Zimbali Lodge


The Zimbali Coastal Forest Estate is only a 20-minute drive away from Durban and 25 kilometres north of the Umhlanga Mountains. 250 small houses are located on the 370 hectares large property and blend perfectly with the surrounding nature.


50 hectares have been set aside for a nature reserve sporting the local flora and fauna. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful nature on a network of pathways and wooden platforms without disturbing animals and plants.


At the Zimabli Lodge, you will find numerous read more » freshwater lakes, which are a natural heaven for countless birds, butterflies and plants.


On the eastern border of the property, you will find a beautiful three kilometre long sandy beach, the gentle waves of the Indian Ocean licking the shore.


This is the stunning setting for the estate’s centrepiece - the Zimbali Lodge – “Place of the flowers”.


From the Lodge, which is surrounded by subtropical vegetation and lush gardens with local plants, you have a beautiful view of the ocean.


The Five Stars lodge offers 76 rooms, luxury accommodation for every guest. The classy architecture has an Indonesian touch and features warm colours.


There is a beautiful pool area with view of the ocean and a tennis court for an entertaining workout.


Golfers can improve their handicap on the 18-hole Championship golf course - it is one of the best, South Africa has to offer.


All visitors that are looking for relaxation should spend some time in the spa area with its high quality and luxurious facilities.


An important factor during the construction of the lodge was to integrate the building into its environment while creating only a minimum impact on nature.


A goal that has been most successfully achieved – all guests will have a wonderful vacation in the middle of pristine nature: A comfortable oasis off the beaten track!


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The Zimbali Lodge offers 76 rooms, which are accommodated in individual lodges. There are two lodges with eight rooms and six lodges with ten rooms.


The guest can choose between the categories “Luxury read more » Suite”, “King Bedroom”, and “Twin Bedroom”.


Warm, ochre colours dominate throughout all rooms – all bathrooms are designed in the last century’s elegant Victorian style.


Every room commands a breathtaking view of with the lake, the lagoon or the tropical forest.


All lodges are built in a fashion that allows the two worlds to mingle: the fine comforts meet the unspoilt nature. You will live in a luxurious ambiance but still feel close to nature.


All rooms are equipped with satellite-TV, radio, bathrooms with a separate shower, hairdryer, connection for an electric shaver, telephone, options to connect a computer, balcony and air-conditioning.


In addition, there is an 18-hour butler service available and all guests receive the daily newspaper.


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Not only passionate hikers, but also golfers will be amazed by the possibilities at the Zimbali Lodge!


The Zimbali Country Club has a 72-hole golf course that was designed by the former South African read more » PGA and British Open champion Tom Weiskopf.


Here you will be able to play golf in a beautiful environment dotted with many natural lakes.


The course is perfect for top players as well as players with a higher handicap.


Those not thrilled by the gentlemen’s sport golf can go for a hike in the woods along the coast and discover the natural splendour.


Horseback riding is another opportunity to discover the woods, beach and nature.


Two floodlight tennis courts are available for all those tennis enthusiasts. Rackets and balls can be borrowed at the reception desk.


Those who would rather relax can enjoy the swimming pool with its beautiful view of the ocean or the gorgeous spa area.


Both the beach and the lakeside are perfect for sunbathing. Those who would like to explore the Zimbali’s surroundings region can do so with a rental car or with an excursion organized by the Lodge.


Destinations that are worth a visit are Durban, Ballito and especially the Hluhluwe Game Reserve. It was declared a natural reserve in 1895 and is one of the oldest game parks in South Africa.


On the well-developed roads (4x4 is only necessary after heavy rainfalls) you can discover the famous “Big Five” and a variety of other animals like giraffes, gazelles and countless birds.


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