Tendai "Beast" Mtawarira tells us about Sheffield Beach

Private Property South Africa
Megan Deane

Springbok and Sharks rugby player Tendai Mtawarira talks about his neighbourhood, Sheffield Beach, one of KwaZulu-Natal’s gems.

When it comes to coastal living, you simply can’t get any better. Tendai Mtawarira, otherwise known as “The Beast” on the rugby field, is one of the many residents who appreciate the beauty of this small town.

Sheffield Beach is situated in a convenient area close to the main highways, such as the M4 and N2, Tiffany’s mall, King Shaka International Airport, the busy town of Umhlanga and many other fun attractions. “Some of the ideal spots to enjoy nature and the outdoors are the Flag Animal Farm and Salt Rock Beach. There are many more spots I still have to explore,” says Tendai. “For the best chow ever, I go to Ray’s Kitchen.”

Boasting incredible sea views, you will find the most treasured beaches in this area, namely Sheffield Beach and Christmas Bay Beach. Known for the surf, fishing, snorkelling and more, these exclusive beaches are immaculate, quiet and beautiful.

Sheffield Beach has grand coastal homes, humble apartments, and mostly recognised for its of A-list estates. With the exceptional uptake of the recently launched Zululami Luxury Coastal Estate, where 590 stands were sold in five weeks, investors and families see the benefit of living in secure estates and fall in love with the lifestyle offering. Brettenwood Coastal Estate is the most prestigious estate in KwaZulu-Natal and the place Tendai and his family call home. “I love Brettenwood because it is super safe and also has a lot to do around the estate for the kids and my wife. It’s suitable for a young family,” says Tendai.

“It is nice and quiet with nature at your doorstep. The highlight of my home is the view. My favourite thing to do is to go to church on Sunday with the family and have a big Sunday lunch.”

Take a spectacular journey through Ballito here:

Best in food:

  • Ray’s Kitchen
  • Delish Sisters: for upmarket cafe cuisine
  • Jack Salmon at Tiffany’s mall: for the best seafood
  • Siggi’s German Restaurant: for pub grub
  • Sage restaurant: for family dining

Local attractions:

  • Take the family to the Litchi Orchard.
  • Explore the Flag Farm Animal farm with the kids.
  • Go shopping at Tiffany’s mall.
  • Have fun in the sun at Sheffield Beach or Christmas Bay Beach

Best in schools:

  • Curro Mount Richmore Independent School
  • Ballito Bay Montessori Pre-school
  • Ashton International College

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This article originally appeared in Neighbourhood, Sunday Times.

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