6 Bedroom House in Vaalwater
R 9 900 000
Andries du Toit
Africa Game Farm Estates
6 Bedroom House in Vaalwater
R 9 900 000
951 ha Vaalwater
The Reserve comprises 951 hectares (about 2,380 acres) of varied and wild landscape, including high mountain lookouts with incredible panoramic views from the southern escarpment of the Waterberg. Open sweeping grasslands, wetlands and dams, and hidden mountain streams shape the valleys.
The land ranges in elevation from about 1,460 meters (about 4,800 feet) above sea level in the area of the three chalets to 1,788 meters (about 5,900 feet) at a beacon on the peak of the southwest corner of the Reserve.
Main Residence and Guest Facilities
Main Residence: brick/stone, thatch roof (193 m2): 1 large bedroom en suite with underfloor heating 2 x offices with underfloor heating lounge/dining room with fireplace and guest washroom library kitchen pantry.
1 x solar geyser and 1 x electric geyser.
Installed: DSTV, Telkom VSAT system, Telkom landline.
Wrap around wooden deck uncovered (53 m2) covered (40 m2).
Back stoep with washroom/shower, laundry sink (14 m2).
3 guest chalets, each en suite, 32 m2 each with covered verandas and electric geysers.
Wooden tool shed (9 m2).
Salt-chlorinated lap pool (3m x 12m) heated by solar panels brick patio (64 m2) shaded area (12 m2).
Pool pump room (3 m2).
Farmhouse: brick/stone tin roof (198 m2) + covered veranda (26 m2).
3 bedrooms, office, dining, lounge, kitchen, pantry, scullery, back room 2 x bathrooms + toilet room.
VSAT system installed.
Nearby, 2 x wooden storage sheds (9 m2 each).
Nearby, 1 x storage room (9 m2).
Residence, stone, thatch roof lounge/kitchen 2 bedrooms toilet shower (41 m2) + veranda. DSTV installed.
Workers housing: 2 x wooden cabins (36 m2).
Workers housing: 3 x brick rooms (48 m2).
Workers cooking area (16m2).
Electricity and water at all workers housing.
Vet office, feed room, tack room brick/stone/tin roof (48 m2).
Main corral in front of horse rooms with post and rails fence (200 m2).
3 x stables wood with tin roof (48 m2).
Professionally built sand riding arena (1,800 m2).
2 x lunge rings.
2 x large and 2 x small fenced paddocks with water supply.
The Reserve falls mainly within the Waterberg moist mountain bushveld biome (a subdivision of the savannah biome). Four distinctly different habitats are present on the Reserve: grasslands, wetlands, broadleaf woodland and afro-montane bushveld. The diversity of flora and fauna associated with each habitat is astonishing.
The Reserve is located in the Buffer Zone of the Waterberg Biosphere.
A natural spring near the center of the west valley is a source of year-round water for the Reserve. In the May to September months of virtually no rainfall, dam levels can be low and many watercourses dry completely, but Reserves water needs are easily met. Nearly all of the areas annual rainfall of 500-700 mm. (20-28 inches) occurs from October to April. Since the 2007-2008 rainy season, rainfall has been as high as 1,130 mm. and never less than 960 mm. and no dams or streams have run dry. During the rainy season, dams fill and streams run hard and fast. We share the abundant water with wildlife and vegetation. Wildlife seek and easily find the water, vegetation turns many shades of green, and gravity brings the water to us.
Soil conservation and the prevention of erosion is a major concern in Southern Africa and we have worked hard to prevent any degradation of this special piece of land.
Average summer temperatures range from 15 degrees Celsius at night to 30 degrees Celsius during the day (59-86 degrees Fahrenheit). We do not suffer from stifling humidity. Evenings are pleasant. Winters are moderate, with cold nights and mornings (reaching freezing on only a few nights during June and July), and sunny pleasant days with average temperatures of 5 degrees Celsius at night to 20 degrees Celsius during the day (41-68 degrees Fahrenheit).
The Waterberg is called malaria-free. While that cannot be 100% assured, the region is generally devoid of the Anopheles mosquito which transmits malaria.
People. On the top of the kopje that separates the two valleys of the Reserve lies a stone-walled settlement of Iron Age origins, clear evidence of early inhabitants on the land. Such settlements at high points were probably built for defensive reasons. The stone walls were constructed with upright slabs, somewhat like monoliths, forming complex arrangements of lanes, arcs and oval enclosures. Archaeologists suggest that it was inhabited by about 200 Nguni-speaking people who lived there for maybe two years as early as 1600 and as recently as 1850. It is about a 35 minute walk from the foot of the kopje.
Wildlife. The wildlife on the Reserve are here because they want to be and have survived the pressures of human encroachment. We have not introduced any species, but the land is about 90% game fenced by neighbours. We enjoy observing a variety of species in their natural habitat:
kudu bushbuck bushpig mountain reedbuck common reedbuck warthog leopard duiker klipspringer black-backed jackal chacma baboon steenbok caracal brown hyena aardvark
pangolin aardwolf porcupine scrub hare mongoose serval african wild cat Jamesons red rock rabbit rock rabbit (dassie)
Geology and Soils. The bedrock underlying the Reserve consists of coarse-grained sandstone of the Waterberg Geological Group, which is of the Sandriviersberg Formation. Sandstone of this nature is poor in nutrients and low in clay and silt content.
The soil derived from this mother material is generally rather sandy, mixed with loam. A low PH and nutrient value produces veld which is commonly described as sourveld. The Reserve has some pockets of nutritious sweetveld, including Smuts Finger Grass.
Vegetation. Veld types on the Reserve include Waterberg Moist Mountain Bushveld in the higher lying areas (higher rainfall, cooler temperatures) and Mixed Bushveld in the lower lying areas (lower rainfall, warmer temperatures). The tree layer is characterised, amongst others, by:
Transvaal BeechFaurea saligna
Red SeringaBurkea africana
Common sugarbushProtea caffra
Velvet bushwillowCombretum molle
Silver clusterleafTerminalia sericea
Peeling planeOchna Pulchra
As the land that is now the Reserve was settled in the last one hundred years, farmers planted trees and plants not indigenous to the area. These exotics (e.g., lantana, guava, blue gum, jacaranda, and hawthorn) are invasive and destructive and we have removed them by mechanical and ecologically friendly chemical methods. A single blue gum tree can consume 500 litres of water per day and it is critical to remove these invasive species from our wetlands and water courses throughout water-poor South Africa.