At one with the bushveld mood

Game view­ing re­mains big busi­ness in SA, par­tic­u­larly when the big five are in­volved. Lea Jacobs takes a look at a game lodge that fea­tures sa­fari liv­ing at its most com­fort­able

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Cup, pump­ing R3,6bn into the lo­cal econ­omy. Al­though fig­ures for the first quar­ter of the year are not yet avail­able the num­ber of for­eign­ers vis­it­ing our shores in Septem­ber last year in­creased to about 650 000.

TripAd­vi­sor, a com­pany that spe­cialises in visi­tor re­views, re­ported an in­crease in the num­ber of peo­ple seek­ing in­for­ma­tion about vis­it­ing the coun­try.

In Oc­to­ber last year their web page stated that it had re­ceived about 1,4-mil­lion hits in 2009 and that this fig­ure had grown to 1,7m dur­ing Oc­to­ber last year.

Most of the for­eign in­quiries came from Bri­tain, the US, Ger­many, Aus­tralia, the Nether­lands, Italy and China.

Those who are con­sid­er­ing in­vest­ing in a prop­erty that caters for the tourism in­dus­try need to en­sure that not only does the prop­erty fit the bill com­fort-wise, but that it is also lo­cated in the mid­dle of the ac­tion.

One such prop­erty ticks all the right boxes. A pleas­ant 2½-hour drive or a 45-minute flight from Jo­han­nes­burg to one of two airstrips makes Wel­gevon­den Pri­vate Game Re­serve in the Water­berg of Lim­popo one of the most ac­ces­si­ble big five, malar­i­afree wilder­ness re­serves in the coun­try. Prox­im­ity to the larger cen­tres in Gaut­eng has en­sured that it has be­come a pop­u­lar week­end sa­fari des­ti­na­tion.

The game re­serve

cov­ers 35 000ha and is home to the big five, as well as to a vast ar­ray of other an­i­mals, in­clud­ing gi­raffe, kudu, im­pala, wilde­beest, red har­te­beest, tsessebe, gems­bok, wa­ter­buck, wild dogs, honey bad­gers and bush pigs. It is also rich in bird life.

“Wel­gevon­den is a vast premier game sanc­tu­ary with a lim­ited num­ber of ex­clu­sive sa­fari lodges, most of which are lim­ited to only 10 guests and have been built to a strict aes­thetic code,” says Loua Boshoff, MD of Se­eff Bela Bela.

“Each lodge on Wel­gevon­den is se­cluded and built on its own free­hold por­tion of this vast re­serve. Own­ers and guests can tra­verse and have free ac­cess to the whole un­fenced sanc­tu­ary.”

Boshoff says a who’s who of pri­vate and cor­po­rate SA have lodges there, and he re­cently sold a lodge in Wel­gevon­den to a South African busi­ness­man for R17,5m.

A newly built 10-bed lodge has come on to Se­eff’s books priced at R17,95m.

“This lodge mea­sures about 2000m² and is set in its own 500ha of the re­serve. The pri­vate lodge is an ex­quis­ite five-star qual­ity bushveld hide­away, fully equipped for pri­vate, cor­po­rate or com­mer­cial pur­poses,” he says.

Boshoff says the lodge in­cludes five dou­ble lux­ury and su­perbly fur­nished chalets, each with its own el­e­gant sense of style and dé­cor, de­signed to make res­i­dents feel pam­pered and spe­cial.

Large dou­ble slid­ing doors open on to a pri­vate sun­deck where vis­i­tors can re­lax. The en­ter­tain­ment ar­eas, such as the lounge, bar and din­ing room, are sur­rounded by a wooden deck where guests can re­lax, or re­fresh them­selves in the pool.

The lodge also fea­tures a gourmet kitchen, of­fice, wine cel­lar, a boma and lapa, he says.

“This lodge of­fers the dis­cern­ing buyer a unique in­vest­ment op­por­tu­nity,” says Boshoff. “With its travers­ing rights, the prop­erty as­sures magnificent views and ex­cep­tional game view­ing and sym­bol­ises a per­fect bal­ance be­tween na­ture and mod­ern com­fort. Wel­gevon­den is an ex­cel­lent prop­erty in­vest­ment op­por­tu­nity for any­one look­ing for a pri­vate home in a premier re­serve, a share in a syn­di­cate lodge, a cor­po­rate in­vest­ment, or for those who in­tend to run a lux­ury game lodge com­mer­cially.” Price: R17,95m Con­tact: Se­eff Prop­er­ties Loua Boshoff 082 929 4261 Of­fice 014 736 6497

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