Top 10 Best Estates in South Africa (2021)

I believe that a secure environment, availability of amenities, and outdoor activities are your concerns when purchasing a property, and thankfully many residential estates provide all these topped with an impressive lifestyle, attractive and serene neighborhoods.

More South Africans like you choose to live in residential estates because of all the juicy benefits that are up for grabs as residents of any of these choice estates.

Notable real estate experts in South Africa have affirmed that South Africa is considered one of the innovators of estate living worldwide. Additionally, South Africa is the second country after The United States of America with the highest residential estates.

However, some residential estates can be rated as the top best estates in South Africa as their layout, landscapes, and amenities make them stand out and expensive.

Benchmarks that make estates eligible for ratings comprise layout, space, maintenance, parks and gardens, site, security,  outdoor activities, and social amenities such as shops, offices, schools, and hospitals.

Best Estates in South Africa


Arabella Estate is situated on the Bot River Lagoon, near Hermanus, Capetown. Standing on 113 hectares of land and a top-notch golf course, Arabella estate is one of the most beautiful estates in South Africa. It is also one of the most luxurious golf estates in South Africa. There are 236 houses on this estate, and property prices range from R3 million and R15 million.

Atlantic Beach

This estate is another luxurious golf estate. It is generally referred to as the “hidden gem” of golf estates in South Africa. Atlantic Beach estate situated between Blouberg and Melkbosstrand, Cape Town, has some very impressive houses in South Africa. It also boasts of glamorous landscapes. The estate functions as a nature haven, home to several wild animals. A house on Atlantic Beach costs between R2 million and R20 million.

Blair Atholl Equestrian Estate

Blair Atholl Estate stands on 600 hectares of land near Lanseria, Johannesburg. It is another grand golf estate with a top-notch golf course and amenities such as a wellness center. It also hosts several very stunning houses and gardens. Any amount between R10 million and R80 million will get a property on the estate.


This is an exclusive golf estate with three top-notch golf courses situated in George on the Garden route. In the early 90s, Montagu and Outeniqua, the first two courses, were built, and in the year 2000, the well-known Fancourt link was added to the list. 

The residential areas on this estate are Colonial lodges, Oakland village, Links Avenue, Links Ridge, Cape Dutch Village, and Montagu Ridge. Property prices vary from R3 million to R50 million.


With a stunning landscape and a top-notch golf course situated in Knysna on the Garden Route, the Pezula estate undoubtedly makes the list of the top ten estates in South Africa. The Pezula estate has sub-sections with two estates: Pezula Golf Estate and Pezula Private Estate.

The Pezula Private Estate provides its occupants with expensive lifestyle features and is more costly than the Pezula Golf Estate. Property prices range from R5 million to R50 million.


This golf estate is one of the best estates in South Africa. It was a vineyard in the first place, but in 1990, it was rebuilt by JCI to encompass a golf course, spa, hotel, and housing estate. The large winery and vineyard are still on the estate today, making the estate stand out from the others. 

In contrast to the size of the estate, there are only a few houses at the Steenberg Estate. Property prices on the estate range from R10 million to R40 million.

Val De Vie

Val De Vie estate, which has a top-notch golf course, polo field, lovely vineyards, parks, mountain, and lakes landscape, is situated in the Cape Winelands. 

The special neighborhoods in Val De Vie are Pearl Valley, Polo Village, The River Club, The Reserve, The Retirement Village, The Gentlemen’s Estate, The Vines, The Acres, and more. A house costs between R3 million to R50 million.

Waterfall Equestrian Estate

Situated in Waterfall City in Johannesburg, the Waterfall Equestrian Estate stands overlooking the Mall of Africa. Some mansions are situated in the Waterfall estate, thanks to the large plots beginning from one hectare each. A house in the Waterfall Estate costs between R15 million to R100 million.

Whalerock Ridge Estate

Standing on 100 hectares of land, the Whalerock Ridge is located in Plettenberg Bay on the Garden route. Whalerock Ridge gives its occupants a stunning view of the bay, and the back gate of the estate is situated roughly 100 meters from the beach. Property price on this estate varies between R3 million to R35 million.


Standing on 700 hectares of land, right on the beach, Zimbali is located near Ballito. It is an outstanding estate that has its forest and Lagoon. Various exquisite birds such as Louries, Kingfishers, bee-eaters, and the unique Crowned Eagle can be found in Zimbali. A property costs between R5 million to R75 million on this estate.


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