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951ha Vaalwater

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Agent: Andries du Toit. Tel Nr: +27832923833. E-mail:

Size: This Game Reserve comprises 951 hectares (about 2,380 acres) of varied and wild landscape, including high mountain lookouts with incredible panoramic views from the southern escarpment of the Waterberg.  Open sweeping grasslands, wetlands and dams, and hidden mountain streams shape the valleys.

Location: 30 min drive from Vaalwater, Limpopo Province, South Africa. This farm is a 2.5 hour drive north of Pretoria.

Main Residence -
 * Brick/stone, thatch roof (193 m²): 1 large bedroom en suite with underfloor heating;
 *2 x offices with underfloor heating; lounge/dining room with fireplace and guest washroom; library; kitchen; pantry.
 * 1 x solar geyser and 1 x electric geyser.
 * Installed: DSTV, Telkom VSAT system, Telkom landline.
 * Wrap around wooden deck uncovered (53 m²); covered (40 m²).
 * Back stoep with washroom/shower, laundry sink (14 m²).
 * 3 guest chalets, each en suite, 32 m² each with covered verandas and electric geysers.
 * Wooden tool shed (9 m²).
 * Salt-chlorinated lap pool (3m x 12m) heated by solar panels; brick patio (64 m²); shaded area (12 m²).
 * Pool pump room (3 m²).
 * Braai area.

Second Residence -
 * Farmhouse: brick/stone; tin roof (198 m²) + covered veranda (26 m²).
 *3 bedrooms, office, dining, lounge, kitchen, pantry, scullery, back room; 2 x bathrooms + toilet room.
 * VSAT system installed.
 * Nearby, 2 x wooden storage sheds (9 m² each).
 * Nearby, 1 x storage room (9 m²).
Staff Housing -
 * Residence, stone, thatch roof; lounge/kitchen; 2 bedrooms; toilet; shower; (41 m²) + veranda.  DSTV installed.
 * Workers’ housing: 2 x wooden cabins (36 m²).
 * Workers’ housing: 3 x brick rooms (48 m²).
 * Workers’ cooking area (16m²).
 * Electricity and water at all  workers’ housing.

Horse Facilities -
 * Vet office, feed room, tack room – brick/stone/tin roof (48 m²).
 * Main corral in front of horse rooms with post and rails fence (200 m²).
 * 3 x stables – wood with tin roof (48 m²).
 * Professionally built sand riding arena (1,800 m²).
 * 2 x lunge rings.
 * 2 x large and 2 x small fenced paddocks with water supply.
Shed and Workshop -
 * Shed, tin roof (165 m²).
 * Workshop and covered work area, tin roof (110 m²).
 * 2 x ½ bathrooms (10 m²).

Carports -
 * 1 x old, tin roof, for 4 vehicles (100 m²).
 * 1 x new, tin roof, for 3 vehicles (60 m²).
Other -
 * Vegetable garden, raised beds, shade net, including top (100 m²).
 * Chicken house, brick, tin roof (12 m²).
 * Chicken yard, fully fenced, including roof (32 m²).
 * Firewood storage shed, tin roof  (8 m²).

The land ranges in elevation from about 1,460 meters (about 4,800 feet) above sea level in the area of the three chalets to 1,788 meters (about 5,900 feet) at a beacon on the peak of the southwest corner of the Reserve.

This Game Reserve falls mainly within the Waterberg moist mountain bushveld biome (a subdivision of the savannah biome).  Four distinctly different habitats are present on the Reserve: grasslands, wetlands, broadleaf woodland and afro-montane bushveld.  The diversity of flora and fauna associated with each habitat is astonishing.

This Game Reserve is located in the Buffer Zone of the Waterberg Biosphere.

A natural spring near the center of the west valley is a source of year-round water for this Game Reserve.  In the May to September months of virtually no rainfall, dam levels can be low and many watercourses dry completely, but the reserve’s water needs are easily met.  Nearly all of the area’s annual rainfall of 500-700 mm. (20-28 inches) occurs from October to April.  Since the 2007-2008 rainy season, rainfall has been as high as 1,130 mm and never less than 960 mm and no dams or streams have run dry.  During the rainy season, dams fill and streams run hard and fast.  The Reserve share the abundant water with wildlife and vegetation.  Wildlife seek and easily find the water, vegetation turns many shades of green, and gravity brings the water to us.

