What is Likweti Bushveld Farm Estate and what does Likweti mean?
Likweti means “morning star” in siSwati and refers to “new beginnings”. Likweti Bushveld Farm Estate is a wildlife residential estate near White River, Mpumalanga that stretches over 765-hectares of Lowveld bushveld.
Who are the shareholders and developers of Likweti Holdings Pty Ltd?
LOWVELD GROUP – combining the experience and expertise of LAEVELDTRUST and VISAGIE GROUP, deep-rooted in the beautiful Lowveld region of Mpumalanga (“The Land of the Rising Sun”), since 1958 and 1969 respectively.
With significant and well-established ties in the local community, Lowveld Group has grown into one of the most respected property developers and management companies. Operating from offices in the province’s capital, Mbombela (previously known as Nelspruit), Lowveld Group manages a varied property portfolio with an all-inclusive and professional approach.
Lowveld Group offers its tenants a full house of services which include financial, leasing, maintenance and marketing.
In addition, the group is supported by a highly experienced team of local core service providers.
Where is Likweti Bushveld Farm Estate situated?
Likweti Bushveld Farm Estate is situated on the Curlews road near White River in a pristine Lowveld landscape between the R538 (Karino/KMI Airport road) and the Plaston road and surrounded by established citrus, tobacco and macadamia farms. The Estate is 10 km from White River; 20km from Nelspruit and a mere 10 min drive from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA).
What is Likweti Bushveld Farm Estate?
The eco-sensitive wildlife residential estate is 765-hectares in size and will be developed in different phases. Both phases 1 and 2 are sold out and consists of 21 and 17 stands respectively. One hectare stands are currently selling from R1,1 million in Phase 3: Likweti Views.
What differentiates Likweti Bushveld Farm Estate from other Estates?
Likweti Bushveld Farm Estate is one of the largest estates in the Lowveld (765 hectares) and is the ONLY estate in the Lowveld to incorporate an income generating macadamia farm. Likweti is also a private wildlife residential estate with free-roaming plains game.
How many entrances will there be to Likweti Bushveld Farm Estate?
There is currently only one entrance to the estate via Curlews Road.
What surface are the roads?
All the access roads to Likweti Bushveld Farm Estate are tarred and all the roads within the estate are paved. All other existing roads are gravel, and most are suitable for normal vehicle use.
Are there open areas and green zones?
Yes, 90% of the 765-hectares will be left unspoilt.
Under which municipal jurisdiction does Likweti Bushveld Farm Estate fall? Are the services in the estate completed?
The estate falls under Mbombela Municipality, and the bulk services for the first, second and third phases have been completed. Likweti Bushveld Farm Estate is fortunate to have its own water resources. The electricity comes directly from the ESKOM grid and not via the municipality.
Which security measures and access controls are provided?
Security at Likweti Bushveld Farm Estate is a top priority and as such is taken very seriously by management and residents alike. The management of this includes:
- Strict access control – 24-hour gate monitoring with surveillance CCTV cameras.
- The main perimeter fence of 20 km is checked daily for any fence breaches.
- Regular fence patrol with sensors connected to control room response (Likweti Hills and Plains only).
- a Dedicated armed response vehicle (night shifts only) on the premises.
- 24-hour proactive cameras placed on strategic places on the fence.
What security arrangements are made while construction is in progress?
Contractors will have access via a separate entrance gate and all contractors will have to adhere to stringent security rules. Contractors Guidelines Form
Who should I contact regarding security at Likweti Bushveld Farm Estate?
New residents can contact the General Manager, Andre Coleske, on 082 442 6349 for assistance with their own home security needs during the planning and construction phase of their home or once the building has been completed.
What is the purpose of the macadamia orchard?
The macadamia orchard supports the developer’s vision of creating a sustainable investment for all future homeowners. Seventeen hectares of macadamias were planted on twenty hectares of land in September 2014.
Which type/s of macadamias have been cultivated at Likweti?
The cultivars are HAES 816 and Beaumont 695, which are both doing very well on the adjacent farms. Their risk profile is relatively low and the latter has a speedy positive impact on the cash flow. These cultivars are both on demand and have highly sought-after characteristics.
Who manages the macadamia orchard?
The management of the macadamias is outsourced to the adjacent commercial macadamia orchard, Agristar Macadamias to optimize the economies of scale in the production of the macadamias.
When will the first macadamia harvest be?
The trees will provide small harvests from year 4. Full production is envisaged in year 10. The harvest will be managed and exported via one of the respected factories in the Lowveld.
Who will own the Macadamia orchard on the Estate?
Who is responsible for the initial establishment of the farm?
Do I get my own title deed?
Yes, on transfer from the conveyancer.
Is co-ownership possible?
Do I pay my own electricity?
Do I pay for water consumption separately?
What are the levies?
R2 670.00 including VAT (as at October 2023)
Who pays the agent’s commission?
Is VAT or transfer duty payable?
