Margate Retirement Village

Located in the sunny coastal town of Margate with its beautiful beaches and holiday atmosphere, our Margate Retirement Village has become a sought-after retirement destination for many.

The variety of housing options from apartment living to free-standing homes offer a secure environment with an independent lifestyle.

A sizeable frail-care and dementia-care facility ensures that help is nearby should you ever require it.

Village Overview

The Margate Village consists of 444 cottages and flats on 28 hectares of land. Close to the bustling holiday town of Margate it is ideally situated to enjoy many of the holiday festivities without the hustle and bustle of seasonal traffic or crowds.

Wide roads, lush trees and open, spacious surroundings are what best characterise this estate which is home to approximately 630 residents.

The Village, as it is affectionately known, was first occupied in 1968 by a few cottage residents and social pensioners housed in single rooms in what was known as Azalea House.  This is today Azalea Gardens.

A Choice of Home Styles

Bed-sitters & Free-standing Cottages

The Margate Retirement Village has 1 and 2 bedroom units as well as bed sitters. All cottages and flats in Margate Retirement Village are sold on the “Life Right” basis.

One Bedroom Bedsits, Garden Apartments, Flats and Cottages

We have a number of bedsitters and one bedroom garden apartments and flats at Margate Retirement Village.

  • Bedsitter units from R520,000
  • One bedroom garden apartments & flats from R540,000

There are 175 one bedroom cottages in the Margate Retirement Village. These units are available with one bathroom.

  • One bedroom cottages from R720,000

All cottages are refurbished once they become available.

Residents are encouraged to develop gardens around their cottages, whilst The Society employs a garden service to mow lawns and trim edges.

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Two  & Three Bedroom Garden Apartments, Flats and Cottages

We have a number of two bedroom garden apartments and flats at Margate Retirement Village.

  • Two bedroom garden apartments & flats from R840,000

There are 239 two bedroom cottages in the Margate Retirement Village and a number of three bedroom cottages. These units are available with one bathroom and two bathrooms.

  • Two bedroom cottages from R1,100,000
  • Three bedroom cottages from R1,260,000

All cottages are refurbished once they become available.

Residents are encouraged to develop gardens around their cottages, whilst The Society employs a garden service to mow lawns and trim edges.


Activities & Amenities

Village Facilities & Activities

The Margate Village has state of the art facilities including bowling greens, a club house, entertainment hall, gym, library, chapel, post office and swimming pool as well as a restaurant and coffee shop. The village is home to a variety of indoor and outdoor clubs and activities, you choose what just how active you wish to be.


At the Village

Cafe Munro

Cafe Munro serves teas and refreshments, including lunches and take aways. It is opposite the Azalea Library, and is open Mondays to Fridays 08:00 – 15:00

Chapel & Church Services

Weekly services are held by most denominations in the beautiful chapel. Residents also attend services at a number of churches in the area.


There are two hairdressers in Margate Retirement Village, Salon Beryl in Hibiscus Heights and Salon Renee in the Ronnie Baker Hall.

            Hibiscus Heights:  ground floor: Tuesday to Friday. 

             Ronnie Baker Hall:  Wednesday and Thursday

Village Shop

The wonderful Village Shop at the Ronnie Baker Hall sells a wide range of second hand goods, including clothing, jewellery electronic equipment. Goods donated to the Shop are resold and contributions go towards funding of events and entertainment arranged by the Residents’ Activities Committee. Donations are gratefully accepted.


The boutique is located in Hibiscus Heights.  “Nearly new” donated clothing and other items may be purchased.  It is open on Tuesdays from 08h00 – 10h30. This charity shop is run by the Residents Activities Committee & proceeds are used for the benefit of the village. 

Dining Room & Meals

A dining room is available for residents and their guests seven days a week, providing a three course luncheon.  Meals may be taken on a five day or seven-day programme at a reasonable cost.  Single casual meals are at a premium and must be booked 24 hours in advance.  Sunday lunches are similarly available for residents, provided the residents have at least one other meal during the week. Residents may arrange to have meals in the Hibiscus Heights, providing a three-course meal at the prevailing tariff.

Nursing and Ancillary services

CHIROPODIST  A private practitioner visits both villages once a month.


The Society runs a clinic for residents recovering from operations and for those who are ill or need assistance.  This facility is professionally staffed 24 hours a day. 

A clinic is held twice a week for village residents to check blood pressure, blood sugars, injections etc. in the Matron’s office.


          A frail care service in Hibiscus Heights is offered to all Village residents.  Our matron and her team of sisters and ward attendants supervise this service.  Frail care includes full catering and laundry services. 

Village Bowling Club

The Margate Retirement Village’s two green bowling club has just undergone a major refurbishment with new greens laid and the clubhouse extended. Extra ablution facilities were added and the club was given a modern facelift.

