Clear blue skies fill your days with palm trees swaying, birds singing and the waves of the Indian Ocean lapping up against the shore.
A tropical paradise awaits to be discovered in South Africa, along the Eastern Coastline you will find a stunning gem in Zimbali, a pristine, secure golf community just thirty minutes outside of Durban, the closest major city centre, and an easy twenty minute drive from recently built King Shaka International Airport. Impressive homes dot the manicured landscape of rolling golf greens and lush tropical foliage. Playful monkeys prance along the paths early in the morning making for a fun spectacle on an early morning walk or jog. From golfing, to lazing by one of the many pools available at the Fairmont Zimbali, which shares prime ocean front real estate with the million dollar homes on the resort, vacationers will find in Zimbali, the perfect beach and golf getaway. A stay at Zimbali makes for the ideal compliment to any African wildlife adventure, offering cooling, serene respite from a hot and bumpy safari.
You can easily spend your days in Zimbali lapping up the luxury and calm of this place. Your stunning rental property functioning almost like an all inclusive resort. With a golf course just a short cart ride away, restaurants and pools accessible at the Fairmont Zimbali, why go anywhere else. This fully gated, highly secure property is also a stunning natural habitat for many native animals, birds and plant life. Zimbali works tirelessly to preserve the nature of the this place, protecting the animals that inhabit the landscape. Beyond perfecting your golf swing or sipping on Chardonnay from Stellenbosch, a nature walk around the property is a must. With easily accessible paths zigging and zagging all across the impressive grounds, you can spend hours exploring. Pesky Vervet Monkeys often sit roadside waiting to play a trick and peaceful Bush Bok, deer-like in their presence, graze the afternoon away. Hundreds of species of flora and fauna can be found as you wander so take in the vibrant colours, rich greens and fragrance of nature as you explore the well kept estate.
For some, never leaving the property will be the perfect vacation solution to meet their needs, for others, getting outside the estate gates will be right up their alley. There is much to discover in the areas outside of Zimbali if you fancy some exploring. An easy ten minute drive outside the gates, the quaint town of Ballito offers amenities at the small shopping centres located in the heart of town. Chemists, super markets, book stores, bottle shops, coffee places and a few restaurants are all available. If cooking on vacation is what relaxes you, stock up your vacation rental kitchen at Woolworths located in the Ballito Lifestyle Centre. Offering an exceptional International array of packaged goods, sauces and more plus the freshest produce in town. The store has recently been revamped and now serves fresh bread and pastries baked in house for purchase to take home or enjoy in the coffee station, paired with a sweet and spicy chai latte or rich flat white.
If you’ve dined at all the restaurants on property and are interested in trying out a few local hot spots, Ballito offers a couple of options serving up local cuisine and fresh dishes. Hop in your rental car and drive a quick ten minutes north on the highway to the turn off for Salt Rock. After taking the exit and overpass back over the highway, turn right down a short street to find Sage Centre. Here the natural and inspiring ambience of this collective home wares store, restaurant, small spa and nursery will leave you feeling calm and serene. Nestled amongst mature trees and swaying palms, the Sage Cafe and Deli is the perfect lunch spot offering a great selection of fresh salads and flavourful dishes, paired well with a crisp glass of South African wine from the small, yet refined wine list. For a casual dinner in town, try Mamma G’s an Italian family restaurant located in Ballito Junction. Part indoor, part open air, the restaurant serves up perfect gourmet wood fired pizzas and on some evenings, offers live music. Try one of the many local beers available by the bottle or on tap.
Needing a little adventure to get your adrenaline kicking after a few days of golf and relaxing? The Eastern Coastline is well known for big waves and big wind. Itching to get out of the water? Then why not attempt some of the big waves riding a surf board. Home to the Mr. Price Pro Surfing Competition every year, Ballito js infamous for it’s big swells. Not an experienced border? Lessons and rentals are easy to come by and professionals can take you out to try your skills. The Secret Spot Surf Camp offers hourly lessons, rates based on level of experience and availability. Another impressive experience to try is kite surfing. One of the best locations in the whole country for the sport is located just ten minutes south of Zimbali on a little strip of beach off the highway. Visit the Surfers Kite and Surf Centre in the Ballito Lifestyle Centre to get all suited up and sorted out with lessons. Also offering surfing gear and instruction, booking an adventure package might be the way to go to experience both water sports.
Tropical, idyllic beach is perhaps not what most people think of when they consider booking a vacation to South Africa. A stay in Zimbali will surreally open your eyes to the diverse natural beauty of the country. Peaceful and warm, relaxing and special are all what you can expect when booking your stay in Zimbali. Click HERE to see the holiday property.
Created by Lynn May Gosselin