coastline.

If you’re lucky (and the season is right), you may even sight a pod of dolphins, huge humpback or even a Southern Right whale.

Contact: (032) 946 1997
Website: www.sa-venues.com
Address: Ballito, Dolphin Coast, KZN

# 6 Sugar Rush Park

If you’re after something more adrenaline-inducing, Sugar Rush Park is the place for you.

Offering over 150 mountain bike- and running-trails (suitable for both novice and experienced riders), here, families can enjoy fun cycling together.

Head quarters feature hot showers, toilets and even a bike wash. Visitors can also relax and enjoy a quick coffee or light meal at Sugar Rush Cafe or playtime at a fancy Kids’ Activity Zone.

Contact: (087) 351 2954
Website: www.sugarrush.co.za
Address: Sugar Rush Park, Esenembe Road, Ballito, KZN

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# 7 Holla Trails

Holla Mountain Bike Trails are a network of demarcated mountain biking trails, among farms in the Ballito and Upper Tongaat regions.

Making up over 100 km of marked/signed trails, with more being added and improved on all the time. Trails cater to either novice or experienced mountain bikers.

With the track variety, amazing scenery, and Holla Trail Centre (hosted by Collisheen Estates), Holla Trails offer a well-rounded biking, post-bike and fun outdoor experience in one, suitable for young and old alike.

Contact: (074) 897 8559 (trail master) or (082) 899 3114 (desk)
Website: www.ballito-online.com
Address: Ballito, KZN

# 8 Willard Beach

One of Ballito’s biggest attractions, Willard Beach is a wonderful beach to enjoy a fun, yet relaxing family day out.

Set against a tourist and holiday accommodation backdrop, this long sandy beach is one of KZN’s finest beaches.

The water is warm, the surf is good and there’s a variety of restaurants and outdoor activities to enjoy here, including: scuba diving, seafood eateries and microlight flips.

Contact: (032) 946 1997
Website: www.sa-venues.com
Address: Ballito, KZN

# 9 Umhlali Country Club

Established in 1961 as a 9-hole golf course before its Peter Matkovich re-design some years later – when an additional 9 holes were added – Umhlali Country Club is a golf course and country club of note in KZN.

Particularly since club and course enjoyed a total transformation in 2006 (again, under Peter’s astute eye).

Today, it is a world-class, 18-hole course, which offers a halfway house, golf cart hire, bowling greens, five tennis courts, swimming pool, two glass-backed squash courts and even a pro shop too, all for sports’ lovers alike to enjoy.

Contact: (032) 947 1181
Website: www.umhlaliclub.co.za
Address:  1 Compensation Rd, Umhlali, Dolphin Coast

# 10 Thompsons Beach

Tucked between Ballito and Chakas Rock (along Ocean Drive), this sheltered cove makes for an ideal swimming and/or angling beach.

What’s more, it has on-site life guards and shark nets in the waters, meaning safe swimming for all is easily ensured.

Contact: (032) 946 1997
Website: www.sa-venues.com
Address: 4399 south, 9 Rock Lane, Shaka’s Rock, Dolphin Coast

# 11 Dirty Harry Fishing Tours

Deep sea fishermen can rejoice – and then experience a memorable sea excursion with Dirty Harry Charters.

The knowledgeable and capable captains will take good care of you, and with top boats and well-maintained sea equipment both, you will easily enjoy an exciting sea excursion.

To arrange a trip, please contact Dirty Harry direct.

Contact: (082) 579 3878
Website: www.dirtyharry.co.za
Address: Ballito, KZN

# 12 ZenJu Day Spa

This small, exclusive day spa lies in the tranquil setting of Ballito/North Coast Natal.

It features a number of holistic treatments, including: massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, waxing/tinting, body scrubs and other lovely spa packages to pamper and soothe guests.

It is situated in Coco Der Mer Boutique Hotel but it also has a smaller branch in The Vineyard Guest House.

