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South African reserve with endangered species lists for $36M

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Instead of going on a once-in-a-lifetime safari in South Africa, there’s now an opportunity to experience one on your own property. The cost? A colossal 36 million.

Pegged as a “rare opportunity,” a private reserve in Karoo in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, one that spans over 41,260 acres, has hit the market for that sum.

The grounds, otherwise known as Magic Hills, are home to the world’s most endangered wildlife species, the listing notes. Also known as the iSanti Big-5 reserve, the animals on the land include lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, giraffes and the African buffalo.

The world’s largest living black rhino is among the animals on the reserve.

“Magic Hills is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced, which, as a travel writer is saying a lot. 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 luxurious lodges make falling in love with the place inevitable.”

The listing has 28 bedrooms and 28 bathrooms spread across four lodges.
The Sky Lodge is made up of seven suites and sits atop the highest mountain of the reserve.
The Sky Lodge is made up of seven suites and sits atop the highest mountain of the reserve.
Interior view of the lounge in the Sky Lodge.
Interior view of the lounge in the Sky Lodge.
The private game reserve stretches over 40,000 acres and has four lodges: the Sky Villa, the ILanga Manor House, Elsa's Farmhouse, and the iSanti Tented camp.
The private game reserve stretches over 40,000 acres and has four lodges: the Sky Villa, the ILanga Manor House, Elsa’s Farmhouse, and the iSanti Tented camp.
Free-roaming animals like leopards, elephants, and rhinos live on the property.
Free-roaming animals like leopards, elephants and rhinos live on the property.
The reserve is one of the most expensive properties currently listed in South Africa
The reserve is one of the most expensive properties currently listed in South Africa.
The compound is also an animal sanctuary.
The compound is also an animal sanctuary.
Designed in traditional Cape Dutch architecture, the ILanga Manor House includes a pool surrounded by greenery.
Designed in traditional Cape Dutch architecture, the ILanga Manor House includes a pool surrounded by greenery.
The current owners of the reserve have spent more than 10 years acquiring and restoring the land.
The current owners of the reserve have spent more than 10 years acquiring and restoring the land.
The reserve is fully protected with Game Fencing, and there is a team of highly experienced conservationists who manage the reserve.
Residents can go on a night drive in the reserve, under the supervision of the reserve’s rangers.
According to the listing, iSanti is home to the world's largest living black rhino.
According to the listing, iSanti is home to the world’s largest living black rhino.

Vast horizons, vistas and plains make up the landscape and is situated near Addo Elephant Park, which the listing notes can be included in the sale.

The Magic Hills Private Collection consists of three lodges, and one camp for a “deeply-rejuvenating safari experience,” the listing says.

In one lodge known as Sky Villa, seven suites are laid out on top of the highest mountains on the reserve. “It is not unusual to awake amongst the clouds,” the listing adds.

A second lodge, known as the ILanga Manor House, features 10 suites styled in Cape Dutch architecture.

The reserve is fully protected with Game Fencing, and there is a team of highly experienced conservationists who manage the reserve.
The reserve is fully protected with game fencing, and there is a team of highly experienced conservationists who manage the reserve.
A wet bar.
A wet bar.
The bedroom suites come with their own balconies, where residents can enjoy the view of the sprawling landscape.
The bedroom suites come with their own balconies, where residents can enjoy the view of the sprawling landscape.
The reserve is an hour and a half away from Cape Town by private helicopter charter.
The reserve is an hour and a half away from Cape Town by private helicopter charter.
The Sky Lodge is located more than half a mile above sea level.
The Sky Lodge is located more than half a mile above sea level.
There are also three National Parks located within a two-hour drive of the property, including the famous Valley of Desolation.
There are also three National Parks located within a two-hour drive of the property, including the famous Valley of Desolation.
A high deck for al fresco dining.
A high deck for al fresco dining.
A map laying out the entire property.
A map laying out the entire property.

The third lodge, called “Elsa’s Farmhouse,” is a traditional four-bedroom home that has been restored and solar-powered.

KaKhulu Karoo, the camp, offers seven suites.

In total, the combined properties on the reserve features 28 bedrooms and 28 full bathrooms.

Despite its vastness, the property is a 30-minute private charter to the ocean and 90 minutes to Cape Town. Additionally, there are three national parks within a two-hour drive, including the Valley of Desolation.

Kim Cooper of Sotheby’s International Realty holds the listing.

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