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Travel Guide to the Durban North Coast (Dolphin Coast) in KwaZulu-Natal - South Africa
Bed & Breakfast, Guest House & Self-Catering Accommodation in Ballito

Kwazulu-Natal Accommodation by Location:
Drakensberg Accommodation - Durban Bed & Breakfasts - Durban Guesthouses
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North Coast Accommodation - South Coast Accommodation - St Lucia Accommodation
North Coast Accommodation by Location:
Ballito - Blythedale Beach - La Lucia -Mtunzini - Richards Bay - Salt Rock
Shaka's Rock - Sheffield Beach - Umhlanga - Zimbali - Zinkwazi Beach
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North Coast (Dolphin) Travel Guide

Fringed by green and tangled vegetation, the golden beaches of the North Coast are a sub-tropical paradise, interspersed with rows of smart and snazzy hotels and resorts. 

This a great family beach holiday destination - and it has a few special little treats up its sleeve. 

 

Pods of up to a couple of hundred bottlenose dolphins frolic in the back line, the surf is fantastic and the diving is great but there aren't nearly as many operators as there are on the South Coast, or at Sodwana, further north.

And - if you're planning on spending any time at all in the sea, you should take the opportunity to visit the KZN Sharks Board. You'll get to watch a great multi-media presentation about sharks and, if you have a strong stomach, watch a shark dissection, which is part of their ongoing research. You'll learn that sharks are not just mindless predators. There's also a great shark-themed gift shop.

All North Coast Locations:

Suburbs:

  » La Lucia
  » Umhlanga
Town
  » Ballito
  » KwaDukuza-
     Stanger
  » La Mercy
  » Mtunzini
  » Salt Rock
  » Zimbali
The North Coast is at the southern end of Zululand and the Battlefields, and there are some interesting historical places to visit, including Stanger, or KwaDukuza, where Shaka, the first Zulu chieftain, is buried, and the ultimatum tree at Tugela Mouth, where the Zulu wars started in a rather sneaky bit of sophistry by the British colonials.

There are lovely day walks along the coast, but it's probably not a good idea to do them alone - make it a social event and go in a big group. The birding is fabulous and there is a small game reserve.  But probably the most popular activity is ... golf. Yup - it's a golfer's paradise with bright green golf resorts scattered all over.

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BALLITO TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATION GUIDE, KWAZULU-NATAL NORTH COAST, SOUTH AFRICA

Ballito Travel Guide

On KZNís North Coast, Ballito is a mega-tourist-friendly seaside resort with wonderful, safe, shark net-protected beaches. Tidal pools ranging from kiddiesí paddling numbers to a full Olympic-sized pool offer safe bathing for all levels of swimmer and even non-swimmers. There is a lovely long boardwalk offering easy scenic beach walking and a more rugged trail all the way up to Salt Rock includes a short tunnel best attempted at low tide. The surfing is great at nearby Salmon Bay.

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Ballito is a great family destination with a sophisticated infrastructure Ė which means wall-to-wall development and loads of beachfront hotels. And, if thatís not enough, itís less than an hour away from Durban, if you need a big city fix. Great shopping, wonderful restaurants and a vibey nightlife should keep the whole family occupied when theyíre not on the beach. There are microlight flips on offer for a birdís eye view of rolling sugar cane fields and dolphins frolicking in the waves. For grass addicts, there are four excellent golf courses close to Ballito Ė and they had nothing to do with the name of the town Ė which means little ball. But it is apt, isnít it?

