Sometimes it’s simply being in vast space that soothes our senses. There’s a lot of that in the Karoo, and within in is a particularly special place. Not only is there space to the horizons and beyond, but there’s majestic wildlife and abundant water in this iconic Green Karoo landscape. It’s just idyllic.
Exactly midway between Oudtshoorn and Calitzdorp, deep in the moody mountains is Swartberg Private Wildlife Estate. It’s 2 000 hectares of rolling green veld under wide blue Karoo skies, with just 12 gracious homes there – each with its own dam stocked with bass and tilapia. One is now available to own, and with it your pristine and private piece of Green Karoo that’s as wild as it’s ever been.
Zebra Crossing is a re-imagined colonial farmstead that’s surrounded by 125 hectares of personal space, with traversing rights across the entire reserve. So in essence, you personally own one twelfth of the estate, where abundant wildlife roams freely. There are endangered Cape Mountain zebra and rare sable antelope plus a myriad other antelope from eland, gemsbok and kudu to waterbuck, nyala, lechwe and reedbuck. Add giraffe and wildebeest and you can enjoy spectacular, safe game watching here. The reserve is fenced for the safety of wildlife and residents, but individual properties are open to game. There is also a customised game drive vehicle at your disposal and buggies for the kids to use. This is a magical place for children to safely roam free, ride mountain bikes, go fishing, explore the nearby waterfall and ancient rock art.
Back at the stately house, it’s vastly spacious with five bedrooms and five bathrooms around a deeply atmospheric farm-style kitchen. You’ll want to cook, bake and create here, and share cosy meals together. The deep Karoo-style verandah is an all-day affair offering cool shade and calm views as far as you can see. Lie in the hammock and nap or read; wander a few steps further for a dip in the pool, all the while surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty. In winter the Swartberg is snowcapped too.
Dine on the verandah or down in the boma, surrounded by dry stone walls and open to the sky and stars – and with no neighbours or lights in sight. Since you have a private dam and jetty where wildlife comes to drink, you’ll see game wherever you are. So as evening beckons, light a fire, sip a tipple and braai some juicy Karoo lamb chops for supper. Here your worries are forgotten faster than a zebra kick. It’s absolute nirvana for nature lovers and the epitome of a wildly beautiful lifestyle.
Please see further details in the property brochure here