Zimbali is a 700 hectare (1730 acres) tropical coastal residential and resort estate located on the North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa), 25 km north of Umhlanga Rocks and bordering on the south of the popular holiday destination of Ballito. Established by Moreland Estates, the property arm of the Tongaat-Hulett Group, Zimbali consists of two distinct but uniquely complementary residential and resort estates - the Zimbali Coastal Forest Estate and the Zimbali Golf Course Estate.
The Zimbali Forest Estate incorporates 250 residential units nestled in an expanse of lush indigenous Coastal Forest offering its inhabitants a luxurious ecological haven. A 50 hectare reserve within the estate in addition to all primary dune areas have been demarcated as conservation areas providing a refuge to the rich variety of local flora & fauna. Limited pathways and wooden viewing decks through out these areas allow residents to interact with nature.
Zimbali has several natural spring water 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.
No pets of any kind are allowed into the estate without the prior permission of estate management.
The eastern frontage of the estate comprises a 3 km stretch of unspoilt beach forming a natural golden boundary between the rich green forest and the warm blue Indian Ocean. The design philosophy in Zimbali is to create a balance with nature. The Zimbali lifestyle is founded on serenity and tranquility and an architectural language has been applied to reflect this overall feeling.
Things to do in Zimbali
The Golf Course
The Zimbali golf course is the first in Africa to be designed by former British Open and South African Open champion, Tom Weiskopf. Aided by Zimbali's high elevation and magnificent views, Weiskopf has produced a course aimed at challenging the top players while still offering higher handicappers the chance of a competitive game.
There are two all weather, floodlit tennis courts. Tennis rackets and balls are available for use by lodge residents, from the clubhouse.
The beautiful pool area is incredible with its scenic appointment overlooking the Ocean. The pool appears to meander directly into the sea and offers guests a tranquil and relaxing diversion. Sun Loungers, umbrellas and towels are available.
Beach & Lake
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.
Take a gentle canter around the estate on horseback, meander through the indigenous forest accompanied by experienced guides.
Bird and Butterfly Watching
As a protected environment, the Estate is home to a wide variety of birdlife and magnificent butterflies.
Enjoy the splendour of this sub-tropical forest with a brisk walk or a leisurely stroll. You may encounter a shy antelope along the way.
Health and Beauty Spa
Guests can treat themselves to the health and luxury they deserve, with a whole range of therapies such as: 4 treatment rooms for body treatments, facials, manicures, pedicures and massages. These Spa Facilities are at the Zimbali Resort
Located in the reception lounge area, Ideas at Zimbali offers a beautiful collection of resort-wear and logo items including clothing and gifts. There is also a selection of curios and essentials such as magazines, chocolates and candy.
Meetings and Conferences
Zimbali Lodge specialises in personalised conference arrangements for small to large groups. The Conference Centre is beautifully appointed and ideally situated for superb views of the Zimbali Estate and Country Club Golf Course. The Conference centre leads directly from the Ngwenya Terrace.
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- Hot summers: 24 - 32 Degrees Celsius
- Mild Winters: 22 - 26 Degrees Celsius
- Summer Average: 24 Degrees Celsius
- Winter Average : 18 Degrees Celsius
- Average 950mm per year
- Late November into January
- Hottest from January through April