In the area 1 – Hoedspruit

Hoedspruit now on global wildlife estate radar

CENTURY 21, the world’s biggest property group, has identified the Hoedspruit area bordering the Kruger Park as one of the most promising wildlife estate development nodes in Africa.

And the giant group has opened a dedicated office in Hoedspruit, CENTURY21 Wildlife, to cater for present and anticipated demand as awareness of the area’s attractions grows worldwide.

Andre Nel, who heads up the new office, says CENTURY 21 has already secured numerous valuable mandates from developers in the area, including those for estates such as Raptor’s View, Karongwe Game Reserve, Blyde Wildlife Estate, Wild Rivers Nature Reserve and Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate.

“Estimates are that up to 40% of the numerous wildlife estates in this area have been acquired by overseas investors and owner-occupiers, while discerning South Africans have also bought into the lifestyle,” says Nel

Wildlife estates are by definition secure game farms with access control and perimeter game fencing. They are generally divided into stands of around 1ha with no fences between them, allowing game to traverse freely across the land. Separated by game tracks, woodlands and watering holes, each stand ensures privacy and security.

“The attraction of the greater Hoedspruit area lies in the large choice of estates and price ranges,” says Nel. “It’s possible to acquire anything from freehold to syndicate-owned properties at prices ranging from the distinctly affordable to several million rand.”

Buyers also have a wide choice of estate types, varying from those stocked with the Big Five to more benign game populations which allow their human “guests” to wander freely.

The area is characterised by classic bushveld and is typically rolling terrain with rare indigenous fauna and flora. The northern Drakensberg serves as the backdrop and the powerful Oliphants and Blyde rivers provide the lifeblood to this true piece of Africa.

The independent Southern Cross School provides the opportunity for families to relocate to the Hoedspruit area as it offers a quality academic education up to grade 12. The children have the unique opportunity to learn and play in a natural environment without the influences of modern city life.

“The estates are also well-served by roads and there are a number of airports including Kruger Park International near Nelspruit, and the local Eastgate Airport, recently upgraded with international status to take wide-bodied aircraft,“ Nel notes.

Stands of about 1ha range from about R350 000 up to R2m while plot-and-plan packages start at around R1,3m and range up to around R10m. Home Owners’ Associations maintain building and architectural standards and developers have generally been at pains to specify natural materials and colours that blend with the natural surroundings.

“We have experienced tremendous initial interest since opening our new office and our international referrals network is already attracting overseas investors,” says Nel.

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