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27 192 ha prime Kalahari! P120m. Ghanzi, Botswana. Game lodge, houses and functional buildings. 22 192 ha game ranch on freehold, game included (fully stocked). 9 000 ha cattle ranch (cattle not included) on 40 years leasehould. Abundant water. Gamefarm: 1143

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Bosveld is wildwÍreld / Game farming is nature conservation

Wildplaas / Gamefarm : 1143

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This property is a rare opportunity to acquire a large, fully developed, consolidated, ranch in Botswana. The ranch is currently configured as two operations. First a fully developed, cattle operation with holistic management infrastructure in place, probably the only one of its kind in Botswana. Secondly a hunting safari destination with large healthy populations of all the Kalahari species. It has a luxurious safari lodge, hunting hides, rifle range, cool room, developed water infrastructure, an established reputation for premium trophy hunting and much more.

The company that operates on and owns 27 192 ha of land in western Botswana approximately 26 km from the town of Ghanzi. The property comprises 5 farms, 4 of which are freehold in total 18 192 ha and 1 leasehold, 9 000 ha, leased from the Government with approx. 40 years to run on the lease. All 5 are contiguous. The majority of the farms are on the Ghanzi limestone ridge and have plentiful, shallow, sweet and reliable water. The property is externally fenced with a 17-strand 2.4 metre game fence in accordance with legislation, total length approx.

The cattle on this farm have been liquidated as part of this sale process. The land is currently leased out to a local rancher. The lease is subject to a 120 day break clause. The property was previously in the process of development as an eco wildlife estate. Approved documentation is available. The property has been developed extensively in the last 6 years and is now one of the best-developed extensive ranches in Botswana. The company is for sale, inclusive of all assets.

The property comprises of 5 farms: Freehold 4 433 ha, Freehold 4 280 ha, Freehold 5 199 ha, Portion 1 of Freehold 4 280 ha, Leasehold 9 000 ha, giving a total of 27 192 ha. These farms are contiguous. The external perimeter is fenced with a 17 strand 2.4 m high game fence approx. 110 kms in extent. There are 6 residences on the farms including a well-developed HQ complex with store, cool room, workshop and stables, HQ power is solar. The water development is extensive and comprises solar, windmills and submersible systems. The road and firebreak network is extensive and well maintained. The farms have been chemically de-bushed to counteract bush encroachment, which is endemic in the freehold Ghanzi farm block as it is on farms and commonage generally throughout Botswana. At this stage approx. 15 000 ha or approximately half of the total area, have been treated.

The Safari business operated on 18 192 ha. The external boundary of the farms is game fenced; there are no internal fences. It was primarily safari hunting. Photographic / eco clients were accommodated out of the hunting season generally October through to April. Further income is was derived from meat and live animal sales. The lodge can accommodate 8 people (4 x doubles) in luxury and is rated as 3* by the Botswana Tourism Authority. It comprises 4 accommodation units, these are constructed using traditional safari materials i.e. canvas and thatch, all are main-en-suite and each unit is positioned to ensure individual privacy. There is a large thatched dining room / lounge which overlooks a calcrete pan, a boma where evening meals are usually taken alfresco. Close to the accommodation but far enough away to minimise disturbance is a skinning shed and trophy store. The usual and necessary service rooms such as kitchen, pantry and stores and staff accommodations are all in place. The lodge is serviced by a solar powered borehole and is backed up by a Lister / Mono powered borehole for overcast days or when more water required. The trophy safari clientele were predominantly from USA but some clients from Europe, Australia and Southern Africa. Our so called ďbiltongĒ hunters are generally from Botswana and South Africa.

There is a comprehensive series of waterholes throughout the game farm. These are mostly Grundfos solar powered. There are five bow-hides developed with the help of American outfitters and to their specifications. There are three elevated hides overlooking waterholes. In the 2013 hunting season the company turned over in excess of P4m from hunting and meat as itís a US$ based business, turnover increases in BWP terms due to the general decline of exchange rate.

This information is indicative game numbers would be counted and valued accurately in the event of a sale it is based on a comprehensive count performed by Kalahari Game Services in June 2013: Giraffe 30, Waterbuck 270, Eland 500, Hartebeest 40, Gemsbok 600, Impala 250, Kudu 900, Ostrich 60, Springbok 50, Bluewildebeest 700, Blackwildebeest (White tailed gnu) 50, Zebra 200. Warthog; Steenbok; Duiker: Aardvark; Bat eared fox; Lynx; African wildcat: Honey badger; Leopard; Cheetah; Brown hyena; Pangolin; Spotted hyena; Lion transient occasionally; Elephant transient occasionally. Probably in excess of 100 different bird species, some of the more interesting: Kori Bustard; Martial eagle; Bateleur eagle; Secretary bird; Lappet faced vulture; Black cuckoo and many more. Since weíve provided permanent surface water we see water birds, such as white faced ducks, various storks and even a few resident fish eagles. In addition there are numerous warthog, duiker, steenbok, jackal etc. plus a healthy population of cheetah and leopard and other predators. The farm holds ideal habitat for white rhino and our population was 19+ before the shareholders took them off, because of potentially attracting unwanted attention of poachers, although no incident had occurred.

