Limpopo: The unsurpassable beauty of Flora and Fauna


Limpopo: The unsurpassable beauty of Flora and Fauna

By Jacques Erasmus

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Limpopo is South Africa’s northern most province and borders on Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Botswana, making it the ideal entrance to Africa. The province is named after the great Limpopo river flowing along its northern border. It is rich in wildlife, spectacular scenery as well as a wealth of historical and cultural treasures.

Limpopo celebrates a rich cultural heritage and at the many archaeological sites the mysteries of the past are continuously being discovered.  Historians revealed that the first black Africans moved across the great Limpopo before 300 AD. The Voortrekkers arrived in Limpopo in the early 19th century and numerous battles took place between the indigenous African people and the Voortrekkers. During the apartheid regime, portions of the land in Limpopo were divided up into what became known as ‘homeland’ areas.

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One of the areas in Limpopo that boasts some of the most spectacular real estate in the country, is Hoedspruit. According to Ryan Forder, Director of Engel & Völkers Hoedspruit, the town is extremely diverse and universal. The primary economic stimulus for the area is the air force base in conjunction with the surrounding private game reserves, lodges and agricultural farming. “The wonderful lifestyle and local climate is, however, a huge attraction to retirees, as well as people seeking leisure activities. As technology continues to advance internationally, people are beginning to realise that business is physically possible from remote bases and areas other than cities. We have, therefore, noticed an increase of professionals moving out of the cities to Hoedspruit for the lifestyle benefits and local schooling environment that it offers. Interestingly enough, we have also recently noticed an influx of European investors into the area,” Ryan added.

Hoedspruit’s real estate market mainly consists of game farms and lodges because development has slowed down and residential houses sales are mostly re-sales from existing developments.  Ryan Forder also mentioned that residential houses are currently selling from around R850 000, up to R2 million, where as a private lodge in a big game area will cost around R10 million upwards.

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Another attractive area in the Limpopo province is Naboomspruit which is only an hour and a half by car from Pretoria, and is ideally situated in the Malaria-free area of Limpopo. Die Oog was historically one of the first hot spring resorts developed at a natural hot water spring in the Waterberg, and offers a relaxing Bushveld holiday experience.

The Engel & Völkers Projects division has been involved in the marketing of Die Oog holiday and retirement village for many years and offers clients the opportunity to invest in their future with some exclusive offers. “Die Oog offers an opportunity for buyers to own part of the beauty of the bushveld. Property prices begin at around R678 000 for an entry level home up to

R1,2 million. The retirement village also offers all the essential medical care required,” says Blaar Coetzee, CEO of Engel & Völkers Projects.

The Limpopo province indeed offers something unique that no other province in South Africa offers. This is the main reason for the high level of interest. The warm climate and the bushveld ambience allow you to feel as if you are on a permanent holiday, therefore why not invest in your own piece of the bushveld.

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