Instead of going on a once-in-a-lifetime safari in South Africa, there’s now the opportunity to experience one on your own property. Costs? A whopping $36 million.
Linked as a “rare opportunity”, a private reserve in Karoo in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, a reserve spanning more than 41,260 hectares, has hit the market for that amount.
Also known as Magic Hills, the site is home to the world’s most endangered species, according to the list. Also known as the iSanti Big-5 Reserve, the animals on land include lions, leopards, rhinoceroses, elephants, giraffes, and the African buffalo.
The world’s largest living black rhinoceros is one of the animals in the reserve.
“Magic Hills is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced, which is saying a lot as a travel writer. The silence, the views, the sheer amount of space – and the stars, oh the stars! There is definitely a different energy at play here… something supernatural,” said Lynette Botha, International Travel Editor at LookBook Studio. “Besides the natural beauty, the luxury lodges make falling in love with the place inevitable.”
Expansive horizons, vistas and plains frame the landscape and is near Addo Elephant Park, notes of which can be included with the sale.
Magic Hills’ private collection consists of three lodges and one camp for a “deeply rejuvenating safari experience,” the list says.
In a lodge known as Sky Villa, seven suites are laid out on top of the reserve’s highest mountains. “It’s not uncommon to wake up in the clouds,” the list adds.
A second lodge, known as the ILanga Manor House, features 10 suites in Cape Dutch architecture.
The third lodge, called “Elsa’s Farmhouse”, is a traditional four bedroom house that has been restored and is solar powered.
KaKhulu Karoo, the camp, offers seven suites.
In total, the combined homes in the reserve have 28 bedrooms and 28 bathrooms.
Despite its vastness, the property is a private charter 30 minutes to the ocean and 90 minutes to Cape Town. In addition, there are three national parks within a two-hour drive, including the Valley of Desolation.
Kim Cooper of Sotheby’s International Realty is holding the listing.