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Operated as a year-round commercial game and hunting lodge and conference centre

An eco-friendly AA-graded bush lodge, just two hours’ drive from Johannesburg, will be auctioned by Rawson Auctions Western Cape in Rondebosch at the end of the month.

The property, 40km away from the Valpre bottling plant, is operated as a year-round commercial game and hunting lodge and conference centre, but could be used for various commercial enterprises, says Rawson Auctions Western Cape franchisee Tanya Jovanovski.

Occupying about 1000ha, it consists of seven contiguous erven with separate title deeds, which could be subdivided and sold individually. “The property is surrounded by koppies and natural vegetation that supports a diversity of game, including giraffe, eland, blesbok, waterbuck, kudu and impala.”

There are 13 dams and 10 boreholes, two equipped with electrical submersible pumps.

The lodge has eight suites with sweeping views over the plains towards the koppies. The central reception area has a large covered viewing deck and an open-plan entertainment area complete with a built-in bar with liquor licence, built-in fridges and a fully equipped kitchen.

“This is the lodge’s main entertainment hub, with comfortable armchairs and a small library, allowing guests to relax and take in the sweeping views.”

The lodge is being marketed to both local and foreign tourists who wish to experience an authentic Highveld bush breakaway in comfortable accommodation looked after by well-trained staff.

The central conference facility can seat 250 people and includes the main kitchen and catering area. “This section of the lodge can be partitioned to cater for smaller functions,” says Jovanovski. “Upstairs there are boardroom facilities for corporate breakaways.”

Jovanovski believes a new owner could take the venture to another level by extending the accommodation to unlock the property’s potential as a conference and team-building venue for international markets.

“Or it could be opened up to become a large-scale bushveld attraction for day visitors; a post-operative rehabilitation centre; or even a secure breeding site for endangered species, like rhino.”

The bush lodge may be viewed by appointment only, and will be auctioned at noon on Wednesday November 29, at the Rawson Property Group’s offices at 222 Main Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town.

The guide price is available on application, but all offers will be considered, and the current owner is willing to discuss payment terms, says Jovanovski.

No registration fee is required to bid with Rawson Auctions. However, the buyer will be required to pay a 5% deposit and 10 % commission plus VAT over and above the purchase price to Rawson Auctions on the seller’s acceptance of the offer. Bidders must have certified copies of their identity documents and proof of residence.

For more information or an appointment to view, contact Tanya Jovanovski on 0824119599 or email

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