Ballito at a glance
Ballito, once a holiday resort town catering solely to holidaymakers and affluent retirees, has exploded in recent years to become a flourishing business hub with a variety of commercial interests. The area now supports a growing residential population.
Many commute to Durban and Umhlanga daily while the recently opened King Shaka International Airport makes a weekly commute to Sandton in Gauteng a breeze.
Ballito on the Dolphin Coast is just 40 minutes from Durban, 20 minutes from the business office parks of Umhlanga and just 15 minutes from King Shaka International Airport. The area has quickly become the preferred residential neighbourhood for wealthy business professionals and moderate income earners alike. The lifestyle retains the relaxed ambiance of a resort town with a strong emphasis on family values and prosperous economic growth.
Prestigious gated estates such as Brettenwood Coastal Estate, Dunkirk, Zimbali and Simbithi Eco Estate offer exclusive security for homeowners. Several developments also cater for the upper-middle income sector, offering the security of community living while also affording child-friendly facilities for first time homeowners. The rapid growth in the area has recently opened the market to moderate apartment sales too.
The area, incorporating various smaller suburbs including Ballito, Chaka’s Rock, Salt Rock and Sheffield Beach offers a spectrum of freehold opportunities: magnificent mansions on the upper slopes afford panoramic sea views while comfortable family homes in the leafy valleys are perfect for animal loving homeowners.
Ballito has many pockets of land under conservancy, meaning the environment is rich in natural flora and fauna within the residential suburbs. The ocean front area caters for holiday makers. Apartments range from multi-million rand investments to affordable beach front holiday flats. Holiday apartments in this area are still excellent investments as seasonal occupation levels often reach capacity.
The northward expansion of business interest from Durban is expected to continue, ultimately merging with the southward expansion from the port city of Richards Bay in the north. Commercial and Retail interests proliferate alongside the exploding residential property market. Ballito and its surrounding suburbs is expected to remain one of South Africa’s fastest growing investment regions for many years to come.
Zimbali (Ballito) at a glance
Since 1996, the Zimbali resort just outside of Ballito has provided the area with one of the most highly regarded, resort and residential locations on the entire North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. In the last few years, Ballito has seen a boom in both the commercial and residential sectors and areas such as the Zimbali Resort are helping achieve this. It's a lodge and residential node within the Northern Coastal region of the province that prides itself on both nature and sophisticated country living.
Whether its sun, beach, nature or wildlife, Zimbali, Ballito and the North Coast have it all right on its doorstep. It's also a short drive to other popular locations such as Durban or Umhlanga. So opting to move to this highly desirable area is highly favourable. Its close proximity to the King Shaka International Airport has also ensured a flourishing business culture has emerged making it highly favourable for those looking to work within the North Coast but be around nature with a touch of urban chic.
A brief history of the area
Zimbali in many ways is an extension of Ballito as some of its entry points are located within the borders of the highly popular town. The written history of this area only dates back to the year 1954 when the town was established very much around the development of the sugar industry, an industry that has very much shaped the entire vicinity.
Ballito has always been a town very much a part of leisure and this is why today the entire expanse is considered to be one of the best places in the whole of KwaZulu-Natal for this purpose. This is why people relocate to Ballito in order to relax. By the 1950’s it had already been hailed as the “The Caribbean of the North Coast”. Ballito has also played host to international surfing events such as the Ballito Pro which has been sponsored by both Mr Price and Billabong to leading clothing brands in the lifestyle industry. The contest moved from Durban to Ballito a few years ago and has proved to be popular. There is also a music festival component as well. This has also raised the profile of the area quite significantly and has enabled even more investment into this highly regarded North Coast location.
Ballito has world-class infrastructure in the form of great roads, however, the town is still small and developing so there are little to no double lane roads in Ballito. Transport is also limited however it's fairly easy to take a bus or minivan to and from Durban. Hospitals and healthcare is limited but one can also access world class health care in nearby Umhlanga or Durban.
