Zimbali Lodge is one of South Africa’s most exclusive hideaways. Set in a serene coastal forest reserve on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal, it is home to mischievous dolphins and a myriad of sea and bird life.

Zimbali’s location, on a bluff overlooking a natural lake and forested hillsides extending to the ocean, is close to perfect. The total estate spans 300ha and includes spectacular unspoiled Indian Ocean beaches and an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Tom Weiskopf.

The main complex, surrounded by a cluster of eight lodges – each with it’s own butler -is a magnificent creation that embraces classical African architecture. The 76 luxurious en-suite rooms and suites are situated in small lodges dotted around the magnificent gardens. Every room at Zimbali opens onto a private, furnished balcony, offering sweeping views down the valley to the sea.

The menu at the intimate, colonial-style restaurant changes daily to enable the chef to select the freshest available produce and prepare the most flavoursome fare. An idyllic location for exclusive conferences, Zimbali Lodge is also ideal for a director’s gathering – the perfect meeting place for captains and kings of industry.

An exclusive spa will revitalise and refresh the most world- weary travellers with a wide range of holistic treatments, while the surrounding area offers much to see and do.