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Zimbali Lodge

Zimbali Lodge lies in a protected nature reserve a short 30 minute drive from Durban in KwaZulu Natal. Birds and small antelope roam the surrounding forest while the elegant five-star Zimbali Lodge rests in a green forest of set high above the Indian Ocean. It is perfect for golfing holidays in South Africa, honeymoon safaris or as a relaxing stay before or after a safari holiday in KwaZulu Natal.

The natural surroundings at Zimbali Lodge are reflected in the tone and style of the luxury colonial-styled rooms. The suites and rooms are situated in a variety of different buildings but all rooms include air conditioning, sumptuous bathrooms with claw foot cast iron baths and have their own balcony.

Zimbali is well known for its stunning 18-hole golf course. It offers a challenging round of golf at world-class standards with stunning views. Golf carts are compulsory and available for hire. The Club's Pro Shop has all the golfer's necessities and the clubhouse offers a bar and restaurant. We recommend a round of golf at Zimbali as part of our Zulu Kingdom Golf and Safari Itinerary.

Zimbali offers a range of other activities such as horse riding, beach and forest walks or after a day of golf, guests can relax in the health and beauty spa enjoying relaxing treatments.

Local Attractions and Landmarks
Durban King Shaka International Airport 15km
Umgeni River Bird Park 2 km
Umhlanga Rocks 25 km

Décor at Zimbali is ornate. Hand-carved mahogany beds and ceilings clad in sisal matting are all reminiscent of the baronial homes of sugar magnates from years gone by. Every luxurious bedroom at Zimbali opens onto a private, furnished balcony offering sweeping views down the valley to the sea.

Even the bathrooms embody an old world indulgence and are stylishly old-fashioned, with hand-moulded washbasins, freestanding Victorian baths and fashioned fittings such as hand-forged iron chandeliers.

Revel in the table d'hôte spread at Zimbali Lodge's colonial-style restaurant, or relax on the terrace where every dish is matched by the stunning view. Guests are served High Tea by butlers and the elevated bar, overlooking the 14th fairway, is ideal for sundowners and light meals in the sub-tropical air.

In our opinion: Zimbali Lodge has become a little over shadowed by its larger, newer neighbour, the Fairmont Zimbali Resort. The Lodge has a more colonial style and is much more intimate in feel, we prefer it and would recommend it especially for golfers. Guest at the Lodge are welcome to use the facilities at the Resort including its restaurants.

For more information about safari honeymoons, holidays in South Africa or South Africa golf holidays, contact us here or call +44 208 249 5919 to speak to our South Africa holidays team.


  • 24-hour room service
  • Air conditioning
  • Balcony
  • Beach Club
  • DVD/CD/video/radio
  • Golf Course
  • Hair/beauty salon
  • Mini Bar/ tea and coffee making facilities
  • Satellite TV
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool
  • Telephone
  • Tennis & Horse Riding
  • wifi