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Jongensgat private nature reserve of 140 hectares between Stilbaai and Jongensfontein on offer at R38.5m

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Jongensgat private nature reserve of 140 hectares between Stilbaai and Jongensfontein on offer at R38.5m


An exceptional property now on offer with Elsabé Franken of Seeff Stilbaai & Jongensfontein is Jongensgat Private Nature Reserve, 140 hectares of coastal thicket and fynbos with 900 m of rocky coastline on the south coast of the Western Cape. Situated between Stilbaai and Jongensfontein, over 100 different species of veld flowers have been identified on the reserve, which is registered for sale in a CC and priced at R38.5m.



Says Franken: “The property is currently being run as a B&B and private residence to the owners. Accommodation is provided in two self-catering chalets as well as bed and breakfast facilities in the main guesthouse. The chalets are situated on the water’s edge in exclusive and private surroundings, and the guesthouse is in the centre of the reserve. These provide an excellent point to set off for exploratory walks in the inter-tidal zone. Sea life in the inter-tidal zone is still undisturbed and provides interesting opportunities at low tide to observe sea life. Lovely secluded and safe rock pools provide for a refreshing dip after your walk.”

Access to the property is through a private entrance with a 1 km tarred road to the main house, and the reserve is situated on the South African whale watching route and whales can be spotted from your deck chair on the stoep of the self-catering cottages. Whale-spotting season is every year from July to November. Middens (shell dumps) created by nomadic tribes living of the sea about 2000 years ago have been found on the property.

Access to the property is by a Mircom System security gate. The telephone and electricity lines are all underground so don’t impact on the character of the surroundings. The main house accommodation includes the following: three bedrooms, all en suite (main bedroom also with jacuzzi), separate kitchen, laundry and scullery, lounge, dining room, conservatory with beautiful plants, staff accommodation, work room, and five garages. Most of the rooms have underfloor heating. Water comes from a fountain on the farm – providing water to the main house as well as to the two chalets on the waterfront. The two chalets consist of five bedrooms and three bathrooms in total, with kitchens open plan to lounge and dining area.

Many medium-sized mammals are present in and among the fynbos, while the local bird population allows fascinating watching. The shy nocturnal Grysbok and Duiker are endemic to the region, where it lives in the thicket, and the gracious Bosbok is also found on this reserve. Other animals found in the fynbos include the porcupine, the honey badger, genet and mongoose species. A far more common sight is the rock dassie, sunning itself on an exposed rock or boulder. Other smaller mammals that are fairly well represented are moles, mole rats and striped mice. The ‘ploegskaar’ and Common Padloper tortoise are very common throughout the year.

Says Franken: “Jongensgat offers the ultimate getaway, far from the maddening crowds, for a couple of owners who wish to share. It would also be a wonderful site for a health spa, or a superior guest house (the property currently has four stars from the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa). It is a property for someone who really has everything and is looking for space and privacy. In years to come, with the luxury of space becoming less and less available, Jongensgat with its unspoilt coastline and nature will be even more precious. The neighbours to Jongensgat will also never be allowed to be developed.”

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