Agent: Rudie Swanepoel. Tel Nr: +27823533448. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org alternatively email@example.com
Size: 61, 3813 hectares
Fencing: The entire property has been fences with 2, 1 meter Bonnox fence.
Water: Water is gravity fed from the river, through a filter system and used throughout the property. A small trout dam with boma sits in close proximity to the lodge. A small pristine mountain stream flows out of an indigenous tree filled ravine into the valley below.
Location: The property is situated in the Kamberg Valley, on the low slopes of the Drakensberg Mountian Range. The property enjoys a very private setting.
The property is known as Qambathi www.qambathi.co.za
Background: Properties of this nature in the Drakensberg rarely come on the market. This is a life style changing opportunity to own a luxury lodge in the beautiful Kamberg Valley, in the heart of the Drakensberg.
The property is a commercial lodge with full business rights. The Lodge has the applicable health certificates and liquor licenses in place. The buildings are full of character and the lodge were beautifully restored and most of the furniture is handmade exclusive pieces.
Apart from the lodge it offers an intimate wedding venue and owners accommodation with breath-taking views of Mount Erskine. The lodge is easy manageable and the perfect opportunity to escape the rat race and live in the beautiful Drakensberg while having an income. Close enough for all conveniences, but exclusive in its position on the Midlands Meander.
The property form part of a ± 310 hectare reserve and the 61ha owner has a 50% share in all the animals that was brought onto the reserve
Lodge - Three luxurious appointed garden en-suite bedrooms with private decks and under floor heating, shower and bath. Two equally luxurious bedrooms, situated in the main building with easy access to the lodge with chill deck.
Main building - Dining room that can sit up to 20 persons, linked to chill deck, with display counter for cooking classes (oven, gas hob and fridge) or interactive guest experiences, with fire place and under floor heating. There is a production kitchen with pantry linked to dining room and the entrance foyer with access to chill deck, lounge and dining room.
The main lounge has two seating areas, one around fire place and the other one with view over the beautiful mountain, pool deck and garden area. There is a small bar counter in lounge all opening onto chill/pool deck. The main building has under floor heating as well.
The Pool deck with under cover seating area has incredible views over the mountain and the established gardens. The Plunge pool in main deck next to bome fire pit on the deck has the similar , views over garden and mountains.
The lodge has a small wine cellar and library off the dining room.
Wedding Venue - The venue can accommodate up to 80 guests and include, male/female toilets, bar counter, fire place and small curio shop. The venue also has Wi-Fi and connected to DSTV, which is used as TV lounge when there is no wedding. During weddings the entire lodge is booked out.
Adjoining the wedding venue is a deck with bome and fir pit with beautiful views of the mountains. A work shop adjoins the wedding venue. The Lodge office is also situated in the corner of the wedding venue with Credit Card facilities.
1 x 2 bedroom well-appointed house with big stoep area overlooking the mountains. This house has two fire places, two bathrooms, an office, a bar counter, a big kitchen with pantry. This is uniquely constructed as its partly built from rock with exposed beams and pack stone detailing.
1 x 2 bedroom self-catering unit close to the lodge with own braai facilities and fire place. This unit has one bathroom, an open plan dining and lounge area with a kitchen.
1 x 2 bedroom staff cottage. This cottage has a bathroom with shower, open plan kitchen and lounge area.
1 x 2 staff rooms with communal kitchen area and bathroom.
There is a fully equipped laundry.
Other Developments: Open sided shed which is used for parking vehicles, storing fire wood and equipment. There is a timber walkway which is built across the river that gives access to a bush dinner deck with fire pit and is also the start of a forest walk created for guests to enjoy.
Additional info: Most furniture pieces in the lodge are included in the sale. Certain privately owned art pieces are not part of the sale. Some vehicles and equipment is included in the sale. More detail can be provided of all items included.
How did the owner achieve the interior: The interiors of the lodge have been exclusively manufactured to encompass the style, form, raw material and skills of Africa, but delivered in a fusion form intended to bring a contemporary signature to our heritage.
Furniture: Each piece has been hand made specifically without the aid of automation to ensure the raw skills of carpentry at a basic level are drawn into a viable commercial aspect which would normally be denied to the traditional craft type alternative.
Tube lights were manufactured by beating sheets of Aluminum in the old “Rhodesian” beaten Copper craft. These sheets were then rolled and electrified to provide attractive mood lighting throughout the Lodge.
Two solid wooden basins were commissioned for the Guest Loo and Room 2 – these were hand carved in perfect symmetry without the aid of machinery to determine the accuracy of cut. Solid wooden Coffee Tables from Jacaranda and Yellowwood were similarly hand carved for the lounge area and Library. Placed on fine Stainless Steel legs to lift them to a practical height and give the impression of floating.
All light sculptures were made from solid slabs of natural edged timber with hand blown glass beads and Zulu teething beads threaded painstakingly and occupying many hours of basic labour. These are
complimented with the latest, state of the art 220v LED globes which draw less than 0.4 amps each to ensure the lowest possible carbon intrusion.
The bedroom furnishings were made from Camphor wood which is a natural repellant, the purpose of which to discourage the intrusion of unwanted insects without the invasive use of pesticides. Hand knotted rag carpets were used rather than commercially available carpeting.
Coatings: Sourcing a number of alternative raw materials as pigments, pursuant of the age old Koi traditions and binding them with an eco-friendly water based resin, we manufactured our own coatings as follows:-
- Kitchen Ceiling - Lime and Steel Slag
- Kitchen Wall – Waste Coal Dust
- Lodge Walls – Lime rejected for particle size
- Kitchen Floor – Local Cave Stone Dust (As used by the Koi)
- Wine Cellar – Grape Skins from the local winery
- Water Feature Wall – Manganese Slag Waste
- Entrance Hall Wall and Lounge Fireplace Wall – Sawdust.
- Guest Book Cover – Recycled Crushed Glass.
Glass: Hand Blown Glassware in the form of ashtrays, T-lite holders, Wine Coolers and Decanters were commissioned by a local artist to compliment the tableware. All the drinking glasses were sourced from a company who use recycled glass to manufacture.
Tableware: Table mats made from hessian impregnated with Steel Slag and Manganese slag bring the Eco to the table with a series of hand turned, natural edged bowls and mustard pots to compliment.
Timber: Through the Dept of Forestry, virtually all the timber is certified by this responsible and sustainable source. A variety including Australian Blackwood, Cedar, White Stinkwood, Qaur, Coastal Red Milk Wood, Jacaranda, Japanese Cedar , and many others were used.
Natural wax was used to feed rather than coat the timber – a process that requires ongoing attention through maintenance, but reduces the chemical intrusion of commercially common paint and varnish coatings. The entire above are both time consuming and more expensive than the mass produced alternatives and hopefully will represent an attempt to fuse our African Heritage with a more pressing need to respect our environs and educate others as to the eco possibilities that do exist in this field.
Land Claims: There are NO registered land claims or expropriations against this property.
Ownership: The property is registered in a Close Corporation (CC) and is VAT registered.
Game: The following game do occur here on the reserve
Red Harte Beest ±10
Other species like Eland, Oribi, Aardworlf, Bush pih, Bushbuck, Rheedbuck etc do occer here as well. The farm also has some indigenousness cat species. This is a paradise for game!!
Price: R7.5mill (This price excludes VAT should it be payable)