Developments such as the Palm Lakes, Fairmont Zimbali and Simbithi Estates show the potential in the region for high-end residential accommodation and entertainment. The IFA Hotels & Resorts offer the ultimate in luxury accommodation. With several newly developed hotels, inviting the business, trade and conference meetings, market opportunities exist to experience the North Coast lifestyle in iLembe.
Of note is Ballito, a coastal town that nestles between the green rolling hills of the KwaZulu-Natal’s North Coast, and the blue rolling waves of the warm Indian Ocean. In Ballito, one encounters the many diverse pursuits and gets enchanted with locations within easy reach or can simply relax on the golden sandy beaches soaking up the African sun. Gateway Mall “The Theatre of Shopping” and La Lucia Mall are just 30 minutes down the road towards Durban from Ballito while the Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom is about 20 minutes away.
Willard’s Beach is the main bathing beach with popular surfing and body boarding spots “Bog” & “Surfers” to the south while “Sunrise” lies to the north. These beaches are protected by shark nets and have qualified lifeguards on duty during the day. Only a distance of 15 minutes walking south of Willard’s Beach one comes across Clarke Bay with its rocky pools on either side of this sandy bay.
Besides the magnificent coastal areas with different sea sports and fishing, the hinterland offers a mostly undisturbed rural setting with a rich Zulu culture thriving. The King Shaka Tourism Route offers great tourist attractions. The heritage route celebrates the great King Shaka Zulu who is considered by many as the architect of the Zulu nation as he was responsible for joining many scattered clans into a unified force that dominated the land between the modern Swazi border and the Eastern Cape. Most notable is the High Rock where King Shaka would sit to plan his military tactics and the Observation Rock where King Shaka would sit and watch the movements of his army training on the plains below. iLembe offers a diverse lifestyle that can only be the envy of many in South Africa, catering for high, low and middle-income classes.