The lively city of Johannesburg is unlike many others in South Africa, offering unique characteristics in the area known as the Highveld. Summer rainstorms, specific fauna and flora and wildlife indigenous to the area are just a few of its attractive elements. With Johannesburg’s rapidly expanding metropolis, residential space has become limited, which has led developers to innovate and return to their roots, offering a true South African lifestyle.
Located a mere 10 minutes from the O.R. Thambo International Airport, and easily accessible from both Johannesburg and Pretoria, The Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate offers residents a solace from the bustling world outside and the chance to inhabit a space where nature is reintroduced into one’s life, while not sparing on first world amenities. Situated on 780 hectares of vast, open spaces with an abundance of wildlife and mixed-use components, the Estate encompasses a lifestyle which is sought after by many South Africans and internationals alike.
The first soil turned on the Estate commenced in 2006 with the first house being built exactly a year later. The developers, African Kingdom Holdings, worked with the Estate visionaries to create an exclusive Estate with favourable residential, lifestyle and tourism opportunities. The Estate was developed with the surrounding nature in mind and still strives to work in harmony with it today. Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate has been awarded many notable accolades, including both the CNBC’s Best African Golf Development and the Best Golf Development South Africa in 2009.
The Estate is surrounded by Highveld grassland and fields creating a farm-feel ambience separated from the ever expanding skyline of the city. Every element of the Estate has been envisioned to demonstrate the delicate balance between nature and the modern environment. Integrity is at the forefront of Serengeti Estate whether applicable to the foreseeable investment growth or the preservation of its natural richness and wildlife. The Estate offers an interesting picture of perfectly landscaped, green areas and the wilder growth of the indigenous flora; an attractive juxtaposition and an insight into the other contributing components of the Estate. Well maintained and wide roads have been constructed with both convenience and resident’s noise pollution concerns in mind.
This additionally extends to their nationally acclaimed, championship golf course which offers privacy for both residents and golfers and was constructed at a lower level than the homes and clubhouse giving the perception of playing in a valley. The Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course was the very first in Gauteng to introduce an all-year-round green environment with the introduction of a variety of cool season grasses, which are resistant to the harsh climate of the Highveld. This theme was carried through in the Estate landscaping and private garden areas. The Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate’s concept started with the hunt for a suitable hotel site but developers then saw the endless possibilities of capitalising on such a prime piece of land. Currently there are 820 stands on the Estate but this by no means indicates the Estate’s growth and development. With 84% of this phase already sold and transferred, the upcoming phases will see just as much success.
Upon completion, Serengeti will boast about 1800 residential opportunities comprising of a combination of freehold stands, apartments and eco-lodges. Furthermore, there are many innovative developments planned for the future. The Estate will comprise a true mixed use environment with an extensive commercial aspect of offices, shops, restaurants and a boutique resort hotel and spa planned for the future. All of these extensive elements lend to a multi-purpose environment where residents need not stray far for all of their lifestyle and leisure requirements in one convenient location. Serengeti’s 27-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course is one of the main attractions at the Estate with the stunning clubhouse being a strong feature. The club house, which spans two floors, is multi-faceted, is over 5 500 square meters and boasts panoramic views of the golf course and Estate. It houses several lounges, bars and The Deck Restaurant, perfect for making use of that Hole in One insurance policy or relishing a leisurely lunch engulfed in the natural beauty of the surroundings.
Restaurant E18hteen, the more formal of the two, is available for private functions and conferencing. Together with the Executive Board Room and the Serengeti conferencing venues, which can seat 250 delegates, the Estate has become a sought after destination in the hospitality industry catering for conferences, weddings and business meetings. The clubhouse has been designed to encompass African elegance with a contemporary twist. The element of wood is used throughout, as well as glass, exposed stone and metal, like much of the other public buildings on the Estate. The world-renowned golf course named Masai Mara has rugged grasslands and dunes, and the 9 hole course, named Whistling Thorn, features classic design elements. There is a fully equipped golf pro shop, golf academy with professional PGA coaches, and a well-equipped gym. The Estate has and will continue to bring sporting events right onto the doorstep of residents. The Masai Mara course was home to the 2011 and 2012 SA Open Golf Championships, which was held at the Estate. The Serengeti Classic is a two day off road and on road cycle race taking place on the Estate and the surrounding farms.
The Curro Serengeti Academy is a private school, which opened in January 2012 and caters for 1200 pupils from pre-school through to high school. Next to Curro Serengeti Academy, an equestrian facility comprising of an equestrian yard and a small number of exclusive stands is planned for the future, and will offer residents the opportunity to house two horses in each stable. It is envisaged that there will be practice areas for horse riding and training, as well as scenic trails present throughout the Estate. The Estate has 350 hectares of land set aside for conservation purposes where various game including steenbok, impala, springbok and blesbok will be released. Sightings of wildcats and owls are not uncommon and residents are encouraged to introduce owl boxes into their garden areas. Interestingly, out of the 20 species of bats found in Gauteng, 12 have been recorded on the Estate by the Endangered Wildlife Trust offering residents a comprehensive wildlife element in their daily living.
The Estate’s aesthetic guidelines have been incorporated into Serengeti’s regulations not to limit the personal preference of the individual but to make sure that there is harmonious flow integrated with nature. As one can see from the homes on Serengeti, there is a definite individuality in the architecture and design.
The use of natural elements such as wood and stone is prevalent. Only neutral colours are utilised and the homes have been designed to take advantage of the vast, open spaces and spectacular views of unspoilt landscape. Stands are an average size of 1200 square meters and are expertly conceptualised, designed and built by one of the many accredited service providers that work with the Estate. As with most Estates, security is at the forefront of their ideals and this imperative aspect has been covered extensively at the Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate. Advanced equipment and infrastructure are just the beginning of the integral security solution of the Estate. There is an emphasis placed on intelligent policing of both internal and external elements of the Estate. Serengeti provides an optic fibre network, which connects to each home inside the Estate and provides connectivity, broadband internet and email services.
As with so many other prominent Estates across South Africa, Serengeti is striving to encompass that aspirational lifestyle which is so actively sought after. It provides residents a life where most if not all of their requirements, both fundamental and self-actualisation based are expertly catered for. From the prime location, to the wildlife offering, championship golf course, education and commercial components, this is one Estate that is sure to grow in leaps and bounds.