African bush experience
A share in one of Welgevonden’s commercial lodges offers a good return on investment as well as an exclusive Bushveld lifestyle, writes Michelle Swart
THE region known as the Waterberg has been described as one of South Africa’s best-kept secrets. Situated in Limpopo in the northwest of SA, the Waterberg region stretches 150km in a long arc from Thabazimbi in the west, Modimolle (Nylstroom) in the centre, to Mokopane (Potgietersrus) in the east. Vaalwater is the central village of the area.
The Waterberg region is in the heart of the Bushveld, with low mountain ranges and escarpment. It is here, in the Welgevonden private game reserve, that shareholders and guests enjoy unlimited movement on 36 000ha of protected land in an environment where biodiversity conservation and game viewing are managed in harmony.
The reserve’s management says it is totally committed to ongoing conservation research and development.
This wilderness area offers an exclusive, intimate experience of the African bush, with only a limited number of guests having access to the reserve at any given time. No private vehicles are permitted, which ensures minimal human impact and the ultimate wilderness experience.
Management says that Welgevonden private game reserve is home to more than 50 different mammals, including the Big Five, and has the largest population of white rhino on a private reserve anywhere in Africa. There are rare and unusual species too, such as brown hyena, aardwolf and aardvark. The diverse habitat abounds with antelope, from the large eland to the diminutive duiker, as well as cheetah, lion and leopard. More than 300 bird species, including rare blue cranes, have been identified
A share in Lebala Lodge, which is situated in this private reserve, is for sale. It is one of many commercial lodges within the reserve. Owning a share in this Bushveld paradise entitles the shareholder to four weeks a year and the exclusive use of the lodge, including all amenities and facilities. The year is divided into four quarters and one week will be allocated to each shareholder for each quarter.
Management says that the levy of R100 000 a year per shareholder contributes to the general maintenance and upkeep of the lodge, pool and vehicles. A shareholders’ agreement defines all rights and practices of the shareholders, including, but not exclusive to, the appointment of directors, shareholder liabilities, levies, week allocations, swapping of weeks, renting of weeks and the sale of shares.
The lodge sets high standards in luxurious interiors. There are five boutique suites that can accommodate 10 people, including children. The thatched property includes a kitchen, lounge, dining room, family room, covered terraces, boma, deck and pool. Additional features include a gym, satellite television, internet, office facilities and game-drive vehicle.
Marie Lessmann, of Engel & Völkers that is marketing this property, says that properties in the area are mainly private game farms specialising in ecotourism, hunting and game breeding.
She says that the game farms benefit from the exclusivity that nature reserves like Welgevonden and Marakele offer, and therefore property prices remained relatively stable during the recent economic downturn.
Lessmann says that the buyer of this share would benefit from a solid return on investment. Welgevonden’s strong international branding, easy access by road or air and its location in a malaria free area means the property value increases consistently, making this an excellent investment opportunity. Price: Share asking price:R2,985m Contact: Engel & Völkers Marie Lessmann 082 412 0278 Vaalwater Office 014 755 3899