What to do and see in Salt Rock, South Africa: The Best Places and Tips

September 22, 2017 Osvaldo Hartline

Salt Rock is a small town just north of Ballito and Shaka's Rock on the Dolphin Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It is a favorite holiday destination for many local South Africans. It is about 40 minutes north of Durban. There are plenty of fishing spots along the coast from Salt Rock, 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 as found today. Nightlife in the small town is limited with a handful of pubs and restaurants offering a variety of food and drinks. A new development, Sheffield Manor, is situated in Salt Rock as well as the newly built Tiffany's Shopping Mall.
Restaurants in Salt Rock

1. Flag Animal Farm

Exit 214 Umhlali, Salt Rock, South Africa +27 32 947 2018
Excellent
53%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 123 reviews

Flag Animal Farm

Reviewed By Mr Kavith H - Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Flag animal farm is well-run and provides a full array of attractions for children and adults. The physical layout of the farm encourages exploration. The animals appear to be well taken care of and staff are friendly, plentiful and knowledgeable. Furthermore, the owner has a tangible passion for what she does. The wolves and foxes are a thrill to behold. The coffee shop and general store provides sufficient options. The pony and tractor rides are fairly priced.
Benches, tables and picnic spots are in abundance, as are shaded spots, which come in handy on a hot summer's day.
Well worth the drive to the north coast of KZN!

2. Thompson's Bay Beach

Ocean Drive, Ballito 4399, South Africa
Excellent
52%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 123 reviews

Thompson's Bay Beach

Reviewed By dewittedirk - Kontich, Belgium

We are wordtravellers travelling the world with our own vehicle. On our way from the north to the South coast we stayed 4 days in Balito. A place full of empty houses and apartments in low season. We loved the place where we camped but Balito itself is boring. We walked to the Thompson bay beach and were amazed to find the black rocks behind private properties. Next to a small parking narrow stone stairs lead to a small beach area where a man made tidal pool is made. At the end of the pool a natural hole in the rock wall leads to another small beach surrounded with grass grown cliffs on the edge of them houses! It is a special place but visiting Balito to see that ..? If a Cafe with a nice teracce would have been there, maybe...

3. Burnedale Farm

No. 1, Old Main Road, Umhlali 4390, South Africa +27 32 947 0133
Excellent
5%
Good
80%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 18 reviews

Burnedale Farm

Reviewed By CatloverDurban - Durban

Lovely setting at Burnedale. Superb food with a good Kiddie menu. Large portions and very tasty. Staff are friendly, and as it does get busy, you may need to wait just a little while. Get there early for a table. Normal meal, or tea and cake, sit and relax. Animal farm for the kiddies, sand art, watch out for the goats! Little shops with clothes, home décor or a quick nail bar for Mom! My favourite the Pottery Shop with it's lovely crockery to purchase. Always a good place for a meal.

4. Crocodile Creek

77 Greylands Road, Tongaat 4399, South Africa +27 32 940 4444
Excellent
59%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 158 reviews

Crocodile Creek

Reviewed By Kirsten L

Very run down, walk way boards loose, pathways over grown water levels very low, glass of snake enclosures very dirty (difficult to see in), mongoose cage very small, rusting metal. After watching the guide with the challenge decided to leave. My 10 year olds comment “at first I was bored, then I was horrified. It seems cruel”

5. The Litchi Orchard

1 Seaforth Avenue, Salt Rock 4390, South Africa +27 32 525 5118
Excellent
33%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
30%
Poor
7%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 13 reviews

The Litchi Orchard

The Litchi Orchard is a functioning litchi farm and a green haven of good food, decor & design. It has become a meeting point for the North Coast community & a unique experience for visitors. Here we celebrate the way food is produced and the people who produce it. Our appreciation for local food & fare shows in the number of carefully selected local shops & eateries on this unique property.

Reviewed By SharksSupporter1 - Durban

A collection of art and food shops situated just behind Sasol on the Salt Rock to Umhlali road. Very interesting and after walking around we each had a scoop of home made ice cream which was delicious. Will go again the next time we are in the area..

6. Taspa Experience

1 Basil Hulett Drive | Shop 12, Salt Rock Shopping Center, Salt Rock 4390, South Africa +27 83 375 5405
Excellent
34%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 3 reviews

Taspa Experience

Taspa Experience is your one stop funky Hippie shop selling Clothing, Jewellery, Gifts, CD'S, Incense, Esoteric goods, Hats,Bags,Sarongs and so much more.The "Taspa Experience" is a Bohemian treasure trove of goods from around the globe, an Alladins Cave of textures and smells to titalate your senses! A happy space for many an "Experience" for sure!

Reviewed By Rienie V

If you want to spend time looking at stunning clothes, brows around the shelves at interesting odds and get incense sticks, buy a little bit of soap, get a new bracelet or bangle, necklace, you are at the right place. The colourful dresses, pants, in...MoreHi Rienie You are to kind! Thank you for your beautiful review!✌?? Peace ✌ Love ? Happiness ? [email protected] ✌??

7. Sugar Rush Park

1 Esenembi Road, Ballito 4399, South Africa +27 87 351 2954
Excellent
25%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
11%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 44 reviews

Sugar Rush Park

Reviewed By BARRYBE - SOUTH AFRICA

Have not been to this establishment for some time now Was very impressed with all the improvements that have taken around this restaurant especially for children and cyclists enthusiasts. The lunch time meal was good with beef hamburger and sweet potatoes chips.Others in our party had toasted sandwiches which were good .They had Jack black craft beer on special which was great .Well worth another visit.

8. Ndlondlo Reptile Park

SPCA Road, Ballito 4399, South Africa +27 82 561 4969
Excellent
62%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
16%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 18 reviews

Ndlondlo Reptile Park

Reviewed By antspants04 - London, United Kingdom

i really liked this park. it's small but the owners are clearly very passionate and knowledgeable about the animals they care for.
they took us on a tour with the children and we learnt lots about all the animals and really appreciated the personal touch.
they do great work and i'd encourage anybody to visit to learn more about these beautiful animals.

9. Ballito Junction

Leonora Dr, Ballito, South Africa Ballito
Excellent
56%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
11%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 9 reviews

Ballito Junction

Reviewed By GDay1044 - Durban, South Africa

Billed as a Provincial mall this very large complex on several levels has it all – lots of parking in the open and under cover – a wide choice of brand name and regular shops, supermarkets and a varied selection of eateries make for an interesting few hours – luckily we had a floor plan with all the retailers, banks, restaurants and other outlets color coded for ease of navigation – without it you could put a kilometer or so on your health monitor! – very handy for locals and visitors alike as it cuts out the 30 minute trip to Umhlanga to find something on a par - there is gallery and also "Court Space which can be sub let by tenants to expand their sales pitch for short periods

10. Cappeny Estate

D176 Off Esenembe Road | Compensation, Ballito 4420, South Africa +27 32 815 1168
Excellent
0%
Good
100%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

Cappeny Estate

Reviewed By Jeffthehangman - Ballito, South Africa

This is a working farm. They allow people to pick strawberries on Saturdays from 09:00 to 15:00. Entrance is R75. There is small coffee shop reasonably priced. Fun activity for all ages.

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