Zebula Golf Estate & Spa, Waterberg
Just two hours by car from Gauteng, the 660-hectare Zebula eco-estate sits with a rare comfort on the plains beside the Waterberg mountains, near Bela-Bela and adjacent to Mabilingwe Nature Reserve. Everything from the eco-friendly greenkeeping on the championship golf course to shunning tarred roads for the dirt variety just fits with the natural feel. The thatched, earth-toned homes are unobtrusive, all scarcely visible from one another. The 50-plus luxury homes that dot the estate provide various ownership and rental options, while Zebula’s lodge and chalet offerings mean an array of catered choices.
Zebula’s real charm is its natural bushveld surroundings. Game including kudu, giraffe, and warthog are plentiful, and add some magic to the many walking and cycling trails. Even the late afternoon migration to the clubhouse deck for sundowners has the feel of heading for a watering hole at dusk, a reprieve for golfers, swimmers and spa visitors alike. – Ian Macleod