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R 725 166 (43 293 EUR*)

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Vacant land / Mountain Retreat

Phenomenal opportunity to own a freehold stand, plus part-ownership of a 4 365 hectare Nature Reserve, in the esoteric and alluring Karoo.

The Karoo ... Ancient land of spectacular vistas, intriguing geological features and deposits formed after titanic volcanic activity millions of years ago, enchanting sandstone formations, dateless ruins, a plethora of indigenous fauna and flora, some rare Fynbos species, a wide variety of raptors and birdlife, infinite starlit skies and fascinating fossils. Age-old land steeped in history, and to this day, mesmerising mystery ...

The Reserve offers all of the above, and is situated in the very heart of the Witteberg Mountains, i.e. it forms part of the Karoo Supergroup, which in turn forms the uppermost layer of the Cape Supergroup - of the magnificent Cape Fold Mountains.

As a proclaimed Nature Reserve under the National Protected Areas Act, the main focus here is the conservation of the Witteberg Fynbos, but to nature lovers, star gazers, artists, writers, hikers, birders, botanists and the seekers of silence and beauty, it offers everything they could ever dream of!

At nominal cost, you too can become a co-custodian of this unpolluted, untainted and unique mountainous piece of African splendour.

Various single plots, each offering spectacular vistas, peace, tranquillity and privacy, are available ranging in price from R725 166 to R896 166.

ALSO AVAILABLE TWO LARGE CLUSTER PLOTS – ideal to develop as income generating accommodation, or a Family Compound on the Reserve – offering five and six stands respectively. More detail below.

If your wish is to build your weekend getaway, holiday- or retirement home, or to semigrate to where peace and tranquilly reigns supreme, in unspoilt nature, and to live life off the grid, missing this opportunity is not an option!

It is the Karoo that inspired Canadian Poet and Songwriter, Helen Lockhart, to write – inter alia: “The Karoo ... where wise men seek the light; where each step is a dance of karoo magic; where the spaces in between are filled by heaven; where the earth is mine; where my soul finds its rest; where peace is in every breath; where I inhale and know I’ve come home ...”


  • SINGLE PLOT SIZES: 250m² (freehold).
  • Prices ranging from R725 166.00 to R896 166.00

  • CLUSTER PLOTS: 3.4 hectare – with five stands to build on R1 996 054.00 (see Web Ref 375) – and 4.1 hectare with six stands to build on R2 313 776.00 (see Web Ref 381) – the latter includes a small (historic) labourer’s cottage for restoration.

  • ALL PRICES INCLUDE an undivided share of the 4 365 hectare Reserve (15 owners in total) and no VAT or Transfer Duty payable.

  • COTTAGE FOOTPRINT – on all stands including Cluster Stands: 120m² (building guidelines apply – not stringent).

  • GARAGE OR CARPORT allowed underneath cottage – all available sites are elevated on a one in four gradient to allow for this without exceeding the footprint allowed (the four historic homes already sold are on flat land).

  • NATURE AT ITS FINEST: The Reserve is a conservancy and veritable sanctuary for a wide variety of indigenous plant species, wildlife, including the endangered Riverine Rabbit (and yes, the shy Cape Leopard traverse the area from time to time, and so does the Brown Hyena lately), and some rare Fynbos species, raptors, birds, reptiles and amphibians – no hunting or trapping allowed. Lists of species recorded on the Reserve available on request.

  • CAPE FLORAL KINGDOM: Being within the transitional zone between the Klein- and Groot Karoo, the Reserve, part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, features beautiful specimens of both the Fynbos- and Succulent Biomes. All invader species have been removed and will be removed if more found.

  • FOSSILS: Once part of a shallow inland sea around 320 million years ago, followed by monumental volcanic eruptions some 180 million years ago, fossils to be found in the Witteberg Mountains are of primitive fish, an extinct species of shark, brachiopods, bivalves, a meter long sea scorpion, plant fossils and numerous animal tracks. A selection already available for the Museum on the Reserve – with conceivably a myriad more to add to the collection.

  • HIKING AND BIKING TRAILS: A network of some 44km of trails lead to almost every corner of the Reserve’s spectacular array of plants, ruins and heritage sites. And en route – the most glorious scenery in every direction!

  • ROCK CLIMBING AND SCRAMBLING for the lionhearted - amongst the Dassie and Klipspringer families that thrive on the Reserve, and the lucky few may even spot the majestic Verreaux eagle's nest.

  • ROCK ART: Some caves with weathered Rock Art to explore.

  • NO SECURITY ISSUES: Word has it that the affable Witteberg Ghost has a hand in securing the entrance to the Reserve! Said ‘guard’ depicted on the last photograph on this site ... Photo credit: Unknown Braveheart! :)

  • DISTANCES: Bordering the Anysberg Nature Reserve, a declared World Heritage Site, the Reserve is 50km from Laingsburg, 57km from Matjiesfontein, 59km from Touws River, and 239km from Cape Town, with a stretch of 25km very good dirt road to the Reserve – suitable for any sedan.

  • Easy day trips to both Anysberg (115km from the Reserve by road), and the historic, famed and most beautiful pass in South Africa, the Seweweekspoort Pass, also 115km - a must!

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