In the heart of the Little Karoo, at the foot of the majestic Swartberg Mountain Range, lies your opportunity for exclusive use of a stunning game lodge: for sale

In the heart of the Little Karoo, at the foot of the majestic Swartberg Mountain Range, lies your opportunity for exclusive use of a stunning game lodge

Oudtshoorn, Western Cape, South Africa


17 000 000 ZAR

Agent: Cliff Jacobs - Managing Principal Estate Agent
Agent Cellphone: 0844131071
Agent Office Number: 0617166951
Agent Email Address:
Type: Game Lodge
Bedrooms: 10
Bathrooms: 7
Showers: 10
Parking: 10
Yield: Not Disclosed

With daily game drives included, guests can explore the unique and ecologically diverse environment from the comfort of the Karoo-colonial style Lodge. Within a wildlife estate, adjoining the World Heritage Site of the Swartberg Nature Reserve, the area is malaria-free and boasts an abundance and variety of wildlife.

Meticulous attention to detail, a large well equipped farm-style kitchen, large dining room, lounge, individually accessed spacious bedrooms, expansive patios and a crystal clear pool make the Lodge a wonderful retreat.

The Lodge is serviced daily by our staff. The wonderful kitchen beckons the enthusiastic cook while the outside dining area with mountain views includes a braai facility. The lapa, with open fire pit, provides a perfect location for sundowners or to enjoy a spectacular night sky away from the impact of city lights.

By prior arrangement, and subject to availability, catering may be arranged.

This is an ideal location for an extended family celebration, a getaway for a group of friends, or simply an escape to experience the wonderful surrounds.


Inspired by the flora and fauna of the region

...spacious bedrooms, all with private patios, provide the perfect retreat. Accommodation is for a maximum of 10 adults (or 12 with children sharing), in 5 bedrooms. Additional accommodation may be available by special arrangement.

Bedrooms are serviced daily and are equipped with:

  • Extra-length king beds, with luxury cotton percale bed linen
  • Ceiling fan
  • Tea / coffee making facilities
  • Personal safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Heater and electric blankets
  • Gowns
  • Toiletries

Beds can be split to twin if required, by prior arrangement.


  • Daily game drives in open game-viewing Land Rover.
  • Daily cleaning service.
  • Lounge, with well stocked reference and fiction library, TV and DSTV.
  • Spacious dining room, with bean to cup coffee machine.
  • Large, well equipped farm-style kitchen.
  • Braai patio with stunning mountain scenery.
  • Pool with sun loungers.
  • Braai patio with stunning mountain scenery. 


A rich and diverse environment.awaits you. Enjoy the full diversity of the landscape and its wildlife on a game drive.

The estate is home to nearly twenty species of large mammal, including the largest antelope of all, the Eland. Kudu, Oryx, Nyala, Wildebeest, Hartebeest, Blesbok, Springbok, Impala, Lechwe and Giraffe are easily viewed, among others. The endangered Cape Mountain Zebra is well established.

The vegetation varies from Mountain Fynbos to Succulent Karoo and Renosterveld. Protea species can be found in the higher-lying areas, while aloes dominate the landscape on the lower slopes. Most plants flower in the spring, while the protea species tend to flower in autumn, and the bright aloe flowers light up the landscape in winter.

The rich floral diversity attracts a wide variety of birdlife, from sunbirds to raptors to Blue Cranes.

Free of large predators, there is a unique opportunity for the more energetic to explore on foot and the area is ideal for mountain biking.


  • Game Viewing.
  • Walking.
  • Bring your mountain bike to enjoy the spectacular landscape.
  • Fishing - Remember your tackle.

Nearby Attractions:

  • Swartberg Pass, 18km. A masterpiece of engineering, opened in 1888, the last of 17 passes built by Thomas Bain. Is it considered one of the most spectacular mountain passes in the world. 
  • Cango Caves, 32km. Spectacular underground wonder of the Klein Karoo. 
  • Ostrich Farms, 43km. On Oudtshoorn, the "Ostrich Capital" of the world, learn more about these huge birds. 
  • Cango Wildlife Ranch, 54km. Meet crocodiles and the endangered white lions and white tigers up close 
  • Calitzdorp, 35km. The "Port Capital" of South Africa. 

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Key features


This Lodge is located on the Swartberg Private Wildlife Estate at the foot of the Swartberg Mountains, in the Little Karoo. The Lodge is 57km from Oudtshoorn, 37km from Calitzdorp, and 23km off Route 62 (named one of the world’s top ten road trips by CNN in 2017). The Estate borders the Swartberg Nature Reserve, a proclaimed World Heritage Site as part of the Cape Floristic Region. The World famous Cango Caves are a leisurely and scenic drive from the Lodge. Whilst the Lodge is on an untarred road, it is of good quality, and any standard vehicle can easily traverse the road.

