BRANDVLEI / VERNEUKPAN: Conservatively grazed Western Karoo farm with good infrastructure
This privately-owned livestock farm covers 5,544-hectares of Karoo landscape.
Due to its location, central to the quaint towns of Brandvlei, Van Wyksvlei and Kenhardt, the farm is accessible from various directions. Situated about 70 km from Brandvlei, the gravel roads leading to the farm are in a good condition for most of the time. The area is tranquil, safe, and secure.
It is also close to the world-renowned Verneukpan which is a vast, dry salt pan south of Kenhardt, between Swartkop and Diemansput in the Northern Cape, South Africa. During the rainy seasons many birds flock to the pans, when they contain water. The surface is completely flat and is approximately 57 kilometres long and 11 kilometres wide.
Verneukpan is ideal for nature lovers, photographers and the camping community in pursuit of magnificent sunsets and sunrises, wide-open spaces, blue skies, desert colours and unique beauty. Come and experience the breathtaking and captivating sight of the full moon rising over the horizon! The clear starry nights are an astronomer’s dream with unpolluted skies. On a crisp wintery evening the Milky Way will feel so close you would imagine touching it! All of this can be experienced from this farm too.
The topography consists of typical Western Karoo plains, dolerite rocky hills, ridges, valleys and flood plains [leegtes] covered with natural grasses, shrubs, bushes, and thorn trees along the dry riverine areas. Its location, together with the typography and climate, allows the production of quality agricultural products such as wool, mohair and meat.
After occasional summer rains, the two dry rivers flow, meandering through the farm while adding further value to the veldt and grazing capacity of the farm. The run-off water is stored in large earth dams. This is a dependable water source in years of good rainfall.
Average rainfall is 150-mm per annum, mostly during autumn and spring, with hot summers and dryer winters. The long-term carrying capacity norm is 1:39 LSU or 1: 923 small stock units.
The fauna and flora are typical of this type of topography and the natural vegetation makes this property perfect for livestock. Good quality grasses, Karoo scrubs and palatable ganna bush are the main natural grazing. The farm does boast naturally occurring wildlife such as the occasional roaming Kudu, Springbuck and Steenbok. The wildlife is mostly restricted to the typical arid area species. Steenbok, Bat-eared Fox, Black-backed Jackal, Wild Cat, Caracal, Porcupine, Cape Gray mongoose, Meerkat, Aardvark, Scrub hare, the Karoo Korhaan and plenty more birds, mostly LBJ`s.
The roads and tracks on the property are accessible, well-maintained, and well-drained. This is a typical Karoo-like farm with numerous 1,2 metre fenced inner-camps and 1,5 metre electrified perimeter fencing. The 3 windmills and 3 solar pumps supply water to 7 concrete reservoirs and 21 water-troughs for livestock. The inner camps are well-fenced, and 5 sheep handling facilities all in good repair, are conveniently located.
A solar system supplies electricity to the buildings and household utilities.
The main homestead is spacious and boasts 17 rooms as well as an AGA stove. Farming infrastructure consists of 2 sheds and other outbuildings.
This farm offers the best of two worlds: agriculture as well as lifestyle. It will provide a potential buyer with a dual income opportunity together with a lifestyle of tranquillity and peace offered to very few people.
The combination of size, location, topography, variety in vegetation, conservative grazing practices over the years, abundant drinking water well-spread over the entire farm, and sufficient infrastructure, make this farm suitable as an economically viable livestock production unit. This is a walk-in farming opportunity. Come and enjoy the silence.
For sale at R7,500,000.00 excluding VAT. The seller is a VAT vendor therefor no transfer duty applies if the purchaser is also a VAT vendor.