Development’s name
Tsitsikamma Mountain Reserve

Tsitsikamma meaning
Khoi-San word meaning "Place of Plenty Sparkling Waters"

The Package
Yochanan and Yael Liebenberg are offering to share with 12 like-minded individuals a tract of virgin land with the following features:

· 7 km north west as the crow flies from Storms River Bridge
· Part of the greater Tsitsikamma Mountain range
· Helicopter landing pad
· Gated entry with guard presence
· Valley enclosed on three sides by steep cliffs
· Valley floor covered in dense fynbos and protea
· Twelve titled lots of between 14 and 100 hectares each
· Twelve compounds, where possible out of sight of each other
· Each compound commands spectacular views
· Building activity regulated by empowered owners association
· No internal fencing or land division within the Reserve
· Permanent stream of purest water running through it
· Lookout plateau at 1200 meter facing the sea

There is only one road into the valley which is gated. Owners are not dependent on anyone coming into the valley to provide services. If you want to get away from it all, this is a natural and perfect hide-out.

From the early 1900's apples were being grown in the Langkloof, Twee Rivieren and Weikloof were two such farms. The farms were irrigated by a fast flowing stream which was fed by a combination of natural springs and rainfall. The source of the water was a steep-cliffed horseshoe valley of about 700 hectares situated deep in the Tsitsikamma Mountain range known to the farmers as 'Die Hoek' or Weikloof Two. Although Weikloof Two was not considered suitable for commercial farming, various landowners nevertheless decided to buy Die Hoek and 12 separate titles were created. The titles run in long strips the length of the valley, the land was left untouched. Owner's would retreat to the area for picnic's and the like.

In 2000 Yochanan sold an IT start-up company in Cape Town and later moved with his family to the small community of Twee Rivieren and farmed with lavender. He discovered 'Die Hoek' while out hiking. It is a steep valley hidden on three sides by towering cliffs with dense fynbos covering the floor of the valley, and mountain streams running through it. Yochanan approached eight owners and they sold him all 12 titles. He built a house in the center of the valley, moved in with his family, and started to create the Tsitsikama Mountain Reserve.


Patrick Lavery

Yochanan Liebenberg

Reserve water
Supplied from mountain streams pumped within allocated times

Size of the reserve
535 ha

Previous use
Virgin mountain land

Number of titles
12 Full titles

Building style
Forest Lodge, farm house and log home style. Approved building materials will include full wooden logs, natural stone and plastered brickwork. Extensive use of timber elements, decks and walkways will be encouraged.

ArborLine Timber Products, Knysna 044-382 3020 and other reputable contractors

Luxury homes
Two, three and four bedroom luxury units

Reserve activities
Tennis, Swimming, Jogging, mountain biking and hiking

Local Attractions
Tsitsikamma is fast becoming known throughout the world as the adventure capital of Africa.

Attractions and pursuits include:
Storms River mouth, Tsitsikamma Nature Reserve, the 5 day Otter Hiking Trail (and others), Black Water Tubing, Abseiling, Scuba diving, Snorkeling, Bird watching, Boat Cruises, Canoeing, Mountain biking, Forest Canopy tours, 4x4 trails and Bungi-jumping from the Bloukrans bridge (the largest bridge in Africa and the highest commercial jump in the world at 200+ meters)

Views and Lookout Plateau
Virgin / pristine Tsitsikamma mountain slopes and rock faces, Kouga mountain views to the far north. Each plot runs the length of the valley and up its steep sides, with thin strips on the plateau which overlooks the sea. Access to the plateau is today only by helicopter, by foot or by rock-climbing, but quad access is a possibility

Title sizes
Varies between 14 and 100 ha

Eradication of alien species
An estimated 60% of the reserve is still invested by Hakia. An area of 40 hectare has been cleared during the past year, Regrowth in cleared areas is less than 15%. We are confident that we are following the most sensible and cost effective method with the Hakia program and will thus continue in this manner.

Building clause
Building to begin within 18 months from transfer

Owner’s Association
All owners to be members

R 850.00 per month

Indigenous vegetation
Wide variety Fynbos, Protea etc.

Abundance of bird species. Some buck, bush-pigs and baboons.

Proximity and Getting there
To reach the reserve by road a 4x4 vehicle is advised. Several most scenic access roads exist for the adventurous at heart. These include country gravel roads from Knysna and Plettenberg Bay weaving through the beautiful Outeniqua mountains.

Temperate climate, annual rainfall 950mm.

Tsitsikamma Mountains
The Tsitsikamma mountains are a mountain range located in the Garden Route region of the southern South African coast in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape provinces. Stretching just over 80km from the Keurbooms River in the west just north of Plettenberg Bay, to Kareedouw Pass in the east near the town of Kareedouw. The range consists almost exclusively of Table Mountain sandstone which is extremely erosion-resistant. Peak Formosa is the highest point in the range at 1675m. The climate of the range is extremely mild, with temperature variations only between 10°C and 25°C generally and rainfall exceeding 1000mm per annum, thus the region supports verdant fynbos and Afromontane temperate gallery forest habitats. Snow sometimes occurs on the highest peaks in winter. The topography of the mountains is interesting, in that the range rises abruptly from the south at a very defined line that runs almost due east-west at the 34º south latitude. This is due to the very regular nature of the rise of the Table Mountain Sandstone in a anticline fold structure above the grade of the surrounding Tsitsikamma coastal plateau. 

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