A true African Bush experience up for grabs

A unique property in every sense, the Mziki Private Game Lodge and Reserve recently entered the market, providing investors with a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a piece of the African bushveld.

“There are very few places on the globe that are as breathtakingly beautiful as the Mziki reserve,” says John Pechey, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Dolphin Realtors.
Says RE/MAX Dolphin Realtors sales associate Steele Slater, who is marketing this property: “This magnificent private lodge and reserve offers a true African bush experience like no other. Situated in the heart of the pristine Mun-Ya-Wana, a 23000ha, big-five game reserve, which is home to the prestige ‘&Beyonds’, Phinda and Zuka private lodges, Mziki is an architectural award winning property, designed by Jay & Nel Architects. The contemporary design of the property has been expertly executed to ensure that it seamlessly blends with its natural bush surroundings.”

He notes that the lodge is sold fully furnished and it is maintained and serviced by the Mziki share block management and their well-trained staff, making it a superb opportunity for foreign or local investors seeking a beautiful and luxurious bush retreat. Along with all the furniture, fixtures and fittings, the sale of the property includes a top of the range viewing vehicle, which is a Land Rover V8. The reserve is situated only three hours away from Durban and boasts its own private airstrip and helipad.
The reserve boasts a vast array of wildlife - leopard, lion, elephant, rhino, hippo, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, cheetah, kudu, warthog, and numerous different antelope species are some of the many game species that can be found at Mziki, not to mention the abundance of bird life. According to Slater there are no boundary fences between Phinda, Zuka and Mziki and other small neighbouring private reserves, allowing for the free movement of game and the Big Five. Access to the Mun-Ya-Wana reserve is strictly controlled and monitored by Phinda.

Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, says that demand for private game lodges has increased recently among foreign investors seeking investment opportunities in Southern Africa.  The Mziki Private Game Reserve is likely to attract a lot of attention from these kinds of investors.
“The Mziki farm and included traversing area is approximately 2500ha in size. The current owner has shares for a company called 'Snowy Owl' which will entitle the purchaser to traversing rights on the neighbouring Zuka farm adding a further 6500ha of land. While these shares were going to be sold separately as they are of great value to any of the share block owners, the current owner is willing to include the shares in the sale - provided he receives a solid offer on the property,” says Slater. 
On the market for R20 million, the lodge features five luxurious, organic inspired suites all with en-suite bathrooms, outside showers and private decks. Other features include a large lounge with gas fireplace, a large TV lounge with HD DSTV, a guest bathroom, an open-plan dining room and big entertainer’s kitchen, a scullery and service area. There is also a laundry, two store rooms, a games room or additional bedroom, numerous multi-level decks, outdoor seating areas and a lock-up garage. The lodge also includes an open outdoor boma with two large fire pans, an internal and external entrance hall and an infinity-rim-flow pool overlooking a dam.  The lodge has a backup generator, which can run the entire lodge at full capacity and a backup water supply for emergencies. Petrol, diesel and a workshop are also available at the manager’s camp on the property. It is strictly for private use, for either an individual owner or up to three shareholders. 

Slater says that while the lodge itself is currently approximately 400m2 under-roof, 500m2 if the decking and veranda area are included, plans have been approved to add a further three carports, storage rooms and an extra bedroom with an en-suite bathroom. The additions will allow for the space underneath the property to be kept as either a separate entertainment or games room or to be used as staff accommodation.  He notes that the levy on the property is around R24 000 per annum, however there is currently no habitat levy payable.
“Mziki is an ideal investment opportunity offering buyers the unique combination of a beautiful award winning property and an out-of-Africa wildlife experience – a true rare find in the African bush,” Pechey concludes.

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