South African Hotels

Fairmont Zimbali Lodge

Zimbali Estate
On M4 2 Km from Ballito
Durban North Coast / Dolphin Coast
South Africa
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The Fairmont 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.

The hotel 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 the relaxing and peaceful gardens.

Room types:

  • Fairmont Room
  • Fairmont View Room
  • One Bedroom Lodge Suite.


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 spa; a golf course as well as other sport and entertainment facilities. 

Facilities and Activities:

  • Restaurant and bar as well as a pool bar
  • Golf course
  • Swimming pools
  • Horse riding
  • Tennis
  • Bird and butterfly watching
  • Bushwalk
  • Health and beauty spa
  • Conference facilities.

Spa treatments:

Guests are invited to relax and be pampered in the exclusive Health Spa where refreshing spa therapies are available with its range of holistic spa and beauty treatments. These treatments are payable at the Hotel upon check-in.


The venue specialises in personalised meeting arrangements for groups ranging from small to large. The Conference Center is well appointed and offers excellent views of the estate and Country Club Golf Course.


There is a selection of excellent dining options. The Restaurant and Fountain Court provide indoor as well as outdoor dining in an inviting and relaxed atmosphere. In the lounge, guests can enjoy an after-dinner nightcap by the warm, attractive fireplace. Guests may also indulge in light snacks at the Pool Bar while in-room dining is also available upon request.

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
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Telephone
  • Viewing Deck


Thandi Restaurant & Fountain Court

The restaurant offers indoor and outdoor dining, and guests can enjoy a nightcap by the. Guests can have light meals at the Pool Bar while the view of the sea. Room service is also available upon request.

Thandi Restaurant

The restaurant can seat up to 95 guests, and it has a colonial feel to it. The decor includes handcrafted wooden furniture and specially designed fabrics. The kitchen uses locally sourced fresh ingredients to prepare every meal at the lodge. A tea menu is also available.

Fountain Court

Breakfast is served every morning in the court. The menu is a full English breakfast & a continental. Golfers looking for an early start to the day can have a continental breakfast.

The Lounge

The lounge at the lodge has a great big fireplace and "Out of Africa" theme and it is a great place to make a stop before heading off to bed for a coffee or a cognac.

  • Dress Code: Resort casual
  • Reservations: Not required

Trophy Bar

Sitting on stilts, perched above the 14th whole way with great views out over the sea and the surrounding tropical forests. The bar is close to the swimming pool, and it is a perfect place to sit under star during those warm tropical evenings.

Spa Facilities

The Willow Stream Health & Beauty Spa is at the Fairmont Zimbali Resort. The spa is open 08:00 am – 08:00 pm daily.


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

  • Bar
  • Boardroom Facilities
  • Conference venue
  • Garden
  • Golf course
  • Logo shop
  • Lounge
  • Nearby Casino
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Sun deck
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tennis court
  • Travel desk
  • Wellness centre

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
General Services
  • 24 - hour reception service
  • 24 - hour room service
  • Airport transfers
  • Babysitting
  • Concierge services
  • Dry cleaning service
  • Health & Fitness Centre
  • Internet connection
  • Laundry services
  • Massage treatments
  • Porters
  • Valet parking
  • Wake-up call
  • Wellness & Beauty treatments

Available Rooms

Fairmont Room

# 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.


  • Please note that while one young child can be accommodated on a sleeper couch in the standard rooms
  • More than one child they may have to be provided in a separate room depending on their ages (8 years and above usually)
  • The standard rooms do not have inter-leading doorways.

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

Fairmont View Room

This room type has a private balcony area which provides views of the; golf course, lake or the surrounding ocean, making this an ideal location to sit back and relax. There is also a private butler service that guests can use as well as a private golf cart which is available upon request.

One Bedroom Lodge Suite

These One Bedroom Suites are equipped with two private balconies which provide guests with excellent views of the surrounding nature.

One Bedroom Lodge Suite amenities:

  • Air conditioning
  • Color Satellite TV
  • Wireless Internet
  • Private balcony
  • Each room has its balcony and faces the lagoon, sea and forest
  • Suites interconnect to adjoining twin-bedded rooms
  • Bed: Type: King Bed
  • Size:  946 SQ. Ft (88m²)
  • View:  Stunning views of Coastal Nature Reserve

Fairmont Zimbali Lodge Specials

The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.

Enjoy fantastic rates when staying 3 nights at the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge for travel 1 May - 31 August 2017 and 1 May - 31 August 2018. Receive a 20% discount when staying 3 nights.

The five star Fairmont Zimbali Lodge near Ballito on KwaZulu-Natal's Dolphin Coast overlooks the Indian Ocean.  Set in a protected nature reserve in close proximity to Durban and the Durban International Airport, it offers luxurious accommodation and various leisure and corporate facilities.

Included in the rate:

  • Breakfast

Excluded from the rate:

  • Items of personal nature

Terms and Conditions:

  • Valid for a 3 night stay or longer
  • Only valid during low periods 1 May - 31 August 2017 & 1 May - 30 August 2018
  • Discount is already included in the quote

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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.

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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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