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Own a piece of paradise.  The Jewel of the Eastern Free State.  Only four hours (350km) from Johannesburg this amazing property has an abundance of water and is at the top of the list of beautiful farms in the Eastern Free State.  Situated between Ficksburg and Fouriesburg in the Witteberg mountain range, only 30km from Ficksburg, 47km from Fouriesburg, 70km from Clarens, 88km from Bethlehem and 130km from Afriski. this registered nature reserve comprises of mountaintop and valley terrain covering an area of 1414 ha and held under three title deeds.  It is seldom that a property like this is available on the market and never at this low price.  Senior officials from the Department of Nature Conservation made a comment "you do not get more beautiful than this!" on a recent visit.  There is no current or any previous land claims on any of the three properties.

The price includes 170 top quality pure-bred Nguni cattle (calves included) of which many are registered.  The cattle are extremely hardy and roam freely with the game.  They receive no inoculations, no tick control, no de-worming and no additional feed or supplements except the occasional rock salt.  The potential is to either do stud breeding with the Ngunis or use european breeding bulls or create a superior Thaba Thabo grassfed Nguni beef brand or add Wagyu bulls and sell calves or carcasses at a premium price.  It is a well known fact that Nguni cows make the best mother line.  

Arable land is approximately 150 hectares.  Much of the arable land is adjacent to two large dams which could be used for irrigation purposes.  The dams are stocked with bass, carp and smallmouth yellowfish.  All the water sources originate on the reserve and is therefore unpolluted.  The neighbours farm with vegetables, maize, sunflower and soy beans.  This is also the perfect area for cherries, asparagus and apples to name but a few.  A mere 30 km from Thaba Thabo is a successful wine farmer.  Wine farming is therefore a possibility. Bottling water is another opportunity as the water is of exceptional quality.  The farm is suitable for farming Black Truffle which requires very little work and can deliver an income of up to R2 million per hectare per year from 5 years onwards since planting.  Included in the sale is also a small snailery and a few thousand compost worms.  The snailery could be built into a very profitable commercial venture.

The reserve has unlimited potential for game breeding, eco-tourism and hunting by both local and international hunters.  It can also be used as a cattle and/or sheep farm or simply as a lifestyle farm.  This is the perfect environment to breed disease free buffalo as well as sable antelope, exotic wildebeest species, bontebok, etc.  Eco-tourism could include 4×4 trails, abseiling, game viewing, zip lines….. the potential is truly only limited by a lack of imagination.

The reserve is renowned for its scenic setting and boasts numerous wildlife species.  There are breathtaking views in every direction, over the reserve and beyond and including the Maluti mountains of Lesotho.  Tourists may use any of the four hiking trails to explore the reserve by foot, horseback, mountain bikes, quad bikes or motorcycles. 

Many towering sandstone cliffs, springs and perennial and seasonal streams are found on the reserve. A waterfall drops into a deep wooded gorge.  There are many waterfalls all over the reserve after rains.  Three large dams offer area shelter to an abundance of bird life.  Even during the recent severe drought were we able to offer water to other farmers.  Additional dams could easily be build in the numerous watercourses.  One such spot would make a perfect trout dam and good location to build more tourist accommodation.  During normal rainfall years the reserve receives an above average rainfall of 800mm or more.  The climate is mild during the warm months and we usually receive some snow during winter.

Biologically it lies in a major ecological transitional zone resulting in a great diversity of habitats (both Drakensberg and Free State High Veld vegetation) and rare plant and animal communities with an affinity for rocky places, water courses and mixed vegetation, e.g. baboon, caracal, serval, genet, jackal, fox, otter, mongoose, dassie, porcupine and many others.  There are also many bird species associated with high mountains such as grey-wing francolin, ground woodpecker, stone chat, rock thrush, orange breasted rock jumper, rock kestrel, malachite and great double collared sunbirds, bald ibis, gymnogene and black eagle.

The reserve has one of the best geological exposures of the top of the Karoo geological system. 

Quartz en Agate crystals are in abundance on the mountain tops.  Hence some people calling this the Crystal Mountain.

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Updated on March 26, 2021 at 8:23 am

  • Reference #: 964080
  • Price: R25,000,000
  • Suburb / Town: Ficksburg
  • Property Type: Farm
  • Bedrooms: 9
  • Bathrooms: 7
  • Living Areas: 6
  • Study: 1
  • Stand Size: 1415 hectares

Key Property Features

  • Pets Allowed
  • Pool
  • Separate Flatlet

Additional Features

  • Staff Quarters:1
  • Bedroom Features:
  • Fully furnished with built-ins and beautiful views.
  • Bathroom Features:
  • Bathroom with bath, shower and toilet, and a separate toilet.
  • Kitchen Features:
  • Fully fitted kitchens each equipped with a gas fridge/freezer, double gas plate and a dover wood stove.
  • Garden Features:
  • The reserve has one of the best geological exposures of the top of the Karoo geological system.

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