We are privileged to have been mandated by the owners to offer this exceptional property on their behalf.
Guest Farm and Camping has been in operation for several decades and has established a reputation for excellent hospitality.
The main farmstead has a pretty setting inside a huge garden giving rest to the soul. The main dwelling, pool-and guest areas are logically integrated into an attractive whole. house is a large with stoep and braai surrounded by generous lawns. The service buildings include workshop, farm abattoir garages and car ports and storerooms. (A list of infrastructures is given.) There are large workers houses. The garden and the pool and relaxing areas are a real haven of relaxation and the lawns, citrus- and pawpaw trees round off the picture and make the guest feel at home. The guest rooms (22) and family chalets are very well equipped with ongoing renovations.
The infrastructure is in an excellent state of repair and the pride of every owner. That applies to main farmstead and its buildings as described above, garden and fences, game fences, boundary fences, the water installations and irrigation equipment. The entire operation is geared for low maintenance with a minimum of labour.
Lodge: Total ROOMS is 22
- 2 x guide rooms
- 13 x Twin
- 1 x 4 Bed
- 1 x 5 Bed
- 1 x 3 Bed
- 2 x VIP (3 bed)
- 2 x Hunter’s chalets (4 bed each)
- 10 x Camping spots.
- 4 x Private ablutions, ladies & gents back-to-back
- 1 x large communal ablution block
- (Ladies: 4 Toilette, 3 showers and a bath.
- Gents: 4 Toilette, 4 showers and 3 Urinals)
- 3 x Store rooms (part of kitchen)
- 2 x Store rooms (part of restaurant)
- Toilette in restaurant
- Inside restaurant
- Outside restaurant
- Pool with toilets, outside shower and seating area.
- Store room at pool
- 3 x Store rooms
- Generator room
- Farm Abattoir and walk-in cool room
- Ration store.
- Workshop with lean-to
- 3 x Garages
- Small store for paint
- Small store for animal medicines and tools
- Fuel store
- Generator room
- Building for animal feed
- Managers flat attached to main building.
- Main dwelling: 3-bedroom
- Director’s dwelling 2-bedroom built of imported materials.
Agricultural equipment & Hospitality gear
- 5-hectare central pivot irrigation equipment
- 40x Sun panels feeding into Cenored by day and extracting by night.
- Tractor & trailer
- Plough & ripper
- Game viewing vehicle
- All furniture and bedding
- Spare bedding
- All Kitchen equipment, deep freezes cutlery etc.
This is excellent in every respect. The water is shallow and sweet.
The farm is located above the Cuvelai-Etoscha Aquifer, an extremely strong and copious geological formation. The water table is about 10 to 20 meter deep and the water of bottling quality. Boreholes yielding over 100m³pre hour are common.
Income steams at hand
The structural improvements are geared towards maximum utility of sources of income potential at hand. There are very few properties in the country that have six or more different income streams at their disposal. These include:
Hospitality: Tourist, birder, Hunter
The Eco tourism was until Covid the mainstream income and has excellent potential for recovery and improvement. The farm location at the cross-roads near the Etosha National Park gives it an ideal location. With its 22 guest rooms and hunters’ cottages, the Guest Farm has done extremely well with about 7000 overnight stays per annum (30% from camping and 70% from the lodge)
The 4500-hectare portion on offer has the best agricultural land and strongest water. There are over 30 pans(vleis). About ten holds water right through the year. The owner estimates that about 4000 hectares of this portion is good arable land.
- Birding augmented the tourist trade very well as birders were able to identify over 300 species of birds, among them the “Katlagter” or the black-faced babbler. THE FARM is a favorite venue for those wishing to view this bird. Karroo birding and other well-known birding fraternities were regular visitors over the years.
- Trophy hunting slotted in very well with the hospitality and the hunters got their own chalets and boma, but still being served out of the same central kitchen as the tourists. The hunters were able to draw on a wide selection of plains game and excellent trophies. Hunting lofts are located at strategic spots.
Covid forced a rethink.
The other income possibilities that had hitherto been put on the backburner in favour of tourism, suddenly gained new prominence. The reset was quick and rewarding beyond expectations. In fact, agriculture is doing so well, that economically the farm scarcely skipped a beat and remained as profitable as ever.
Covid proved to be a blessing in disguise. It forced a rethink and agriculture was tackled in earnest. Now there is a very solid second economic base. Tourist Bookings for 2022 are very good indeed. Already now, campers, FIT’s and small tour groups are keeping the hospitality sector busy.
Charcoal Production & Wood harvesting: this not only improves the grazing capacity of the rangeland; it also provides labour as well as very good income. The charcoal is sold in bags with pieces of over 25mm. It is produced only from the Mushara tree and exported to Lebanon where the flavour of the Mushara for the bubblies is held in high esteem.
