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.
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
We warmly invite you to enter our tropical paradise, where you can treat yourself and your loved ones to a luxurious fusion of dinner, bed and breakfast with us.
Savour fine cuisine masterfully prepared at Thandi Restaurant, while admiring the crashing waves of the Indian Ocean, before retiring to one of our breathtaking rooms. Awaken refreshed and witness the splendor of all we have to offer, kissed by the African sun – while enjoying a delicious breakfast selection. Begin your day with a limitless array of experiences just waiting to be converted into cherished memories.
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Thandi Curry Buffet
Thandi’s Famous Durban Curry Buffet is back! Welcome to the return of Thandi’s signature curry. Available on Monday evenings for only R175 per person. Kids under 12 pay half price when dining with an adult.