Mpumalanga: Treasures in the Bushveld


Mpumalanga: Treasures in the Bushveld

by Jacques Erasmus

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Mpumalanga, a Zulu name meaning where the sun comes from, is the origin of natural beauty. Mpumalanga is divided in two sides by the Drakensberg escarpment, the western side consisting of high-altitude grasslands and the eastern side a low altitude subtropical savannah habitat. This area boasts some of the most breathtaking natural beauty that you would find anywhere in the world.

Dullstroom which is only 2 hours from Pretoria and 3 hours from Johannesburg is well known as a safe tourist destination where you can enjoy outdoor activities such as fly-fishing, endless kilometers of mountain biking and horse riding. Property in the area comprises a mixed bag, from working farms and guest farms to village properties, which is categorized as permanent residences and luxury holiday homes. These properties are also rented out over weekends and generate a good return on investment.

“Most of our properties are of a leisure or second home nature. The second home market has taken a definite knock during the recession period and sales in 2011 were very slow, says Charmane Horn, Team Leader of Engel & Völkers Dullstroom. “The recession did slow down the amount of second homes being bought but this ensures a large amount of stock as sellers are trying to free up extra cash. Average farms in the area start in the R 2 million mark for a typical weekend farm, and up to R10 million for a working farm. Village stands are in the region of R350 000 and homes average around R 1,5 million. However, this year the enquiries has increased with a rapid velocity” she concluded.

Nelspruit is around 320km east from Pretoria, and surrounded by majestic mountain ranges and with a subtropical climate. It is the ideal area for citrus fruit farming and forestry, and perfect for either investing in developments, holiday homes or anyone looking to move away from the metropolis areas to the quite bushveld suburbs of the low-veld.

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“We are currently focused on the Elawini Lifestyle Estate. What makes this estate note worthy is the fact that it is the only lifestyle estate in Nelspruit with a completed and fully functional central facility which includes a gym, 25m lap swimming pool, squash court, and stands right next to the beautiful Nelsriver, says Kobus Bosman, License Partner of Engel & Völkers Nelspruit. “Full title stands with an average size of 800m², are selling from R410 000 and building packages with a private stand (fenced off with a brick perimeter wall) start at R 1,2 million.  A 3 bedroomed, 2 bathroomed sectional title duplex with 2 carports start from R845 000 and single storey 3 bedroomed, 2 bathroomed sectional title units with a double garage are going for R 1,045 million. Building contracts depending on structure and finishes are around R6000 per m² (excluding the stand)”, Kobus added.

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Mpumalanga is truly a province with hidden treasures around every corner. It is home to lush green vegetation, some astonishing mountain ranges and is an investor’s paradise. Looking at all these outstanding features this province has to offer, this is surely a reason to invest in the area whether it’s a permanent home or just a home away from home.

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