Fairmont Zimbali Lodge

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Fairmont Zimbali Lodge
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On KwaZulu-Natal’s Dolphin Coast, under an abundant forest canopy, you will find Zimbali—Zulu for "valley of flowers." A sanctuary unlike any other in South Africa, this charming and unspoiled region is a nature lover’s wonderland. Dappled shadows from the lush vegetation and cool breezes from the Indian Ocean the area’s beauty will leave its mark on your soul. Here, endless beaches and clear skies invite you to relax and dream.

Within this subtropical paradise, set within the serene confines of a coastal forest reserve, you will find the highest expression of exclusive hospitality: Fairmont Zimbali Lodge. Whether visiting for business or leisure, guests will enjoy five-star service, including on-call butler service, ensuring an unforgettable African experience at our Durban resort.

A 50 hectare reserve within the estate has been demarcated as conservation areas providing a refuge to the rich variety of local flora & fauna. Pathways and wooden viewing decks throughout these areas allow our Durban hotel’s guests to interact with nature. Zimbali has several natural springwater lakes which create a beautiful habitat to the 85 species of bird, hosts of butterflies and a wide variety of indigenous plant life. Animal life within the forest reserve include bush buck, blue duiker, bushbaby, vervet monkey, banded mongoose and even wild pig. The eastern frontage of our Durban resort comprises a 3 km stretch of unspoiled beach forming a natural golden boundary between the rich green forest and the warm blue Indian Ocean.

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Hotel Address:
  • Fairmont Zimbali Lodge
  • Zimbali Coastal Resort
  • Zimbali, 4390
  • South Africa
Location Summary
Fairmont Zimbali Lodge is a lifetime away from the madding crowd, set within the serene confines of a coastal forest reserve on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Fairmont Zimbali Lodge is South Africa's most exclusive hideaway in nature's most perfect setting.

Fairmont Zimbali Lodge is one of South Africa's most exclusive boutique luxury hotels. From here you can explore the historical vestiges of the Anglo Boer War, experience the fascinating ethnic mosaic of diverse cultures, and hike unimpeded through natural wonders of forest and indigenous gardens. Among the picturesque hills and rock formations of this sweeping landscape you will pay homage to the fearless, spear-wielding Zulu impi's, honour the sophisticated and rampant British soldiers and revere the dedicated heroism of the Boers. If you wish to escape the clutches of history - hunting, fishing, scuba diving, dolphin adventure, game drives, helicopter flips and the entire gamut of adventure sports are available.

Directions to Hotel
The closest airport to Fairmont Zimbali Lodge, South Africa is Durban King Shaka International Airport (DUR). The airport is located approximately 20 km from the hotel. From King Shaka International Airport, take the N2 North highway towards Stanger / Richards Bay. Take the Ballito / Compensation Road Offramp (No. 210). Turn right over the highway, past the Shell Garage and turn right onto the M4 Road to Durban. Fairmont Zimbali Lodge is situated on the lefthand side and is clearly marked by signposts.

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Banquets & Meetings
Fairmont Zimbali Lodge specializes in personalized conference arrangements for small to large groups of up to 90 guests. A wide range of audiovisual aids and state-of the- art equipment is available to delegates in the three conference rooms.
Business Center
We offer guests the use of our business center, as well as secretarial services such as typing, photocopying and printing.
Fine Dining on Site
The Restaurant and Fountain Court offer indoor and outdoor dining amongst a lavish atmosphere. At The Lounge guests can enjoy an after dinner nightcap by the warm, inviting fireplace. And finally you can also indulge in light snacks at the Pool Bar while viewing the magnificent Indian Ocean. In-room dining is also available upon request.
Child Programs
Y-Univers Kids Club is a fun, interactive social club situated at the Fairmont Beach Club for children between the ages of 5 to 12.
Pool, Outdoor
2 Outdoor swimming pools.
Spa Facility
Allow yourself to be pampered by our expert health and beauty spa team—located at the nearby Fairmont Zimbali Resort
Tennis Courts on Site
There are two all weather, floodlit tennis courts. Tennis rackets and balls are available for use by lodge residents, from the clubhouse.
Guests can soak up the sun and the splendour of the beach or the unique lakeside and even enjoy an al fresco picnic. The secluded beach pool is equipped with umbrellas, loungers and refreshments are provided. This stretch of coastline is not designated for swimming however, other bathing beaches are located nearby.
Ecological Tourism
Game-viewing and safari outings. iSiMangaliso Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site.
Find everything you need at the Zimbali Country Club pro shop, then challenge yourself to a round at our stunning Tom Weiskopf designed 18-hole championship golf course.
The beautiful and scenic towns along KwaZulu-Natal’s Dolphin Coast offer spectacular scenery for hiking and bird watching.

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Hotel Amenities
  • - Banquets & Meetings
  • - Business Center
  • - Meeting Space
  • - Executive Retreat
  • - Fine Dining on Site
  • - Fitness Center
  • - High Speed Internet
  • - Child Programs
  • - Pool, Outdoor
  • - Spa Facility
  • - Tennis Courts on Site
Available Activities
  • - Beach
  • - Biking, Mountain
  • - Ecological Tourism
  • - Fishing - Ocean
  • - Golfing
  • - Hiking
  • - Scuba Diving

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