There is plenty of deep soil to conduct agriculture. The farm is situated in a high-rainfall area. Traditionally maize was planted, but recently peanuts were introduced, as they need less rainfall, can withstand longer periods of drought during growth phase and need less fertilizer. This year 35 hectares were put to peanuts on a dry-land system. The yield of unshelled peanuts was 1,2 tons per hectare netting N$16,000.00 per ton. The total income of that tract was N$672,000.00. A further 65 hectares will be cleared, so that a total of 100 hectares will be put to peanuts next year with a potential income of about N$1,9million
Market gardening: There is a five-hectare overhead pivot irrigation system previously used to irrigate maize which in turn was used mainly for animal feed. This year 3,5 hectares was put to cabbage at a planting density of about 34,000 plants per hectare. The yield will be 120,000 heads of cabbage at 4,5kg each. Next year the planting will be doubled to 250,000 heads and thereafter levelling off depending on market demand at a production of 500,000 heads of cabbage per annum. There is an informal market of about two million people in Ovamboland, and Southern Angola, with an insatiable need for fresh vegetables. The next crop that has been added on an experimental basis is tomatoes. 50,000 seedlings have been raised and planted. Then onions are scheduled to follow. They fetch N$5,50/kg at the farm gate the yield is 40 tons per hectare. The yield per hectare is about N$220,000.00 and the addition of onion is a good addition for the black market.
This is very bright indeed. If the market gardening elements of cabbage, onions, tomatoes, and peanuts together with the rangeland management of wood harvesting come together as planned, there would be a potent annual turnover. This annual agricultural turnover could be expanded to over N$10 million per annum by 2024 and well beyond that afterwards. (Or equal to an excellent occupation rate of the lodge which has an annual bed-night capacity of over 17,000 bed nights.)
Topographical features, Vegetation, Grazing etc
The outstanding topographical feature is the mixed forest savannah making for a very beautiful setting and park landscape.
Much of the soil is deep red arable sand/clay soil which is water retentive and has a high vegetation carrying capacity. Other parts have a higher clay content. Here the volume of grazing is lower, but the nutritional value of the grass species higher. A unique feature of the farm are over 30 natural pans, about ten of which hold water right through the year. Two beauty spots are the “Wurzelpfanne” and the house pan. Each pan is ringed by huge leadwood trees (Combretum imberbe) these pans could be focal points for future tourist development. Wurzelpfanne would be an excellent spot for exclusive glamping and the house pan perfectly suited for Okaukuejo-style watering hole next to the existing lodge. Introducing some rhino and elephant is very doable and feasible.
The trees are plentiful, numbering several hundred thousand with evergreens dominating over thorn trees
- Kalahari Apple Tree
- Mangetti trees
- Tambotie trees
- Mountain acacia
- Some Mopane trees
- Thorn trees
- Camel thorn(Acacia erioloba)
- Umbrella thorn trees(Acacia tortillis)
- Swarthaak(Acacia mellifera)
- Sekelbos(dichrotsacis cinera)
The fodder bushes are dominated by rosyntjiebos and other valuable fodder bushes such as the wolbossie and perdebos, which are all plentiful. Collectively these shrubs are known by their local German description:” Futterbusch” Combined, the vegetation is drought resilient and responds to a minimum of rainfall. Bush is known to respond to rainfall quicker than grass. The grazing capacity is officially 1:10, meaning one large stock unit to ten hectares. That means that the grazing capacity theoretically allows for 450 head of cattle, or 2,250 small stock or a combination thereof. Mixing browsers and grazers allows for a much higher stocking rate. This is especially true for game.
The game numbers are very healthy indeed
Game- estimated numbers
- Giraffe- 60
- Kudu- 180
- Eland- 70
- Zebra- 30
- Oryx- 170
- Waterbuck- 30
- Warthog- 60
- Duiker- 40
- Steenbuck- 20
- Damara Dik Dik- 40
Total- 700 Plains animals
Predators: spotted and brown hyena, leopard, caracal, and black-backed jackal
The bird life is prolific:
Over 300 species of bird have been counted. Bird lovers visit THE FARM regularly to make counts and observe the near-endemic to THE FARM the “katlagter” or black-faced babbler
This property will have low overhead expenses, due to its accessible topography, excellent water, and existing infrastructure, which are superbly built. The farm is in the highest rainfall area in Namibia. The average rainfall is about 550-800mm per annum.
Location: East of the Lindequist Gate of the Etosha National Park and 510km north of Windhoek via Otavi and Tsumeb.
Size: 4531,0900 hectares
Ownership: Private Registered
Price: N$48,000,000.00 lock-stock-and-barrel including game and equipment as listed and commission, excluding any ancillary costs or VAT that might be attracted by this transaction.
The property is sold as a going concern.
A Certificate of Waiver is currently being applied for.
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