North Coast at a Glance

Positioned between two of the busiest ports in Africa, namely Durban and Richard’s Bay, the KZN North Coast, is one of the fastest growing areas in South Africa. Initially Ballito was a small resort town surrounded by sugar cane farms, but the entire area has now become a sought after commercial and residential destination. At first the opening of King Shaka International in 2010 was the catalyst that enabled many business people and investors seeking a change in lifestyle to buy homes on the North Coast but in addition a multitude of entrepreneurs have breathed new and vibrant energy into the area. Many small businesses and entrepreneurs have blossomed all of which has led to complementary business opportunities.

Ballito’s permanent population has grown from 12 000 to 30 000 in just over 10 years and as such many residential, golf and eco-estate developments have sprung up along the coastline during the past few years. This upsurge has also lead to visionary developers embarking on many new developments and excitingly some 16km of coastline, has been earmarked for massive residential, resort and commercial property developments stretching from the Salt Rock area northwards. The announcement of the opening of Southern Africa’s first Club Med in Tinley Manor will entrench the popularity of this area even further.

The North Coast boasts a rich cultural heritage with strong Eastern, African, European and French Mauritian influences. With a strong link to the Zulu Kingdom, there are a number of additional historical and natural attractions close by, such as King Shaka Heritage Route, and many Big Five game reserves of Zululand as well as the iSimangaliso Wetland Park are just a few hours north along the coast.

With so much to offer the North Coast is a top property hot spot which is not only an excellent place to live but also to invest.
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The North Coast Lifestyle

The warm sub-tropical climate, gorgeous beaches and relaxed lifestyle are exceptional alluring factors of this destination but locals also have a wide choice of outdoor activities. These include Mountain Biking and Trail Running; Micro lighting along the coastline; Recreational Rock and Deep Sea Fishing, Surfing, and of course Golf. This area is home to some of the most scenic golf courses in South Africa including Zimbali, Simbithi, Umhlali, Prince’s Grant, and Maidstone. As a golfing destination, there is certainly more than enough variety to challenge and thrill all Handicaps. There is a permanent fresh food market and artisanal bakery at Ballito’s Lifestyle Shopping Centre, many popular restaurants and pubs, beautiful hotels and wedding venues, a choice of many schools, a Netcare private hospital and the Ballito Junction Regional Shopping Mall.

Schools

There are also a number of primary and high schools in the area including Umhlali Preparatory School, Ashton International College, Crawford North Coast, a newly opened Reddam College, and Curro Mt Richmore – all giving a wider choice of educational outcomes.

The Ballito Pro

The Ballito Pro, the world’s longest running professional surfing event is held every year here and with the wetsuit and apparel giant O’Neill as the new presenting sponsor, this surfing festival will be the cornerstone of the continent’s biggest beach festival. Many Big Five game reserves of Zululand as well as the iSimangaliso Wetland Park are also only a few hours north along the coast rounding off the ultimate world class destination.