Durban and the North Coast offer many attractions and parents have the option to assist their younger family members to get to such locations, as they would do in any city.

In Durban, there is the Dolphinarium and Oceanarium complex, the Snake Park, Minitown and the Umgeni Bird Park – all are educational and very well worth a visit. There are tours around the Harbour, the Sugar terminal and deep-sea fishing trips are available. In Umhlanga, there is the Sharks Board, the town centre with cafes, and lots to see and do.

The Gateway Theatre of Shopping is located less than 20 minutes from Zimbali Estate. It is one of the largest enclosed shopping centres in South Africa and provides you with a safe one stop shopping and entertainment experience. From international brands, boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops, clothing stores, an IMAX theatre and double standing wave!

Closer to home, there is Flag Farm Animal Farm, Crocodile Valley and Shakaland on the North Coast. Microlight flights for the more adventurous. Golf is available at Umhlali Country Club where carts are not necessary, and there is an Arts & Crafts Market close to Umhlali town. The Umfolozi/Hluhluwe Game Reserve and the Midlands Meander are only 2 hours from Ballito – perfect for a family day trip.

Many of our younger family members are accustomed to the restrictions of city and urban life during the year and we thought it would be a good idea to identify some of the local facilities available to them.

Within the Zimbali area, the youngsters have the freedom to roam around our ‘safe’ and beautifully tranquil Estate, which offers an un-paralleled eco-system and a healthy natural environment. This lifestyle does not require any parental guidance or assistance.

There is tennis, cycling, walking, jogging, searching for buck or bird/butterfly watching. The Estate has many nature trails to explore and there is an abundance of flora and fauna to be found on the Estate. Golf can be played with a qualified driver for the golf cart or there is the driving range.

There is the beach node with a 1000 m² swimming pool complex, a kiosk where they can meet friends and have a snack meal and a 3km pristine beach with dune vegetation and aquatic interests along its length. Here is an opportunity to fish or collect shells or a group of youngsters can take a ball and have their own game of beach cricket, football or volleyball. Even a beach walk to Ballito along our beautiful coastline is a pleasurable and rewarding experience.

There is also the golf cart path to Ballito via the north gate provided for all families to access the town without having to go by car. This is a lovely walk and there are a variety of interests including shops, cafes, clubs, a library, a gym, swimming beaches, rocks and fishing. (Remember though, drivers need to be in possession of a valid drivers license to drive a golf cart in Zimbali)

Take a walk along the Boardwalk from Zimbali to Willards Beach with the opportunity to spot a school of dolphins along the way. Willards Beach is the fun place to be at holiday times with music, youth competitions etc – there is always something happening there! How about some surfing or body boarding at Salmon Bay or some snorkeling around the rocks? Fishing is available and equipment can be hired. How about some kite flying? Dolphin watching boat trips are also available from Salmon Bay.

Alternatively, have friends to the home for snooker/pool/table tennis, a board game, darts, a swim, and some music or TV/Computer games. Make a little competition between your friends! Then there is always DSTV or that favourite book you have been meaning to read all year.

Many residents take the opportunity to take a drive around the Estate early in the morning or late in the afternoon to see what game they can spot.
From a golf cart, you also get the opportunity to see some parts of the Estate inaccessible by car, and what a lovely leisurely way to travel!

Some residents have expressed an interest in playing bridge. Please contact Françoise Hue at (032) 538 1949 for more details. She is willing to organise bridge on a casual basis – games to be held at various suitable venues to be decided between the parties concerned.

There are a number of book clubs at Zimbali Estate, where members meet regularly to discuss the books they have read, to spend a very pleasant evening socialising together and it’s the ideal way to reconnect with old friends and meet new people on the estate.

Bookworms interested in joining an existing book club or even forming a new one, please call Geraldine Van Niekerk on +27 (0)82 4425581.

Probably one of the most popular spots in Zimbali is the magnificent Valley of the Pools where residents and visitors swim, soak in the sun and watch the beautiful waves rolling in towards them.

The VOP Restaurant offers light meals in a tranquil setting on the wooden decks, overlooking the sea and the lakes. It is the perfect setting for meeting family and friends over breakfast, lunch or sundowners.

Welcome to Zimbali’s world renowned fitness consultant: Jenni Rivett offers total body toning and fat burning exercise all wrapped up in one-hour workouts in the form of power walks in the forest or indoor exercise classes.

Her concept is unique and does not involve high-impact gym, but targets women’s problem areas, giving individual assessments. Jenni was Diana, Princess of Wales’ personal trainer for six and a half years – she is highly qualified, author of two books and creator of two best selling videos.

Please call Paula Mendes for details of all Keep Fit activities, including the Sunday Walking Club +27 (0)32 538-1130.