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KwaZulu Natal

Ballito

The 2.5 km Ballito Promenade is one of the greatest tourists draws of the Ballito stretching from Willard Beach to Salmon Bay. Located along this promenade is a diverse range of sectional title apartments offering sea views, direct access to the walkway and within easy walking distance to many restaurants and pubs. These units are ideal properties for holidays, investment letting as well as permanent seaside homes. The freehold homes are located on the hills located behind the coastline and not surprisingly many offers dramatic sea views. As most of the homes were established over 30 years ago many have been renovated as well as having been converted into guest...

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Blythedale Beach

This is still a relatively unspoilt area on the coast not far from Stanger that adjoins a conservancy which includes the mouth of the Umvoti River and a long stretch of beach which is popular with fishermen. The area has remained largely undeveloped except for a new development that has been initiated - namely Blythedale Coastal Resort. A family orientated market has recently been launched at Blythedale focussing on Artisanal food and drinks, fresh produce and adventure activities and this market takes place on the first Sunday of the month.

Salt Rock

The name 'Salt Rock' came from the abundance of salt harvested from the coastal rocks for household use and trade by the maidens of the legendary King Shaka, Zulu royalty. As part of this area's development the idea of holidaying at the coast for extended periods of time became more in vogue during the 1940's and so the Salt Rock Hotel was developed by BG Hulett at this time. As the only original hotel still in existence in the area it has become an iconic heritage site on the North Coast commanding an incredible coastal location. The hotel at that time boasted a 9-hole golf course and some Salt Rock suburb road names still bear testament to this history, namely Fairway...

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Shakas Rock

Long before the town of Ballito was established in the early 1960's, the areas of Shaka's Rock and Salt Rock were frequented by many local farming families and as early as the late 1800's, simple wattle and daub beach homes were being built in the area. Shaka's Rock received its name from a local rocky outcrop which is believed to have been used as a vantage point by the legendary Shaka Zulu, King of the Zulus. Over time the popularity of this area has increased considerably and today it offers a choice of beachfront and suburbia living.

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Shakaskraal

King Shaka ordered the construction of several, far-flung royal settlements and military camps during his consolidation of his Zulu empire and his 'barracks' were located at the present-day Shakaskraal. Sadly this area has not undergone much development, yet it is home to many religious buildings including the Shree Emperumal Temple, founded by Indian indentured labourers as well as the Shakaskraal Musjid catering or the needs of the Islamic community. The hustle and bustle of the central business district is reminiscent of the streets of India with a dazzling array of options on offer.

Sheffield Beach

Just north of Salt Rock and virtually ten minutes from Ballito, is the beautiful Sheffield Beach Area with sheltered coves, and excellent fishing and diving spots. This area is tranquil and is situated away from the hustle and bustle of the now large Ballito CBD. Several relatively new developments are steadily increasing the appeal of this area, namely Birdhaven and the Zulalami and Elaleni developments which will increase the popularity of this area even further.

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Stanger

Founded in 1872, Stanger was named after the first Surveyor-General of the then Colony of Natal, William Stanger. Situated inland Stanger is approximately eighty kilometres from the City of Durban and in its early days Stanger served as a business hub for the many sugar mills and farmers within a twenty Kilometre radius of the Town. The Business focus brought with it a variety of light Industries such as; Education, Health and other Services for the Farming Communities. Stanger was granted municipal status in 1949 and following the significant Democratic changes in 1994 this municipality's name was then given the significant name change to KwaDukuza after Shaka's Royal...

Tinley Manor

Approximately 13km north of Ballito lies the hamlet of Tinley Manor which has not yet been affected by the push of development and still regarded as an area with ‘growth potential’ by property gurus. The name Hulett is well known in the north coast area. Liege Hulett bought land at Mt Moreland, Compensation and then 3000 hectares north of the Umhlali River in 1901 and named the new estate Tinley Manor where the first Hulett sugar mill was erected. Palm Lakes Estate is situated inland of this seaside town. Down at the small town the southern boundary is graced with a long lagoon that opens into the Indian Ocean and provides safe paddle-skiing, wind-surfing...

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Umhlali

The quaint village of Umhlali, inland from Salt Rock, was established by British and Scottish Byrne settlers in 1850 and was originally Fort William. It was however renamed Umhlali - the Zulu name for the Monkey Orange tree, which grew abundantly along the banks of the Umhlali River but locals also referred to it as the place of waiting" because settlers and locals would have to wait on the banks before crossing the river on a northward journey. While Ballito consisted of a few beach shacks at this time Umhlali was the hub of the farming community with the heart of the village being the bustling main road sporting a bank, post office, supermarket, hairdresser, car...

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Zinkwazi

A small town on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal Zinkwazi is well known for its lagoon, which is a 7km stretch of water that is part of the Zinkwazi River. Surrounded by coastal dunes this area forms part of a nature conservancy. The lagoon is a popular swimming spot for kids as well at boating enthusiasts. The Zulus name Zinkwazi means "the home of Fish Eagles", and their haunting cry is still part of the attraction of this beautiful area.

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