Things To Do In Ballito


Things to do in Ballito

ARTS & CRAFTS

  • A Fair Market    - Fresh farm produce, arts and crafts, seconh hand books and collectables. Operates opposite BP Garage – Ballito. Open Saturday mornings. Tel: 0824872267
  • Pottery Gallery — Pottery gallery, coffee shop and animal farm, situated off the M4 outside of Ballito. Open daily 9am to 5pm. Tel: 032-9463232
  • Leanna’s Fine Art — Coffee shop, fresh-cut flowers, original art and framing services. Situated at Umhlali. Tel: 9471165
  • Greengold Nursery — Ceramic workshop, nursery and restaurant. Pottery and ceramic painting workshops are available. Tel: 032-9471371 
  • Ikon Afrika - Original ethnic art, crafts and clothing. Situated at Lifestyle Centre. Tel: 032 - 9463112. 

ANIMAL FARM

  • Flag Farm Animal Farm — Situated in Umhlali. Open daily from 9am to 4pm. Experience farm life with cows, horses, ducks, chickens, sheep, goats, pigs, rabbits and many more. Pony and horse rides. Tel: 032-9471354.

BIRD HIDE

  • Tranquility Bird Hide — Situated in KwaDukuza (Stanger) as part of the Sappi Paper Mill. Open daily, however bookings are essential. Tel: 032-4372222

CROCODILE FARMS 

  • Crocodile Creek — Situated in the Tongaat area, 14km from Ballito. Open daily from 9:30am to 5:00pm. Closed on Saturdays out of season. Croc feeding is daily at 11:00am and 3:00pm. Guided tours are at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm and 3:30pm daily. Bush trails. Tel: 032-9443845

CYCLE TOURS 

  • Single Track Cycle Tours offer a variety of cycling tours in the local area, which include visits to nature reserves. Tel: 032 - 5254400 or 0836026163.

DOLPHIN & WHALE VIEWING

  • There are various expeditions where one can go out to sea and view marine mammals in their natural environment.
  • 36 Degrees - Umhlanga - 0825532834 
 

DEEP SEA FISHING

  • Umhlanga Deep Sea Fishing - Umhlanga - 083 659 1694
  • Dirty Harry Fishing Tours - Ballito 0825793878 
 

HIKING TRAILS

  • Crocodile Creek: Situated outside Tongaat, the farm offers a small hiking trail. Tel: 032-944 3845 
  • Harold Johnson Nature Reserve: Situated off the R102, between Stanger / KwaDukuza & Mandeni. The reserve offers a selection of hiking trails of varying distances. A small variety of wild-life is located on the reserve such as giraffe, zebra, bush-pig and antelope. Harold Johnson is known for its rich variety of butterflies and bird-life. Camping and picnicking / braai facilities are available. Tel: 032-4861574 
  • Zulu Roots Eco Trail: Located in the Zinkwazi area. The trails provide access to ecological, historical & cultural treasures on the North Coast. This is the birthplace of the Zulu Nation and the scene of dramatic historical events. The routes offer viewing of indigenous flora & fauna. For information & bookings Tel: (032) 4853344. There are 4 trails: 
  • Zulu Roots John Ross Trail - 60km between the Nonoti & Amatikulu Rivers. Hike, paddle, swim, cycle, fly-fish or relax with a lagoon cruise, night drive or bush picnic. 
  • Zulu Roots Tugela Community Tour - Visit an authentic rural Zulu Community and discover a traditional way of life. Meet with members of the community and view kraals & home-steads. End the trail at a local shebeen. A trained guide will explain the significance of all the traditions. 
  • Zulu Roots KwaDukuza Trail - A cross-cultural experience consisting of a guided walking tour of KwaDukuza, home to two famous South Africans; King Shaka - founder of the Zulu Nation & Chief Albert Luthuli - past president of the ANC & Nobel Peace Laureate. Learn about King Shaka, the Zulu empire, colonial sugar farmers, battles at the Tugela, the story of John Dunn and events leading up to the Anglo-Zulu War. 
  • Zulu Roots Birding Route - With over 450 bird species, including many sought after rarities, this area ranks as one of the top birding hotspots. Nationally famous sites include the Sappi Bird Hide & Jex Estate. The birding route covers the Umvoti, Zinkwazi, Otimati, Tugela & Amatikulu areas and includes diverse habitats such as coastal, forest & wetlands. Trained guides will accompany hikers. A comprehensive bird list is available. 

HORSERIDING 

  • Wellesley Riding Stables* — Situated at Umdloti Tel: 083 788 1881
  • Zimbali Horse Rides* — Situated at Zimbali Tel: 083 231 6458
  • Redwoods Riding School - Dolphin Coast Tel: 0833015532
  • Sugar Hill Stables - Situated in Ballito - 0832456744 
  • *Option of riding on the beach

HISTORICAL SITES

  • Dukuza Museum — Situated in KwaDukuza/ Stanger. King Shaka Street. Open daily from 8:30am to 12:00pm. Tours by arrangement. The museum focuses on the Zulu culture, sugar can industry, Indian culture and the early settler history. Tel: 032-4375000 — museum.
  • King Shaka Memorial — Situated in KwaDukuza/ Stanger. King Shaka Street. Open daily from 8:30am to 4:00pm. This is King Shakas grave. A 20-minute slide show on the history of King Shaka can be viewed. There is also a small curio shop and an Interpretative Centre. Tel: 032-4375000 — King Shaka Memorial. 
  • Chief Albert Luthuli Grave Site - Situated in Groutville, south of KwaDukuza. This is the grave of Nobel Peace Prize winner, Chief Albert Luthuli. Tel: 032-5513091. 
  • Fort Pearson & the Ultimatum Tree — Situated on the northern side of the Tugela River at Harold Johnson Nature Reserve. Both of these are national monuments, which played a significant role in the Anglo War of 1879. Tel: 032-4861574 or KZN Wildlife at 033-8451000.
  • Morewood Memorial Gardens — Situated at Compensation just outside of Ballito. This is the site if South Africa’s first Sugar Mill. The garden commemorates the life of Sir Edmund Morewood, who grew the first commercial sugar cane in South Africa and was the founder of the Sugar Cane Industry.
 

NATURE RESERVES

  • Amatikulu Nature Reserve — Situated north of Ballito in the vicinity of Mandeni. Open daily from 6am to 6pm. Indigenous flora, giraffe, zebra, antelope and various bird-life can be seen. Picnic sites and walking trails. Canoes can be hired. Tel: 032-4530155
  • Harold Johnson Nature Reserve — Situated north of Ballito in the vicinity of Tugela. Open daily from 6:00am to 6pm. Indigenous flora, zebra, antelope, bush pigs and a variety of bird-life can be seen. Picnic sites, cultural museum and historical sites like Fort Pearson and the Ultimatum Tree. Tel: 032-4861574

NURSERIES

There are various nurseries that can be visited offering both tropical and indigenous plants for sale:
  • Driefontein Garden Centre* - Chaka's Rock - 032-5258435
  • Green Gold Nursery* - Ballito - 032-9470771
  • Karibu - Umhlali - 032-9471194
  • Mica Garden Centre - Ballito - 032-9468400
  • Salt Rock Nursery - SaltRock - 032-5255115
  • *Tea garden available.

Snorkeling Safaris

Tidal Toa offers a variety of Snorkeling Tours around the Ballito area, ideal for first timers, safe and easy. As close to scuba diving as you will get without scuba diving. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.tidaltao.com