The cattle ranch is a 9 000 ha sand veld farm. The external perimeter of this farm is game fenced as previously detailed. The side of the farm that adjoins portion 1 is also game fenced to the same standard. We used holistic veld management techniques which, although infrastructure intensive, enabled stocking rates to be increased. The Ghanzi average stocking rate is approximately 1 LSU / 12-15 Ha, through our holistic rangeland management we doubled the carrying capacity. As the system develops and the grasses respond we anticipate the stocking rates to increase to as much as double normal carrying capacities in the area or better. There are two boreholes on this farm around 360 meters deep. They deliver approx. 12 m≥ / hour to central reservoir capacity of 600 000 litres or approx. 1 weeks buffer when fully stocked. Both boreholes are equipped with a Lister generator driving a Grundfos submersible pump housed in an engine room. Water is pumped from the central reservoir system to the reservoirs in each quarter by means of a 6 HP Lister engine driving a Lister push pump, into a 100 000 litter storage reservoir. This in turn gravity feeds, the drinking troughs via high pressure float valves. All water reticulation is through 6 bar 75 mm HDP pipes. There is a central hub on the farm that has loading facilities, holding kraals and water. This hub is connected to the quarter hubs by means of a cattle walkway enabling easy, stress free movement to and fro. The infrastructure on the cattle farm was developed to enable holistic range management to be adopted. Holistic range management entails creating short sharp heavy grazing pressure on relatively small areas with subsequent relatively long rest / recovery periods for optimum grass species regeneration, selection and diversity. This is especially relevant in low rainfall semi-desert conditions where veld management is paramount. To enable the holistic management has entailed development of a comprehensive network of paddocks, handling facilities and water reticulation. The farm has been divided into four equal sectors of approx. 2 200 Ha each. Each sector has a central hub, this contains a 100 000 litre reservoir which feeds 6 high pressure water troughs & cattle handling facilities including a crush and neck clamp Ė the cattle are required to transit the crush each time they enter and leave thus creating familiarity and reducing stress when the need arises to handle the cattle. Each sector is further divided into four quarters with traditional five-strand fencing. Each quarter is then sub-divided again into three paddocks using electric fencing. Thus there are 12 paddocks / sector of approx. 175 ha. thus overall on the farm there are 48 grazing paddocks. The operation is that the cattle come to drink; when ready to exit they are directed to the required grazing paddock by the simple opening and closing of access gates. Typically one 175 ha paddock is grazed for 3 days by 800 head which return rotationally for a further 3 days until grazing reaches desired depletion. This will suffice as a stocking rate reference which is usually season dependant in most cases. The system requires low labour resources, typically once the cattle know the system one man can manage the daily grazing movements. The system is repetitive with low stress on the animals. Movement from quarter to quarter is done by a system of walkways to and from the central hub. Again this is designed to minimise labour intensity and again can typically be carried out by one man and is low stress to the cattle. Cattle are loaded out of the farm from the central hub which has a comprehensive lairage and loading ramps. Cattle are walked to the loading facilities through the walkways. The appropriate diagram clarifies the grazing system, see diagram: Red line - External game fence; Magenta Line - 5 Strand conventional cattle fence; Grey Line - Corridor 5m wide, 5 strand cattle fence either side; Dotted Line - Electric fence.


The cattle industry in Botswana has been challenging for the last few years. There is a project to construct a cattle abattoir in Ghanzi. This project is well advanced and will be a joint project between local commercial farmers, financiers / investors from RSA and the Ghanzi District Council. Finance, management and infrastructure have been organised and approved, the project is awaiting assent from central Government, which we believe is imminent. Construction and commission of the abattoir will transform the cattle industry in Ghanzi District.

There are 6 management houses on the property.

HQ on portion 1. This is the main management hub and consists of a large managers house, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 lounges, kitchen, scullery, pantry. Large covered stoop with swimming pool. A private guest cottage attached to the main house. A 3 bedroomed, 2 bath roomed managers house. Stables for 10 horses. Large workshop. Large storage warehouse. Cold room. Meat processing rooms. Developed vegetable garden. This complex is solar powered with 24 x 2.4 Kw panels on sun tracker system with 48 2v glass battery cells and 3 phase MLT drives invertor there is a backup Deutz 16 kVa diesel generator. There are two equipped boreholes supplying the HQ complex and one unequipped backup borehole.

General Manager House. This consists of 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 lounges, kitchen, scullery, pantry and guest room / office. Large covered stoop with swimming pool. Well-developed garden, which includes a large dam. There are various out buildings including laundry, stores etc. The house is solar powered with a backup 16 kVa generator. There is a strong borehole with a Lister and Mono and tank stand.

