Private Game Reserve – Karkloof, South Africa

Private Game Reserve  – Karkloof, South Africa

Private Game Reserve – Karkloof, South Africa

Karkloof, uMgeni Local Municipality, uMgungundlovu District Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal, RSA

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Private Game Reserve – Heaven On Earth If there were a Heaven on Earth, this would certainly be it! A distinctive 300 hectare private game reserve, nestled in the foothills of Karkloof, overlooking the Albert Falls Dam, just a mere 15 minute meander from Pietermaritzburg, Kwa-Zulu Natal and a 25 minute drive from the closest airport lies this truly magnificent African paradise.

The four bedroom main house is currently used exclusively by the owners of the Reserve, however, this could easily be transformed into a well-equipped guest lodge as all the bedrooms are extra-large, most with full en suite, a fantastic indoor Jacuzzi room with a retractable roof, a gym with a sauna, and large dining room with two lounges all leading onto the wrap around veranda with outdoor facilities including another Jacuzzi and a swimming pool,. There is also a manager’s cottage, staff quarters, workshop, multiple other outbuildings, stables and a very large shed which stores the tractors, etc.

The Reserve has 6 self-catering Villa’s and the views from each thatched villa are truly magnificent – from open grassland, African bushveld to steep valleys and gorges. The cosy thatched Villa’s all have TV & DSTV and are all elegantly decorated and furnished in neutral African colours making them a restful and relaxing space. The airy rooms opening downstairs onto wooden viewing decks with braai facilities, where you will find the wild life almost close enough to touch. Each unit sleeps 4.

Other features beautiful wedding and conference facilities with its own kitchen and well equipped ablutions, entertainment boma’s, game capture facilities, hiking, biking, riding, or just relaxing at one of the many picnic areas or rest spots.

A favourite spot is the Waterhole Boma perched on the hillside overlooking one of the three dams, here you will find shy Marsh Terrapins sunning themselves on the banks while Red Bishops flit amongst the reeds where the larger mammals from the tallest giraffe to the smallest baby warthogs gather to drink.

Another idyllic spot is the Otter’s Den River Boma, situated at the concourse of the Karkloof and Umgeni Rivers, where the otter’s spend lazy afternoons playing in the river with the call of the African Fish Eagle resounding overhead. A perfect place to relax with a book, do some fishing and enjoy sun downers.

The thriving wild life includes Nyala, Impala, Zebra, Kudu, Waterbuck, Reedbuck, Duiker, Wildebeest, Giraffe, Eland, Blesbok, Red Hartebeest, Warthog, Water Mongoose, Water Monitors, Otters, Black Backed Jackal, Serval, Caracal and Gennet. The exquisite bird life ranges from the fish eagle to the diminutive Cardinal Woodpecker and the varied reptile and insect species never fail to delight.

There is an amazing array of birdlife and commonly sighted species such as the Glossy Starling, Long-crested Eagle and Lesser Striped Swallow. One would also be fortunate to spot the Secretary Bird and African Harrier Hawk (Gymnogene) – both regular visitors to the lodge. Summer months make Reserve a hotspot for birders when all the migrants are also present.

The Reserve is a bird watchers paradise and has a grand collection bird species with over 300 species in the area – Eagles (Fish, Crowned, Black, Long Crested, Wahlbergs and Martial), Yellow-billed Kite, Jackal and Steppe Buzzard catch the thermals. At night, a multitude of Owls species can be seen perching waiting for any movement in the grass, Kingfishers (Giant, Pied, Half-collared, Malachite and Brown-hooded) are always seen round the dams darting in catching fish, Ducks (White-faced, Yellow-billed, Black and White-backed), Geese (Spurwing and Egyptian) are abundant in the 2 main dams

Water is abundant on the property with two dams, a water hole, a borehole and there are pumping rights from the River which borders part of the property.

To recap on this property on what is included in the sale of this wonderful facility…

A modern main four bedroomed house, with two lounges plus an additional sun lounge, office, courtyard, swimming pool, en-suite guest room and six garages.

There are six thatched alarmed self-catering Villa’s, fully furnished, with decks.

Capture unit – comprising of ladies and gents toilets, kitchen, mini conference/reception room, undercover braai area, large thatched entertainment boma with bar area with alarm system and camera surveillance Viewing deck overlooking a waterhole: thatched bar/entertainment area, built in braai, electrified, ladies and gentlemen’s toilets.

Thatched river boma, on the banks of the Umgeni with a built in braai and river frontage of +1km.

