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Ballito is a small holiday town located in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. Ballito is situated roughly 40 kilometres north of Durban. It forms part of the KwaDukuza local Municipality, and iLembe District Municipality. Dolphins are common on this stretch of the North Coast shoreline, hence the nickname Dolphin Coast.

The town was established in 1954 as a private township, by the Glen Anil Development Corporation/Investments which was headed up by Dr Edward (Eddie) Rubenstein (1903–1972). The word "Ballito" translated from Spanish means "little ball". The town's name was borrowed from a glossy advert for Ballito hosiery made by Ballito Hosiery Limited of St. Albans, England The area was originally portion of a sugar cane farm at Compensation Beach owned by Basil Townsend.


KwaZulu-Natal, Ballito. GPS: -29.5362301, 31.2144547