This ultra-luxurious, forest lodge and country club has the protected Zimbali estate as its setting. Naturally occurring lakes and wetlands combine with sub-tropical forest to provide a breathtaking landscape. The lodge itself blends in beautifully with the surrounding scenery.
The superbly designed pool appears to fall away to the forest below. Zimbali, Zulu for "valley of the flowers" is home to tropical plants, as well as many brightly coloured butterflies and birds.
Bedrooms and suites are situated in a cluster of eight lodges (with eight to ten rooms per lodge), each with their own butler to cater to the individual needs of guests. Handcrafted African-style beds and the variety of African tribal pieces ensure that Zimbali looks in keeping with its surroundings. The wonderful bathrooms have free-standing Victorian baths and hand-moulded washbasins.
Facilities at Zimbali are exceptional. In addition to the pool there is a private beach on the Indian Ocean, an eighteen-hole golf course, tennis and clay-pigeon shooting. Forest trails provide fascinating rambles with a wealth of small animals to search out and observe.
The cooking is highly accomplished and the restaurant at the main lodge specialises in "new-African" cuisine, utilising briny-fresh shellfish and local fruit and vegetables, seasoned and spiced lightly and confidently. Only thirty minutes from Durban, this new country retreat is quite charming. Chilled champagne will await you in your room - enjoy!
· Swimming pool
· Private beach
· 18 hole golf course
· 2 tennis courts
· Beauty salon with 4 treatment rooms and steamroom
· Forest trails
· Clay pigeon shooting
· 72 rooms
· 4 suites
All rooms have:-
· Private bathroom
· Colour television
· International direct dial telephone
· Mini bar
· Tea and coffee making facilities
· Valet service