With Gauteng city dwellers continuing to seek easily accessible weekend getaway properties – particularly those with appealing leisure activities – the Vaal Dam area has the rare advantage of offering both water sports and game viewing, says Phil Medlock, area principal for Pam Golding Properties.

“This is set to be the next ‘hot’ area in which to invest. City residents are looking for a breakaway investment property without having to drive hundreds of kilometres and here they can experience bush, wildlife and waterfront activities within a two-hour drive of central Gauteng,” he says.

Pam Golding Properties are currently marketing a 200ha game farm on one of the quietest parts of the dam with over three kilometres of Vaal Dam frontage and an easy 90 minute drive from central Gauteng.

“Currently used by a syndicate as a weekend getaway, the farm is an ideal investment as it has 15 approved two hectare subdivisions, each with 100 metres of water frontage, as well as a four bedroom farmhouse manager’s residence, various outbuildings, boreholes and pumping rights for the dam. It is very unusual to find a property with such extensive dam frontage, and coupled with the fact that the subdivisions are already approved - following a rezoning process which can take anything up to four years to complete, this farm offers a very sound return on the investment of R17 million which is the asking price. The farm is fully game fenced with quality grazing and over 180 head of game, and comes fully equipped with tractor, implements etc,” says Medlock.

Another game farm on the market is situated on 200 hectares with over 300 head of different species of game and with scenic views over the dam. Run as a self-catering guest farm it can accommodate up to 26 people in various forms of accommodation ranging from bush camps to a farmhouse, as well as two converted silos. There are also mini-conferencing facilities, making this an ideal breakaway venue. Fully game fenced and with its own large dam, there is excellent game viewing via walking trails or by vehicle. Over 100 species of birds have been identified on the farm, which forms part of a conservancy.

Says Medlock: “In addition to the game a further 60 hectares has been set aside for cattle grazing. Well situated just 70km from OR Tambo Airport this well run and well maintained farm has huge potential for expansion. It is priced at R6.99 million.”

Another game farm listed by PGP is set on 780 hectares in the Frankfort district, approximately 150km from Johannesburg. Renowned as one of the best hunting farms in the Free State, this fully fenced game farm is in superb condition and run as a going concern with lodge accommodation as well as caravan/camping sites, and is popular among hunters among the winter months. With its own large dam and exceptionally scenic views this game farm is priced at R15 million.

Issued by Gaye de Villiers

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