Just minutes away to the north of Ballito lies the delightful village of Salt Rock, tucked away on the KwaZulu Natal northern coast just 30 minutes from Durban. Salt Rock offers a timeless family holiday atmosphere, wonderful beaches and large tidal pools.
Once the home of Shaka, King of the Zulus, whose maidens used to come here to collect salt to trade with and to use in the king’s household.
Frequented by surfers who when aren’t riding the waves there, they’re chasing the waves on the typical Zululand sandbank / reef, just near the main beach, which offers a glassy left and right peak that breaks on rock and sand.
Daily Life guards presence provide a safe bathing beach, and aside from the beautiful beach, shell collecting, rock pools and perfect views for sighting bottle-nose dolphins, there are also restaurants, shops and several golf courses in the Ballito area and at Maidstone to entertain the avid golfer.
Salt Rock is also home to Flag Farm Animal Farm, a real farmyard experience, offering children a chance to ride in carts driven by Fresians, Welsh ponies and cart horses, a tractor ride or feeding chickens, milking a cow or communing with bunnies, pigs, goats and sheep.
Salt Rock has plenty of fishing spots along it's coast, through Shaka's Rock to Ballito and Salmon bay. Salt Rock owes much of its history to Basil Hulett and his wife Gwen who started not only the Salt Rock Hotel but went on to develop the town of Salt Rock that is found today. Nightlife in the small town is limited with a handful of bars, pubs and restaurants offering a variety of food and drinks. New development Sheffield Manor and Tiffany's Shopping Mall are now in Salt Rock.
As well as providing some good fishing spots and there are beautiful reefs offshore. The main beach has lifeguards and is shark protected and an excellent surfing site. Close to the main beach is a massive tidal pool, which was originally built for guests staying at the hotel.