Best of the North Coast – stay, eat and play!

Shannon Hopkins
September 7, 2015

The Best of Ballito!

Welcome to the best places to eat, stay and top rated things to do in and around Ballito. There are so many choices to make when you are on holiday so we have simplified your life by handpicking the best of Ballito.

Where to Eat


Thava Continental @ Ballito is running inside the beautiful four star Luxury Guesthouse, known as The Boathouse on the beach. For the last 2 consecutive years Thava won the American Express Platinum Fine Dining Award.

T : 0788027427  |  E :

Canelands Beach Club

Canelands Beach Club and Spa is a luxurious and exclusive 10 bedroom (all en-suite) property nestled in the popular upmarket region of salt Rock on Kwa-Zulu Natal‘s North (Dolphin) Coast, South Africa.

T : 032 525 2300 | E :

Fiamma Grill

Fiamma Grill is an Italian Grill House that does things differently. Our focus is on our superb cuts of grain fed and matured meat, spectacular seafood dishes and seasonal specials that keep our guests wanting more.

T :+27 (0) 32 946 1029 | E :


The home of superb coffee, scrumptious food, delightful specials and time with family and friends. The Sage Café and Deli, Sage Centre, is a visit filled with healthy wholesome food, a relaxing atmosphere, kids’ entertainment and the opportunity to get your hair done at Plush, beauty treatments at Shine and a spot of shopping at the boutiques.

T : 032 525 8059 | E :

Beira Alta

Our food is prepared using only the freshest ingredients, herbs and spices. Our family tradition is to cook from the heart with recipes handed down from generation to generation, which has evolved into Portuguese Cuisine with an African Influence.

T : 032 946 2388 | E :

Rain Farm

With our Restaurant carefully situated over our rock feature pool and overlooking the Farm we are able to offer not only magical scenery but delightful tastes as well.

We aim to serve wholesome family food along with warm and friendly service!

T : 032 815 1050 | E :

Where to Stay

Rain Farm

Just 15 minutes inland from Ballito, on the North Coast lies, Rain Farm Game and Lodge, rich in adventure and rugged beauty.
From the deck of a tree top tent, with the majestic Umhlali rapids at your feet below, gaze upon the African plains beyond with animals such as zebra, giraffe, wildebeest and many species of antelope.

T : 032 815 1050 | E :

Oyster Box

Standing proud on Umhlanga’s beachfront, directly on the beach and overlooking the Indian Ocean, the 86-room Oyster Box, is one of South Africa’s best-loved hotels. Renowned for generous hospitality, attentive service and exceptional cuisine.

T : 031 514 5203 | E : (GM)


You’ve found the Boathouse, Ballito’s hidden gleaming like a pearl in its oyster.
From idyllic beach weddings to upmarket conferences, from exclusive Indian cuisine to sumptuous spa treatments, the Boathouse has it all and more.

T : 032 946 0300 | E :

Canelands Beach Club

Canelands Beach Club and Spa is a luxurious and exclusive 10 bedroom (all en-suite) property nestled in the popular upmarket region of salt Rock on Kwa-Zulu Natal‘s North (Dolphin) Coast, South Africa.

T : 032 525 2300 | E :

Fairmont resort

South Africa’s magnificent eastern shoreline presents gently rolling hills and lush flora, pristine forest and glistening sea, which form the backdrop to a world of wondrous sights. Cosmopolitan flair and traditional Zulu accents permeate the 154 guest rooms and suites, each with scintillating views of the warm Indian Ocean.

T :  032 538 5000 | E :

Where to Party

Shakers Cocktail Bar

Shakers cocktail bar is based in the Ballito village (North Coast – KZN), and is one of Ballito’s premier night-life venues. Shakers was founded in 2007 as a people-friendly venue, with a focus on service, entertainment, class, and safety.

T : 032 946 2199 | E :


Cold beer and great food that is fantastic value for money have made a place where the locals live.
Karaoke Thursday is the best party in town,half price ladies meals and our excellent DJs have everybody singing and dancing all night long.

T : 032 946 0563 | E :

Crush night club

An Established Coastal Bar and Entertainment venue which can hold 1600 patrons. Crush hosts the biggest parties all year round Namely the Ballito Pro Official After party venue, the Flagship venue for G&G Matric Rage.

T : 032 946 3764 | E :

Vertigo Lounge

A New York inspired Lounge & Style Bar with a Jack Daniels Lounge allows you to comfortably enjoy the company of your friends premium drinks.

T : 071 382 2698 | E : TBC

Karibu Pub

An old farm style family pub is the best way to describe Karibu Pub, set in the stunning countryside, overlooking a dam.
With ice cold beers and good Pub food, daily food and drink specials, big screen TV’s for all sport events, live music and karaoke.

T : 032 947 0520 | E :

Where to Play

Flag Farm

Flag Animal Farm is home to over 1000 rescued, animals, birds, reptiles, wolves and Barney, we have daily milking shows, reptile handling, wolf interaction and bottle feeding, own picnics welcome or there is a coffee shop on site yay!

T : 032 947 2018 | E :

Tidal Tao 

At Tidal Tao, we are dilly, silly and plain old passionate about the ocean and our neighbourhood of Salt Rock, near Ballito, on the North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. This is possibly some of the best snorkelling expediences South Africa has to offer.

T : 079 307 0608 | E :

Club Venture

Clubventure is an adventure facility located only 15 minutes inland from Ballito. Clubventure offers a 1.5 km Zipline Tour with the all new, first-in-the-world ‘Parazip’.

T : 032 9428014 | E :

Sugar Rush Park

Sugar Rush Park is a family orientated destination on the KZN North Coast that is designed to promote a healthy lifestyle and engage the whole family. The magic of Sugar Rush is its wide open spaces, secure parking, refreshment facilities and a host of activities.

T : 087 353 2247 | E :

Mamba Skate Park

The Mamba Skate Park is a unique, custom designed run a little different to the conventional skatepark consisting of 450m of winding, pumping and rolling track through a jungle of trees and thick coastal bush.

T : 082 558 2875 | E :


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