Schools in the area
Zimbali Estate and Ballito have no shortage of world-class schooling facilities some of which include, Ashton International College, Ballito Bay Montessori Pre-School, Beaches Independent Primary School, Dolphin Coast Pre-Primary, Curro School Mount Richmore, Umhlali Preparatory School and Trinityhouse Palm Lakes.
There is only one listed hospital in Ballito due to the areas close proximity to other more built up areas including Umhlanga and Durban, the name of which is the Netcare Alberlito Hospital. If one decides to take the short drive to Umhlanga from Ballito, they can also visit the Netcare Umhlanga Hospital, Busamed Gateway Private Hospital, Nurture Umhlanga Hospital and the Akeso Umhlanga Hospital.
Distance from key points (Airport/CBD)
Zimbali Estate is well situated to the King Shaka International Airport and if one wishes to travel to this world class facility from the Zimbali or Ballito suburban area, its said to take around 20 minutes travel time and is under 20 km in distance. From Zimbali to the central areas of Durban its believed to be just over or just under 40 km depending on the route chosen and will take roughly 30 to 40 minutes travel time.
Due to the fact that development in and around Ballito and the Zimbali area is fairly high, there are many shopping facilities to choose from as retail therapy is a popular activity, especially on the weekends. Some of the more popular shopping facilities include Ballito Junction Regional Mall, Ballito Lifestyle Centre, The Quarter Boutique Shopping Centre, Viper Ballito Bay Mall, Tiffany’s Shopping Centre and the Ballito Shopping Precinct.
Zimbali and Ballito have no shortage of great restaurants and popular takeaways some of which include A Pescatore Italian Restaurant, Mozambik Ballito, The Gallery Beach Bar and Grill Seafood Restaurant, Thava Indian and Continental, Fiamma Grill, Beira Alta and Mamma G’s. This is not to mention other popular chain stores such as Wimpy, Steers, Simply Asia, Mugg and Bean and Kauai.
Zimbali, Ballito and the North Coast have a world of nature and things to do and explore. For many years the area has been famous for its rolling sugar cane fields and abundance of wildlife, fauna, and flora. However, with more development brings more things to do in and around Zimbali and Ballito. Here are some highlights.
Sugar Rush Market
Every Saturday, the area comes alive with the Sugar Rush Market, which showcases everything you’d expect from a market and more. With top artisan fare, fresh produce and locally grown organic vegetables as well, the market really does have something for everyone. With over 30 stalls the market is jam-packed with lots of fun activities for the whole family.
Visit The Harold Johnson Nature Reserve
If one wishes to get back to nature near the famed Tugela River a visit to the Harold Johnson Nature Reserve is highly recommended. A short drive from Ballito or Zimbali, there one can experience giraffe, bush-pig, antelope, and zebra as well as a wide variety of birds. There are also camping and braai facilities available.
Surfers Kite & Surf Centre
Surfing and its varying associated watersports are almost as much a part of the culture of the North Coast as the sugar cane fields and for the past decade, the Surfers Kite and Surf Centre has been providing the surfing community with not only the best surf equipment and apparel but also with lessons and training. One can learn how to Kitesurf with professional trainers. The premises are situated at Shop 23, Lifestyle Centre, Douglas Crowe Drive, Ballito.
Ballito Helicopter Flips
Near the Imbonini Industrial Park is where visitors and residents can go on helicopter tours and flips. This highly regarded tourist activity is open everyday of the week, however, those wishing to utilize the service are advised to book well in advance due to it being highly popular and recommended. One can decide on the route with includes mind-blowing places such as the Mkuze Falls, Monk’s Cowl or the Drakensberg Mountain Range.
Time to invest
Zimbali (Ballito) really has a lot to offer in terms of both sophistication and breathtaking nature. The development is famous for combining these two features seamlessly to bring the investor a truly original and breathtaking experience. Get in contact with a highly skilled broker at Century 21 and start your next home out of this splendid location along the famed North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. The area really is bursting with things to do and places to go and it would seem it's just growing in popularity for so many reasons.