Lure of coastal game

Game farm gems on the Cape West Coast of­fer at­trac­tive tourism real es­tate op­por­tu­ni­ties, writes Michelle Swart

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THE Cape West Coast, which stretches from Cape Town as far as the bor­der with the North­ern Cape at Touws River, is still rel­a­tively undis­cov­ered, with miles of un­spoilt beaches, moun­tain ranges and rich geo­graph­i­cal di­ver­sity, not to men­tion its dis­play of wild flow­ers in spring.

How­ever, the area is start­ing to grow into its role as a ma­jor hol­i­day route out of Cape Town along Route 27. All along this stretch of coast­line is a se­ries of quaint his­toric towns and fish­ing vil­lages with names like Lam­bert’s Bay, Pater­nos­ter, Sal­danha and Langebaan. Route 27 is a seafood mecca and a num­ber of open-air beach restau­rants of­fer un­sur­passed seafood fresh from the sea, cooked on open fires.

While the Cape is lesser known for game-farm prop­er­ties than the coun­try’s north­ern prov­inces, there are a few gems on the mar­ket, ac­cord­ing to Hein­rich Koorts, Se­eff Langebaan Agri­cul­tural and Com­mer­cial MD.

One such prop­erty, he says, is Thali-Thali, a 1 460ha Cape West Coast game and fyn­bos re­serve sit­u­ated just off the R27 near Langebaan on the bor­der of the West Coast National Park.

Koorts says that the unique com­bi­na­tion of strand­veld, fyn­bos, bush and beach, dif­fer­en­ti­ate the game farms in the Cape from those of the bushveld.

A game farm here pro­vides a unique op­por­tu­nity for in­vestors to own a piece of the Cape’s nat­u­ral her­itage, while gain­ing good fi­nan­cial re­turns by cash­ing in on the grow­ing in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor.

As with all prop­erty pur­chases, lo­ca­tion is im­por­tant in de­ter­min­ing the price and value he says. Thali-Thali was re­cently val­ued by Roode Val­u­a­tions at R25m.

Thali-Thali was an old cat­tle farm when it was bought two years ago pri­mar­ily for its lo­ca­tion. Af­ter re­lo­cat­ing more than 250 mam­mals, it is now home to game such as kudu, oryx, gi­raffe, eland, ze­bra, spring­bok, black wilde­beest and duiker and a va­ri­ety of bird species. The re­serve falls within the south­ern mi­gra­tory path for birds from the north­ern hemi­sphere and is close to bird ar­eas such Sal­danha and Dassen Is­land and the Lower Berg River Wet­lands.

“The re­serve con­tains an ex­ten­sive and im­por­tant area of the Sal­danha Flats strand­veld that con­sists of grasses, shrub land, trees and plants. Although largely flat, the prop­erty does con­tain low hills and small val­leys that lend di­ver­sity to the land­scape.

“The prop­erty is unique in its rem­i­nis­cence of a bushveld lodge with tented ac­com­mo­da­tion lo­cated on the West Coast,” says Koorts. The lodge in­cludes lux­u­ri­ously fur­nished West Coast­style chalet and tented ac­com­mo­da­tion for up to 20 guests sit­u­ated around an open-air lapa and bar area. The units are fully equipped, in­clud­ing satel­lite tele­vi­sion, braai fa­cil­i­ties and ter­races that over­look the land­scape. Game view­ing ve­hi­cles in­clude a cus­tomised open Land Rover and game trailer with ca­pac­ity for six guests, as well as quad bikes.

Fa­cil­i­ties in­clude a 3D bow hunt­ing track, a swim­ming pool and a mar­quee tent for func­tions. The prop­erty is en­closed by gal­vanised fenc­ing. The farm holds a Cape Na­ture li­cence and all an­i­mals are reg­is­tered. There is also a restau­rant on the prop­erty with a liquor li­cence. The prop­erty of­fers fur­ther de­vel­op­ment po­ten­tial, in­clud­ing the ad­di­tion of five more chalets and two houses.

“South African game farms are rated as some of the finest in the world,” says Koorts. “These farms are pop­u­lar with in­ter­na­tional in­vestors from Europe, as well as with lo­cal in­vestors.”

Op­er­at­ing a game farm and lodge can be very re­ward­ing, says Koorts, es­pe­cially along the Cape West Coast, given the area’s pop­u­lar­ity with in­ter­na­tional tourists and lo­cal hol­i­day­mak­ers. Con­tact: Se­eff Prop­er­ties Hein­rich Koorts 082 440 2000 Of­fice: 022 772 1866

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