Contact: (032) 586 1180
Website: www.zenjudayspa.co.za
Address: 63 Compensation Beach Road, Ballito, KZN

# 13 Salmon Bay Beach

This popular beach, just south of Ballito, happens to be a surfer’s paradise.

It is also the designated launch site for Ballito’s cool Inflatable Boat Clubhouse.

Aside from this, the beach offers ample parking at its southern end, and a great golden stretch of beach to bask on too.

Contact: (032) 946 1997
Website: www.sa-venues.com
Address: Ballito, KZN

# 14 Tidal Tao Snorkelling Safaris

Snorkelling is undoubtedly one of the top activities to enjoy in Ballito – and this experience is particularly enjoyable when you use Tidal Tao Snorkelling Safaris.

Whilst snorkelling, you will see a wonderful array of fish. Plus, it’s safe, good fun for the whole family.

Contact:  (079) 307 0608
Website: www.tidaltao.co.za
Address: Ballito, KZN

# 15 Redwoods Riding School

Fifteen minutes outside of Ballito, amidst the rolling hills of the North Coast sugar belt, you will find the horse-crazy Redwoods Riding School.

This friendly, passionate stable yard is ideal for horse lovers or those simply keen to experience horse riding first-hand.
Riding gear and lessons are available here – as are relaxing, though unusual, champagne breakfast rides.

Contact: (079) 517 6764
Website: www.ballito-online.com
Address: Ballito, KZN

# 16 Microlite Flights

Ballito is quite well-known for its microlights, and an exciting activity to enjoy is a microlight flip over this beautiful area.

Flights give you a bird’s eye of the coastline and local beaches. The pilots are highly experienced and hold sound safety records.

Comefly trips can last anywhere from a few minutes to half an hour.

Contact: (084) 266 3359
Website: comefly.co.za
Address: Ballito, KZN

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# 17 Crocodile Creek

Midway between Ballito and Tongaat, is Crocodile Creek, one of SA’s best activities.

Home to some 7,000 Nile-, West African Dwarf- and Slender-Snouted crocs, as well as American alligators, deadly mambas and other snakes, tortoises, monkeys and more, it makes for an exciting and wild adventure for all.

Experienced guides will provide great insight and the venue is vast and ideal for exploring.

There are several covered learning and party areas, as well as a cafe/restaurant.

Contact: (082) 920 0730
Website: www.crocodilecreek.co.za
Address: 77 Greylands Road, Greylands, Tongaat

# 18 The Litchi Orchard

This family-owned farm offers a farmers’ market, country cafe, coffee shop, bakery and pub.

It also enjoys great kids’ facilities, and each month, there’s plenty to do and be part of – including fun events, like their lovely markets.

Contact: (032) 525 5118
Website: www.litchiorchard.co.za
Address: Seaforth Drive, Umhlali, KZN

# 19 The Litchi Orchard Farmers’ Market

Every second Saturday, from 09:00 am to 13:00 pm, guests can enjoy a lovely Farmers’ Market at the fun Litchi Orchard Farm.

The market offers great food and drink, unique arts and craft, outdoor spaces to explore and live music performances too.

Contact: (032) 525 5118
Website: www.litchiorchard.co.za
Address: Seaforth Drive, Umhlali, KZN

# 20 Karibu Nursery

If shopping for plants has you getting potty with excitement, then you will love Karibu Nursery.

Karibu is one of the longest standing nurseries in the North Coast and provides gardeners, green-fingered experts and landscapers alike with the opportunity to expand their businesses – or gardens.

Aside from knowledgeable gardening experts (ready to assist in the gardening department), Karibu also has a centre with a coffee & champagne bar, deli, spa, home interior decorating store, art studio and more for visitors to make use of.

Contact: (032) 947 1194
Website: www.ballitobulletin.co.za/services/karibu.html
Address: Main Road, Shakaskraal, Umhlali

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So if you’re heading to beautiful Ballito, be sure to enjoy or visit as many of these great experiences as possible because the options are bountiful.