7 metre viewing tower and suspension bridge.

Manager’s accommodation – one bedroom, lounge and kitchen.

Three staff accommodation units; a one bedroom, a two bedroom and a three bedroomed units.

Workshop and separate storeroom. 2 tractors, one TLB plus other farm equipment.

Twelve stables.

40KVA diesel generator, borehole and 19ha water rights from the Umgeni river.

The perimeter is fully electric fenced

There are no land claims on the property

There is over R 1 million worth of game on the reserve, including zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, cape eland, warthog, waterbuck, common reedbuck, blesbok, nyala, impala, duiker, giraffe, kudu, genet and cervil. In addition, there is plentiful birdlife with over 300 bird species and abundant fish in the river.

The reserve is run by a manager and has four further staff members. The owner handles the chalet bookings and this is undertaken to purely to contribute towards operating costs and often bookings are not taken for personal reasons. Nevertheless, income has increased from R 120k for FY2015 to R 843k for FY2016. The reserve has handled weddings, conferences, team-building etc. and these together with the accommodation side can be hugely enhanced if the new owner wishes.

Financials are up to date and can be made available to a serious purchaser. Call us today to arrange a private viewing and tour

Property Overview

Type of Property: Farm

Description: Game Farm

Lifestyle: Country Living, Game/Stock

Farm Size of farm: 270 ha Rates and Taxes: R 2 800 Facilities


Bedroom 1Walk in is huge with a dressing room. Opens onto Patio. Chandelier, Blinds, Walk-in-closet, King Bed, Laminated Floors Bedroom 2Shower en suite, Blinds, Built-in Cupboards, Double Bed, Laminated Floors Bedroom 3Blinds, Built-in Cupboards, King Bed, Laminated Floors Bedroom 4Blinds, Built-in Cupboards, Queen Bed, Laminated Floors


Bathroom 1Full, Main en Suite

Bathroom 2Guest, Tiled Floors, Basin, Guest Toilet, Shower Bathroom 3Corner Jacuzzi bath, Tiled Floors, Full


Kitchen 1Gas Stove, Pantry, Scullery, Eye Level Oven, Stove, Fridge, Dishwasher Connection, Granite Tops, Washing Machine Connection, Tumble Dryer, Blinds, Laminated Floors


Office/study 1Plenty of cupboards, could also be a bedroom, Blinds, Fan, Internet Port, Telephone Port, Laminated Floors Domestic1, 4 staff quaters


Lounge 1Formal and opens onto patio, Patio, Blinds, Fireplace, Laminated Floors Lounge 2Family lounge with a chandelier, Blinds, Open Plan, Laminated Floors Dining Room1 Dining Room 1Opens onto patio, Blinds, Laminated Floors Family/TV Room1 Family/TV Room 1Chandilier, Patio, Blinds, Laminated Floors Entrance Hall1 Entrance Hall 1Laminated Floors


OtherGym room with sauna

Other8 seater Jacuzzi room with retractable roof External Features


Garage 1no door, Single

Garage 2no door, Single

Garage 3no door, Single

Garagewith door

Garagewith door


Pool 1Gunite in Ground


Outbuilding 1lapa has a 6 seater Jacuzzi, and is thatched, Change Rooms, Lapa, Pool Shed Outbuilding 21 Bedroom, bathroom and kitchen, Flatlet Outbuilding 34 staff quaters, Staff Quarters/Domestic Rooms Outbuilding 4Shed houses the tractors. 12 stables and a feed and tack room, Workshop, Shed , Stables

Outbuilding6 Private Villas each with their own deck and braai area. All are thatched and have DSTV. Kitchenette and full bathroom. Each villa’s loft sleeps 4, and have an alarm system OutbuildingA Gorgeous River Boma with a small pub and a large deck.Fantastic for fishing. Braai area and ablutions and kids area OutbuildingCommunal Entertainment Boma, with its own kitchen,lounge area, bar, braai facilities, ablution blocks. suitable for functions and weddings OutbuildingLarge indoor conference/functions room with own power and gas heating. It also has DSTV Building FacingMountain View RoofTile Farm Details Distance From Town20Km Other Features Special Features5 Special FeaturesSwing bridge and viewing platform Special Features2 x Dams, with a variety of fish Special Features 3Borehole Special FeaturesVariety of Game Special Features 5Built in Braai, Satellite Dish, Jacuzzi, Sauna, Communal braai area FlatletYes Flat Description1 Bedroom, bathroom and kitchen

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