No transfer duty is payable on any stands that are sold by the developer, as VAT is included in the selling price.
What about legal fees? Who is the appointed legal firm?
Legal fees are paid over and above the purchase price. These fees are charged according to the tariff set down by law. Du Toit Smuts & Partners is the appointed conveyancer.
May I purchase if I am a foreigner?
Yes, subject to South African regulations for foreign purchases.
Can I let out my property? If so, what is the process I need to follow?
Yes, tenants must adhere to the Estate rules for long term rentals. Short Term Home Rental Authorization
May I run a business from my home?
Yes, provided that authorization was obtained. Working From Home Policy
Is Likweti Bushveld Farm Estate an eco-estate?
Likweti Bushveld Farm Estate is an eco-sensitive area with a sustainable vision for the Estate, its owners, the environment and local community.
May I plant anything I want?
It is highly recommended to concentrate on indigenous flora for obvious reasons and to cultivate exotics in containers.
What kind of wildlife does the Estate have?
Likweti Bushveld Farm Estate is home to animals like giraffe, zebra, kudu, nyala, sable, blue wildebeest, impala, reedbuck, warthog, etc. who roam freely on the estate. The estate also boast spectacular birdlife.
Does Likweti have a tree list?
Yes! View the Likweti Tree List
Is there a bird list?
Yes! View the full Bird List. Updated October 2023.
Who can be contacted with regards to the day to day management of the estate?
Andre Coleske is the on-site General Manager for Likweti Bushveld Farm Estate and can be contacted on 082 442 6349 for any queries.
Is there Code of Conduct?
Yes, Code of Conduct
What are the levies?
R2 670.00 including VAT (as at October 2023).
When do owners start to pay levies?
On transfer of the sale.
Can I move freely around the Estate?
Yes, within designated areas. Please refer to the Code of Conduct
Who owns the wildlife?
Who will pay for the wildlife and veld management?
Are pets allowed?
Yes, as per the Code of Conduct
BUILDING & ARCHITECTURAL CONSIDERATIONS
Are there any architectural and building guidelines that I must adhere to?
Who approves building plans?
The appointed architect and Mbombela Municipality.
Who is the appointed architect?
Tom Hattingh and Associates.
May I use my own architect?
Does the Estate have a panel of recommended builders to be used?
No, however we do make use of Mackay Project Management for the construction of our developer homes and would therefore recommend their services.
Are there building packages?
Is there a selection of house plans to choose from?
May I build a swimming pool?
Yes, as per AG document.
How much time do I have to build?
Two years from date of transfer.
Will I be allowed to fence my property?
Yes, as per AG document.
Am I allowed to extend at a later stage?
Yes, within guidelines of developers/Home Owners Association and the architect.
RECREATIONAL & OTHER FACILITIES
Are the lodges Muluwa and Ndhula part of Likweti Bushveld Farm Estate?
Although these lodges are situated within the estate, both Muluwa Lodge and Ndhula Luxury Tented Lodge are independently owned and managed.
What recreational activities are available on the Estate?
There are plenty of great roads and single tracks available across the estate for use as hiking, running or mountain biking trails. There is also a bird hide and numerous picnic spots, braai spots and lookout points to enjoy, as well as a few 4×4 routes. There is also a dam where catch and release fishing is allowed.
Are quad bikes be allowed?
Am I able to have a picnic or braai on the Estate outside of my stand?
Yes, in the designated areas.
Am I able to camp on the Estate?
Yes, only at the designated areas.
Am I able to hunt on the Estate?
No hunting is permitted.
Internet and Telephones
Can I get internet at Likweti Bushveld Farm Estate?
Yes, there are a number of internet service providers (ISP’s) that are able to supply Likweti Bushveld Farm Estate including the following:
- Vodacom – 013 753 2021
- Uniwisp – 013 590 0521
- Netmetrix – 072 918 5100
Are there Telkom landlines at Likweti Bushveld Farm Estate?
There are no Telkom landlines installed on the Estate. Cellphone reception is good.
Is there a bus that transports my staff such as domestic worker or gardener to Likweti Bushveld Farm Estate?
All staff working on the Estate can purchase a public transport bus ticket from Buscor which will take them from the terminal in White River to the main gate of the Estate. Thereafter, an independent taxi company is able to transport your staff to your home.
How does the independent taxi shuttle for staff work?
The taxi driver collects all staff Monday to Friday at the main gate from 7:20am and again at 15:40 in the afternoon. No taxi service is available on weekends or public holidays. Every owner is responsible to pay their account directly to the taxi company.
How much does the independent staff taxi cost?
The price per person ranges from R30 to R40 per day. There are small discounts for multiple staff members and the price also depends on where the taxi is collecting your staff from each morning as some staff members come directly from White River with the taxi.
Owners are expected to pay monthly in advance. Banking details for the taxi company can be obtained from Likweti’s estate manager.
Each staff member will sign the register upon every trip in order to keep an accurate record.