So you are not from Ballito; you are just visiting. You are not too sure what really goes down at the Ballito Pro (currently being held in KwaDukuza); you would still really like to get involved and make the most of this beautiful town during the mid-year vacation period…right?
Here we introduce you to a quick five-step guide on how the non-Ballitonian and holiday maker can shake up, shift in and enjoy the best of the Dolphin Coast.
- First things first, the Ballito Pro surfing competition is a big deal. Every year the world’s finest surfing contingent gathers to ‘surf it out’ for the title of the Qualifying Series (QS) surf champion. With 10,000 points up for grabs in world rankings and a spot on the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) 2016, locals and visitors alike get to experience the thrill of watching the best of the best compete in the high, action-packed extravaganza. Tis the wonderland of wild waves and wicked waters.
- But wait; what if you do not enjoy surfing or do not quite know enough (yet) to go spend an entire day at the beach watching pro surfers do their thing? Enter Ballito Pro Festival, where there is something for everybody. Here you can enjoy a fantastic mix in music, sporting activities and beach entertainment. Song, dance, food, drink and retail – you could not go wrong here.
- What is a holiday or well-deserved break in Ballito without shopping? Lifestyle Centre, Ballito Junction, Ballito Bay, The Quarter Boutique Shopping Centre and Tiffany’s (a bit further out, in the Salt Rock/Umhlali area) – those are just five of the major names. You will find the best in restaurants, retail stores and a full range of services. For those who enjoy the more authentic and simplistic shopping experience, there are a range of great weekend markets to visit: The Litchi Orchard, Umhlali Village Market and the Lifestyle Foodie Market. Parents can also make weekends extra special for the little ones with a trip to Flag Animal Farm in Umhlali.
- Take a time-out; walk along the Ballito promenade. This 4km stretch runs from Salmon Bay to Willard Beach. Take in the splendour of the Kwazulu Natal coastline together with its fabulous beaches. Nothing beats being out in the crazy-beautiful, everyday spectacle that is nature in its most inspiring form.
- Make an exciting outing of the gorgeous seaside drive from Ballito to Umhlanga Rocks via the M4. This is a great opportunity to relax and unwind; enjoy the fresh coastal breeze with friends and family while scoping the best of KZN’s scenic drives.