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104 Manor Beach Ballito Manor, 3 bedroom Self-Catering Apartment, BALLITO
This exclusive, air-conditioned, three-bedroom apartment is on the first floor of the upmarket complex Ballito Manor, but has a ground floor entrance. The unit is situated on the main beach with spectacular beach- and sea views from the spacious balcony.  The apartment has three bedrooms, all en-suite and two of these are equipped with flat screen TVís. Sleeps 6 people in two king size beds and 2 single beds. Two of the bedrooms lead out onto the balcony through sliding doors, which add to the unitís outdoor-living atmosphere. Linen and duvets are provided and also bath towels.  The open plan kitchen/dining room/lounge, leads through sliding doors onto the balcony with patio furniture and a Weber braai. The modern kitchen, with a breakfast nook, is equipped with a stove, microwave, fridge/freezer plus another fridge, washing machine, tumble dryer, dish washer, toaster, kettle, crockery and cutlery....
158 Barrington, Ballito, Self-Catering Apartment, BALLITO
Executive, self-catering holiday accommodation in Ballito.  Dolphin Bay splendour at its best! If youíre not on the beach 500m away, youíll be relaxing in this beautifully furnished, spacious apartment in the up-market Barrington complex. 158 Barrington is a penthouse apartment in a small block of 6 units.  Two pools, a tennis court, squash court, club house and 24 hour gated security make this a seaside holiday getaway with a difference. Not to mention the lovely sea views from the massive patio!  3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, and spacious open-plan living Ė sleeps 6 people. Two queen size beds and two single beds. Fully equipped kitchen.
Boathouse in Ballito, Luxury Guest House (Weddings/Conferences), BALLITO
The Boathouse is 50Km north of Durban in South Africa, 22 Suites, Four Star rated and AA Quality Assured Associate. Unbeatable Beach Front location, Fine Dining Restaurant, Cigar Bar, Cocktails at the Pool overlooking the Ocean and function facilities! Large private balconies to soak up the African Sun. A few of the many other activities available are:  Various Prime Golf Courses close by and many exciting day excursions including uShaka Marine World (Aquarium), Sharks Board and Crocodile farm.  Enjoy Short, full day, dawn or sunset Yachting.  Fly a Micro-light to explore the North Coast Beaches or Charter an Aircraft to explore the lovely Valley of 1000 Hills, or even Oriby Gorge.
Dolphin Rock Guest House & Wellness Centre, Guest House, BALLITO
A luxury Boutique Guest House catering for every need of the sophisticated traveler. Small, personal, yet not intimidating, we offer superior accommodation, amenities and services. Completely refurbished in 2006 to highest standards to ensure that our guests have a most comfortable and memorable stay with us.  The B&B's new swimming pool area, is ideal for relaxing after a long days drive and offers magnificent views over the luscious ocean.  The Breakfast and Spa Package is the perfect option to forget for a while your frantic life. Come and enjoy yourself with special treatments at Dolphin Rock and a succulent buffet breakfast in our restaurant.
Lalaria, Luxury Bed & Breakfast/Guest House, BALLITO
Relax, soak up the sun and enjoy spectacular sea and beach views from this spacious, stylish, owner-run guesthouse. Exclusive and private, the emphasis is on personal attention and service.  Five beautifully decorated en suite bedrooms have king-size beds, air-conditioning, mini-bar, satellite TV, telephone, wireless LAN internet, video channel, wall safe and hairdryer. All rooms have large bathrooms with separate bath and shower and all rooms have direct access to the patio and garden.  The spacious deck overlooking the beach offers superb sea views and is the perfect place for al fresco meals, drinks and dolphin spotting.  Walk to the protected swimming beach for a swim in the warm Indian Ocean, enjoy dolphin boat rides, shipwreck dives, micro lighting and deep sea fishing.  Golf courses, horse riding and restaurants nearby. Visit the local crocodile farm, the Sharks Board, or Riverside Bird Park.
Petite Provence, Bed & Breakfast/Self-Catering, BALLITO
Come and enjoy this unique French style Guest House, echoing glimpses of a Provencal Villa, with splashing of lavender, the colors, and hospitality typical of Provence in the South of France.  Wake up to a typical French breakfast including croissants and French coffee, or simply tuck into a real SA breakfast. After you have relax at the pool, or take a short stroll to Salt Rockís main beach. This Guest house boasts five en-suite, air-conditioned rooms that are equipped with DStv, DVD player, fridge and coffee and tea facilities are available.  Character: Unique French Charm, with imported décor and unique touches of Provence.
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