Walking Trails

The lush environment and safety of the village makes it a walker’s dream and many enjoy a daily stroll along the many paths.


The Azalea Library is affiliated to the Natal Provincial Library Service and is run and staffed by the Society. Many of the books in the library are purchased through funds made available for this purpose by the RAC, the Society, and from donations collected from users of the service. 

  • Azalea Library:

     Monday - Friday: Morning: 08h30 – 12h30; Afternoon: 14:30 – 16:30

  • Hibiscus Heights: Tuesday:  14h00 – 16h00; Thursday: 09h00 – 11h00. 

Cottage residents’ personal laundry can be laundered in Hibiscus Heights by arrangement with the Laundry Manager and charged at the prevailing tariff. Laundry is collected on a Tuesday and returned on a Thursday.

Post Office

The registered post office is found in the administration building. The post office is open Monday to Friday 08:30 – 12:00 excluding Public Holidays. All normal post office transactions except savings accounts, money orders and posting of COD’s are done at the post office.

Village Bus

Scheduled trips to various local malls and shopping centres in the area are available to residents. The bus also does trips to the Port Shepstone Provincial Hospital and various local specialists and clinics, by arrangement.
The bus may also be booked for medical trips beyond the Margate and Port Shepstone area, for which a tariff is charged.


Both the Ronnie Baker Hall and the Azalea Hall are controlled by the Residents Activities Committee and bookings for functions in these halls are undertaken by the Residents Activities Committee.

Village Newsletter

The “Village Vibe” is a newsletter published by the Residents Activities Committee with information and articles about the Society and a variety of newspapers are available at the Administration Office and Hibiscus Heights Reception 

Tape aids for the Blind

At Hibiscus Heights ground floor, Monday and Friday.

Resident's comfort Fund

A committee of residents and the Matron run the Residents’ Comfort Fund which is administered at Hibiscus Heights and is used to purchase “comforts” for frail care residents who are unable to afford such “comforts”.  The money available in this Fund is provided by sales from the Boutique and from the Sales of Gifts and Cards in the Hibiscus Shoppe as well as many donations received.

Swimming Pool

The Margate Village has a large swimming pool with a beautiful covered gazebo and pool-side loungers. The pool is used by hard-core swimmers and social swimmers alike, and is also used for water aerobics and for rehabilitation activities.


Village Clubs

The clubs are the life and soul of the village and allow for some really amazing friendships to form. No matter what your interest or fitness level, there will be a club that you can enjoy.

  • Art Classes

  • Bridge Club

  • Indoor Bowls

  • Keep Fit Classes

  • Line Dancing

  • Men's Snooker Club

  • Pool Club

  • Social Dance Club

  • Village Gym

  • RAC Monthly Draw

  • Village Bowling Club

  • Quilters Guild

  • S.A. Airforce Association

  • Badminton

  • Chess Club

  • Jukskei

  • Ladies Darts

  • Men's Darts

  • Movement to Music

  • Rummikub

  • Table Tennis

  • Yoga Club

  • RAC Village Shop

  • Tape Aids for the blind

  • Residents Comfort Fund



Our Margate Retirement Village has a newly revamped Frail Care facility with 26 beds in 18 single rooms and 4 double rooms.  The Margate Village also has a newly revamped centre for Dementia Care, with 11 single rooms and 2 double rooms.

We also have several Clinic rooms which cater for short-term stays by our residents and non-residents in the surrounding areas of our Villages. It is used for those who are recovering postoperatively or post hospitalization.

Full care, including all meals, laundry and 24-hour care is provided in our care facilities, with medical staff on call 24 hours a day.
All the rooms have a comfortable bed with two chairs and a table, and we encourage residents and their families to make the rooms a home-from-home.

Frail care in retirement

The Circle of Friends

The Circle of Friends of the Margate Village Frail Care is a group of dedicated volunteers who organise activities and entertainment for the residents of the Frail Care.

Little did I know, that bringing a homemade cake for the residents in Hibiscus Frail Care (one of whom was my father) to enjoy with their morning tea one sunny day in August 2008, would result in 9 different activity groups with 65 volunteers (including the Secretary and Activity Leaders), eight years on. Twenty one (one third) of the volunteers, live outside the Village.

The first request for volunteers resulted in 12 people coming forward willing to become involved, and it grew from there. Over the years a few of the original volunteers have bowed out due to circumstances, but always we have been blessed in that, when someone has left, another person has come along to offer assistance.

Each little effort however small, made by many, has made a difference to the residents in Hibiscus Frail Care and I wish to thank each volunteer, past and present, who has helped shape The Circle of Friendship to what it has become today.

Linda Scott

The Circle of Friends Activities

Exercise Classes

Residents gather for their weekly exercise routine to loosen up. This activity was already in place before the advent of The Circle of Friendship and continues to this day.

