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Sales of new wildlife estate begin well


Sales of the first R40m phase of a Garden Route wildlife estate have begun in earnest



Evening Star Developments marketing director Morne de Beer said yesterday the Knysna Mara estate, next to the Simola development on the Old Cape Road, comprised 33 stands on 33 hectares of “pristine mountain terrain”.

De Beer said the buyers of the plots – which are selling at an average of R1,9-million with the most expensive at around R2,5-million– would be governed by “meticulous architectural guidelines”.

“Also, an expert environmental management plan ensures that residents and wildlife live in harmony without the intrusion of fencing which hampers the flow of life,” said De Beer.

“Zebra, springbok, red hartebeest, together with other antelope and smaller indigenous wildlife and rich birdlife also thrive on the estate, which offers two drinking holes with secluded viewing points for residents.”

But side by side with the game, the estate will also offer a pioneering “fibre optic infrastructure” providing 24-hour internet access, e-mail and a dedicated estate website.

The cost of the first phase would be around R40-million, with further development to follow. Sales had already started to coincide with the large number of Garden Route visitors during the holiday season. Services would be completed by June, and building of houses would start once transfer of individual plots had taken place.

An environmental impact assessment has been carried out and “approvals are in place”.

De Beer said the municipality had given full approval for water and electricity usage. “Keeping the indigenous flora and planting water-wise will also ensure that the estate keeps water usage to an economical level.

De Beer said buyers were expected to be local, national and international and the development was already “attracting serious interest”.

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