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Top 10 Things to do in Zimbali

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  • Durban's Water Wonderland

    Durban's Water Wonderland

    uShaka Marine World, set back off the beach in nearby Durban, is a 16-hectare oceanic oasis. The theme park has four distinct parts: Sea World, Wet 'n Wild, uShaka Beach and the Village Walk. Featuring the highest water slide in the southern hemisphere, Wet 'n Wild caters to adventurers and adrenaline junkies, while kids can get up close and personal with the dolphins or feed the fish at Sea Animal Encounters Island.

  • Italian Alfresco

    Italian Alfresco

    Bel Punto is a chic Italian restaurant offering what many consider the finest seafood, steak and service on South Africa's East Coast. With a large alfresco dining area boasting sweeping views of the Indian Ocean, the restaurant is a favourite with locals and visitors alike. Regulars and restaurant staff swear by the signature dish Gamberi di Casa Nostra, which features grilled queen prawns drenched in a chili-infused cream and tomato sauce.

  • Gateway to Shopping

    Gateway to Shopping

    Gateway Theatre of Shopping is the southern hemisphere's largest shopping complex, and so, too, Durban's premier retail destination. With more than 400 stores and 70 dining options, there are choices for every style and budget. Shoppers can choose from major international brands, including Zara, Gant and Typo, or discover new local designers located on four floors of dedicated retail bliss. Gateway also features an indoor fun fair, cinema, playhouse and bowling alley.

  • Zulu Battlefields

    Zulu Battlefields

    The Battlefields of Kwa-Zulu Natal bear testament to South Africa's troubled and violent history. Local guides help you get the most out of your visit to Isandlwana, where one of the most defining Anglo-Zulu battles took place. Here, visitors can relive in chilling detail the Zulu army's epic victory on The Day of the Dead Moon: the Zulu name for the battle which took place during a rare solar eclipse in 1879.

  • uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park

    uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park

    Honouring both its Zulu and Afrikaans heritage, the tongue-twisting uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park is a dedicated UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to South Africa's highest mountain range. The park is a mecca for hikers, climbers and keen fishermen, who share its dramatic peaks, trails and waterfalls with a wide variety of animals and birdlife. A key attraction is the five kilometer-long cliff face known as the Amphitheatre, from whose summit springs the spectacular Tugela Falls.

  • Wander the Wetlands

    Wander the Wetlands

    Named South Africa's first World Heritage Site in 1999, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park covers 332,000 hectares of South Africa's far northeast coast. Encompassing swamp forest, coastal dunes and Africa's largest estuarine system, the park offers visitors the rare opportunity to snorkel, safari and scuba dive all in one location. Experienced divers can explore the reef off Sodwana Bay, or book a turtle tour for the kids along the beach.

  • Tee Time at Zimbali Country Club

    Tee Time at Zimbali Country Club

    Designed by former South African PGA champion Tom Weiskopff, the Zimbali Country Club golf course is one of the country's finest. Intended to present a "fair challenge to any level of play," guests can brush up on their swing at the driving range or putting greens before making their way through the stunning course replete with ocean and forest views. Retire to the clubhouse after your game, which is warmly decorated in an African Classical theme.

  • Go Local at the Litchi Orchard

    Go Local at the Litchi Orchard

    The Litchi Orchard is a working farm and outdoor community space dedicated to local crafts and produce. Whilst the December litchi season is fleeting, the grounds and speciality stores are open year-round for visitors to enjoy. Take your pick of seasonal sweets and slices at Lemon Canary Bakery, or take time out to stop and smell the roses at Driefontein Garden Centre. Regular farmer's markets offer even more in the way of homemade gifts and artisanal fare.

  • Treetop Trails

    Treetop Trails

    High in the treetops of Eshowe, the Dlinza Forest teems with native wildlife. The area is famous for its 10-meter high aerial boardwalk, which offers visitors an intimate audience with its rare birds and butterflies. The forest has excellent hiking trails and picnic facilities, or can also be enjoyed by car. Local guides can draw your attention to rare animals and insects, or help you frame a perfect photograph.

  • Big Five at Phinda

    Big Five at Phinda

    Phinda Private Game Reserve offers guests 5-star safari lodgings from which to launch their daily game drives. Thanks to an abundance of coastal rainfall, the reserve is made up of a number of distinct habitats that support a wide variety of animal life including the coveted Big Five: lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros. Phinda is known for its expert trackers and prime wildlife sightings, and offers a vast array of additional activities thanks to its close proximity to the water.