Nature

flowers

Flora

Located north on the eastern coast of South Africa, overlooking the vast Indian Ocean, Zimbali, the Zulu meaning for “valley of flowers” – is a resort destination unlike any other.

Unspoiled and lush, marked by endless beaches and clear skies, Zimbali exceeds your imagination’s ultimate expectations.

Banded mongoose is a lookout on a tree stump

Fauna

There is the seamlessly integrated, relaxed ambience of outdoor living in the bushveld, with all the modern conveniences expected of a world-class, family orientated estate.

Zimbali is one of the last remaining areas of natural coastal forest in South Africa, thus a strict conservation policy was implemented to harness the heritage of this region. Zimbali has acted as a conservancy for the re-establishment of many threatened indigenous species.

Adult Spotted Eagle Owl, Table Mountain, South Africa.

Birdlife

Zimbali has an ecologically rich sub-tropical forest and contains the biological diversity of indigenous wildlife with well over 200 species of birds.

Experience the indigenous forest and its rich bird life from a completely different angle as your trained tour guide points out some of the 65 species that inhabit this area.

RSDP Whale 11

Sealife

The gentle rise and fall of dolphins silhouetted against the early morning sunrise is a familiar sight at Zimbali Estate. These amazing sea creatures are like old friends that keep coming back to our shores – sometimes even catching a wave or two with the surfers.
And every year, residents and visitors get a front row seat to one of the most beautiful whale shows in the world, as thousands of the world’s largest mammals head to breeding grounds in the temperate and tropical waters along our coastline. Southern Right and Humpback whales are the most frequently viewed. Sometimes, you will be lucky enough to spot a pod of Orcas launch themselves out of the water and forget to breathe until they crash down again. And realise how incredibly privileged you are to have these majestic sea creatures right on the shores of Zimbali Estate.

Zimbali Estate Beach Waves

Beaches

The enchanting 1000-year-old Coastal sand forests extend to the Indian Ocean and beaches. The secluded beach pool is equipped with umbrellas, loungers and provided refreshments. This stretch of coastline is not designated for swimming, however other bathing beaches are located nearby.

RSPM Hidden Door 1

Nature Trails

Enjoy the lush splendour of nature – a 50-hectare reserve within the estate. In addition, all primary dune areas have been demarcated as conservation areas providing a refuge to the rich variety of local flora & fauna. Limited pathways and wooden viewing decks throughout these areas allow residents to interact with nature.

Zimbali has several natural springwater lakes, which create a beautiful habitat for the birds, a host of butterflies and a wide variety of indigenous plant life. Animal life within the forest reserve includes bush buck, blue duiker, bushbaby, vervet monkey, banded mongoose and even wild pig.

Click here to view the Estate Map and Trail Map

Zimbali Estate Holy Hill

Conservation

Zimbali Estate has for many years been regarded as one of the world’s best eco-estates. Known for its beautiful ancient coastal forest, free-roaming wildlife, plethora of birdlife and ‘Holy Hill’ conservancy area, Zimbali Estate is a sanctuary for the incredible biodiversity of flora and fauna that can be found there. The estate has been a haven to many breeding pairs of bird species, including the crowned eagles that nest there, offers an indigenous plant nursery cultivated by the Environmental Department, and remains committed to restoring and improving the natural environment through ongoing projects like the Grassland Restoration Project and the Orchid Reintroduction Programme, to promoting sustainability and fostering ecological restoration into the future.

  • First impressions count.  At Zimbali the overwhelming vista is one of natural beauty, ecological richness and biological diversity. The luxuriance of this reserve is reflected in its eight different vegetation types ranging from pioneer dune vegetation through to towering dune forest. All this provides a......

  • Due to the success of its strict conservation policy, Zimbali Estate has acted as a conservancy for the re-establishment of many threatened indigenous species, by providing a secure home to a variety of local flora and fauna, including predatory birds known as raptors....

  • It has often been said that bees are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat. Most crops grown for their fruits (including vegetables such as squash, cucumber, tomato and eggplant), nuts, seeds, fibre (such as cotton), and hay (alfalfa grown......