Although the restaurant burned down in June 2013 it has recently reopened and according to reports is still a great place to relax, eat and enjoy the environment.
The Waterberry is not your average restaurant. It isn’t surrounded by commercial development nor is it a franchise and you won’t find too many venues with the same mix of interests.
It is easily accessed on main Ballito roads and is located in a well-established, up-market residential area but is nestled on the edge of a high canopy coastal forest. The Waterberry is a gateway between two different worlds and it offers everything you could want in between.
The decor has changed but it is still tastefully and seasonally decorated, very clean and always tidily arranged. The quality is still the same.
The entrance has a gift shop offering gourmet jams, chocolates, coffees and baked items. They even have a nicely furnished lounge area should you have to wait for seating.
For those who are squeamish about public toilets, the loos are very clean!
The construction is wood rather than the usual cold drab brick and plaster.
The dining area is a covered deck open on all sides to forest so your meal is accompanied by the singing of birds and forest shading insures you’ll not be overly hot during your visit.
And they make allowances for the kids. The play area has a sand box, slide, swings and they host sand art activities everyday in season and on the weekends out of season. The sand art does have a small fee. My grand kids loved it!
The feature that really sets them apart is a nature walk through the forest. The 150 meter path (+/-) is well marked and in places covered with deck. The forest is filled with bird life and they even have their own resident buck (very small breed) that roams freely through the forest area (approximately a hectare) and feeds on indigenous flora. He is used to people and if you stand still and be very quiet he’ll pose for a picture.
And the food? What can I say?
The bakery offers several types of BAKED cheesecake; a variety of cakes, pies and muffins and the coffee is very good. They do offer a full menu and everything looks and tastes great! The prices are fair also.
They take all major credit cards.
- From Durban travel north on the N2 to the Ballito exit, number 210.
- Take the exit and turn right.
- Follow the road approximately 1.5 kilometers (1 mile) to the third traffic circle. Go straight through the first two.
- Turn left 30 meters to the next traffic circle.
- Turn right into Leonora Drive and go approximately 1.5 kilometers to the stop sign.
- The entrance to The Waterberry is just across the street.
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