Swartberg Private Wildlife Estate:

The Lodge is the only commercial property on the Estate, the others being residential. These range from permanent residences to holiday homes, and a few properties have not yet been built upon. Each property on the Estate is individually owned, with its own title deed. All properties have traversing rights over all properties. The game on the estate is owned separately by the “Animal Rights Owner”. The Estate is managed under the control of a Land Owners’ Association, with all properties subscribing to the rules of the LOA, and paying monthly levies to the Association.

The Property:

Please ask for our Appendixes 1 & 2, the first of which provides the outline of Portion 3 in relation to the other properties of the Estate, and the second of which provides an aerial view of the portion (prior to the redevelopment of the buildings into the current lodge).

Note, there is a registered servitude over the property in order to provide access to a nearby house. The actual location of the road to this house is not located on the registered servitude.

The Facilities:

The Lodge has two buildings.

The main building consists of:

  • Lounge, with library area.
  • Diningroom seating 18 persons.
  • Small bar in diningroom, seating 4 persons.
  • Large kitchen, open to scullery area and lock-able pantry.
  • Laundry / staff room, with adjoining shower and toilet.
  • Office.
  • Braai patio (seating up to 20).
  • Patio with mountain views.
  • Front patio with view of lawns (& evening animals!).


5 bedrooms - lower block:

  • Two (30 m² & 35 m²) with patios front and back, bed/s as king or twin, couch which can be used as sleeper couch for children, linked semi open plan bathroom and shower, with toilet off bathroom.
  • Two (30m²) with patios front and back, bed/s as king or twin, couch (not sleeper), linked semi open plan bathroom and shower, with toilet off bathroom.
  • One (30m²) with patio, bed/s as king or twin, couch (not sleeper), linked semi open plan bathroom and shower, with toilet off bathroom. Patio off bathroom enclosed, with two single beds, suitable for young children.

The upper building consists of:

Large patio providing access to five bedrooms:

  • Two (28m²) with private patio, bed/s as king or twin, couch which can be used as sleeper couch for children, separate bath-room with bath, shower and toilet.
  • Three (18m²) with private patio, bed/s as king or twin, separate bathroom with shower only and toilet.

Exterior Facilities:

  • Swimming pool.
  • Stone lapa (not covered) with fire pit and pizza oven, overlooking the dam.
  • Under cover parking for 10 vehicles.


  • The property is owned by Swartberg Game Lodge cc.
  • The cc is registered for purposes of VAT, Income Tax, PAYE, UIF and with the Compensation Commissioner.
  • The Lodge applied for, and finally obtained authorisation from the Oudtshoorn Municipality to run a guesthouse on the property in December 2011.
  • The property is levied rates by the Oudtshoorn Municipality on a monthly basis.
  • The sale agreement and MOI of the Swartberg Private Wildlife Estate LOA prescribes that the Lodge may operate with a maximum of 10 bedrooms. However, it allows for the construction of separate lodge management accommodation, and 5 lock up garages, subject to the approval of the LOA, which approval shall not be unreasonably withheld.
  • The sale of the property is subject to the written consent of the LOA.


  • The Lodge employs a caretaker, who also takes guests out on an open game viewing vehicle (and holds the required PDP to do this).
  • Two domestic staff are employed to clean and change over rooms between guest visits. Staff work daily from 8am to 4pm when guests are present. When there are no guests, staff work three days per week.
  • The caretaker has the use of a vehicle to transport the staff to and from the Lodge.
  • The length of service of the staff is nine years and eight years respectively.

Current Operaton:

The Lodge currently operates predominantly as a “holiday rental” property, providing exclusive use of the facility. However, arrangements are made to provide catering when required by a group, and a local caterer is available. The caterer is accommodated on site for the duration of the booking.

Included In Sale:

The Lodge is fully furnished and equipped and has an open game viewing vehicle and a Ford Ranger bakkie which is used for staff transport.

The sale includes all furniture with a few minor exceptions of a personal / sentimental nature.

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Cliff Jacobs

Managing Principal / CEO

Exquisite Hotel Consultants (Pty) Ltd

Mobile: +27 (0) 84 413 1071 / +27 (0) 61 716 6951
Landline: +27 (0) 21 554 0283
Skype: cliff.jacobs

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