Farm For Sale
FARM FOR SALE
Thaba Thabo™ Nature & Game Reserve of 1 414 hectares (3 494 acres) for sale outside Ficksburg in the beautiful Eastern Free State highlands of South Africa. Price is R22 million ($1.6 million) excluding VAT. THE PRICE IS NOT NEGOTIABLE! Farm will be sold as a going concern. This farm is ideal for a group of buyers as there are numerous incredibly beautiful spots where additional accommodation could be built Foreigners are allowed to purchase property in South Africa on full title.
Included in the sale is the domain names, website and all the Facebook pages. The name Thaba Thabo™ is pending trademark registration and will also be transferred to the buyer. Thaba Thabo™ is Basotho and the meaning is Mountain of Happiness or Mountain of Joy. It could potentially become a very powerful brand name for many different products and/or services.
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 registered nature reserve comprises of mountaintop and valley terrain covering an area of 1 414 hectares (3 494 acres) and held under two title deeds. 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 also taken into account the area must be at least 3 000 hectares (7 413 acres). 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 on any of the three properties (Thaba Thabo™, Gilboa and Afton). 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. It is very possible to be completely self sufficient on Thaba Thabo™. It is the most remote farm in the district and very private.
The price includes at least 100 top quality pure-bred Nguni cattle. The cattle are extremely hardy and roam freely with the game. They
receive no inoculations, no tick control, no de-worming and no additional feed or supplements except the occasional rock salt. The potential is to either do stud breeding with the Ngunis or use European breeding bulls or create a superior Thaba Thabo™ grassfed
Nguni beef brand or add Wagyu bulls and sell calves or carcasses at a premium price. The opportunities with Nguni cattle are endless. It is also a well known fact that Nguni cows make the best mother line, producing a calf every year even during times of drought. A system
of high density grazing or ultra high density grazing will work extremely well on the reserve, removing the need for fixed camps while also vastly increasing the carrying capacity. Similarly Damara sheep and/or indigenous goats offer a huge opportunity.
Arable land is approximately 150 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. The area is suitable for vegetables, wheat, maize, sunflowers, sugar beans, soy beans, dryland potatoes, etc. This is also the perfect area for garlic, cherries, pomegranates, peaches, pears, apricots, asparagus, apples, olives and nuts (pecan, almond, walnut) to name but a few. A mere 30 km from Thaba Thabo™ 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 could be suitable for Black Truffle production. Included in the sale is also a small snailery and thousands of Red Wiggler (Eisenia fetida) compost worms. The snailery could be built into a very profitable commercial venture.
The reserve 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 such as Nguni cattle, Damara sheep and goats 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. Even a cable car would work on the reserve!
The reserve could be suitable for an Independent Power Producer (IPP) project.
The reserve is renowned for its scenic setting and boasts numerous wildlife species. There are breathtaking views in every direction, over the reserve and beyond and including the Maluti mountains of Lesotho. Tourists may use any of the four hiking trails to explore the reserve by foot, horseback, mountain bikes, quad bikes or motorcycles.
Many towering sandstone cliffs, springs and perennial and seasonal streams are found on the reserve. A waterfall drops into a deep wooded gorge. There are many waterfalls all over the reserve during the rainy season. Several dams offer area shelter to an abundance of bird life. Even during the recent severe drought were we able to offer water to other farmers. Additional dams could easily be build in the numerous watercourses. During normal rainfall years the reserve 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.
The reserve has one of the best geological exposures of the top of the Karoo geological system. Quartz and Agate crystals are in abundance on the mountaintops, providing another business opportunity for creating jewellery or selling the raw crystals. Hence some people calling this the Crystal Mountain.
In terms of safety aspects it is hidden in and on top of the mountain range with sheer cliffs on the Lesotho side. The access road ends at the reserve entrance so it does not border any roads and is surrounded by other farms making it extremely safe and private. There are no servitudes.
This is a low maintenance farm and is suitable for either a full time farmer or a lifestyle farmer just looking for an incredible weekend and holiday retreat or a piece of heaven for retirement. The previous owner used it as a weekend and holiday lifestyle farm for 25 years. We currently employ two male and one female worker and they are quite capable of looking after the farm in the owner’s absence. The workers own property in a nearby town so they do not have any right of permanent tenure should they be dismissed, retrenched or if they resign.
Hunting is currently managed by a very experienced operator so the new owner does not have to be experienced in the hunting business if he/she wishes to continue with it.
The price tag includes the following estimated animal numbers: (The game counts are only estimates and the real counts, whether higher or lower, will not influence the price)
Black Wildebeest (120)
Mountain Reedbuck (unknown)
Common Reedbuck (unknown)
Red Hartebeest (30)
Damara Sheep (50)
Free-range Chickens (20)
Tame Geese (10)
Jersey Cows (1)
Nguni cattle (100+)
There are numerous spots where additional accommodation could be build and because the reserve consists of two title deeds a part could be developed and sold separately. There are many cut sandstone blocks on the farm that could be used for this purpose. There is also a 2.5 km long dolerite “gravel line” that runs through one of the farms which could be used for building purposes, brick-making or roadworks. The basalt rock formation above the sandstone formation could be used for the same purpose. Trees for firewood, fence poles or timber for own use are also in abundance on the reserve.
Infrastructure on the home farm includes the following:
Sandstone cottage (143 m²) with 2 bedrooms that have built in cupboards, lounge/dining room, kitchen, bathroom with bath, shower and toilet, separate toilet and walk-in safe. The cottage is fully furnished with log furniture, a gas fridge/freezer, gas stove, Dover wood stove, two gas geysers and a built in gas heater.
3 x Bachelor sandstone chalets (35 m²) with double beds, kitchenette and own bathrooms. All three chalets are equipped with a gas fridge/freezer, double gas plate, Dover wood stove, gas geyser and are fully furnished.
1 Small rondavel (11.5 m²) currently used for storage.
A small swimming pool.
An accommodation building (270 m²) consisting of 3 bedrooms, lounge/dining/kitchen area, 5 toilets, 4 washbasins and 2 showers. This building also consists of another large room currently used as a gymnasium and for storage. The building could house 14 guests. It is fully furnished and includes a gas geyser, a gas fridge/freezer and a Jewel wood stove.
Equipped solar borehole providing exceptional quality water and 8 500 Litre water tanks. Also an electric borehole pump as backup.
A power room (16.38 m²) with full solar off-grid system. Also a 10kw diesel generator with a 200 litre fuel tank and a 6.5kw petrol
generator that are hardly ever used as the solar system provides enough electricity for our current needs. The reserve is totally independent of ESKOM. There is an ESKOM connection point on the farm should the new owner decide to make use of ESKOM.
There is an MTN 4G LTE tower in the centre of the farm and apart from excellent cellular reception it also provides some additional income.
A Wi-Fi tower provides excellent 4 Mbps internet connectivity that is uncapped. The Wi-Fi is free of charge.
2 x Brick worker’s houses (67 m²). These houses consist of two bedrooms, a living area, a bathroom and a kitchen with electricity, running water and a Jewel wood stove.
Slaughtering facilities and cold room (34 m²) with a Coolbot system that can be remotely monitored and operated from anywhere in the world.
A cattle handling facility.
An organic vegetable garden and orchard.
Shooting range that is approved by the NHSA.
All furniture, cutlery, crockery, linen, curtains, tools and equipment included.
A complete asset list is available on request.
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