“The Simbithi Eco-Estate Country Club was awarded the Compleat Golfer/Volvo 5 star Golf Experience Award for three years in a row”
Located along the unspoilt magnificence of the KwaZulu-Natal Northern Coastline, there is a unique Estate that completely embodies the pleasure of South African living and the nation’s environmental strides. Surrounded by lush vegetation, pristine beaches, the warm ocean and a myriad of wildlife, the Simbithi Eco-Estate offers residents a way to reconnect with nature and take advantage of one of the most spectacular locations in the country. With a mild and comfortable climate throughout the year, local and international investors find Simbithi an attractive destination. A mere 10 minutes away from the new King Shaka International Airport, Simbithi is easily accessible for commuters, foreigners and investors.
The Simbithi Eco-Estate is situated on 430 hectares of natural coastline and has gained much international exposure as the first of its kind in the area. Being an eco-Estate, Simbithi strives to not disturb the surrounding environment and rather build it up and reside in harmony with it. The area of KwaZulu- Natal is known for its distinct tropical vegetation and Simbithi really has managed to perfectly benefit from its uniqueness and its wild Indian Ocean. Simbithi is located in an area that once was a vast sugar plantation, which has now been transformed into an exclusive residential and golf Estate. The ecological surroundings include indigenous riverine vegetation, dams which one can fish in, grasslands, lush valley wetlands, and panoramic vistas of the azure ocean and green rolling hills.
The Simbithi Eco-Estate was originally developed by eLan and WBHO and together with the pioneers behind this acclaimed Estate; they created an environment that would be enjoyed by both the residents and the environment they inhabit. The Eco-Estate was awarded gold by The South African Landscapers Institute (SALI) for their Environmental Landscape Work in 2011.
The Simbithi Eco-Estate has pioneered the way forward with regards to eco-Estates and every possible precaution has been taken to minimise its environmental impact including geology and soil assessments, water resource and drainage appraisals, land use and vegetation studies, and aesthetic, historical and cultural appraisals.
Apart from the natural abundance that the Estate enjoys, its leisure facilities are world class. The Simbithi Country Club boasts a Peter Matkovich designed golf course, which has become an extremely popular golfing destination in KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa. Not only is the course expertly designed for the love of the game but one gets to be engulfed in the natural environment. The condition of the course is second to none with well-paced greens that hold a well struck approach shot, pristine fairways and a layout that will test your course management at every hole. The Simbithi Golf Course was the first executive golf course built in South Africa and with a par of 60, made up of thirteen par 3’s, four par 4’s and one par 5, it has been described as an enthralling golfing journey.
The Simbithi Country Club, a family orientated and privately owned establishment, offers superior facilities making it an attractive destination for golfers and residents at the Estate. The Simbithi Country Club was awarded the Compleat Golfer/Volvo 5 star Golf Experience Award for three years in a row, cementing its stature and popularity. Entertainment and leisure is at the core of the Country Club’s ideals and its amenities include striking function venues, a swimming pool, tennis court, resident gym, restaurant, an amphitheatre, a pro-shop and a resident’s lounge. Residents and visitors can enjoy a drink and sporting events at the more informal Drop Zone pub or an expertly created meal at the renowned Fig Tree Restaurant, which boasts lovely views of the golf course and specifically the striking 18th hole. Because of its stunning surroundings and top class facilities, the Simbithi Country Club is a popular venue for intimate weddings, events and conferences.
Simbithi’s vast lifestyle component does not stop there. There are four community centres found on the Estate with the largest one offering a large pool, braai area and lounge. The other centres boast tranquil spaces in which to enjoy the wildlife, kitchens, an indoor heated swimming pool, entertainment areas and a sports field. The element of fun is enhanced even more with an adventure golf course.
Located on the Simbithi Eco-Estate is an equestrian centre where residents are able to keep their horses and utilise the practise areas and if that’s not enough, one is able to ride in the safe enclosure of the Estate, as well as cycle and walk on one of the main trails that meander through the forest of geological splendour.
Wildlife on the Estate is one of the prominent features that make it so alluring and a myriad of antelope, primates and carnivores can be found enjoying the natural profusion of Simbithi. As one would imagine, the beautiful surroundings at the Simbithi Eco-Estate make for an aesthetically alluring backdrop.
The sustainability of the Estate is highlighted in the style and architecture of the homes which were designed and built to work with nature and not against it. All of the homes are painted using colours from a neutral colour palate with many of them sporting tin style roofs. The use of exposed rock and stone, woods including bamboo and metal are prolific throughout the Estate’s grounds. It is evident that the aesthetic guidelines at the Estate are not stringent and encourage individuality.
Homes range in styles from Bail to Farm but are all expertly constructed carnivores can be found enjoying the natural profusion of Simbithi. As one would imagine, the stunning surroundings with contemporary sentiments. Many of the homes have unparrelled views of either the valleys below inundated in tropical vegetation or the tempestuous ocean. All of these sought-after lifestyle elements would not be complete without a state-of-the-art security infrastructure. At the centre of the security system is the control room – the communication hub for all security related matters on Simbithi Eco-Estate. Manned and operated on a 24/7 basis, security aspects include security patrols, automated access, a central control room and CCTV.
When evaluating Simbithi Eco-estate, its environmental ethicality, security, world class facilities and the outstanding lifestyle that one is able to relish every single day, it is evident that this Estate embodies South Africa, its natural abundance, eco stature and lifestyle perfectly.