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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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