Managers house. This has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, large kitchen with pantry, walk in wardrobe, large lounge and a covered veranda. The house is positioned to ensure privacy to both the occupants and the owners.

All three houses at the HQ use the solar generated power and main water reticulation.

Game Managers house. This consists of a 3 bedroomed, 2 bath roomed, lounge, kitchen, pantry, study, covered stoop and outbuildings and carport.
This house is solar powered. It is close, around 400 meters from GM house and from where it receives water.

This is a 3 bedroomed traditional farm managerís house. It has a strong borehole, header tank that is driven by a solar powered pump.
 

Water. The farms are on the Ghanzi ridge and thus water is shallow and plentiful throughout. There are 19 boreholes currently in use throughout the farms. They are on average 40m depth with water at 15m. The water is sweet and potable. There are 3 boreholes equipped with Lister engines and mono pumps, 5 windmills, 9 solar powered and two in the sand veld equipped with diesel generators and submersibles. There are a further 13 proven boreholes drilled and capped. These were drilled as part of a scheme to divide the property into an eco lodge leisure development that was subsequently abandoned. There is a pipeline from HQ going north into the sandveld which supplies a further 3 game drinking points. GPS cords and a description of each water point are listed in the appendix.

Roads and firebreaks. There is a comprehensive well-maintained road and firebreak network throughout the farms.

Cattle infrastructure. The farm has been comprehensively developed into a state of the art cattle unit. There are over 75 kms of 5 strand cattle fences, 4 central Kraal complexes and a central loading facility. There are 6 reservoirs with a total capacity of 1 million litres of water and associated water reticulation through HDPvC 75mm piping. There are two boreholes equipped with generators and submersible pumps. The farm has been chemically de-bushed where necessary. The grazing on the farm is in excellent condition and is recognised as ideal for cattle.

Eco Concept. The owners in 2004 had an idea / concept to create an exclusive, pristine, eco wildlife reserve in the Kalahari and to make this available to investors by means of the purchase of an exclusive plot on which they could build a personal lodge. The investor was offered traversing rights over the whole property, shared ownership of the game population and participation in the management company. The investor would pay a management levy and for other discretionary services as utilised. The management company, with the investorís participation, could decide on further investment to finance say a breeding programme for rare species or other such projects. It was envisaged that we would upgrade the existing safari lodge to provide a central facility for investors comprising a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, accommodation units and other amenities and to make this available as a safari lodge on a commercial tourist basis. The investors would participate in the profits of the lodge through the management company. We identified and surveyed over 100 potential plots of 30m x 30m in 11 clusters. The plots were located taking into account the local topography, eco system and privacy. We drilled 12 boreholes to give each plot access to water. The concept was well on the way to reality in 2006. We had over twenty investors who had paid deposits and in some cases paid in full. We have the following documentation: Ministerial approval; Environmental Affairs approval; Town and Country Planning Board approval; Ghanzi District Council Approval; Approved Environmental Impact Assessment; Approved Archaeological Impact Assessment; Surveyed site identification for 73 plots; Coordinates of 12 boreholes which were drilled for the 73 plots; We had the following prepared by our attorney: Lease agreements for the 5 farms between the farm owners and the company; Sale / Lease agreements for the investors; User agreements for the leaseholders; Architectural guidelines. White rhino were successfully introduced. The objective of the owners was to monetise their capital asset whilst retaining part ownership, their lifestyle and to benefit, exploit and enjoy the ongoing commercial opportunities. A rough financial analysis: 100 plots sold average price P2m; Development cost P4m; Marketing cost 20% of sale price, we agreed a commission of 20%,with the sales agent who was to bear all costs of sale; The owners invested more than P2m in the above. The scheme was terminated in 2006 for personal reasons. There could be an opportunity to resuscitate this scheme. The above information and documentation would be made available as part of the sale.

Rainfall long term average: 440 mm p.a. Ghanzi is on the Ghanzi ridge, which is a limestone geological feature, which stretches from Kuke in the NE through to Mamuno in the SW. Itís roughly around 400 km long and 75 kms wide. Ground water is plentiful and abundant and readily available on the ridge. This is the reason that the Ghanzi farms are where they are, the old trekkers were aware of the ground water availability. No one is sure where the water comes from and how it is replenished, credible theories are from the Okavango or from rainfall, all I can say is that in the 100+  years that groundwater has been utilised here itís never run dry Ė maybe tempting fate, so say no more! All our freehold farms are on the ridge and potable water is abundant. The water is ďhardĒ due to the limestone aquifer. Wells are typically 40m deep with standing water at 15m. Grazing is sweet veld. All animals thrive. We are surprised how well rhino, giraffe and waterbuck amongst all the other more obvious species thrive. Carrying capacity: local Ghanzi gossip would be the general carrying capacity as 1 LSU to 14 hectares this for extensive poorly managed farms. Our cattle farm with highly developed holistic management infrastructure would be 1 LSU to 5 hectares and improving. The game farms are difficult to quantify with the wide spectrum of grazers / browsers.

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