Farm For Sale in Alicedale, Alicedale

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Asking Price : R 18 500 000 (1 149 068 EUR*)

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The farm is situated just east of the N10 between Oliphantskop pass and Kommadagga.

The farm is situated just east of the N10 between Oliphantskop pass and Kommadagga.
Size
Made up of 3 titles, the farm is a shade over 2378h in extent. Of this approx 680h is fenced separately as a Sable breeding camp.
Description
In terms of overall score, this is probably one of the better mid sized game farms I have yet to encounter. The topography is stunning, with an absolute wealth of feature and despite having over 200m change in elevation on the property, the entire block is traversable with in 2 wheel drive. The Bushmans River carves a lazy 12.7km series of arcs through the valley floor while over 19 significant tributaries on the property have, over time, carved the heavily wooded drainage lines that add so much dimension to the property. Add to this large flat plains, mountain top plateaus and sheer cliff faces and one has about as diverse a mix that can be found on any one block of comparable size in the province.
The ultimate in off grid living, the owners have made themselves completely self sufficient in the sense that all power is solar, all water, including the irrigation is pumped by solar, they have a huge organic vege garden and orchards as well as purpose designed stock enclosures for pullets, broilers, sheep and cattle which, when combined with the abundance of venison on the farm, supplies all of their food needs.
A portion of the property is traversed by the main Cape railway line. While this could be seen as problematic, the current owners have become so accustomed as to barely notice it anymore. They have cleverly converted the Northern piece that is alienated by the railway line into a game breeding project, run separately to the extensive main game ranch south of the line.
Veld types
The dramatic topography on the property gives rise to a very balanced and pleasing habitat diversity. The valley floors and flat ground are mainly classic Karoo. The mix of karroid plant species here is very pleasing, with a welcome departure from the often monogenous common or anchor karoo, normally indicative of over grazing. Grass cover in this biome was also pleasing with good evidence of cenchrus, pannicums and the digitaria species found. The predominately north facing mountain slopes are mainly comprised of Karoo woodland with numerous jacket plums, boscias, Scotias, Gwarri , Rhus and olives making up the bulk of the tree species found. Here, grasses start to eclipse the karroid succulents and very healthy stands of most of the climax grasses are in evidence. Of interest was that at the time of our visit in mid September, most of these were already in seed.
The numerous drainage lines are in the main, heavily wooded with what could be best described as woody sub tropical thicket. In places this is extremely dense with a closed canopy broken only by the numerous towering Euphorbia Triangularis.
On the mountain tops and flat plateaus, these biomes give way to fynbos grassland. Here the dominant grasses are Themeda Triandra and the aristidas, both of which will supply good summer grazing as well as preferred habitat for the numerous Mountain Reedbuck.
The last distinctive biome is that of riverine thicket. The 12.7km of Bushmans River is inside the property for its entire length, meaning the farm has the benefit of both sides of this very productive biome. This is typically dominated by Large Acacia Karroo with emerald stands of Pannicum enjoying the diffused light and nitrogen rich micro climate found under this broken canopy. Despite being aesthetically appealing, this riverine swathe will definitely prove both the lifeblood and pantry of the property for many of the numerous game species found.
Rainfall / Water
The farm falls in a summer rainfall area with an annual average of about 350mm. Water is drawn from 7 boreholes, six of which are fitted with solar pumps and one with a windmill. Of these, one borehole is tested at 60 000L / hour and is fitted with a state of the art solar pumping system driven by a bank of 32 x 180W panels. A 75mm pipe line links this with the adjacent 3h of irrigated Lucerne as well as the main house for the gardens etc.
Besides the numerous pools in the Bushmans River, supplementary water is well reticulated on the property linking many watering points to 5 earth dams and 5 concrete reservoirs. There are also reportedly 3 fountains on the property
Improvements
The whole property is fenced with a CAE spec 2.4m game fence. The northern game breeding section is also equipped as electric although the energizer is not currently on. There is a solar powered entrance gate.
The main house / lodge is a show piece. It boasts 4 suites, all with en suite bathrooms as well as a 2 bedroom family unit. Spacious living areas open up onto a huge, North facing verandah with multiple sitting areas and built in braai and catering section. The stunning views afforded from this feature are over a considerable lake immediately in front of the house with separate entertainment boma and jetty. A sub terrainien wine cellar and bar area are cleverly concealed beneath the patio and adjacent stairway.
Numerous outbuildings include a spacious and well fitted office, outdoor rooms with wall to wall cupboards for personal storage space. There is a state of the art butchery / cold room / abattoir facility complete with all the equipment one could possibly need as well as special purpose rooms for gardening equipment and chemicals, custom laundry facility, workshops and a large 4 berth garage and separate 6 berth carport.
3 x 2 bedroom staff houses are built to a standard exceeding many city town house developments.
An older farm house on the Eastern end of the property has been refurbished and serves as hunters’ accommodation. It has 5 bedrooms, kitchen lounge, dining area and braai patio. Like the rest of the property, it is powered by its own solar system.
Of special mention must be the expansive vege gardens, orchards and stock facilities that combine to make the farm almost totally self sufficient in terms of its food requirements
Power
The main house is powered by a very well put together solar system 2 banks totaling 66 panels (30 x 180W and (36 x 140W) charge dual banks of 24 x 2 volt batteries. These dual 48V banks are fed through a self diagnostic 18kva inverter system. A 28kvs silent type diesel genset is wired as an auto switch standby in the event of prolonged suboptimal charging condition.
Game and movables
With the notable exception of the sable antelope, antique furniture, personal artworks collection and personal effects, the farm can be sold as a lock stock and barrel concern.
An estimate of game numbers on the property at the time of our visit included:
11 Giraffe 32 Eland 42 Blue Wildebeest
30 Red Hartebeest 80+ Impala 180+ Kudu
10 Red Lechwe 15 Waterbuck 30 Nyala
28 zebra 12 Gemsbuck 10 Blesbuck (2 whites)

as well as numerous Warthogs, Bushbuck, Steenbok, Duiker and Mnt Reedbuck. Common Reedbuck were also introduced although seldom seen.
Movables also include a Landini 4 x 4 tractor, Landcruiser Station Wagon, Hilux D4D 3 litre double cab, old cruiser bakkie, basic furniture, irrigation equipment and numerous tractor drawn implements etc.
The Sable and livestock (cattle and sheep etc) are excluded from the price but may be negotiated for.
Conclusion
The whole farm has been very well developed. A lot of thought and money has gone into the renovation and /or development of the superb infrastructure as well as the self sufficiency of the operation. It is literally a turn key operation and one can move on without having to redo anything. If one so chose there are multiple revenue centres already in operation in the form of the popular lodge with a loyal and growing clientele, an enthusiastic hunting following, well developed venison market and of course the Sable. The latter are well settled, breeding and if negotiated for, would add considerable momentum to the operation in terms of a revenue stream.

Price R 18.5 million (+ Vat if payable). (excluding Sable, livestock and personal effects as described above). The property and its movables are the only asset of a VAT registered (PTY) ltd, whose shares can be bought should a buyer so choose.

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