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Zimbali Coastal Estate | Information & Activities for your Airbnb holiday

Updated: Oct 9, 2022

Book Your Luxury Stay At Zimbali Coastal Estate With North Coast Holiday Homes

Zimbali Coastal Estate is located on the Dolphin Coast of KwaZulu Natal, bordering the ever-popular holiday town of Ballito. Zimbali was established in 1996, since then, the Estate has developed into an internationally recognized destination of superior luxury. This multiple award-winning residential and golfing estate covers over 425ha of pristine indigenous coastal forest with the exclusive Zimbali Beach and Indian ocean as its border, making it arguably the most picturesque residential estate in South Africa.

Location map of the dolphin coast

"Zimbali means Flower in isiZulu"

Zimbali boasts some of South Africa’s finest residential homes with the lavish beachfront, lakeside, forest and golf course fronting properties, a few of which are leased out as luxury Airbnb rental properties for holidaymakers to enjoy during the holiday season.

The world-renowned, championship 18-hole, Tom Weiskopf designed Zimbali Golf Course and has hosted multiple high profile golfing championships over the years including the Gary Player Invitational and the Supersport shootout.

Zimbali golf course is designed around the natural, indigenous trees, vegetation and wetlands, unique to Zimbali, to create a course that will challenge all handicaps.

Play golf near your Zimbali Airbnb when you visit the dolphin coast

"Unrivaled Luxury within Nature"

Zimbali, situated in South Africa’s prime Coastal Estate incorporates one of the three remaining coastal forests in KwaZulu Natal, with its crystal-clear waters of natural springs, harbouring a wealth of natural water and is rich in plant life and wildlife.

Zimbali’s ethos is to “live in harmony with nature” and this is evident in the 50ha reserve within the estate, as well as the primary dune areas that have been demarcated as conservation areas on the 3km of unspoilt, rugged beach and coastline.

Enjoy panoramic vistas from your Ballito Airbnb

An electrified perimeter fence securely bounds the entire Zimbali Estate. Beach access points are conveniently situated at various points, including the Valley of the Pools and The Capital Hotel. The fence line is regularly patrolled and is monitored 24/7 from the control room within the estate.

Although this is not a swimming beach, guests can enjoy the warm sand, leisure walks and numerous dolphin sightings.

Activities in Zimbali near your Airbnb

Although Zimbali Estate is best known for its world-class golf course and golden beaches, it is also home to the ever-popular Valley of the Pools, Bushbuck pools and its many nature trails that wind throughout the Estate.

The many restaurants draw in many residents and Airbnb guests with their world-renowned chefs and impeccable service.

Your north coast holiday home with a pool near the beach


The North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal is famous for leisurely rounds of golf

The Championship golf course stretches amongst the indigenous forest, waterways and the many golf facing homes that enjoy the commanding views. Its terrain will test the skills of amateur and pro golfers alike.

The Zimbali Clubhouse, in the remains of an old ruined farmhouse, now stands proud in the centre of the course. Framed by the many ageing wild fig trees. This Club House optimizes luxury with a combination of Indonesian and African design, handcrafted décor and furnishings.

Zimbali Golf Course is one of the best courses along KZN North Coast

The fully-stocked Pro Shop, members bar and restaurant is the perfect place to gather after a challenging round of golf.

Activities for kids near your Airbnb

There's loads for kids to do near your simbithi airbnb

Family comes first at Zimbali Coastal Estate, with a range of child friendly, family activities available.

Most North Coast Holiday Homes have child friendly swimming pools

The iconic Valley of the Pools with its top-quality daytime eatery is perfect for family gatherings or afternoon cocktails. The heated children’s pool is just an eyeshot away from any table and easy to oversee the children at play.

The larger, popular pools below with their dramatic sea view as the backdrop, have been well photographed for top-end property magazines.

(Lounges are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.)

Beach access to the 3.5km pristine Zimbali Beach is located at these pools.

Book a luxury vacation rental with a child safe swimming pool

Bush Buck Club and Pools, well situated within the estate, hosts a great area for children to get rid of some energy. Jungle Gyms, trampolines and AstroTurf border the Bush Buck deli and make it a lovely setting for moms and tots.

Cricket nets, kick-around field, mini-golf and other activities make this the ideal outdoor playground for a broad age spectrum of children.

A short distance from the play area is where you can find the popular Bush Buck Pools. Sparkling pool for toddlers, with two kiddie slides and a shallow end with easy access, beach-style entry.

The larger, rim-flow pool can be seen just below these pools and is frequented by many older children and residents looking to keep fit.

In between these pools is a lovely undercover seating area to entertain and socialize with friends and family. (Lounges are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.)

Well maintained tennis courts are open to guests and you are always welcome to bring your racquet along!

There are various family activities available during the school holidays. Information can be collected at the Welcome Centre, when available.

Zimbali Beach

Zimbali Beach is on the doorstep of your dolphin coast Airbnb

Considered part of Zimbali, Zimbali Beach is a 3.5km stretch of pristine beach. With the contrasting colour of the evergreen landscape of Zimbali and the deep blue ocean, this beach is postcard-ready!

Due to its position (it can be a strenuous walk from the Ballito main beach) this secluded stretch of the unspoiled beach tends to be rather secluded and sparsely occupied. This allows Zimbali residents and Airbnb guests to enjoy the tranquillity that this beach affords.

Although strictly a non-swimming beach, it is perfect for outdoor activities and catching up on your fading tan lines. Children can build their favourite sand castles while spotting the numerous whales and dolphins that leisurely pass by.

The Zimbali Beach can easily be accessed by foot from the Valley of the Pools.

Nature trails and wildlife

Step out of your front door and experience the nature of Zimbali

Due to our mild tropical climate, Zimbali boasts an evergreen landscape within the 50ha reserve. Combined with the crystal-clear Springwater within, these two unique ecosystems merge to offer nature enthusiasts the very best of the exceptional fauna and flora that this sub-tropical paradise has to offer.

This conservation area is unique within South Africa and provides nature trails, the splendour of birdlife and access to view the largest freshwater lakes found within residential estates in this region. The various bird sightings, including the Fish Eagle, Crowned Eagle and over 200 species of birds can be viewed from the many well-positioned viewing decks dotted around the estate.

Walks, hikes and biking trails through the coastal forest give you the opportunity to immerse yourself within nature. The resident Bushbuck families and the Diminutive Blue duiker roam freely within the estate and can be seen by vehicle, golf cart or on foot throughout the estate.

Zimbali Coastal Estate has been recognized by the UK based CNBC International Property Awards as the best in its class on a global level.

The magnificent Zimbali Golf Course and Country Club have been consistently rated as one of South Africa's finest golfing experiences and is rated by Golf Digest as a must-play top 25 South African golf course.

North Coast Holiday Homes are the leading holiday rental experts in the Zimbali area, proudly providing luxury holiday lets and Airbnb bookings. When you book with North Coast Holiday Homes you can book with confidence. We invite you to discover the Zimbali area and find your home away from home with North Coast Holiday Homes. Let our experts take care of your travel plans while you sit back, relax and enjoy all that Zimbali has to offer.

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