PARK Village Auctions has been mandated to market a prime game lodge in the heart of the Limpopo Valley's Welgevonden reserve on Thursday November 12.
Welgevonden is a stunning private reserve comprising some 47000ha of temperate savannah bushveld well-stocked with game including the proverbial "Big Five".
Several rivers bisect the area that has been declared an international biosphere. The reserve lies four hours north of Johannesburg, or just under an hour's flying time from OR Tambo Airport.
It incorporates 61 privately owned sites of about 500ha each, owned by South Africa's leading corporates, syndicates, prominent captains of commerce as well as a number of foreign investors.
Over more than 420km of good, gravelled roads are in place and every owner has traversing rights throughout the reserve. Hunting is not permitted and access is restricted to owners and a limited number of guests, ensuring privacy and exclusivity.
The area is fully secured and owners have formed a Land Owners' Association to manage the reserve through a board of trustees responsible for maintenance, security, fire management and game control.
Welgevonden borders the Marakele National Park. An agreement has reportedly been struck whereby all fencing between the two reserves is to be removed once all the compliance issues are resolved.
This amalgamation will form a "super" reserve in excess of 120000ha which could conceivably rival the Kruger National Park.
It's within this setting that the "Martial Heights" game lodge, named after the indigenous Martial Eagle, is to be auctioned.
The opulent freehold property measures 500ha, is fully developed, enjoys unobstructed views of the surrounding countryside and the magnificent Waterberg mountains. The lodge can be used in a private or commercial capacity.
The main lodge covers some 420sqm complete with kitchen, laundry, dining and bar area, cloakrooms, a TV lounge, administration block and reception area.
A large African boma and braai area, as well as five fully fitted, furnished chalets and a manager's home and staff quarters also feature. Luxury bathrooms, Jacuzzi's and wooden decks come standard with every chalet
All driveways and walkways are paved and a garage, natural rock swimming pool, and watering hole are also on sale. A specially converted 10 passenger game viewing vehicle and other movable assets are included in the auction.
Says PVA's Bertie Saunderson: "The lodge is arguably one of the most exclusive pieces of South African real estate and will appeal to corporates, leisure groups and high net worth individuals alike.
"This is a prime investment opportunity that should not be missed given that the market currently favours buyers."
The auction takes place on site at the Wanderers Club commencing at 11am. Viewing takes place by special arrangement from Friday November 6 to Wednesday 11 November. A refundable registration fee of R50000 is payable upfront to view and bid. For further information, visit www.parkvillageauctions.co.za or call 011-759 4375/ 082-529 -138.