Game farm of 887 ha for sale outside Ficksburg in the beautiful Eastern Free State highlands. This farm forms part of a 1414 hectares nature reserve. The nature reserve as a whole is for sale or it could be purchased as an 887 ha undeveloped portion or a developed 527 ha portion.
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 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 farm comprises of mountaintop and valley terrain covering an area of 887 ha. Because of sheer cliffs on the Lesotho side there is no fence on that side adding a few hundred hectares additional grazing. If slopes are taken into account the area must be at least 2 000 hectares. It is seldom that a property like this is available on the market. 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. Hidden in the mountain with a mild climate during summer, abundance of water and animals, this is the perfect place to practise regenerative farming and hide from the effects of climate change and any pandemics.
Arable land is approximately 100 hectares. Much of the arable land is adjacent to two large dams. The dams are stocked with bass, carp and smallmouth yellowfish. Trout, catfish and banded tilapia could also be successful. All the water sources originate on the reserve and is therefore unpolluted. Due to the abundance of water aquaculture or aquaponics could be possible. The neighbours farm with vegetables, maize, sunflowers, sugar beans, soy beans, etc. This is also the perfect area for cherries, pomegranates, peaches, pears, apricots, asparagus and apples to name but a few. A mere 30 km from the farm is a successful wine farm. 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 labour and can deliver an income of up to R2 million per hectare per year from 5 years onwards since planting.
The farm has unlimited potential for game breeding, ecotourism 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. Farming indigenous livestock species together with game animals creates a double income opportunity. This is the perfect environment to breed disease free buffalo as well as sable antelope, exotic wildebeest species, bontebok, etc. Eco-tourism could include hiking, horseback riding, bird watching, fishing, quad biking, mountain biking, 4×4 trails, abseiling, game viewing, zip lines, paragliding, hang gliding, adventure camps, etc….. the potential is truly only limited by a lack of imagination.
The farm is renowned for its scenic setting and boasts numerous wildlife species. There are breathtaking views in every direction, over the farm and beyond and including the Maluti mountains of Lesotho.
Many towering sandstone cliffs, springs and perennial and seasonal streams are found on the farm. There are many waterfalls all over the farm during the rainy season. Two large dams offer area shelter to an abundance of bird life. Additional dams could easily be build in the numerous 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.
Updated on July 22, 2021 at 10:39 am
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