Things to do near Zimbali

Kwa-Zulu Natal’s north coast is renowned for its awe-inspiring scenery, kilometres of unspoiled and exotic beaches, and attractions and activities for the entire family. Zimbali is a popular coastal estate within the dolphin coast that offers a diverse selection of activities for young and old. For those looking to experience new adventures near Zimbali and its surrounding areas, you will be spoiled for choice.

Attractions and exciting experiences await those who want to venture to the surrounding areas of Zimbali. From exhilarating activities to relaxing game drives, there is plenty to keep you busy. KZN’s coastal towns offer a healthy dose of laid-back vibes, warm weather, and natural beauty. There is never a shortage of things to do which means you and your whole family will be constantly entertained.

Sensational shopping experiences near Zimbali

Indulge yourself in some retail therapy at Ballito Junction Regional Mall and shop ‘til you drop. Enjoy 3 levels of shopping including fashion, home décor, entertainment, fast food and more. Just around 5-7 kms away from Zimbali, Ballito Junction is a conveniently situated mall that offers visitors a world-class shopping experience.

If you’re looking for an authentic shopping adventure, Ballito Lifestyle Centre is the place to go. They boast a casual el-fresco vibe that encompasses all the north coast is famous for. Enjoy great food, an array of retail stores, and unlimited free parking. For your convenience, they are open 7 days a week so you can make the most of it.

For those who love taking leisurely drives, why not head over to Gateway Theatre of Shopping. Take a 30-40 minute trip to one of the largest shopping centres in the Southern Hemisphere. Gateway offers visitors the ultimate in dining, entertainment, and fashion. From tenpin bowling to rock climbing, Gateway is the go-to shopping centre for the entire family. It is wheelchair friendly and there are covered parking bays and 24 hour security patrols.

Thrilling Activities

Mountain biking near Zimbali

If you’re a thrill-seeker then you are in for a treat. The North Coast is the ultimate destination for those who love exhilarating adventures and activities. For the mountain biking and trail running enthusiasts there is Holla Trails. Traverse your way through 42 sugar cane farms surrounding Zimbali and enjoy spectacular scenery along the way. Whether you’re a novice or professional, Holla Trails is suitable for all levels of riders and runners.

Microlight Flights

Brace yourself for the adventure of a lifetime with North Coast Microlight Flights. Spot an array of marine life such as whales and manta rays as you soar above the magnificent Dolphin Coast. Choose from 30 to 90 minute flights that offer you the ultimate photo opportunities. They have experienced pilots that will brief you on what to expect on your flight over Ballito.

Quad Biking

Quad Biking is an adrenaline-filled adventure that can be enjoyed by the whole family. River Quad Trials offer daily guided tours for beginners and experienced riders. Get down and dirty as you ride into muddy areas and river crossings where the general public cannot go.

The Big Rush Big Swing at the Moses Mabhida Stadium is definitely not for the faint-hearted. Get an unrivalled adrenalin rush as you free-fall 80 metres into the stadium bowl. This is not your average swing – in 2011, it was named the world’s tallest rope swing by the Guinness Book of Records. Harness up and get ready to have your heart jump out of your throat.

Deep sea fishing & boat rides

If you’re looking for a highly recommended boat charter company, why not try Casea Charters? They offer deep sea fishing and boat rides along the stunning Umhlanga coastline. It is a family run business that has been in operation for 19 years. For deep sea fishing enthusiasts, they have clean and well maintained boats that take you into rich fishing waters. Boat rides can be enjoyed on 6 meter rubber ducks that take a maximum of 10 passengers per trip.


The North Coast boasts plenty of secret surf spots where surfers can enjoy unforgettable surfing experiences. Thompson’s Bay Beach is one of them. Situated just north of Ballito, this popular beach boasts consistent moderate waves that are ideal for beginners

Zipline tour

Adventure Valley in Ballito offers nature lovers and those who enjoy being outdoors, the ultimate ziplining adventure.  Along your 1.5km zipline tour, you can view an abundance of birdlife and tranquil surroundings. Zip through lush forests in a valley along the Sampoya river. The tour is suitable for ages 5 and up and you will even get awarded with a certificate on completion.

Visit Crocodile Creek

For the brave and fearless, visiting Crocodile Creek is a must. A mere 9,9 km away from Zimbali Drive via the M4, they boast around 6000 Nile Crocodiles and an assortment of snakes, alligators, and a whole lot more. Guided tours through walkways will give you an up-close and personal experience with these formidable and deadly creatures. The highlight of your visit will no-doubt be feeding time. Watching the crocs go into a feeding frenzy is truly impressive. You will enjoy an in-depth look at just how powerful these reptile’s jaws are.

When the hunger pangs hit you, Crocodile Creek has you covered. They have a coffee shop that serves reasonably priced crocodile burgers, beef burgers, toasted sandwiches, milkshakes and cool drinks. For the shopaholics, there is a curio shop that stocks an assortment of exotic Nile crocodile leather goods, t-shirts, toys, and more. There is a kid’s play area where the little ones can swing, slide, and climb bars to their hearts content. Are you ready to experience all the fun, fear and fascination that Crocodile Creek has to offer? Visit their website here and join in the adventure.

Guided game drives near Zimbali

Adventure awaits you at Rain Farm Game Lodge. Situated in nearby Umhlali, they offer day time game drives with an experienced and knowledgeable game ranger. As you drive, view giraffes, impalas, buffalos and more, as they all roam freely. If you’re a nature lover, give Rain Farm a try and enjoy the outdoors in a safe environment.

Spectacular beaches near Zimbali

Willard Beach is situated at the northern end of the Ballito Promenade and has been awarded Blue Flag status. Blue flags are only awarded to beaches that are clean, secure and most importantly environmentally safe. Tip: Keep a look out for dolphins as they always tend to make an appearance.

Umhlanga Beach is the place to be if you’re looking for sandy beaches, stunning backdrops and the ultimate swimming, surfing and sunbathing spots. Get the sun on your skin, the wind in your hair and sand in your toes.

When you visit Suncoast Beach, you can enjoy year-round sunshine and Indian Ocean views. It is a safe, clean and welcoming beach for the whole family. Entertainment and food venues are close by.

Zinkwazi Beach is a serene, mostly habitually deserted beach on the Dolphin Coast. Whale and dolphin watching are leisurely pastimes that visitors to this unspoiled haven can enjoy. 


If experiencing the wonder of the underwater world is your thing, then Tidal Tao Snorkeling Safaris  will not disappoint. They have a team of professionals with a knowledge of the ocean and the species that inhabit it. If you haven’t snorkeled before, don’t stress. They will supply you with the gear you need and teach you everything you need to know. Go snorkeling today and encounter underwater wildlife in their natural environment.

Are you ready to explore the North Coast? There are a myriad of exciting things to do in and around Zimbali so go out and indulge yourself.