The Tankwa Karoo ... Ancient land where “the evening air is clad in a thousand stars”. Where peace and tranquillity nourish the soul, where horizons have no bounds ...
On the fringes of the Western Cape, this seemingly unforgiving and stark semi-desert region exudes an otherworldly allure – mystical some would say. Its vast, solitary stretches of land, mesmerizing mountains, and infinite skies are simply – spectacular!
And at the foot of the sentinel guarding over the Karoo – the Skoorsteenberg – a veritable oasis on one of these endless tracts of land. With the blackest skies and brightest stars in Africa. With an all but tangible stillness that breathes new life into the weariest of souls, and ...
Few farms in the Tankwa – if any – offer what this farm offers. That in terms of natural scenic beauty, quality accommodation/improvements, landing strip for light aircraft, hangar, trees, trees, glorious trees (in the Tankwa!), and a great deal more ... Do read the detail below – a singular gem!
There is truly nothing to compare to this off-the-beaten-track farm, which offers a golden opportunity to own (and expand) a tourism destination unlike any other, or guard it jealously for yourself, family and friends!
- Farm Size: 5062 hectares (zoned agriculture - approx 760ha mountainous).
- IMPROVEMENTS: Farmhouse and two guest cottages constructed of local stone, two small swimming pools for farmhouse and guests, three bedroom labourers’ house, landing strip, hangar, camping site with ablution facilities and playground for the children, double garage, various storerooms, small workshop, shed for farm vehicles and equipment, large pen for farm animals, strong – completely refurbished - borehole (loads of water storage for irrigation, the animals and swimming pool, and a 10 000 litre tank for drinking water), 220V power to all improvements (including campsite) supplied by 10 solar panels and two wind turbines with back-up generator, farm equipment, farm vehicles and tools included, and barring a few select items in the farmhouse, all accommodation will be sold fully furnished and equipped.
- OTHER: Two natural springs that feed several small dams throughout the year, fully fenced (approx 43km) - standard livestock fencing - with an extension on top for game (sufficient for game currently on the farm), large variety of birds identified on the farm including some rare species, indigenous wildlife, farm animals, invigorating hiking into the mountains - also to a cave with Rock Art, ‘miles’ available for mountain biking, off-road bikes, jogging, easy walks etc. And then there’s the very special Zen (rock) Garden – added to consistently by guests and visitors.
- FINER DETAIL:
- FARMHOUSE: 190m² (including large loft used as additional bedroom), lounge/dining room with fireplace, fitted kitchen, two bedrooms, two bathrooms (main en-suite), small pool, large front- and small back verandas. Hot water supplied by ‘donkey’ heating system, terracotta tiles throughout.
- GUEST COTTAGES: 108m² (each) excluding large veranda, each comprising lounge/dining room, fitted kitchen, three bedrooms, two bathrooms (hot water provided by solar geysers with ‘donkey’ as back-up), terracotta tiles throughout.
- LABOURERS’ HOUSE: Lounge, small TV lounge, kitchen, three bedrooms and bathroom.
- LANDING STRIP: With two cross runways of 1 000 meters each, windsock and 400m² hangar for four aircraft.
- COMMUNICATION: VOIP phone, and BREEDENET internet service (very reliable).
- FARM ANIMALS: Approximately 20 sheep and goats, chickens, geese, 2 horses, 5 donkeys and 2 Emu’s.
- WILDLIFE: Currently a few ostrich and springbuck (some Gemsbok (Oryx) and Wildebeest were kept previously).
- INDIGENOUS WILD- AND BIRDLIFE: A variety of small buck species, wild cats, honey badger, jackal, bat-eared fox, mongoose, baboon, etc. An incredible variety of birds, including rare species identified on the farm (list available on request).
- TREES: Approximately 280 x Mission Olives, 80 x Date Palms and 50 x Acacia and other hardy cultivars.
- VEGETATION: The farm falls within the lower end of the Succulent Karoo Biome (incredible display of flowers after good rains), with some grasses, sparse shrub and dwarf shrubland.
- RAINFALL: On average 180mm per annum, but subject to periods of drought.
- RATES: R6 908 per annum.
- DISTANCES: Approximately 150km from Ceres (last stop for fuel), including 80km dirt road, 270km from Cape Town (just under 4 hours’ drive). About 5km to first turn-off (and one of the side entrances) to the Tankwa Karoo National Park, and 30km to Stonehenge (Africa Burn site).
- ABSOLUTELY NO CRIME OR SECURITY ISSUES AND NO LAND RESTITUTION CLAIMS.