#0342: South Africa, Mpumalanga

Property #0342
Property #0342
Property #0342
Property #0342
Property #0342
Property #0342
Property #0342
Property #0342

    Description

    Site #66 on Kudu Game Ranch is a 200 sq metre thatched property situated in the drier northern region of the farm and looks onto a ridge where game can be spotted whilst seated on the patio enjoying a beer. There are 100 properties on the 6,000 hectare (15,000 acre) farm and as a result each has it's own private space and neighbouring properties can't be seen and are rarely heard, with the nearest being a kilometre away.

    The house has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, an outside shower, a lounge/diner and a small kitchen. The master bedroom has unrivalled views of the bush which can be enjoyed whilst lying in bed and has 5 metre concertina doors which open onto a large open patio area. The master bedroom has a large king size (6 ft) bed and a large ensuite containing a slipper bath and raindrop shower. Concertina doors open out onto the outside shower area from the bathroom, one side of which is open to the surrounding bush. With the door open a bath can be taken whilst looking out onto the bush.

    The lounge also has seven metre concertina doors opening onto a large covered patio area containing a table and chairs for al fresco dining. The kitchen is small but well equipped with a large fridge freezer, stove and a small dishwasher and also a breakfast bar with stools if you preferred to eat indoors. There is also an automatic washing machine in the boiler room which can be accessed from the side of the property.

    There is a second bathroom next to the kitchen which services the second bedroom. The second bedroom is on the mezzanine floor and contains two single beds.

    The property is serviced by mains electricity through underground cables and borehole water.

    As I write this we are in the process of installing a small splash pool at the end of the patio but there is also a communal pool near the main gate to the farm.

    The braai (bbq) area is next to the house built amongst some rocks and affords great sightings whilst you're cooking of a family of dwarf mongoose whose home range includes the property.

    There have been no instances of security breaches on the farm but because of it's isolation and the threat of poaching there is 24 hour armed perimeter patrols. The house is also fully radio alarmed.

    Location

    Car needed yes
    Car available no

    Kudu game ranch is a 6,000 hectare managed conservancy on the South African escarpment in the province of Mpumalanga. The farm sits at an altitude of 5,500 feet and as a result has warm days and cool evenings and is malaria free. At the last game count there were 1,100 head of game on the farm including buffalo, white rhino, leopard, sable, giraffe, zebra, eland, hippo, crocodile and numerous other antelope species. It is a bird watchers paradise and sightings include a pair of African Crowned Eagles who return to nest every year as well as vultures attracted to the "vulture restaurant".

    There are some 280kms of gravel roads on the farm which includes some very rugged terrain, two waterfalls and a man made wetlands area which attracts numerous water fowl. Two rivers flow through the property which are all well stocked with fish. The farm also keeps it's own horses which can be rented (at a very reasonable cost) and ridden amongst the game who don't perceive horses as a threat and subsequently allow you to get much closer than you would on foot.

    In the local vicinity of the farm (12kms) the town of Lydenburg has numerous restaurants and two large supermarkets to cater to all your needs.

    Nearby attractions include the Kruger National Park which contains Africa's biggest diversity of eco systems(14) and it is only a hour's drive to Numbi gate in the game rich southern section of the park. Elephant numbers are at an all time high of 12,000 individuals as a result of the curtailment of culling at independence in 1994 and all the big 5, except for maybe the elusive leopard, are an almost guaranteed sighting. Mpumalanga contains some of the most spectacular scenery in the world and where the escarpment drops away to the lowveld you will find the beautiful Blyde River Canyon and the amazing God's Window. This area also contains lots of waterfalls, all of which are worth a visit. The gold mining museum town of Pilgrim's Rest is also only a short drive away and if shopping is your vice then Nelspruit can be reached via the Long Tom Pass, so named for the Boer cannon that was used against the British in the Anglo-Boer war and shell marks can still be seen along the route. The Long Tom Pass contains some dramatic scenery and is best viewed in the morning as the mist rises out of the valleys.

    There are lots more local attractions and should you decide to go and stay then lots more information will be provided.

    Accomodation

    Bedrooms

    bedroom 1: 1 x king double

    bedroom 2: 2 x single

    Bathrooms

    bathroom 1: bath, shower, toilet

    shower 2: shower, toilet

    shower 3: outside shower

    Amenities

    General
    central heating air conditioning fireplace telephone
    fax machine internet access linen towels
    sofa bed baby high chair baby crib hair dryer
    disable friendly computer available wifi sauna / steam room
    gym indoor pool ceiling fans high speed internet
    home security gated community water view lift /elevator
    Kitchen
    oven hob / stove dishwasher washing machine
    clothes dryer fridge freezer microwave
    coffee maker toaster iron & ironing board condiments/essentials
    Entertainment
    tv vcr cd player/hi-fi dvd player
    cd library video library dvd library cable / satelite tv
    External
    parking garden / yard shared pool balcony/terrace
    outdoor grill private hot tub outdoor furniture private pool
    shared hot tub garage beach / water front canoe/cayak
    Services
    nanny /babysitting caretaker housekeeper cook
    gardener doorman resort privileges  

    House rules

    Credits 10
    Cleaning included no
    approx. $70 including laundry.

    No Smoking inside

    No Pets

    Not suitable for the elderly or infirm

    No wheelchair access

    This property is in the middle of a game reserve and whilst the reserve is fenced the property is not so wild animals can circulate freely around the property.

    Activities

    Sports

    Swimming (on site)

    Horse riding (on site)

    Fishing (on site)

    Golf (60 minutes drive)

    Tennis (30 minutes drive)

    Water skiing (60 minutes drive)

    Hiking / Walking (on site)

    Whitewater rafting (60 minutes drive)

    Other

    Shops (20 minutes drive)

    Restaurants (20 minutes drive)

    Culture (20 minutes drive)

    Gym / Health Club (20 minutes drive)

    Wildlife Viewing (on site)

    Getting there

    The property is 320Kms east of Johannesburg airport and is an easy 3.5 hour drive along very good roads.

    Game lodge in a private game reserve

    A stunning game lodge in an amazing location

    At a glance

    Property Game Lodge
    Exchanges Credits Exchange
    Credits 10
    Bedrooms 2
    Guests 4
    Min stay 7 days