Amidst the majestic Witteberg Mountains, a vast, secluded, unspoiled Karoo Valley where every facet of nature is flourishing and protected.
On offer – 4.1 hectares (freehold) offering spectacular views, with permission for six cottages in place – one stand with existing cottage for renovation! PLUS part-ownership of this unique 4 365 hectare Reserve!
Corner to corner, the land has been left undisturbed for 16 years, during which time the astonishing biodiversity of the area has been restored. The result, a plethora of birdlife, an incredible array of Fynbos – including rare species – captivating and varied insects, frogs, lizards, tortoises, and mammals galore! The shy leopard has been caught on the field camera often, and the latest exciting sighting, the spoor and droppings of the Brown Hyena (Red List status Near Threatened)!
For nature lovers – pure bliss!
The land offers an ideal opportunity to develop a tourism enterprise, and/or construct a family commune to enjoy and pass on to future generations. In short, with dwindling natural areas in our beautiful country, a ‘heritage investment’ like no other!
No Transfer Duty payable and VAT included in price, so conveyancing fees only, and the first year’s levies also included in the asking price.
PHOTO CREDITS: The majority of the photos displayed attributed to the patience and exceptional photography of Tish Archer (permanent resident on the Reserve) and Jack Solomons (Reserve assistant). Some snapped by the field camera and visitors! Thanks to all for portraying, so vividly, the magnificence of this unique piece of African Splendour.
- Part ownership of 4 365 hectare Reserve (16%), plus:
- 4.1 Hectares with permission in place for six cottages of 120m² each, including old cottage for renovation.
- Cottage 58m² - can be extended to 120m² and consists of four rooms, two with fireplaces (previously fitted with wood-burning stoves) and one room used as bathroom with shower, basin and toilet. Water laid on already with septic tank and soakaway.
- OTHER THAN PEACE, TRANQUILITY, INCOMPARABLE NATURE AND SCENERY, THE RESERVE OFFERS:
- FAUNA & BIRDLIFE: With the biodiversity restored, the reserve has become a veritable mecca for all manner of indigenous species – the photos on the listing depict some but by no means all.
- FLORA: Falling within the transitional zone between the Klein- and Groot Karoo, the Reserve, part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, features a wide variety of specimens of both the Fynbos- and Succulent Biomes, including some rare species. All invader plants/trees have been removed.
- ROCK ART: Caves with weathered Rock Art to explore, as well as fascinating rock formations and striking lichens.
- EARLY STONE-AGE ARTEFACTS AND HISTORIC STRUCTURES AND RUINS – plentiful and fascinating.
- 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 in 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, caves, ruins and heritage sites. And en route – the most glorious scenery in every direction!
- ASTRONOMY: It will be hard to find a better place to observe astronomy events, study the planets, galaxies and asteroids. And the best of the best astrophotography opportunities.
- WORK FROM HOME: Cell reception and internet access.
- GHOST – reportedly a friendly one – rumoured to roam around the entrance gate when the moon is full!
- NO SECURITY ISSUES (gate/access control, and many a local would venture to suggest that the ghost is the best security guard ever).
- 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 from the Reserve - a must – where another famous ghost can be met at the old toll road. Folklore in Elandskloof and surrounds lay claim to a number of these fabled phantoms - each with a fabulous campfire story to be told of course ...