Where South Africa's super-rich live


South Africa’s “(SA’s) super-rich” drive luxury cars, don designer brands and holiday at destinations of such opulence that the majority of the continent hasn’t even thought to dream of yet – having said that, their homes are equally luxurious.

Global wealth intelligence and market research company, New World Wealth has revealed the most exclusive estates in the country, collated on the basis of their appeal to the “super-rich”.

“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,” said Basil Weinrich, South Africa estate property specialist.


Forty-five kilometers from Durban is Zimbali which is said to tick all the boxes for the elite’s property needs, the 700 hectare estate with beach access, a world class golf course, hotel and spa is the most exclusive estate in South Africa for the year.

Zimbali is our most exclusive estate in SA for 2015. 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. Zimbali features a world class golf course, hotel and spa. It also has access to the beach.

Followed by The Gentleman’s Estate at Val die Vie currently under construction in Stellenbosch will offer private stables and a vineyard. Residents will have access to polo fields, trails and equestrian facilities on the estate.

In third place is Knysna’s Pezula Private Estate, Fancourt along the Garden route next to George which is also one of South Africa’s top golfing destinations. Stellenbosch makes a second appearance in the 5th position with Pearl Valley with several lakes and a variety of bird and aquatic species.

On a global scale, the Yellowstone Club is the most exclusive estate worldwide for 2015. The estate is in Sky, Montana, it features a world class golf course, ski slopes and hiking trails with a base price of US$16 million.