Ballito tours & holiday packages

Warm waves on the Dolphin Coast

Just north of Durban, this small town has all the seaside holiday essentials: a choice of beaches, kid-friendly tidal pools, warm sea and good surf.

Most visitors start their Ballito holiday on Willard Beach, a wide stretch of sand that has attained Blue Flag status. The well-tanned lifeguards, shark nets and warm, foamy waves make Willard a popular choice for swimming or, if you prefer your water wave-free, join the joggers, dog walkers and strollers on the boardwalk that leads down to Ballito’s series of tidal pools. 

Bottlenose dolphins are a common sight along this, the well-named Dolphin Coast, so as you walk keep glancing out to sea and chances are you'll see a pod swimming by close to shore.

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This stretch of coast is lined with luxury hotels and holiday apartments all jostling for the best sea views. There are plenty of good restaurants too from the peri prawns at Mo-zam-bik to Fiamma’s perfectly grilled steaks. As for shopping, you’ll find anything you could possibly need (or want) at one of Ballito's three shopping centres.

And if the thought of lying around on a beach all day makes you twitch, there are plenty more active pursuits to choose from: Holla Trails has over 340 km of mountain bike trails on the surrounding hills and sugar farms, you can go quad biking, take to the skies on a microlight flip, or play a round of golf on Zimbali's championship course.

It's also an easy hour's drive to Durban, and if you're travelling with kids it's well worth the trip to visit uShaka Marine World or the Wet 'n Wild Water Park.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Ballito

What kinds of animals will I see on safari?

Whether you are in the Southern or East Africa you will generally be able to see the big five. The difference really comes in when considering antelope as they are based on your chosen location. go there.

What vaccinations should I get?

This is all dependant on the countries that you will be visitng and due to the status of certain vaccinations changing at times, please consult our experts before getting vaccines. go there.

Is it okay to drink the water?

In some parts of Southern Africa it is safe to drink the tap water, however it is highly recommended to stick to bottled water (mostly supplied) during your trip as even drinkable African water is completely different in taste and… go there.

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This was my first safari. I didn’t expect to be so pampered. Everything was first class. We had everything provided for us before even asking. We had a dedicated team at our service. Megan was on call whenever we needed something and she…


from Nigeria

Tanya was an absolute delight to deal with. From the first phone call she was extremely polite, professional and very eager to facilitate my requests regarding our safari. Our 3 nights at the V & A Hotel were fabulous and Motswari Game…


from Australia

Perfectly tailor-made tours that take all your wishes and requests into consideration. All my expectations were beyond fulfilled.

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from Sweden

Living afar and trusting in an organisation with whom you have no previous knowledge can lead to feeling of mistrust and wondering whether what we have paid for actually exists. A little more proactive communication would have eased those…

Tony Russell

I just wanted to thank Discover Africa and Karl Svendsen - the safari was great - we saw many more animals than expected including cheetah, leopard, many lions and even a three-day old elephant calf. Additionally, we had our own hippo…

Margaret Dean

Planning the trip was managed extremely well especially since travel was at a busy time of year and not much notice was given. All communication was by email, and was responded to promptly and efficiently. Different options were provided…

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