Fairmont Zimbali Lodge

Zimbali Lodge is no longer open for leisure bookings.
It is closed to the public, you need to belong to the IFA membership scheme.
Please click through to see the Zimbali Resort located close by.
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  • Zimbali lodge has closed for bookings to the general public.It is now part of closed membership owned hotel.
    Zimbali Resort is still available for bookings and is located closeby, on the beach. You are still able to play golf and have use of all the facilities of the Zimbali estate that you had with Zimbali Lodge.

    See Zimbali resort
    See Zimbali Resort
  • If you're looking for a romantic getaway why not check out the Zimbali resort packages we have for couples. Spend a weekend playing golf together, visit the spa for a couples massage and dine at one of the many restaurant options at the resort or in Ballito.

    Romantic weekend at Zimbali resort
  • Zimbali resort has great options for for a family holiday. Book a Twin Queen room and the children under 18 stay free. Children under 5 eat free and children between 5 and 12 pay 50% of the adult rate for meals.

    Children Stay Free package

About Fairmont Zimbali Lodge

Zimbali is a 370 hectare (925 acre) 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 throughout these areas allow residents 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.

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.

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About Zimbali Lodge and country club

Zimbali Lodge hotel overlooks the incredible Indian Ocean and is surrounded by lush vegetation and beautiful indigenous gardens.

It is a 5-Star boutique hotel offering five-star luxury accommodation, and is decorated to complement the natural surrounding forest. The classical architecture is accentuated by warm wood and russet autumn tones. The bathrooms are luxurious and feature Victorian baths from the turn of the century. Each room is well stocked with a selection of hot beverages, light snacks and a mini-bar. Butlers are on hand to attend to the guest's every need including room service and a very select ensemble of delicious snacks and light meals grace the room service menu.

The Zimbali Lodge has a total of 76 rooms situated in individual lodges (2 lodges of 8 rooms and 6 lodges of 10 rooms), located away from the main Lodge and set in magnificent subtropical gardens.

Luxury Suites

  • 4 Luxury Suites
  • En-suite bedroom
  • Dining room
  • King-size bed, and optional inter-leading twin bedroom

King Bedrooms

  • 28 King Bedrooms
  • King-size bed
  • Standard amenities

Twin Bedrooms

  • 44 Twin Bedrooms
  • King-size bed
  • Twin beds alongside each other


Please note that while 1 young child can be accommodated on a sleeper couch in the standard rooms, if there is more than 1 child they may have to be accommodated in a separate room depending on their ages (8 years and above usually). The standard rooms do not have inter leading doorways. A suite can be used with an optional twin room adjoined.

Standard Room Features & Amenities

  • Sea, lagoon & forest facing
  • Colour satellite television with remote control
  • Radio
  • Bathroom with separate showed
  • Hairdryer
  • Electric Razor plug
  • Multi-electrical plugs for international use
  • Telephone
  • Wi-Fi
  • Balcony
  • Air-conditioned
  • 24-hour Butler Service
  • Daily newspaper delivery

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.


Imbiso Room
The imposing Imbiso Room is the focal point of the conference facilities and can accommodate a maximum of 80 delegates in cinema-style seating, 40 delegates in u-shape, 35 in boardroom style or 60 in a schoolroom configuration.

Tugela Room
The Tugela Room, is an executive boardroom with an ocean view. The oval mahogany boardroom table dominates the room and this is the perfect venue for the smaller conference and can accommodate 10 people.

Umgeni Room
The Umgeni Room is also a small, intimate venue and can accommodate a maximum of 25 delegates in cinema style seating, 15 delegates in u-shape, 12 boardroom style or 15 in school-room configuration.

Conference Catering
The Lodge has capitalised on the excellent Natal climate to offer outdoor catering to conference groups on the Gwen Terrace, which is easily accessible from all the conference rooms. Guests may also opt for a formal dining experience in the Restaurant or hold a private gala event at the Country Club. Zimbali Country Club caters for 76 inside the restaurant for dinner and if the venue is extended out onto the verandah 96. 120 Guests can be accommodated for cocktails.