All-year-round Game Hunting!! Game Farm for sale
R35,000,000 plus VAT
A property so spectacular, we hardly know where to begin... but the owner has decided it's time to sell! As a major plus, it is in the malaria-free Eastern Cape, situated just short of 50 km from Grahamstown - it offers a lifestyle and opportunity not to be missed. The parcel is made up of 4 farms, making a total of more than 4 600 hectares, as the 2009 game census indicates the area to be substantially larger. All internal fences have been removed and the entire area is enclosed in a 2.4m high, 56km long CEA approved game fence, affording year-round hunting.
Water is abundantly available with a massive dam that has a solar-energy supplied pump into a 120,000 litre tank, as well as lots of small dams on the various farms. There is also significant water reticulation as well as water troughs throughout the farms. The farm has never 'run dry', even through 8 years of drought, and the game has never had supplemented feeding - the farms are sweetveld, with oxygen-rich spekboom providing grazing in abundance. As the cherry on top of this, there is about 5 km of river frontage onto the Great Fish River over 3 of the farms. The dam is stocked with bass, and the river supplies a variety of local fish.
The farm has significant historical value, with the main homestead the only original British Garrison in South Africa in private hands, complete with fort that has been renovated sympathetically. It has been completely modernized and renovated and can accommodate 15 people with ease. The tower was completed in 1843 and a nearby site was used as a military post from as early as 1817. The name is derived from a Khoikhoi (Hottentot) Kaptein whose kraal was nearby. During the Sixth Frontier War of 1834-35 a large Xhosa force massed across the Fish River (which the Fort overlooks) and as the white traders fled to the safety of Grahamstown, Sir Harry Smith used Trompetter's Drift as his temporary headquarters (the fort had not yet been built).
Next to the road passing the Fort is a stone commemorating Dick King's epic ride and in the ground sloping down from the farmhouse to the Fish River, is a garden of remembrance on which a statue is placed: "In remembrance of British and Colonial Soldiers and Settlers who died during the Frontier Wars 1834 - 1852.".
Further accommodation is provided in the 5-bedroomed manager's home which has various outbuildings, including a complete butchery/cold room facility, complete with flash freezer room, for processing any game hunted.
Included in the sale is the current game. A complete census can be supplied to interested parties on request, however it is worth noting that there are over 1200 Kudu on the farm, many of them at trophy size. They represent just a portion of the game on the farm - there are impala. nyala, bushbuck, duiker, wildebeest, zebra, eland, grysbok, warthog, bushpig, porcupine, aardwolf and ,of course, baboons and monkeys, as well as jackal, bat-eared fox, lynx and civet... There is also the potential to successfully introduce Cape Buffalo; one the farms is appropriately named Buffelsdrift.
It would be fair to say that words and pictures just can't do this outstanding property justice - give Lance a call and we'll arrange your personal viewing, with a personalised guided tour from the owner. But beware! Seeing it means you'll fall in love!
|Property Name||Trumpeters Drift, Blaaudrift, Buffelsdrift, Koodoo Kop|
|Location & services||Nearest Town: Peddie|
|Approx year built||1880|
|House Details||Lounge Room, Dining Room, Family Room, Kitchen, Ensuite and Heating/Cooling|
|House Comments||Stunning well-fitted, luxury firttings|
|Outdoor living||Pool, Braai|
|Perimeter||Fencing - Type & Condition: CAE certified game fencing|
|Present Condition||Completely renovated historical dwelling.|
|Water supply||Dam - solar powered pump, Domestic Water Source: Dam|
|Effluent Disposal||French drains|
|Access & tracks||Gravel road|
|Sheds||Other Shedding: Abattoir and cold room|
|Farm Fixtures||All operational fittings|
|Managers / workers housing||5 bedroomed house|
|Video Tour Url:||http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5XDekfxrWU|