6133 ha farm in Somerset East
R 37 000 000
6133 ha farm in Somerset East
R 37 000 000Can I afford this?
De Draai - Price R 37 million plus Vat if payable.
Location: The farm is situated on the lower ring road between Somerset East and Pearston approximately 60km from Somerset.
Size: This impressive property is 6133 ha in extent.
Description: This property is expansive and by virtue of this it encompasses a great deal of varied topography, veld and habitat types making it ecologically diverse. From the lower lying region fronting the Voel River, it rises steadily in a series of natural terraces to elevated points that offer some truly outstanding views of the entire Voel River valley. Here, perhaps more than any other Eastern Cape property I have visited, these dramatic and uninterrupted vistas give one this true sense of wilderness/solitude and seemingly infinite space, devoid of any visible development. Although this is a relatively dry karroid area, perhaps this farms most outstanding feature is its abundant water. The seasonal Voel River and its tributaries, some with seasonal waterfalls, all have perennial pools and then as detailed below the farm has really good underground water.
Veld types: The veld types vary considerably across the length of the property. The Voel River valley and surrounding lower lying regions are typical climax Karoo veld. In the main, it is very healthy having enjoyed very conservative grazing pressure during the tenure of the current owner. One of the titles shows some lasting damage of some previous overgrazing, but again, having been rested and well managed over the last number of years, is well on its way to recovery. Grazing on these lower portions is predominately, though not exclusively karoo succulents and then a mix of sweet veld grasses. The river courses had healthy stands of chencrus cillaris, pannicum maxima as well as both eragostis curvula and lehmanniana. As one climbs in altitude, the former 2 species give way to setaria sphacelata and themeda as well as patches of cynodon where historically small stock were concentrated.
Browse is excellent. Numerous jacket plums, wild olive, guarri, Sheppard tree and sweet thorn compliment the abundant spekboom that is found throughout the property. The value of the browse is born out in the sheer density of kudu found on the farm. A large number of aloe ferrox and the cycad species longifolia and possibly altensteinii, euphorbias and cussonias add greatly to the general and aesthetic appeal.
Game species: Game species that are currently on the property include:
Kudu 430 Impala 222
Mountain Reedbuck 25 Springbuck 270
Blesbuck 210 Eland 68
Zebra 22 Gemsbok 13
Red Hartebeest 8 Giraffe 3
Black Wildebeest 88 Blue Wildebeest 87
Common Duiker 71 Steenbok 22
Waterbuck 1 Warthog 25
Obviously the usual compliment of smaller species abound.
Improvements: The main homestead has been beautifully restored with some help from a qualified architect and team of builders. It has 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, open plan lounge, dining room and large kitchen, office and a large outdoor braai facility. A concrete reservoir has been cleverly converted into a swimming pool, complete with wooden deck and slide. The main house is supplied with clean water which goes through a large reverse osmosis system.
There is a large shed and workshop facility, meat room, 4 storerooms and a separate guest cottage. In addition there are 5 labourers cottages, all with electricity. A second house also boasts 5 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, lounge, dining room and kitchen. 2 large sheds (300sq m) each as well as a new cold room. Likewise this house has a further 5 labourers cottages. There is also an old third farm house plus a small hunters cottage. The water infrastructure is well developed.