Oscar Pistorius 'shoots' girlfriend: Tranquil estate 'the most secure in South Africa'

Located in the east of the country's capital Pretoria, the Silverwoods Estate consists of more than 1,600 plots of land up to 3,000 sq m (32,000 sq ft) built around an 18-hole golf course.

The estate where South African athlete Oscar Pistorius lives is supposed to be one of the safest in the country.

In 2009, Silver Lakes Golf Estate was voted "the most secure estate in South Africa", according to its website.

Located in the east of the country's capital Pretoria, the estate consists of more than 1,600 plots of land up to 3,000 sq m (32,000 sq ft) built around an 18-hole golf course.

Offering a tranquil lifestyle "unparalleled in the Pretoria region", it has electrified fences, armed 24-hour security guards and manned controlled access.

It is thought that Pistorius lived on the Silverwoods Country Estate, which directly adjoins Silver Lakes.

<p>Silver Lakes Golf Estate, metres from the scene of the shooting at the Silverwoods Estate (Silver Lakes Golf …

Prices for homes can be up to nine million South African rand (£650,000) for a five-bedroom property.

As well as its golf course, Silver Lakes estate has tennis courts, a driving range, a restaurant, a squash club and a fishing club, as well as a "social responsibility committee".

The estate incorporates a wildlife reserve, and in recent years new lakes have been built and existing ones enlarged to turn the estate into a wildlife haven, inhabited by rare birds such as African spoonbills, mongooses and giant African bullfrogs.