Zimbali Lodge

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Situated in a private nature reserve, Fairmont Zimbali Lodge is a sanctuary on Natal's Dolphin Coast. The design offers rooms with stunning views of the Indian Ocean, large cool verandas and elegant interiors of stone, wood, and earth tones inspired by the gorgeous natural surrounding areas. Zimbali Lodge is home to a wide range of activities and provides a great base from which to discover the region's myriad of marine and birdlife.

Put on your tennis shoes, splash out in the pool or browse through the Logo Shop. More adventurous activities include deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, and dolphin tours. Alternatively, enjoy horse rides, beach and forest walks, bird watching and after a long day of fun, relax in the health and beauty spa with a massage or spa treatment.


  • Breathtaking resort on the tropical Dolphin Coast
  • Located on a private nature reserve
  • Excellent service & fine dining
  • Huge range of facilities available
  • Perfect resort for golf enthusiasts


  • Bird watching
  • Golf
  • Horse riding
  • Tennis
A fantastic option set just back from the beachfront. This is a great lodge if you are looking for a warm and laid back property, whilst not compromising on the host of activities and facilities that are at your fingertips.
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Fairmont Room

The Fairmont Zimbali Lodge has 76 guest rooms of four different types: Fairmont Rooms, Fairmont View Rooms, Lodge Suites, and Lodge View Suites. Situated in the tranquil forest, the Fairmont Rooms are a mix of traditional African decor and Victorian-era furnishings.

The en suite bathroom features a claw-foot bathtub with a separate shower, and the bedroom has a king-size bed. Step through the sliding doors onto the private balcony to earn yourself views of the forest.

Fairmont View Room

The Fairmont View Rooms are similar to the Fairmont Rooms and have air conditioning, satellite TV and a balcony with stunning views. The difference lies in the views: the Fairmont View Rooms look out over the golf course, lagoon, or the Indian Ocean.

Offering stunning views of the nature reserve, the Lodge Suites have a lounge area and separate en suite bedroom. The bathroom has a Victorian bath with a separate shower. These suites have two large balconies that showcase the view of the surrounding forest.

Similar to the Lodge Suites and also featuring air conditioning and satellite TV, the Lodge View Suites only differ in their views. These suites have views of the golf course, lagoon, or Indian Ocean.


The Fairmont Zimbali Lodge has a long list of facilities to keep you entertained, and if you do need anything simply call your private butler who will take care of your needs.

Book a tee-off time on the 18-hole golf course, play a game of tennis on all-weather, floodlit courts, take a dip in one of the five swimming pools, or walk along the 3km secluded beach - other facilities include a gym and a health spa.

Guests can also enjoy access to mountain bike trails, deep-sea fishing trips, scuba diving, dolphin tours and much more.


The Restaurant and Fountain Court changes its menu daily to enable the chef to select the freshest available produce and prepare the most delicious, gourmet cuisine.

Enjoy the table d'hôte spread at Zimbali Lodge's colonial-style restaurant or relax on the terrace where every dish is complemented by the vista.

Enjoy a nightcap in the Lounge, or head for The Trophy Bar, overlooking the golf course's 14th fairway and the Indian Ocean - the ideal spot for light lunches and, later on, sundowner drinks.

General facilities

  • Swimming Pool
  • Laundry service
  • Tennis Court
  • Bar
  • Computer facilities
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Beauty or wellness therapist


  • Air conditioning
  • En-suite bath and shower
  • Hairdryer
  • International adaptors
  • Private balcony
  • Safe in room
  • Television
  • Wi-fi available in room
  • En-suite bathroom


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2018-01-08 — 2018-03-29Bed & Breakfast $95
2018-03-30 — 2018-04-02Bed & Breakfast $140
2018-04-03 — 2018-04-30Bed & Breakfast $95
2018-05-01 — 2018-08-31Bed & Breakfast $95
2018-09-01 — 2018-10-31Bed & Breakfast $95

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice.
  • Single supplements may apply.
  • Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.
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Traveller Reviews

Zimbali Lodge

Vicki Briggs

"We enjoyed our stay here. Room was nicely presented with a great view. Staff were very good. All transfers went very well. We managed to play a couple of rounds of golf which we both enjoyed. Course was in very good condition."

Hanko Rosenblad

"Our trip was lovely. Zimbali is a beautiful lodge, it's a shame that we had rain and cool temps for most of our stay. We did get to walk their trails and enjoy the scenery, even in the rain!"

Sumi Thaker

"Zimbali was beautiful. Exactly what we needed - the hotel and resort were also excellent. Great service and friendliness was everywhere."

Marie-Odile Schmitt

Zimbali Lodge was a good surprise: even if it was a huge complex, the staff were really friendly, helpful and very kind with the kids. The food was fabulous and we enjoyed the calm of the area and the pool. The room was not very spacious with the extra bed for Claire and the cot for Thomas but it was comfortable and nice.
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Nick Ackerman

"Zimbali was a fantastic hotel with friendly staff and their knowledge - everything was absolutely perfect. I would definitely recommend them."

David Harries

"This lodge was especially good."

Ben Marsh

"Just wanted to let you know that we had a fabulous stay at Zimbali. The next time we will stay longer as it was far too short but just what we needed!"

Wendy Reich

"I would recommend it to anyone who loves golf and the sea. The service was excellent and the staff very helpful."

Dolores Jordan

"We were very tired when we got to Zimbali which we really enjoyed too. Golf was very good value there... about 18 euro! Food and wine good value there too."

Wendy Reich

"We loved Zimbali and would recommend it to anyone who loves golf and the sea. The service was excellent and the staff very helpful."

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