When the concept of Zimbali was originally conceived, developers, IFA Hotels and Resorts, unanimously decided that it would embrace the untouched natural beauty KwaZulu-Natal's Dolphin Coast (North Coast). It was this canvass, characterised by undulating beaches, rolling valleys and lush greenery that became the backdrop of Zimbali Coastal Resort.

The latest development emerging from this precinct is the sublime, Zimbali Suites, which is immersed in a forest reserve, overlooking radiant Dolphin Coast beaches. Infusing this scenic landscape with character, flair and authenticity, is a rich Zulu heritage indigenous to the province.

Zimbali Suites is located directly alongside the prestigious Fairmont Zimbali Lodge and Resort, with access to all the 5 star services and facilities of this world-renowned international hotel brand.

The Dolphin Coast

The Dolphin Coast, traditionally known as the North Coast, is renowned for its vast stretch of coastline that expands from the Tongaat River to the Tugela River mouth.

Seated in the Indian Ocean, the beaches of this region have evolved into South Africa's leading tourist and residential destinations largely due to its warm and inviting waters that ideally promote the concept of, "live and play".

Deriving its name from the frequent sightings of bottlenose dolphins, the region comprises the coastal towns of Ballito, Salt Rock, eMdloti/uMdloti and Zinkwazi.

Surrounding Areas


Zimbali Suites is so much more than a place to stay, it is a wondrous holiday escape or business solution that exudes opulence, luxury and comfort. This way of life is upheld through a selection of services, facilities and activities, including; The 5-star Willow Stream Spa, Zimbali Country Club, tennis/squash courts, five outdoor swimming pools, concierge services and 8 food and beverage outlets to name a few. Ideally complementing this holiday hotspot and idyllic business retreat is the pristine, Ballito, located just 9-minutes from the precinct. Providing an abundant transit town for guests of Zimbali Suites, Ballito accommodates a fully-fledged urban community and supports a comprehensive network of premium retail precincts, fine-dining restaurants, adrenaline pumping activities and specialist hospitals which add to the already abundant Zimbali way of life.
Zimbali Suites is seated closely to the contemporary shopping centres of Ballito Junction Regional Mall and Ballito Lifestyle Centre. Ballito Junction is home to 200 stores, with anchor stores including, Pick n Pay, Woolworths, Checkers, Edgars, Game and Dischem. Encapsulating convenience and premium shopping, whilst emanating modern elegance and style, the mall offers a full range of retailers, from fashion, footwear, home decor and banking to wellness, health and beauty, and cellular services. It is also home to a decadent selection of eateries and Nu Metro cinemas.

Offering a much more niche shopping experience is the Ballito Lifestyle Centre. With 80 stores set amid a casual and alfresco style ambiance, visitors are treated to an inviting experience, with home, fashion and food outlets.

King Shaka International Airport

Described as the gateway to the African Continent and conveniently situated 18 km away from Zimbali Suites, sits the King Shaka International Airport. With location, accessibility and connectivity at the forefront, the airport has for decades maintained excellent services. Flying to over five continents, King Shaka has honed its name in the national and international market, providing world-class facilities and connecting the world. With Zimbali a short drive away, guests can easily travel in and out the province.

Turquoise Beaches

Private access to crystal waters and white sandy beaches is brought to life at Zimbali Suites. Designated walkways from the suites leads to this paradise that stretches a magnificent 3 km. Enjoy picturesque sunlit picnics, lazy stroll or an exhilarating run on the beach, while breathing in the glorious coastal air. Only a 5 minute drive away from the Resort, visitors can soak up the warm waters and bask in the glory of Ballito's blue flag swimming beaches.
Complementing this and infusing variety into the ocean-side experience is a myriad of Dolphin Coast beaches.
These include:
  • Salt Rock Beach
  • Shaka's Rock
  • Sheffield Beach
  • Mtuzini Beach
  • Willard Beach
  • Thompson Bay Beach
  • Zinkwazi Beach
  • Tinley Manor
  • Clark Bay
  • Salmon Bay


Immersed in fun and adventure, Zimbali Suites is centrally positioned around many activities
that allow visitors to get a truly authentic experience. The precinct utilises Siyabonga Travel &
Tours to facilitate an array of activities, from cultural tours to deep sea fishing, scuba diving and
dolphin tours.

Cultural Tours

Experience KwaZulu-Natal in all its glory as four cultural
tours take visitors on a vibrant and exciting journey
throughout the province.

Durban City Tour, Shakaland Cultural Tour, Valley of 1000 Hills Half-Day Tour and Sani Pass

The Durban City Tour takes visitors on a meandering journey through the Indian Market, Botanical Gardens, Golden Mile and The Durban Harbour. Offering a sensory overload, where visitors witness the city's diversity first-hand.

For those interested in learning about the province before its massive urban development, the Shakaland Cultural Tour is ideal. Offering the very best Zulu experience, enthusiasts will be taken on a journey throughout historical destinations where they are greeted by Zulu dance performances and get to meet the creative skilled artists behind spear and pot making, beadwork and traditional hut building. At the end of the day, the tour offers a feast complete with traditional cuisine and beer.

The Valley of 100 Hills Half-Day Tour is the ultimate option to experience the heritage of the province. Green rolling-hills define this landscape with visits to a Zulu kraal, iSangoma (witchdoctor) and the Crocodile and Snake Park - visitors are guaranteed a whirlwind cultural experience.

The mountainous, Sani Pass, will take visitors on an exquisite journey amid the rich flora and fauna of western KwaZulu-Natal. Mountain trails, 4x4 drives and viewing ancient San rock art paintings make for an exhilarating and inspiring day-out.

Beauty Unparalleled

Zimbali Suites ignites a passion for luxurious yet affordab
le holiday or business accommodation, where abundance, sophistication and comfort is promoted, upheld and valued through a selection of services, facilities and activities.

This exceptional accommodation experience caters to holidaymakers, business people and residents, whilst simultaneously respecting its natural environ
ment that so effortlessly provides Zimbali with character, depth and 
beauty. However, it does not stop here, as this contemporary development is also supported and enhanced by its surrounding community, which further 
cements its place as the ultimate Dolphin Coast destination.