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Things to do in Salt Rock

Salt Rock is a quaint town situated in the KwaZulu Natal province of South Africa. It is located just north of Shaka’s Rock and Ballito along the Dolphin Coast. The town is situated in the Illembe district. Salt Rock is located approximately fifty-two kilometres from Durban and is an easy forty minute drive away from the city of Durban. It’s a destination that has a variety of activities available and gets busy during the weekends with many people making the short journey to the town. I’ve put together a list of the four things to do in Salt Rock, KwaZulu Natal.

The Grand Exotic

The Grand Exotic is a quaint cafe in Salt Rock, KwaZulu Natal. Interior decor is vintage and filled with beautiful antiques. The Grand Exotic is known for its delightful Honduras coffee which is a definite must try. In addition, the cafe serves their famous carrot cake which is also divine and should be tried. The venue also hosts an antique shop, a day spa and can be hired out as a wedding venue. The Grand Exotic also offers gluten free and vegetarian meal options.

The Grand Exotic

Definite must have items at the cafe are their hot chocolate which was R35.00 and their famous carrot cake which was R48.00 and absolutely divine.

Where:

Sheffield Beach Road, Sheffield Drive, Salt Rock, KwaZulu Natal

Cost:

Free to enter

Times:

Mon – Fri 8am- 4pm

Sat – 8 am – 2pm

Sun – closed

Website:

https://www.thegrandexotic.com/

Quick Tip: No children under the age of 14 are allowed due to the antique decor found at the cafe.

Litchi Orchard

The Litchi Orchard is a working litchi farm as well as a sanctuary for small businesses, offering visitors food, decor and crafted goods. There are various things to do at the location.

Shopping: The Litchi Orchard hosts a variety of shops offering furniture and leather goods to skincare and designer dresses. There is also a farmer’s market which offers seasonal fruit and vegetable.

Food: Enjoy a meal at the restaurant on the park premises, called The Shed. It has a gastro pub vibe.

Beauty: There is a mobile nail and beauty bar called “There she Glows” situated in a vintage caravan on the premises.

Markets: They host a Maker’s Market every Second Saturday of the Month – 09:00 am – 13:00 pm. And they host a Night Market every Last Friday of the Month – 16:00 pm – 21:00 pm

Where:

Seaforth Avenue, Salt Rock, KwaZulu Natal

Cost:

Free to enter

Times:

Tuesday – Sunday 8:00 am – 16:00 pm

Website:

https://www.litchiorchard.co.za/

Quick Tip: Check their social media for dates of their upcoming events.

Are you enjoying this, check out the previous post on the Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve which is located in Durban. 

Flag Animal Farm

The Flag Animal Farm is a farm which prides themselves in animal rescue. Over their years in existence, they have managed to save over fourteen thousand animals. The flag farm offers a family experience and allows people to walk freely with the animals.

Flag Animal Farm

Some of the activities on offer at the animal flag farm include, reptile shows, viewing of wolves, outdoor play areas, tractor, train, fire engine and horse rides, a splash waterpark and indoor play centres. It is a definite place for a family day out without lots of things for the kids to do.

Where:

Sheffield Beach Road, Durban, South Africa, 4390

Cost:

Entry fee: R55.00 per person (kids over the age of 18 months pay the same fee)

Pony & Train rides: R 12.00 per ride

Animal feed and carrots: R12.00 per packet

Times:

Mon – Sun: 09:00 am – 16:30 pm

Website:

https://flaganimalfarm.co.za/

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Thompson’s Bay – Hole in the Wall

Thompson’s Bay Beach is tucked between Ballito and Shaka’s Rock. It’s located about four kilometres away from Salt Rock so technically not a Salt Rock beach itself but is a very quick drive and within the vicinity so it’s a definite must visit. Thompson’s Bay is one of the best beaches in the area. There is a great tidal pool which offers amazing views of the Hole in the Wall.

The Hole in the Wall is a picturesque place and is basically rock formations with a hole in it allowing access to the other side of the beach. It’s a beautiful spot and offers spectacular views of the beach. Since it is such a pretty place, it tends to get busy with people wanting to take pictures so plan accordingly. Also note, that there is a bit of a walk from the parking area located alongside the road and getting to the beach, particularly the tidal pools and the hole in the wall especially during the busier days.

Where:

0B Rock Ln, Shaka’s Rock, Dolphin Coast, 4399

Cost:

Free to enter

Times:

Mon – Sun: 06:30 am – 16: 30 pm

Quick Tip: Please be careful when it is high tide, especially on the ramp leading through the hole and especially the rocks after the wall leading to the next beach. It gets slippery and often quite windy.

What did you think of the list of things to do in Salt Rock? So do you have more to add on? Let me know in the comments below.

Looking for more inspiration, check out the South Africa page which has other posts on things that you can do in this extraordinary country.

* Please note that all prices and contact information are correct at time of publication. Please check the venues websites as prices may change without notice. *

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