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Stunning lifestyle farm of 528 hectares for sale outside Ficksburg in the beautiful Eastern

Free State highlands of South Africa.

Own a piece of paradise. This gem’s natural vegetation has been left untouched for at

least 33 years. Only four hours (350km) from Johannesburg this amazing property is at the

top of the list of beautiful farms in the Eastern Free State. Situated between Ficksburg and

Fouriesburg on top of the Witteberg mountain range, only 30km from Ficksburg, 47km

from Fouriesburg, 70km from Clarens, 88km from Bethlehem and 130km from Afriski.

Hidden in the mountain with a mild climate during summer, this is the perfect place to

practise regenerative farming and hide from the effects of climate change and any

pandemics. It is very possible to be completely self sufficient on this farm. It is the most

remote farm in the district and very private and safe.

The price includes 20 cattle, some free range chickens and geese.

All the water sources originate on the farm and is therefore unpolluted.

Many towering sandstone cliffs, springs and perennial and seasonal streams are found on

the farm. A waterfall drops into a deep wooded gorge. Two dams offer area shelter to an

abundance of bird life. Additional dams could easily be build in the watercourses. During

normal rainfall years the farm receives an above average rainfall of 700 mm 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 farm has one of the best geological exposures of the top of the Karoo geological

system. Quartz and Agate crystals are in abundance on the mountaintops. Hence some

people calling this the Crystal Mountain.

In terms of safety aspects it is hidden in and on top of the mountain range with sheer cliffs

on the Lesotho side. The access road ends at the reserve entrance so it does not border

any roads and is surrounded by other farms making it extremely safe and private. There

are no servitudes.

This is a low maintenance farm and is suitable for either a full time farmer or a lifestyle

farmer just looking for an incredible weekend and holiday retreat or a piece of heaven for

retirement. The previous owner used it as a weekend and holiday lifestyle farm for 25

years. We currently employ two male and one female worker and they are quite capable of

looking after the farm in the owner’s absence. The workers own property in a nearby town

so they do not have any right of permanent tenure should they be dismissed, retrenched or

if they resign.

There are numerous beautiful spots where additional accommodation could be build.

There are many cut sandstone blocks on the farm that could be used for this purpose.

There is also a dolerite “gravel line” that runs through the farm which could be used for

building purposes, brick-making and roadworks on the farm. The basalt rock formation

above the sandstone rock formation could be used for the same purpose. Trees for

firewood, fence poles or timber for own use are also in abundance.

Infrastructure includes the following:

Sandstone cottage (143 mÇ) with 2 bedrooms that have built in cupboards, lounge/dining

room, kitchen, bathroom with bath, shower and toilet, separate toilet and walk-in safe. The

cottage is fully furnished with log furniture, a gas fridge/freezer, gas stove, Dover wood

stove, two gas geysers and a built in gas heater.

3 x Bachelor sandstone chalets (35 mÇ) with double beds, kitchenette and own bathrooms.

All three chalets are equipped with a gas fridge/freezer, double gas plate, Dover wood

stove, gas geyser and are fully furnished.

Laundry room (11.5 mÇ).

A small swimming pool.

An accommodation building (270 mÇ) consisting of 3 bedrooms, lounge/dining/kitchen

area, 5 toilets, 4 washbasins and 2 showers. This building also consists of another large

room currently used as a gymnasium and for storage. The building could house 14 guests.

It is fully furnished and includes a gas geyser, a gas fridge/freezer and a Jewel wood

stove.

Two equipped boreholes providing exceptional quality water and 8 500 Litre water tanks.

A power room (16.38 mÇ) with full solar 5kw off-grid system. Also a 10kw diesel generator

with a 200 litre fuel tank that is hardly ever used as the solar system provides enough

electricity for our current needs. The reserve is totally independent of ESKOM. There is an

ESKOM connection point on the farm should the new owner decide to make use of

ESKOM.

There is an MTN 4G LTE tower on the farm and apart from excellent cellular reception it

also provides some additional income.

A Wi-Fi tower provides excellent 7 Mbps internet connectivity that is uncapped. The Wi-Fi

is free of charge.

2 x Brick worker's houses (67 mÇ). These houses consist of two bedrooms, a living area, a

bathroom and akitchen with electricity, running water and a Jewel wood stove.

Slaughtering facilities and cold room (34 mÇ) with a Coolbot system that can be remotely

monitored and operated from anywhere in the world.

A basic cattle handling facility.

An organic vegetable garden and orchard.

4 Beehives.

Shooting range that is approved by the NHSA.

All furniture, cutlery, crockery, linen, curtains, tools and equipment included.

                                                  

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Details

Updated on July 2, 2024 at 2:17 pm

  • Reference #: 964119
  • Price: R14,000,000
  • Suburb / Town: Ficksburg
  • Property Type: Farm Vacant Land
  • Wall Type: Plaster
  • Stand Size: 527.8 hectares

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