Ekubo Coastal Estate located south of Leisure Bay on the South Coast of Kwa Zulu Natal is distinguished by the unspoiled golden beaches which divide the warm Indian Ocean and the 137 hectares of lush coastal forest, grasslands, wetlands and rivers of the estate.
A place where schools of dolphins frolic in waves and whale sharks cruise lazily by.
Timid Blue and Grey Duiker and Bush Buck families amble through the indigenous gardens as the Crowned Eagle circles in the clear blue sky above.
Welcome to Ekubo Coastal Estate ‘Your piece of paradise…’
With 70% of the Estate dedicated to conservation area of rehabilitated natural bush, wetland, coastal forest and grassland, Ekubo Coastal Estate has been purposely designed and developed as one of the finest coastal residential estates on the South Coast of
Kwa Zulu Natal.
The designated development consisting of
222 individual residential freehold stands of average size of 1700 square meters, each with individual dedicated footprint
6 intermediate residential stands amounting to a total of 10 hectares and comprising approximately 150 sectional title units
Ekubo Clubhouse comprising of a tennis court, squash court, large swimming pool, gymnasium, restaurant, bar and conference venue.
This prime site is zoned for future development of approximately 70 residential units and has been planned to ensure minimal disruption to the surrounding natural environment. The overall effect is development in harmony with nature and a lifestyle that allows for daily interaction with bush buck and bird life.
Your piece of paradise
EKUBO HOME OWNERS ASSOCIATION
Ekubo Coastal Estate is run by its own management and has a full time Estate Director and staff. All purchasers (owners) are obligatory members of the Association whose offices are located at the Ekubo north gate entrance.
The EHOA Board of Directors together with a committee of professional environmentalists, architects and engineers are responsible for administering the guidelines for building and landscape development on the estate, and for ensuring that contractors comply with development manuals and relevant site protocols. This is in support of the developer’s vision for Ekubo Coastal Estate, which is:
To maintain a secure tranquil environment of enduring quality and excellence
Implementation of the architectural language of the estate, ensuring the character of estate remains unique
To preserve and nurture an overall Conservation Plan which takes into cognizance preservation of the estate’s Eco system
That the estate be managed, administered and maintained for the benefit of all members
Whilst the appropriate architectural style is “Balinese”, consultants are encouraged to incorporate a modern fusion with traditional Balinese styling elements. It is the intention and aim that the development will reflect an architectural style suited to the tropical climate of the Kwa Zulu Natal coast.
large openings catch sea breezes, thereby ventilating and cooling the homes
natural stonework, timber decks and warm earthy finishes, combined with modern textures and elements combine to reflect the synergy of estate aesthetics
homes fitted into their settings become part of the surrounding landscape, merging into natural waterways, outer fringes of coastal forest and grasslands forming one extensive natural garden
In consultation with conservation and environmental experts an extensive ‘Environmental Protocol’ has been developed to assist in understanding environmental requirements that must be complied with in the development of sites in order to protect the estates natural resources.
This all embracing protocol includes guidelines for rehabilitation and landscaping, the exclusion of domestic pets, alien plant control and eradication and specific indigenous planting lists that are the only plantings permitted on the estate. Standards are clearly defined to ensure that the dynamic interaction of plants, wildlife and humans living in a restricted environment is balanced
Ecologically sensitive conditions on the estate evoke certain responsibilities prior to and during the building process, to this end all building work on the estate is required to be completed in strict accordance with the ‘Builders Protocol’ ‘Environmental Protocol’ and ‘Architectural Guidelines and Design Manual’.
The Architectural Design and Landscaping Review Committee has an accredited list of builders and landscapers who have successfully met these requirements. This does not however preclude other builders or landscapers from being used provided they meet the criteria set by the committee.
Nestling among ancient indigenous trees and coastal grassland of varying colors is the original Manor House refurbished and remodeled, whilst retaining all the charm and character of yesteryear.
The developers, with careful attention to detail whilst retaining the original ambiance added an array of sporting facilities including a tennis court, squash court, gymnasium and large swimming pool incorporating the architectural language of the estate seamlessly with the original structure.
