When you purchase the property, you will only purchase a prestigious section of this farm. Where the purchaser will receive a shared title deed on their section!
The picturesque property, Galway Farm, lies within the newly declared Private Nature reserve known as "The Ncandu Private Forest and Grassland Reserve". It is found in the foothills of the Northern Drakensberg Mountains at a height of 2000m above sea level.
There is an abundance of indigenous and protected flora and fauna, as expected in this mountainous area. The abundance of wild flowers bloom in spring after the rains, and can be seen on all the mountain slopes, river edges and grasslands until April.
The mountain streams that run all year round, form the headwaters of the Ncandu River which flows through Newcastle KZN. The river gorges are lined with sandstone cliffs and teem with indigenous yellow wood forests. Three species of Protea bushes are found in abundance on the Northern Mountain slopes.
Snow falls in the area most winters, and can reach up to a depth of 2 meters in places. This beautiful white carpet over the area adds to the winter beauty and helps maintain the water flow.
We have personally viewed Meercat, yellow and black tipped Mongoose, Rock Dassies, Baboon, Black back Jackal, Oribi, Vaal Rhebok, Mountain Reedbuck, Blesbok. We have also seen evidence of Otter, porcupine, and other nocturnal rodents and small cats. Birdlife viewed include: Blue crane, Secretary birds, European Storks, Blue Korhaan, Grey winged Franklin, Birds of prey- including African Goshawk, Amur Falcons, Step Buzzard, Black and the White necked crow, as well as many other smaller species.
Very few properties of such unspoiled magnificence and tranquility are still found where one can engage in activities such as hiking, cycling, bird watching, swimming, or just plain relaxing in your own time and space. The ownership of the 436 hectare property is divided into 10 shares. Each shareholder has access to the entire farm as well as the Nature Reserve. Each shareholder has the right to erect a sectional title dwelling at a position of their choice, within the shareholders agreement and Nature conservation regulations e.g. distance from water’s edge etc.
There is no stipulated time limit in which shareholders are required to build a dwelling. There are no levies to be paid as all running costs are covered by the grazing which is leased out. These costs include; burning of fire breaks, road and fence maintenance, as well as other costs incurred in running a farm.
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