Some rain is soft and gentle, but much of the heavy rainfall comes in the form of majestic, severe storms.  Lightning often ignites fires and rain often puts them out.  Cycles of fire and flood and drought have shaped this land for thousands of years and the balance of nature ensures that vegetation regenerates itself annually.                                                                                           

Soil Type:
Soil conservation and the prevention of erosion is a major concern in Southern Africa and the owners of this reserve have worked hard to prevent any degradation of this special piece of land. The bedrock underlying  this Game Reserve consists of coarse-grained sandstone of the Waterberg Geological Group, which is of the Sandriviersberg Formation.  Sandstone of this nature is poor in nutrients and low in clay and silt content. The soil derived from this mother material is generally rather sandy, mixed with loam.  A low PH and nutrient value produces veld which is commonly described as sourveld.  This Game Reserve has some pockets of nutritious sweetveld, including Smuts Finger Grass

Average summer temperatures range from 15 degrees Celsius at night to 30 degrees Celsius during the day (59-86 degrees Fahrenheit).  The game reserve does not suffer from stifling humidity.  Evenings are pleasant. Winters are moderate, with cold nights and mornings (reaching freezing on only a few nights during June and July), and sunny pleasant days with average temperatures of 5 degrees Celsius at night to 20 degrees Celsius during the day (41-68 degrees Fahrenheit).

On the top of one of the hills (kopje) that separates the two valleys of this Game Reserve lies a stone-walled settlement of Iron Age origins, clear evidence of early inhabitants on the land.  Such settlements at high points were probably built for defensive reasons.  The stone walls were constructed with upright slabs, somewhat like monoliths, forming complex arrangements of lanes, arcs and oval enclosures.  Archaeologists suggest that it was inhabited by about 200 Nguni-speaking people who lived there for maybe two years as early as 1600 and as recently as 1850.  It is about a 35 minute walk from the foot of the kopje.

The wildlife on this Game Reserve are here because they want to be and have survived the pressures of human encroachment.  We have not introduced any species, but the land is about 90% game fenced by neighbors.  We enjoy observing a variety of species in their natural habitat:
Kudu, Bushbuck, Bushpig, Mountain reedbuck, Common reedbuck, Warthog, Leopard, Duiker, Klipspringer, black-backed jackal, Chacma baboon, Steenbok, Saracal, Brown hyena, Aardvark, Pangolin, Aardwolf, Porcupine, Scrub hare, Mongoose, Serval, African wild cat, Jamesons red rock rabbit, Rock rabbit (dassie)

Veld types on this Game Reserve include Waterberg Moist Mountain Bushveld in the higher lying areas (higher rainfall, cooler temperatures) and Mixed Bushveld in the lower lying areas (lower rainfall, warmer temperatures).  The tree layer is characterised, amongst others, by -
Transvaal Beech       - Faurea saligna
Red Seringa             - Burkea africana
Stamvrug                 - Englerophytum magaliesmontanum
Common sugarbush  - Protea caffra
Velvet bushwillow     - Combretum molle
Silver clusterleaf       - Terminalia sericea
Peeling plane           - Ochna Pulchra

As the land that is now this Game Reserve was settled in the last one hundred years, farmers planted trees and plants not indigenous to the area.  These exotics (e.g., lantana, guava, blue gum, jacaranda, and hawthorn) are invasive and destructive and we have removed them by mechanical and ecologically friendly chemical methods.  A single blue gum tree can consume 500 litres of water per day and it is critical to remove these invasive species from our wetlands and water courses throughout water-poor South Africa.

Of special note are the Cape vulture from the largest breeding colony in Africa situated in nearby Marakele National Park and the Blue Crane (South Africa's national bird) who roost and feed this Game Reserve’s grasslands in the summer months.  The Sellers have a complete list of birds that were identified on this farm already.... a birder’s paradise

Selling Price
The Selling Price is based on several factors pertaining to recent farm sales in the area as well as the size of the subject property.
Price: R9.9mill  (This price excludes VAT should it be payable)