The expansive wraparound veranda, with views stretching over the Indian Ocean, where the horizon appears to be never ending is a venue for residents to create new living experiences within this naturally beautiful oasis.
Conference facility, restaurant and bar areas complete the Ekubo Coastal Estate Clubhouse and Fitness Center facilities.
A diverse range of habitats on the estate, including coastal forests, wetlands, grasslands and river crossings make for a variety of flora and fauna. Conspicuous and colorful butterflies abound. Catch a glimpse of the timid Blue and Grey Duiker before they disappear into the coastal grasslands. Home also to the many families of tame Bush Buck peacefully feeding in the many open spaces.
Demarcated walking trails lead to the 3 river crossings on the estate as well as the fence line trail which circumvents the 7 kilometer estate perimeter. Residents will experience the true nature of fauna and flora abundance on the estate.
With 70% of Ekubo Estate dedicated as conservation area, rehabilitated natural bush, coastal forest, wetlands, rivers and natural grassland allows for walks, runs and a general sense of living in harmony within a diverse ecologically sensitive environment.
The comprehensive Environmental and Landscaping Protocol, ensures that wide open spaces between houses are created and maintained as natural environment, allowing wildlife to roam freely within the estate, thereby reflecting true harmony of coastal living in a natural environment.
The northern and southern beach gates along the front fence perimeter provide easy access to natural pathways leading onto the pristine, unspoiled beaches of the 1 kilometer Indian Ocean shoreline bordering the estate.
Leisure Bay and Port Edward Beaches as well as the Estuary are all a short walk along the beach from the estate, giving residents on the estate accessibility to a choice of beautiful beaches and unspoiled coastline.
Gazebos positioned conveniently at the southern beach access gate offer residents ablution facilities and a bench as welcome respite after an energetic walk.
SAFETY & SECURITY
Ekubo Coastal Estate surrounds itself with a 7 km electric palisade fence with 91 CCTV surveillance cameras on the perimeter. Access to the estate as well as beach access is controlled with a state of the art bio-metric system at all entrances.
GATEBOOK was implemented for visitor access, this device scans the drivers licence as well as the licence disc of vehicles wishing to enter the estate.
Security has always been a top priority with management constantly upgrading the existing systems as well as implementing new systems in order to make this a safer and more secure environment for all. The Ekubo Homeowners Association prides itself with a security record of zero transgressions to date.
ARTIST'S IMPRESSION OF THE São João WRECK
PORCELAIN FROM THE São João WRECK
THE 'São João' STORY
‘A walk along the beach could unearth lost artifacts of Ming porcelain, Camelian beads and money cowries that the São João was carrying when shipwrecked in 1552 off the coastline of the Estate. The São João (St John) was the biggest ship afloat in the world at that time, and was headed back from the East with an immensely valuable cargo of spices, Ming porcelain, beads and money cowries. Greed and bad luck delayed the departure from the east with disastrous effect. The vessel was grossly overloaded and the delay meant they hit the early typhoon season.
After losing full use of the sails and rudder in a storm off the southern Cape an attempt was made to return to Delagoa Bay to no avail. After floundering off Port Edward, anchor was thrown and a party landed with view to establishing a land base and bringing the crew and passengers ashore.
A further great storm pushed the vessel onto the rocks, with the tragic loss of 100 people. The remaining 400 survivors established a camp in the region of what was then known as Kaisers Farm (now Ekubo Coastal Estate) near Port Edward.
The site of the survivors’ camp is a main focus of the modern day archaeological investigation.
A comprehensive archaeological investigation undertaken on Ekubo Coastal Estate identified 35 stands which were archaeologically sensitive and would require monitoring during the initial construction phase. Should anything of significance be found, construction would be halted and an archaeological analyst would be commissioned for assessment thereof. Thus far no concrete evidence has been found in respect of the survivors.
The Ming porcelain, Camelian beads and money cowries that the São João was carrying are still wash ashore today and many visitors in the area pick up these artifacts along the Estate shoreline.’
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