The farm is currently owned by Henry van der Walt who purchased the farm in 2005. The farm was formerly owned by the Vorster Family. Schalk Willem Vorster founded the farm in the early 1800 hundreds he was born in the Cradock District and was christened in Graaff-Reinet on the 14-2-1802. He died on the farm on the 14-10-1856. The farm was passed on through five generations of the Vorster family.
The Karoo farm is situated 50km outside Cradock in the Eastern Cape of South Africa nestled in the Bankberg Mountains. The current size of the farm is 2700 hectares and has a big beautiful old farm house that has been upgraded with all the fittings to make modern day living comfortable. The house has five bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. The best part of the house is the old porch where you can sit and overlook the river and the mountains behind it and just completely relax in the tranquillity of the country. There is also a two bedroom cottage that is near the main house.
In 2015 we built a new game lodge with four bedrooms that have en suite bathrooms. The Game Lodge is situated in one of the game camps out in the bush and it is also off the grid using gas and solar power. In 2017 we purchased a new farm to increase the size of the game carrying capacity and more animals can be added and the Blue Wildebeest was added to the new farm in July 2017. Also, a new 2.4 meter game fence was started at the new farm in September 2017 and about 10km still needs to be erected.
The farm is a fully operational live stock farm that can have up to 200 hundred head of cattle and 1200 sheep on it. In 2016 we purchased our first WAGYU cattle bull and 20 of the farm’s cows were selected to bread with the new Bull. The irrigated lands make up 100 hectare of Lucerne and various types of grasses and feed for the farm animals. All livestock naturally feed off the farmland and from the fields when necessary. The irrigated lands are all watered by automated watering systems that include two center pivots.
The farm is also equipped with a butchery with 2m x 2m walk in cooler. It has buildings that can house many trucks and vehicles and also has many barns and outbuildings. There are eight horses on the farm that can be ridden. The farm has a 27km game fence all the way around and has two main game camps. There are about 19 different antelope species as well as the Burchell’s Zebra. There are many other smaller animals and plenty of bird life including the Black Eagle that nest in the mountains on the farm.