Zimbali Lodge

KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Zimbali Lodge

Zimbali Lodge is an upmarket resort situated in a private reserve on the Dolphin Coast, Kwa-Zulu Natal. It boats a wealth of facilities including a golf course, and offers easy access to the many attractions of the Eastern Cape.

Set in Kwa-Zulu Natal's lush coastal belt—the Dolphin Coast, as it’s popularly known—Zimbali Lodge is a striking 5-star retreat situated on a private wilderness reserve and surrounded by an 18-hole golf course.

Zimbali ("valley of flowers", in the local Zulu dialect), is located in a private wilderness concession encompassing coastal forest, naturally occurring lakes and wetlands. As a protected environment, its surroundings are also home to a wide variety of wildlife, butterflies and birdlife.

Located 45km north of Durban and within close proximity to many of Kwa-Zulu Natal’s main attractions, including “Big 5” safari parks and the famous battlefield sites, Zimbali is perfectly positioned as a gateway to the best of South Africa’s Eastern Cape.


Zimbali's 76 air-conditioned rooms and suites are situated in small cottages dotted around the landscaped gardens. The rooms are spacious and fully en-suite. Amenities include satellite TV, telephone, safe, Wi-Fi and a balcony granting beautiful views of the sea, lagoon or forest.

The suites are larger and plusher than the standard (Fairmont) rooms. They feature impressive bathrooms with free-standing Victorian-style bathtubs, separate lounge areas, and two balconies.


The restaurant is situated to make the most of the ocean views, and caters for indoor and outdoor dining. There are a number of bars and restaurants on-site, and the menus change daily.


- Swimming pool
- Dining room
- Lounge
- Golf course
- Bar
- Gardens
- Spa and beauty salon
- Two tennis courts


There are many activities available in the local area (mostly at an additional cost):
- Hiking trails
- Fishing
- Golf
- Bird watching
- Horse riding
- Whale and dolphin watching (seasonal)
- A wide range of water sports

Child Policy

Children stay free at Zimbali if under the age of 12 and sharing with an adult.