Explore Kwazulu-Natal’s North Coast
Explore Kwazulu-Natal’s North Coast during your stay at The Lodge at Prince’s Grant. The activities to enjoy in the area are endless. The coastline is beautiful and there are many options for families, couples and friends travelling together. We take a look at our recommended top ten things to do on the North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal.
- Sunset at Salmon Bay Beach
Situated south of Ballito, Salmon Bay Beach is unspoiled and beautiful. It is popular with surfers because of the consistent surf on offer thank to the way that the bay is naturally exposed. The beach is normally filled with swimmers during the day but during early mornings or early evenings, you will share the beach with the anglers and can share their excitement when they catch anything from Cob and Snoek to Kingfish.
- Pampered to Perfection
Ballito is home to Impilo Beauty Spa, whose main aim is to impress. Plunge head first into pure indulgence with the rose petal filled Jacuzzi, an outdoor body massage or a health smoothie on the elevated balcony. The Spa offers tailor made full and half day treatments and caters to corporate groups, couples, and brides and grooms.
- Try Some Craft Beer
The Great Railroad Brewing Company was started in 2015 and has seen immense success since then with their innovative and unique craft beers, all brewed with the finest ingredients and traditions to ensure the best in flavor and class. Tours and tastings are a must for visitors and beer-lovers and can be arranged by appointment. The brewery is situated between Ballito and Umhlali, a short 35 minute drive from The Lodge at Prince’s Grant.
- Swim in the Ballito Tidal Pool
This is guaranteed to be a wonderful day out, no matter how old you are. There are two different sized pools. A larger one for adults who like to swim in the sea but not out in the open, and a smaller tidal pool perfect for little swimmers. The Tidal Pool is a cordoned off area that fills up when the tide comes in. This is a big family beach and you will often find families and children enjoying themselves. The pools are also filled with plenty of sea life, so you will see a few mussels or limpets on the pool walls.
- See the Mount Moreland Swallows
The Lake Victoria Wetland is the largest roosting site for Barn Swallows (also known as European Swallows) during their summer migration to South Africa. At the Lake Victoria Conservancy in Mount Moreland, about an hours’ drive from Prince’s Grant, you can witness the spectacle of the swallows. Every evening from mid-October to mid-April, millions of these tiny birds gather for about half an hour before sunset and fly all over the Wetlands. As darkness falls, the swallows drop into the reeds and disappear – until dusk the next day!
- Visit the Reptile Park
The Ndlondlo Reptile Park is in Ballito and houses over twenty species of reptiles, including anacondas and pythons. The animals are housed in unique, underground enclosures. Guided tours of the Park are available that are specially structured for the ages of the visitors. The Park has a Tea Garden so parents can relax with a cup of tea and lunch while their children safely explore the enclosures and learn about the different snakes
- Parazip down a Mountain!
Enjoy a bird’s eye view of this adventure as you slide along steel zipline cables from platform to platform across the Sampoya River. Clubventure offers a 1.5km Zipline Tour with an all new first in the world Parazip. Enjoy a nature walk to the top of a cliff, pause to appreciate the view and take a deep breath before sliding almost half a kilometer down the mountain. The best part – a parachute attached to you gives the feeling of parachuting down the mountain while being safely attached to the zipline cable.
- Sundowners with a View
Hops is one of those hidden gems along Ballito’s beaches. Enjoy some of the best views in the country and watch whales and dolphins play in the warm Indian Ocean while you sip on a cold beer. Hops is famous for its bottomless draught beers and is the only known pub in the world that offers this. Monday nights have specials for the gents and Tuesdays are Ladies’ Nights. Reservations are recommended.
- Treat the Kids
For a day out that your children will never forget, take them to Flag Animal Farm, about 30km from Prince’s Grant. All activities are made to entertain the little ones. They will learn how to milk a cow and hand feed rabbits, goats, sheep and a lot more. There is a playground – if they have any energy left – while mom and dad can have a light meal at the Tea Garden or have a picnic or braai.
Take a stroll down 2.4km of boardwalk along the main beaches of Ballito. Don’t forget your camera and binoculars because you are almost certain to see some of the pod of 200 dolphins that have made the Dolphin Coast home and gave the region its nickname. The dolphins play in smaller groups amongst the waves, sometimes coming quite close to shore. During whale season, you will often see the giant humpback whale and Southern Right whales along their journey.