South African Hotels
Zimbali Estate
On M4 2 Km from Ballito
Durban North Coast / Dolphin Coast
South Africa
Hotel Type
Leisure, Business

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The Zimbali Lodge near Ballito in KwaZulu-Natal's Dolphin Coast overlooks the Indian Ocean. Set in a protected nature reserve in proximity to Durban and the Durban International Airport, it offers luxurious accommodation and various leisure and corporate facilities. Decorated to complement the lush surrounding forest of the estate, the classical architecture of this holiday and conference resort in South Africa is accentuated by the warm wood and autumn tones which have been used in its design and decor.

Zimbali features a total of 76 hotel rooms in individual lodges. The hotel rooms are located away from the main lodge and enjoy beautiful settings in relaxing and peaceful gardens.


The lodge offers a great outdoor resort destination for leisure and business travellers alike. With the Zimbali Estate bordering the beach and ocean, it also features outdoor swimming pools: one being at the main lodge and one at the beach, a golf course as well as other sport and entertainment facilities. 

Facilities and Activities:

  • Golf course
  • Swimming pools
  • Horse riding
  • Tennis
  • Bird and butterfly watching
  • Bushwalk.

Golf Course

The Zimbali Lodge is well known for its 18-hole golf course.  The golf course offers a challenging round of golf at world-class standards while gorgeous views over the estate and the ocean. Golf carts are compulsory on this golf course in South Africa and are available for hire, the golf club Pro Shop offers all the golfers necessities. The clubhouse also provides a bar and restaurant.

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  • Air Conditioning
  • Balconies
  • Bathrobe
  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Mini bar
  • Satellite TV
  • Slippers
  • Telephone
  • Viewing Deck


A 54-hectare reserve on the Estate is a conservation area which is filled with the local flora & fauna. Pathways & wooden decks are spread out through the reserve to allow guest to explore the natural surroundings. 

Bird watching

The 55-hectare reserve within the Zimbali estate has been demarcated as conservation areas providing a refuge to the rich variety of local flora & fauna. Zimbali is home to several natural spring water lakes which create a beautiful habitat for the 87 species of bird, hosts of butterflies and a wide variety of indigenous plant life.


Guests staying at the lodge have access to the 4 on- site tennis courts.


The coastal area of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa is home to some of the best golf courses in the country. The Zimbali Golf Course is located a mere 56 kilometres from the number one golf course in South Africa, namely the Durban Country Club. Other golf courses in this region include Prince's Grant, Umhlali Country Club, Royal Durban Golf Club, and Mount Edgecombe. The estate is a golfer's paradise where the golfer can test their abilities on some of the best golf courses in Kwa Zulu Natal. A Tom Weiskopf has created a golf course which is not only a challenging course but also beautiful course which blends into its setting.

Zimbali Golf Course Details:

  • 18 holes, Par 72, rating 72
  • Distance: 4859 m - 6523 m
  • Situated 44 km north of Durban
Spa treatments

The Willow Stream Health & Beauty Spa is at the resort. The spa is open 08:15 am – 08:15 pm daily. 


The high-tech, fully equipped gym is located at the Fairmont Zimbali Resort and is open from 06:15 am – 08:10 pm daily.

The South Africa Conference Centre

This popular leisure and conference hotel in KwaZulu-Natal specializes in personalized conference arrangements for small to large groups.

Conference venues:

Imbiso Room

  • Overlooks the golf course and the Nature reserve
  • 80 delegates in cinema-style seating
  • 40 delegates in u-shape,
  • 35 in boardroom style
  • 60 in a schoolroom configuration

Tugela Room

  • Executive boardroom with an ocean view
  • Accommodates 10 delegates

Umgeni Room

  • Small, intimate venue
  • 25 delegates in cinema style seating
  • 15 delegates in u-shape
  • 12 boardroom style
  • 15 in school-room style

Conference Catering

The Lodge offers outdoor catering which takes place on the Terrace or indoor formal dining in the Restaurant. The Country Club caters for 75 inside the restaurant for dinner and if the venue is extended out onto the veranda 95 people can attend and if for cocktails, then up to 120 people are welcome to join.

Conference Equipment

  • Overhead projector
  • Flip chart
  • Slide projector (35mm)
  • White board
  • Built-in sound system with roving microphone
  • Podium
  • Portable screen
  • Video machine
  • Television
  • Data projector
  • Large screen (electronically operated)
  • Lapel and roving microphone
  • CD player

Additional conference services by arrangement are:

  • Telephones (can be used for modem link-up)
  • Television link-up between all three conference rooms
  • 3-phase power
  • Secretarial services, such as typing, photocopying and printing

  • Boardroom Facilities
  • Conference venue
  • Garden
  • Golf course
  • Lounge
  • Nearby Casino
  • Sun deck
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tennis court
  • Travel desk

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
General Services
  • Airport transfers
  • Concierge services
  • Internet connection
  • Porters

Available Rooms

Zimbali 1 Bedroom Suite

Zimbali Room Twin

Zimbali Room King

# Rooms:

The Rooms at this Lodge combine traditional African decor and modern day comfort and offer views of the magnificent, natural surroundings, making this an ideal setting for a private getaway.

Fairmont Room amenities:

  • Air conditioning
  • Color Satellite TV
  • Wireless Internet
  • Multi-electric plugs for international use
  • Private balcony
  • Safe
  • Bed Type: One King or Two Twin beds
  • Size: 322 SQ. Ft (30m²)
  • View: Costal Nature Reserve

Bathroom amenities:

  • En-suite bathroom with separate shower and freestanding Victorian bath
  • Hairdryer
  • Electric razor plug

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Good day,

1. Location is excellent

2. Friendliness was excellent

3. Value for money; excellent

4. Cleanliness; excellent

5. Overall impression: excellent

the stay for my wife and I was beyond expectation, it is truly a remarkable experience.

Thank you and regards,
Getter Prithvraj

Zimbali Lodge offers an airport transfer service. To receive a quote or make an airport transfer booking, please click the button below.

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GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -29.511595

Longitude: 31.194747


King Shaka International Airport
La Mercy, Durban, South Africa

1. Head southeast toward Mdloti St/D144 650 m
2. Turn left at Mdloti St/D144 2.0 km
3. Take the ramp onto Outer Ring Rd/N2 Partial toll road 15.0 km
4. Take exit 210 for M4 toward Ballito Dr/Ballito/ Compensation 600 m
5. Turn left at Ballito Dr/M4 (signs for Compensation) 750 m
6. Take the 2nd right 900 m
7. Make a U-turn 1.2 km
8. Turn right 130 m
9. Take the 1st left Destination will be on the left 24 m

Fairmont Zimbali Lodge
Ballito, Durban North Coast, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

Star Rating

4 Star

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