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6 of South Africa’s Top-Ranked Retirement Villages and Estates | Retire in Africa

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6 of South Africa’s Top-Ranked Retirement Villages and Estates | Retire in Africa

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When it comes time for the twilight hours of one’s life, you want to enjoy everything to the fullest. After all, you’ve worked hard. Now all you want to do is spend some time with your family and friends. And honestly, just relax.

According to the 50 Best Places to Retire in the World List compiled by Enjoy Travel, South Africa is ranked 39th, so why not explore your options locally?

Here are some of the top retirement villages and estates for you to explore.

Auria Senior Living Facilities

Operating several senior living facilities across the country, Auria offers environments that offer ample lifestyle choices that revolve around happiness, security, peace of mind, and health.

All their estates offer continuing care operations 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Also, there are multiple hospitality options available, as well as wellness centres for exercise.

Their communities are based in:

    • Rondebosch (Woodside Village)
    • Bryanston (San Sereno)
    • Melrose (Melrose Manor)
    • Sandringham (Royal View)
    • Zululami (Coral Cove)

Each facility offers assisted living with fantastic amenities, like Royal View, where you can access the golf course.

And with the latest offering, the new Coral Cove which is a private coastal village located along the pristine north coast region of Durban.

The locations of all these establishments are central, and for younger families wanting to see their parents, all these venues are perfect. And there’s nothing to worry about as their every need is cared for.

Be aware these estates are for those above 70. *On a personal note. My grandmother stayed in Woodside village for over 13 years in frail care and was cared for wonderfully until her last day. So this one is definitely a personal recommendation.

Val de Vie Evergreen

The Val de Vie estate Val de Vie estate is better known for its luxurious and beautiful setting. Lying at the base of the Paarl mountains, the sprawling grounds of the estate allow inhabitants easy access to wine farms and attractions, with Babylonstoren a single dirt road away.

Also, with Franschhoek down the road, you will always have something to see and explore.

Within the grounds, you could get lost between the golf course, lush polo fields and equestrian facilities, but it's very unlikely you’ll get lost with all the estate residents walking through the manicured vineyards who will be willing to assist you.

There’s also :

    • a library
    • bowls facilities
    • private clubhouse
    • wine cellar
    • Camelot Spa
    • sports centre
    • 24-hour emergency healthcare services
    • cinema room

and more.

While Evergreen is situated within a larger estate that’s not a senior living facility, it's extremely unlikely you’ll be subjected to traffic or noise pollution.

Waterfall Hills Mature Lifestyle Estate

Located within the grounds of Waterfall City, Waterfall Hills Mature Lifestyle Estate Waterfall Hills Mature Lifestyle Estate offers everything you could possibly want to enjoy your time.

The nice part of the lifestyle estate is that you could be just minutes away from family members who live in another part of the city via a golf cart ride. Also, the city is connected to the Mall of Africa.

According to Waterfall City’s website, Waterfall Hills Mature Lifestyle Estate was named the best mature lifestyle estate development in the world at the International Residential Property Awards in 2009 and Best International Mature Lifestyle Resort in the 2011 Globals.

And with 35km of hiking and biking trails and a 24-hour medical facility, there’s nothing you could need that’s not a quick trip away.

For the entire list of amenities, you get:

    • restaurant
    • cinema
    • deli
    • bakery
    • beauty salon
    • library
    • billiards room
    • cigar lounge
    • business centre
    • formal lounges
    • gym
    • indoor heated swimming pool
    • aerobics training room
    • tennis courts
    • putting green
    • competition bowls green
    • arts and crafts centre
    • horticultural centre

It’s hard to think of what you could need when living in Waterfall Hills Mature Lifestyle Estate.

Cape St. Francis, Oyster Lifestyle Village

If you want to leave the city behind and retire in a home that offers “barefoot” luxury, then Oyster Lifestyle Village is for you.

Enjoy long walks on the beach, looking out for pods of whales and dolphins, flocks of unique birds, and so much more natural beauty.

As you’d expect, there’s a leisure centre, fine dining options, lounges, a library, a gym, an indoor heated pool (when the warm ocean is too cold), and a beauty salon.

The grounds are also home to a 24-hour health care centre, outdoor gardens, and walkways through the gardens and along the canals.

Openings are rare, so booking a place as soon as possible is advisable.

Onrus Manor

Situated in the idyllic village of Onrus, on the outskirts of Hermanus, Onrus Manor offers indigenous gardens and ocean views situated on the slopes of the Kleinriver Mountain range.

Being situated amongst some of the most picturesque seaside villages, there’s loads to see and experience. Also close by is the Hemel and Aarde valley, a true treasure of the Western Cape region.

There are 24-hour-a-day security and health facilities on the grounds, as well as a restaurant, coffee shop, and library.

For those wanting to retire in a coastal village that offers it all, Onrus Manor is perfect for you. And during school holidays, families can visit and stay in popular tourist spots.

Helderberg Village

For over 30 years, the Helderberg Village has been the retirement village of dreams. Nestled on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountains, it is surrounded by ocean views and vineyards.

While its location is picturesque, it is conveniently located for retirees who want to travel the world and have a home that’s a complete lock-up and go. It is an easy 20-minute drive to Cape Town International Airport.

Also, it is on the doorstep of the Stellenbosch wine region and is just around the corner of the Elgin Valley and seaside towns.

And if you want to visit the Mother City, it is just a 40-minute drive.

Other facilities on offer are:

    • nine-hole golf course
    • bowling greens
    • tennis courts
    • croquet lawns
    • four swimming pools
    • first-class healthcare is available 24 hours a day.

Wherever you want to start your retirement, you can be sure that Wise Move will be able to provide you with the best quotes.

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