- Beautiful setting
- Large Resort
- Beach Club
- Tennis & Spa
Fairmont Zimbali Lodge is a 5 star lodge nestled within protected Coastal Forest amidst the Zimbali Estate and close to long stretches of undeveloped pristine Indian Ocean beach. Zimbali is an excellent choice for those looking for a relaxed stay on the Coast with excellent facilities and it works perfectly for a little post safari R&R.
The overall Estate is massive with an 18-hole golf course, separate upmarket homes and two hotel properties on site, the Lodge and the Resort. However it hides its scale well, with to an extent the feel of a nature reserve. There are two all weather floodlit tennis courts (with tennis rackets and balls available), and a well equipped health and beauty spa. Forest walks and a picnic can be provided and optional nearby activities include golf, mountain biking, cultural tours, deep sea fishing, scuba diving and dolphin tours. It is important to note that although the beach is absolutely beautiful, it is non bathing. Instead there is a beach club with pool and day bar and a short drive away in Ballito there are several beaches with shark nets and life guard patrols.
The Zimbali Lodge is the smaller of the two properties on site, set back in the forest with 76 rooms, one swimming pool and 3 dining options and guests enjoy access to all the facilities in the Estate (some, such as golf are charged for). We tend to recommend the lodge more to couples who value its relative seclusion, whilst the Resort works well for families with all the facilities and beach nearer at hand. The 76 rooms are decorated in colonial style with views of the forest, Indian Ocean or golf course. Rooms are well equipped with High Speed Internet and Air Conditioning.
Zimbali itself is located just outside the seaside town of Ballito, approximately 20 km from Durban King Shaka International Airport (DUR). A few minutes away in Ballito there are beaches with tidal pools and lifeguards in designated areas, local shops and restaurants and if you are feeling active, a good surf school. In season it is possible to organise seafari boat tours out into the bay to see Humpback Whales. Ballito is also a good base for a day tip into Durban where you can explore the bustling Indian Market or head to the uShaka Marine World Ocean theme park, which boasts the highest water slide in the Southern hemisphere.
- Beach front hotel
- On-site pool, restaurant & spa
- Swimming beach & tidal pools
- Near-by attractions
- Four star guesthouse
- Durban Coastal Suburbs
- 9 Bedrooms
- Swimming Pool
It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve
Stephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023
Hi Lisa, We had a fabulous time thank you. The accommodation and other ideation were all terrific - that’s so much for your help. The apartment in Cape Town was particularly good - we would never have found that: Boschendal was great as well and game lodge was superb. Thanks again, Alistair
Alistair A reviewing Cape Town, Garden Route and Kruger on 28 April 2023
We have just returned from South Africa and wanted to pass on our huge thanks for helping to organise such a fantastic holiday. The entire trip was amazing - accommodation was first class. The safari was incredible!
We'll be sure to get in touch when we're next planning an adventure!
Best wishes, Ed & Jane
Roy P reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 17 April 2023