Cape Town - The Zimbali estate in KwaZulu-Natal has been rated South Africa's most exclusive estate for 2015 by Hurst & Wills and New World Wealth, a global wealth intelligence and market research company.
This 700 hectare estate is located next to Balito, 45kms north of Durban. Along with Umhlanga and La Lucia, it has become the premier luxury area on the east coast of South Africa, according to the report. Zimbali features a world class golf course, hotel and spa. It also has access to the beach.
“The top things that wealthy people look for when buying an estate property are space, exclusivity, security, view, nature and scenery. Locality and lifestyle offerings are also critical,” explained SA estate property specialist Basil Weinrich.
In second place is The Gentleman’s Estate at Val die Vie, currently being constructed outside Paarl in the Cape Winelands.
It will offer individual residents their own private stables, garden and vineyard. Properties range from 3 to 6 hectares each, with residents also having access the rest of what Val die Vie has to offer, including the polo fields, trails and equestrian facilities.
The Pezula Private Estate, situated next to the Pezula Golf Estate outside Knysna in the Southern Cape, is in third place.
According to the report it is one of the lowest density estates in South Africa, featuring 255 plots on 176 hectares. It is a relatively new estate and much of it is still undeveloped.
The Fancourt estate near George on the Garden Route is in fourth place. There are several distinctive residential areas on the estate including Links Ridge, Links Avenue, Cape Dutch Village, Oakland’s Village and Montagu Ridge.
According to the report, Fancourt is South Africa’s premier golfing destination for the super-rich, with three highly rated courses on one estate.
In firth place is the Pearl Valley estate, which is also located outside Paarl, next to Val die Vie.
Highlights of the estate include a highly rated golf course, natural fynbos scenery, mountain backdrops, several lakes and over 120 species of birds, including the iconic African Fish Eagle and Malachite Kingfisher.
Above: Zimbali Estate; South Africa's most exclusive