Location: The farm sits on the south western side of the foothills of Cockscomb Peak which forms part of the Groot Winterhoek mountain range i.e. west of Uitenhage. The property is easily accessed via the Elandsrivier gravel road and then also the Grootrivier Pass gravel road which requires a vehicle with good ground clearance (bakkie etc).
Size: Made up of 1 title, the property is approximately 639 hectares in extent.
Description: This property falls in an area which is perhaps one of the last few stretches of pristine Eastern Cape wilderness outside of the Baviaanskloof. Despite its relative close proximity to the urban centres of Uitenhage and Port Elizabeth, it remains secluded due to the towering Groot Winterhoek Mountains and surrounding foothills. This farm shares a common boundary with the Baviaanskloof Mega Reserve. The surrounding topography is as dramatic as it comes, with a series of deep drainage lines with streams and cliff faces interspersed with elevated ridges and flat well grassed plateaus. This farm has lots of surface water for the game animals to drink from as is evident in the high number of Mountain Reedbuck that are regularly seen on the farm and it is a commonly known fact that Mt Reedbuck thrive on an abundance of water.
Veld types: This farm is ecologically diverse consisting mainly of the grassy fynbos biome associated with the sour, elevated soils on the ridges, and then small pockets of subtropical thicket biome in the lower lying valleys, and lastly the grassland biome occurs on the foothills and valley floors.
Grass species found are predominately those associated with the sour fynbos biome and are dominated by the aristida species, a healthy covering of Themeda, intermittent stands of hetrapogon and merxmuella.
Plant species found include: Fynbos biome - various proteas (e.g. Broad-leaf sugarbush and pincushions), ericas and restioids. Indigenous cycads (mainly Encephalartos longifolius) - survivors from an ancient era. This in itself is testament to the very remoteness of this property.
Rainfall: A transition summer/winter rainfall area with an annual average of +- 600 mm.
Improvements: There is fair access as one only travels a relatively short distance off the main gravel road to reach the bulk of the farm. Note: the Grootrivier Pass road passes through a small portion of the 639ha farm and while very seldom travelled it is open to the public and is used mostly by folk on adventure bikes or 4X4 enthusiasts. The farm is more than large enough to still afford lots of privacy and the area is very safe and secure. The stock fencing is mostly in a fair condition.
Wildlife species: Includes: Kudu (transient), Bushbuck, Mt. Reedbuck, Klipspringer, Grysbok, Bush Pig, Cape Mountain Leopard as well as other smaller mammals.
Bird species of special interest include Cape rock-jumper, Orange-breasted Sunbird, as well as Black and Martial Eagle and various other birds of prey.
Conclusion: True wilderness in Africa is becoming an increasingly rare commodity and here we have a wilderness area within a 100 km distance of Port Elizabeth. The property offers absolute solitude, unparalleled privacy and all of this at an affordable price.