Ballito at a glance
Ballito to Salt Rock
Just to the north of Kwa Zulu Natal's Durban Metro lies an area referred to as the North Coast, also fondly nicknamed Dolphin Coast due to the frequent sightings of pods of dolphins frolicking in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. The area is characterized by golden beaches, rolling fields of sugar cane, its tropical climate and holiday vibe.
Ballito's history as a popular holiday destination started back in the 1950s but its popularity stretches back much further. Salt Rock, just slightly further up the coast, has been known as such as far back as the days of the legendary King Shaka, whose handmaidens would collect salt from the rocks at low tide in this spot. Since the construction of King Shaka International Airport in 2010 the growth in the area has increased dramatically. With only a 20 minute drive to the airport many families have chosen to relocate to the North Coast to take advantage of the coastal lifestyle whilst being able to easily commute to SA's economic hubs with ease.
Educational options have also grown exponentially to cater to the greater influx of families into the area. Pre-primary schools offer both mainstream and Montessori options at the http://ballitomontessori.co.za and private schools are well represented by the well-regarded Reddam Group in the form of Reddam Ballito http://ballito.reddamhouse.com offering the IEB syllabus as well as Ashton International College https://ballito.infoisinfo.co.za/card/ashton-international-college-ballito/708952 which offers both Cambridge and IEB syllabi.
Medical facilities have also kept pace with the area's growth with the presence of the private Netcare Alberlito hospital https://www.netcarehospitals.co.za/Hospital/Netcare-Alberlito-Hospital. Facilities for physical rehabilitation are also present at Nurture Health hospital https://nurturehealth.net/ballito/ . Numerous allied medical services abound in the area.
An abundance of entertainment and retail opportunities abound in the form of the Ballito Lifestyle Centre http://www.ballitolifestylecentre.co.za, Ballito Junction https://www.ballitojunction.co.za offering a combination of "convenience and indulgence" and the boutique experience of The Quarter http://thequarterballito.co.za. Salt Rock has not been excluded from this abundance of options with the development of Tiffany's Shopping Centre http://saltrockshopping.co.za offering an array of facilities.
This specific area on the North Coast offers so many benefits the coastal lifestyle has to offer: a more laidback approach, less traffic and crime than urban areas whilst still allowing for the convenience and so many amenities deemed essential for modern living. A plethora of outdoor activity options for individuals and families exist: from mountain biking to a surf school https://www.ballitosurfschool.com. Even Big 5 viewing opportunities occur closeby. And then there are a selection of glorious beaches: popular Willard beach with its restaurants and shark nets, Thompson's Bay, Salt Rock beach with the nearby Granny's Pool, Shaka's Rock, Sheffield with its sheltered coves and Christmas Bays. Idyllic living indeed.