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Five Assegais Country Estate South Africa
Farmhouse in Mpumalanga, South Africa
Property Details of Mpumalanga Farmhouse
The Farmhouse is situated on the very lip of the African Escarpment on the summit of the Skurweberg in the Mpumalanga Drakensburg.
This is a luxury very cute fully equipped and serviced lodge sleeping 6 adults in 3 double en suit bedrooms and 4 children in 2 bunk beds in complete privacy.
The comprehensively equipped kitchen has a gas stove and microwave and comes with coffee, tea, and fresh farm milk a good collection of spices and condiments. We also offer a buying service and our ladies are happy to cook and prepare your meals.
The house and the views it commands, has been renovated and expanded into the present dwelling, with an open plan Kitchen, dinning and sitting area with a cozy fireplace. Satellite TV and video, and a comprehensive library complete this country retreat
This old stone house was originally built in the 1850’s as a rest place for the wagon trails on rout to the goldfields of Barberton, before they attempted the hazardous ‘Hells Kloof Pass’.
Local Area Details16. On site facilities
1. TROUT FISHING. 2 private dams close to the farmhouse stocked with rainbow, golden and brown trout. Rods and tackle available.
2. HORSE TRAILS. Spectacular rides for all levels of skill. All day rides with lunch around the Skurweberg and to the Brides Leap Falls
3. WALKING AND HIKING TRAILS. This 1000-hectare estate is a walker’s paradise, suitable for all levels of fitness. The unique environment of the Skurweberg features a wonderland of sculptured stone that harbors the rare grassland mountain biome, with stunted yellowwood trees and a profusion of aloe.
4. 4x4 and MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL. Take a trip down the Hells Kloof Pass and along the Komati Valley. This is a stunning drive/ride that has the lot, from river to mountaintop.
BRIDES LEAP FALLS
The Brides Leap Falls at 275 ft. is the second highest waterfall in Mpumalanga and is just one of several spectacular falls on the property. This waterfall is named in formally from a tragedy that occurred in 1950 when a police sergeant and his new bride came to this hidden wonder to have their wedding photos taken. The bride in her voluminous dress was swept over the edge by a sudden wind and her new husband distraught leapt after her.
These falls were first made famous when a painting by Bertha Everad was hung in the houses of parliament where it is to this day.
This ancient sandstone outcrop, unique to only this site, the head of the Blyde river canyon and Kaapsehoep is a wonderland of aloe and yellow wood trees that forms a mysterious and compelling natural Stonehenge with an abundance of secret places which harbor such rare species of plant such as Resurrection bush and the wonderful Streptococcus flower.
We will soon be part of a 10,000 hectare fenced conservancy but still today the mountain harbors a large selection of game including the rare Red mountain Reebok, Duiker, Leopard and others.
This hill has a long history of human adventure from bushman paintings to the Boer war.
SOCIALLY BENEFICIAL PRACTICES
The property was purchased 6 years ago and one third of the property was infested with alien species of Australian wattle and blue gum trees. The estate was derelict and abandoned with no employment available or income derived.
We have now cleared and rehabilitated over 200 hectares giving employment to 15 local people and from those training 5 to service the lodge and guests and to maintain the estate.
We have undertaken training and literacy programs for our staff as well as an on going AIDs prevention program, including establishing a regular visit by a local nurse to attend our people.
Our staff have all been helped to build their own housing in their home towns as well as establishing decent staff accommodation on site with plumbing and power.
ENVIRONMENTALLY BENEFICIAL PRACTICES
The estate is committed to nature conservation and sustainable use of the environment. Being part of the last remaining extant Highveltd grassland biome we are particularly sensitive to its preservation and restoration after many years of degradation.
We have an on going program to rid the estate of alien species in conjunction with the national ‘Working for water project’.
We are also involved in combating the effects of erosion, the restoration of the wild life to the area and to creating a conservancy with our neighbors.
All refuse is removed from site, and sewage is ecologically dealt with to avoid any pollution to the water table and the environment.
Construction of dwellings and accommodation is all situated in what were degraded sites with no fencing, exotic gardening or irrigation.
Dam construction for fishing activities has been restricted to just one of the 11 water sources on the property and has been designed and placed to avoid degradation of the water table and to increase the wet lands and we are trying to re establish water that will encourage the stocking of indigenous species of fish such as yellow fish.
We have also established nesting boxes for our vulture population and have started a program to re establish the minor species of mammals (rats and mice)and a policy of restrained burning to allow the propagation and protection of this ignored but vital part of the ecology. We have also allowed the University of Stellenbosch to survey and encourage the fecundity of the area.
PRACTICES THAT FINANCIALLY BENEFIT THE LOCAL COMMUNITY
The estate is now a viable and sustainable tourism destination creating employment both full and part time in servicing our guests, construction, and estate management.
We have been involved in the establishment of a local Police forum.
We sponsor an annual picnic and hike for the deprived children in the area in conjunction with the local school
We have a policy to employ the previously disadvantaged in the area and to train them in fields as diverse as nature conservation and mechanics as well as a literacy and health program.
Five Assegais Country Estate South Africa Property Information
|Location:||Dullstroom, Mpumalanga, South Africa|
|This Property Sleeps:||10|
|Minimum Price Per Night:||ZAR200 (Currency Converter)|
|Maximum Price Per Night:||ZAR250|
|Nearest Airport:||Nelspruit (airport code MQP).|
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|WEEKENDS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
Adults R225.oo pppn
Children R150.oo pcpn
(Stay over on Sunday night for just R500)
PLEASE NOTE WE HAVE A MINIMUM BOOKING OF R2000 FOR WEEKENDS
Adults R200.oo pppn
Children R125.oo pcpn
Property Features * Has a Pool
* Pets are allowed
* Children are allowed
Contact Information for Five Assegais Country Estate South Africa
||013 265 9263
||082 889 6757
||013 256 9190
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Farmhouse in Mpumalanga, South Africa