Even though the Klein Karoo is facing a number of challenges such as the current drought, Seeff’s agri-agents say that there is little sign of a slow-down in the demand for farms with anything from smaller lifestyle properties for weekend getaways to game ranches and commercial farms now sought after.
“We are as busy as ever and are working with a number of clients looking for specific properties to meet their varied needs”, says Imelda Egan from Seeff Ladismith, adding “that if buyers find what they are looking for, they are quite prepared to put in an appropriate offer”.
She says the market is still on the rise with a lot of enquiries, especially buyers from the Northern part of the country who find the lifestyle and relative safety a big draw-card. “Prices too compare well, starting form just R900,000 for a small lifestyle farm while a top class private luxury game farm is on the market for just R17.5m plus VAT”.
It is just 10kms from Ladismith and 160kms from the George Airport. The property is spread over two title deeds and offers 1031.8ha in the Oude Kloof Game Reserve, is fully game fenced and has excellent game and eco-tourism potential, she says. It currently serves as a weekend and holiday getaway and is relatively maintenance free. The area is Malaria-free and very accessible with excellent roads.
It offers pristine Klein Karoo fauna with hills and valleys, some flat terrain and spectacular views. Infrastructure include a fully furnished three-bedroomed house with a splash pool, manager’s house, three labourers’ cottages under renovation, multiple store rooms (about 700sqm) with shower and bathroom facilities, a 12sqm cold room suitable for meat processing and providing accommodation to hunting staff. The original farmhouse is also there, but is in need of renovation.
Guest facilities include a luxury bush lodge with a main entertainment area with views over the dam and two one-bedroomed cottages.
There are three earth dams along with troughs and drinking holes spread across the farm. The game trails are easily accessible and can be explored by foot. The property is in a good catchment area for rain water and boasts three boreholes that provide household and game drinking water.
“The vegetation is remarkably diverse”, says Egan. It features renosterveld, mountain fynbos, Karoo-veld, spekboom veld, numerous geophyte species and a wide variety of indigenous trees, all important to the animal, bird and insect life on the property.
Free roaming game as part of the price include Nyala (10), Impala (25), Zebra (10), Oryx (10), Kudu (40) and Eland (15). Other game include Bushpig, Rooikat, Honey Badger and reptiles such as lizards, snakes and tortoise along with many species of eagles, birds and owls.
Johan van Eeden from Seeff Barrydale says that he expects the interest in farms in the Cape to increase even further next year despite the poor economic outlook. “We are finding more and more buyers coming from the big cities looking to escape to the Cape. The Klein Karoo is especially popular since it carries the rare status of being part of the Karoo, yet has more water and is greener”.
It is also still affordable with prices of lifestyle farms starting from R990,000 while commercial farms range to about R34.2m for a 164ha dairy and fruit farm situated next to and partly in the Langeberg Mountain.
The farm has excellent infrastructure and plentiful water sources including a waterfall, large earth dam, several smaller dams and boreholes along with Eskom electricity and computerised irrigation.
There are three houses, a main homestead with three bedrooms along with a three-bedroomed house and a two-bedroomed house, garaging, labourers’ accommodation as well as an old farmhouse and camping site located next to the dam. Other facilities include stables, several sheds and storerooms, garages and a fully equipped dairy with a milking parlour and tanks, a kraal for calves, chemical storeroom and silos. Milk is supplied to Ladismith Kaas.
The fruit operation delivers to Langeberg Foods and comprises just over 10ha planted with apricots, peaches and pears. A further around 80ha is under irrigation comprising of pasture.
The farm is being sold as a going concern and the price includes various equipment such as generators, implements as well as livestock.