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260 HECTARE GAME FARM260 Hectare Eastern Cape Game farm farm for sale
The farm is situated on the Bushman?s River and just a few kilometers east of the PE - Craddock road (N10) and 110km from P.E.
Made up of a single title, the farm is approximately 260 ha in extent.
This is without doubt one of the best small recreational game farms I have seen in the Eastern Cape. The topography is very interesting and varies from being quite mountainous to gently undulating and then also absolutely flat along the flood plain. The entire property is easily traversed by vehicle with only the extreme southern corner requiring a 4X4 vehicle. The elevated areas afford breathtaking views of the Bushman?s river valley and beyond while the cliffs above the river itself and the higher flat plateaus offer some superb lodge sites or simply sundowner locations.
The property has historically been conservatively stocked and although viewed relatively soon after a prolonged dry spell, the veld was in excellent condition. The available graze and browse is both healthy and diverse. Grass species range from the pannicums and other edible digitaria along the flatter riverine section, through hyperennia Herta and setaria sphacelata on the upper slopes. Very little if any evidence was found of less palatable increaser species. Browse includes jacket plum, guarri, acacia karoo, spekboom and some of the wild pepper species. The density and condition of both resident and migrant Kudu is testament to the quality of the available browse. Parts of the farm display some succulent Karoo scrub, which provides excellent supplementary grazing during the winter months. The net result of this habitat diversity is that the property could support limited numbers of a diverse species range.
The farm falls in a summer rainfall area and has an annual average of 400mm.
The farm is divided by a railway line approx. 80ha lies to the north and approx. 180ha lies to the south. Access between the two parts is relatively straightforward as there is a road tunnel crossing underneath the railway line on the western boundary. The 80ha part is mostly stock fenced with the eastern boundary being game fenced. South of the railway
line is an approx. 30ha game camp and it is on this part that the two various shareholders have each built themselves a very well appointed wooden cabin. The foundations and brickwork (floor level) for a 3rd ?hunters? cabin? has already been finished and all the wooden panels for the walls are on the farm in kit form awaiting assembly. The remainder of the farm is stock fenced except for the eastern boundary which is entirely game fenced as the farm shares a common boundary with a fully developed game farm which even has a herd of buffalo. This said game farm is the end user of the access road that runs across the farm just south of the 30ha game camp. All internal fencing has been removed and the perimeter fencing is all very new. New roads giving access to the entire property have been pushed.
Both wooden houses were manufactured by the one shareholder who in fact owns a woodwork manufacturing business. It is this shareholder?s 50% share that is available and his homestead is really something to behold being almost entirely built out of machined sleeper wood in what can only be described as an act or labour of love for this hardwood and a total disregard for the cost involved in continually replacing worn out blades on his machinery. This cabin offers all the modern conveniences including: main bedroom ensuite (only has this 1 bedroom), outdoor double shower, open plan lounge, dining and kitchen area, large enclosed carport as well as front verandah/porch with braai patio. The power requirements are supplied by a generator and LP gas.
The water reticulation setup on this farm is very straightforward with water being pumped from a relatively new borehole (+- 900lt per hour) by a solar pump and then piped to jojo header tanks from where it is then gravity fed to the wooden chalets and drinking points. There are another 2 boreholes on the property which are not been used.
In addition the farm has +- 550 meters of seasonal Bushman?s River flowing through it and while this is only a dry riverbed during the dry periods one could possibly do as the one neighbour has and that is to remove some gravel from the riverbed in strategic places to then form pools that hold the water for longer periods of time. There are also 2 small earth dams on this property.
Free roaming: Kudu, Mountain Reedbuck, Bushbuck, Duiker, Steenbok and Warthog.
Game camp: Zebra (1), Nyala (1), Kudu (5), Fallow Deer (1) and smaller antelope.
This farm is close to the ideal recreational game farm. With good management and selective stocking, it could easily generate in excess of its running costs. Within a comfortable hour?s drive of PE, its airports and other amenities it is a perfect weekend getaway destination.
R 1.6 million for a 50% share (excluding VAT if applicable).
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