Tea Parties

Eight years on this activity is a highlight for the residents who look forward to enjoying home-made treats with their afternoon cuppa in the company of their friends who gather in the main lounge for a time of fellowship and chit-chat


Performers visit the frail care centre frequently to entertain the patients. We have had some really wonderful acts from tap dancers to choirs and concerts.

Crossword Corner

A gathering of like-minded residents meet to exercise their brain-power!  This is a wonderful past-time for those who are sight-impaired but who otherwise are able to contribute in some way. This takes place three times a week

Sing-along Music Hour

Ever-popular, this activity is thoroughly enjoyed by the residents who are able to sing full volume to delightful keyboard accompaniment. All the favourites from yester-year bring back many fond memories

Keyboard Capers & Classics

Willing pianists provide music for easy listening pleasure twice a week. This is an informal time and residents are free to come and listen should they so wish.  In particular, the Wednesday Capers have become a popular event, whether it be classical music or popular tunes.

Birthday Visits

Since many residents have children living overseas and some residents are without children, birthday visits become important reminders that they are not forgotten.  Volunteer birthday visitors are allocated on a roster basis to visit two or three residents a year, bearing a birthday card and a whole lot of love!

Welcome Visits

Every newcomer to Frail Care is welcomed with a specimen arrangement of roses for ladies and something edible for the gentlemen, delivered by one of the volunteers, who also spend a little time chatting to the person concerned.

Sunflower Hour

Being the most recent initiative, this one-hour-a-day activity at which simple occupational tasks are provided for residents living with Dementia, has proved to be most beneficial – not only for the residents who enjoy the personal interaction, but also for the volunteers who derive much pleasure when a resident is able to accomplish a task.  The joy expressed in the faces of residents tell their own story.  Background music is played and adds to a bright, happy and friendly atmosphere.

Sunday Reflection

Sunday Reflections commenced in October 2013 for residents who found it difficult to get to the Village Chapel.  An agreement was reached with members of the Fraternal Committee that the preacher who was scheduled to preach in the Village Chapel on a particular Sunday, would come over to Frail Care to lead a half-hour – mini-service for interested residents.  More recently, the service is enhanced by piano accompaniment for hymn-singing.

Other Initiatives

Tog Bags were purchased to pack clothing and personal items for overnight emergency hospital admissions.  Hospital packs comprising essential toiletries are also included, making it easier for the nursing staff to manage these sometimes sudden eventualities.

The Neighbourhood

Out & About

The coastal town of Margate is located on the lower KZN South Coast which is home to some of the best beaches and golf courses in the country. Just a few kms from the town center, villagers have access to all the amenities and festivities of this coastal town, yet still enjoy the peace of tranquil surroundings.

With three malls in the vicinity offering shopping and entertainment and a wide selection of local restaurants boasting cuisine from around the world, villagers are certainly spoilt for choice. For the nature lovers and sports enthusiasts, the nearby nature reserves, marked coastal paths and golf courses offer endless opportunities to explore.

  • Medical Facilities
  • Clinic & frail care - on-site
  • Margate Hospital - 1.2km
  • Shelly Beach Hospital - 10.9km
  • Port Shepstone Hospital - 19.3km
  • Outings & Entertainment
  • Riverbend Crocodile Farm & Gallery - 9km
  • Pure Venom Reptile Park - 13km
  • Mac Banana - 20.7km
  • Wild Coast Sun - 34.7km
  • Beaver Creek Coffee Farm - 34.4km
  • Clearwater Trails - 35.7km
  • Famous Eateries
  • La Capannina Italian Restaurant - 2.6km
  • The Waffle House - 4.2km
  • Flavours Restaurant - 6km
  • Trattoria La Terrazza - 13.9km
  • Casa Toscana - 17.3km
  • Mac Banana - 20.7km
  • Nature Walks & Trails
  • Ramsgate Ramble Coastal Trail - 3.8km
  • Skyline Nature Reserve - 6.7km
  • Mpenjati Nature Reserve - 18.5km
  • Umtamvuna Nature Reserve - 37.3km
  • Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve - 43km
  • Shopping Centres
  • Hibiscus Mall - 850m
  • Margate town centre - 2km
  • Shelly Centre - 7.2km
  • Southcoast Mall - 10.9km
  • Golf Courses
  • Margate Country Club - 5.2km
  • Southbroom Golf Club - 11.2km
  • San Lameer Golf Club - 13.8km
  • Wild Coast Sun - 34.7km
  • Beaches
  • Margate Beach - 1.9km
  • Ramsgate Beach - 4.7km
  • Uvongo Beach - 5km
  • Movies
  • Ster-Kinekor Shelly Centre - 7.2km

Happy Residents

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TEL: 039 312 5000