ABOUT ZIMBALI

THE AREA & SURROUNDS

Irresistible ocean and forest views, exceptional water and wetland features and an inspiring natural setting where conservation takes precedence as well as a memorable 18 hole Golf Course – could anyone ask for more?

Zimbali truly is the ideal venue for the discerning golfer who would like to not only test his/her abilities on one of the finest golf courses in Africa, but who would also like to do so in style.

It is home to many indigenous animals, from a variety of buck to the exceptional bird life. Zimbali offers land based whale and dolphin watching from May to December, when whales and dolphins enjoy our warmer oceans and both Zimbali and the greater surrounding area offer some of the most beautiful and secluded beaches in South Africa.

Tucked away from the hustle of the nearby city of Durban, the glamorous suburb of Umhlanga and the hub of Ballito, Zimbali offers a unique and awe-inspiring place from which to explore the many facets of the Kwa-Zulu Natal area.

ATTRACTIONS TO CONSIDER DURING YOUR STAY AT ZIMBALI:

Hiking Trails (100 m), Zimbali Valley of the Pools (200 m), Ballito Boardwalk (1.4 km), Lifestyle Centre (2.8 km), Sibaya Casino (17 km), Umhlanga for cinemas and entertainment (35 km), Durban Botanical Gardens (37 km), King Shaka Visitors Centre (25 km), uShaka Marine World (38 km), Durban Country Club – Voted best golf course in South Africa (50 km).

THE BEACHES

The Dolphin Coast shoreline is an exciting blend of golden beaches and rock pools for safe bathing, surfing and scuba diving, rock and ski-boat fishing, or just relaxing on the beach.

Willard Beach, the main swimming beach in Ballito, has a 2.4 km boardwalk that follows the shoreline southwards providing an opportunity for an easy stroll with spectacular views of bays and coves.

Tinley Manor is also a terrific beach for swimming and is a perfect location for scuba diving and snorkeling with an abundance of interesting things to discover. A tidal pool is also nearby for the kids to enjoy. To the north of Thompson’s Bay there is Chaka’s High Rock – a very popular fishing spot for anglers.

THE WALKS

General Safety Suggestions while venturing through National Parks and Mountains:

  • You should walk with at least one other person (4 is a good number.)
  • Inform someone where you are going and when to expect you back.
  • Do not venture off the path or take shortcuts if you are not absolutely certain about the route.
  • Choose the route according to ability, fitness, experience.

CLIMATE

Kwa-Zulu Natal is situated on the east coast of South Africa and its shores are lapped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. It enjoys a warm, coastal climate with radiant sunshine, quite a lot of humidity and a fair amount of light rainfall. This means that the terrain is green and plentiful and visitors can look forward to plenty of great weather. Kwa-Zulu Natal’s climate is generally quite warm and even the winters are mild. Much of this is owing to its subtropical latitude and its affiliation with the Indian Ocean.

Summer hits the province between September and April and temperatures stay comfortable between 23º C and 33º C during this time. January is considered the hottest month of the year, with average temperatures at 32º C. The sea temperature in Kwa-Zulu Natal seldom falls below 17º C – even in mid winter – so you can be sure that you are bound to experience warm waters when visiting Durban.

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ZIMBALI DIRECTIONS

Directions from King Shaka International Airport

Take the N2 North coast and continue north to Stanger.  Go through one tollgate (Tongaat _Plaza).

About 5 km after the tollgate, take the Ballito/Compensation off-ramp, turn right towards Ballito.
At the top of the  off-ramp, turn right towards Ballito.

Drive approximately 1 km until you get to a set of traffic lights.  Turn right onto the M4 back towards Durban.
The entrance to Zimbali Coastal Resort is situated 2km down the M4 on your left-hand side.

From M3 Junction.

Take the N2 North Coast off-ramp and continue north to Stanger.  Go through one tollgate (Tongaat Plaza).
About 5km after the tollgate, take the Ballito/Compensation off-ramp.

At the top of the off-ramp, turn right towards Ballito.

Drive approximately 1 km until you get to a set of traffic lights.  Turn right onto the M4 back towards Durban.
The entrance to Zimbali Coastal Resort is situated 2km down the M4 on your left-hand side.

From Virginia Airport or Durban

Take the M4 travelling north toward Ballito.  Pass La Lucia, Umhlanga Rocks, La Mercy, Desainager, Tongaat and Westbrook.
Zimbali Coastal Resort is 5 minutes drive from Westbrook on the right-hand side.  GPS Co-ordinates below:

31° 11′ 44.95″E
29° 32′ 33.28″S