Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate is one of the top selling residential wildlife estates in Hoedspruit town. The estate is 700 ha in size with 490 stands of 5 000 square meter each, many of which have superb views of the Drakensberg Mountains.

Only half of the estates land surface has been developed for housing whilst the remainder is kept as undeveloped wilderness. First stands started selling in the latter half of 2005 at values between R150 000 – 250 000.

Wildlife found on the estate are giraffe, zebra, warthog, wildebeest, impala, duiker, bushbuck, waterbuck and kudu to name the bigger species. As the estate borders on to game farms on 2 sides, occasionally predators are spotted roaming on the Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate. These animal’s movements are carefully monitored through night-vision cameras along the fence line, patrols and helicopter surveillance. Predators which have been reported are leopard, wild dogs and lion.

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The developer of the estate was Hannes Wessels and the stands were mostly marketed to investors on a plot and plan basis, with 3 different floor plans to choose from. The type of properties built were either 4 sleeper, 6 sleeper or 8 sleeper lodges, focusing on the second home and holiday home market.

Location


The estate is situated to the eastern side of Hoedspruit town just off the R 40, behind the Rock Fig lifestyle centre and within walking distance to the local shopping centre and Time Square business park. To the east of the estate lies the Hoedspruit Air Force Base, to the west the town of Hoedspruit, to the North the farm Amsterdam and to the South the farm Welverdiend, both being game farms.

The Village Development


In 2014 a new housing development was launched within the Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate. The development of 2,3 ha took off well and of the 59 full title houses planned more than 30 houses have been completed.

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Layout


The estate is dissected by the seasonal Umlametsi River (a tributary of the Olifants River) which runs through the so called green belt of the Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate. The area around this river system is undeveloped and was set aside for the enjoyment of wildlife. It features 3 dams, with elevated bird hides and a number of well-marked game drive routes which are all gravel roads as well as single track cycling routes.

At the far Eastern side of the estate is a small housing section which lies separate from the rest of the estate, and has its own entrance gate off the access road to the military base. The area features a total of 25 properties and is hence referred to as “the exclusive area”.

The total of 17 km of road network within the estate is tarred and there is a speed limit of 30 km/h.

The estate has within its borders the African Dream Horse Safari stables and horse trails on the estate are permitted to members of this well run stable yard.

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Infrastructure


The estate gets its water from the Maruleng Municipality, through the Hoedspruit Airforce Base, but also possess a number of boreholes which feed into reservoirs in case of emergency situations when water supply is interrupted.

The estate has its own sewage treatment plant, which has been designed to be of sufficient capacity for the total development.

The estate relies on ESKOM for the supply of electricity and has emergency generators on site for essential services (security & access).

Communication mediums such as Wi-Fi, hand held radio and cell-phone signal by major independent service providers exists on the estate. The estate has however recently secured a contract with Telkom to supply business services via glass fibre optic cable and cabling has been laid to all properties. Services are available and fast internet is available at different subscription options.

Rules and Regulations and General Facts


Pet policy:

  • Home owners who reside permanently on the Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate are allowed to keep dogs only on the stand on which they reside.

  • No more than 2 dogs will be allowed per dwelling in occupation. Home owners should ensure that their dogs are kept within an enclosed area on the premises, that the dogs are well trained and do not become a nuisance for others living on the estate.

Building rules:

  • The footprint of any dwelling may not exceed 2 000 m2 which equates to approximately a 25m radius.

  • A maximum surface of 350 square metres on the 2 000 m2 for building may be used for gardening purposes. Only indigenous plants are to be planted.

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Holiday Rentals


As the development started out targeting the second home market, owning a holiday home was made attractive through relaxed rules about renting out your property to other holiday makers.

Short term rentals are allowed and many of the lodge-type properties are either owner run holiday homes or are being serviced by local letting agencies.

So far, no special permits or levies have been set by the Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate Home Owners Association for any commercial use of the properties.

The rezoning from residential to commercial use with the local municipality remains the obligation of the property owner and will affect the monthly rates and taxes to be paid.

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Property


The property market for real estate in the Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate has overcome some challenges in the past.

One was the fact that the initial wildlife management plan made provision for buffalo to roam on the estate which impacted on the carefree movements of residents and their children. The buffalo however were soon relocated to the benefit of the safety of the residents.

In 2012 the developer went into insolvency and numerous stands still owned in his entity were auctioned off at very low prices. This had a negative impact on property prices and buyer’s confidence and resulted in a slump for property in the resale market at the time.

Since 2013 however the estate has seen tremendous growth with a steady rise in sales prices for vacant stands and developed properties.

The estate currently has 63 vacant stands left and very few are available for resale now. Speculative builders who have been operating on the estate since inception were quick to foresee the price hike and bought up the existing stock which has resulted in a shortage of stands for resale in the market place.

Sellers are now able to achieve a return on their investment and sound management has recaptured buyer’s confidence.

Engel & Völkers has released annual sales statistics for Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate since 2013 and our market reports can be downloaded here.

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