Just 20 minutes from King Shaka International Airport, the KwaZulu-Natal coastline has undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years. There is now adiverse things to do on the Dolphin Coast, including leisure and outdoor activities in Ballito and Thompson’s Bay. This picturesque area is South Africa’s hidden gem.

Local Activities


There are some magnificent 18-hole courses in the area, the large greens and impressive fairways synonymous with Peter Matkovich’s designs. Simbithi, Umhlali and Prince’s Grant consistently rank among the top courses in South Africa.

Snorkelling and Diving

Protected tidal pools and rocky coastline are home to over 50 species of fish, corals, a wide variety of invertebrates, and big shoals. Among the many colourful fish species, highlights include parrot fish, damsels, surgeons, butterfly fish as well as moray eels.


Catch some waves with a group or private lesson. The surf here is mostly characterised by sandbars, reefs or a combination of both. There are numerous breaks and even some secret spots that are good fun for comfortable surfers.

Whale & Dolphin Viewing

From June to November, hump back whales migrate from Antarctica at the onset of winter, along South Africa’s east coast past Durban and onto the warmer waters of Mozambique and Madagascar, to breed and give birth. Other whales that can be seen along the Dolphin Coast are the southern right, sperm, minke and bryde.

Scenic Coastal Walk

The well-marked trail is approximately 9kms over varied terrain, some areas are rocky, others beautiful open sandy beaches. A great opportunity to view the migrating whales from June to November.


Ballito Lifestyle Centre and the Junction Mall offer a mix of shops, from local treasures to internationally-known brands. Gateway Theatre of Shopping is a 30-minute drive away and worth the trip to enjoy a wide range of entertainment and shops.

Sala Beach House is a peaceful boutique hotel, spa, restaurant and intimate function space set in a stunning beachfront landscape. Located on KwaZulu-Natal’s Dolphin Coast, this enchanting coastal destination’s plentiful beaches, unspoilt landscapes and temperate climate create the perfect surroundings for an uninterrupted escape.

Explore a diverse range of leisure activities, venture out to vibrant local markets, enjoy the town’s renowned dining scene, then return to your own private haven.

Just twenty minutes from Durban’s King Shaka International Airport (DUR) and within easy reach of the game and nature reserves in Northern KwaZulu-Natal.

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