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Imagine waking up to very own oasis with zebras grazing at your front door and endless vistas of sky and mountains. 

A private South African reserve — spanning a massive 1,195 acres in the heart of the nation’s wine country — has been listed for $5 million. 

Located in Cape Winelands in the Western Cape, the estate offers an “ultimate retreat for buyers seeking a secluded, quiet haven with awe-inspiring, uninterrupted mountain views,” according to the listing. 

“The owners have a multitude of game,” listing agent Aimee Campbell of Christie’s International Real Estate told Mansion Global, adding “the game come into the front garden to graze, right on your doorstep.” 

In addition to zebras, various antelope subspecies, from eland and kudu to springbok and red hartebeest, surround the property. 

Made up of seven bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, the residence was built in 2014 its current owner. Known as Tortoise Hill, the reserve offers the main house, two guest cottages, a large barn with guest suites, and an entertainment structure near the pool that comes with a covered veranda and a kitchen.

Pegged as a “sanctuary,” the grounds boast acacia and fever trees when first entering the estate. 

The main house is made up of glass walls, floor-to-ceiling windows and covered verandas to take in the open grassland and mountain views. “The house has a wonderful indoor-outdoor feel. The game love to congregate on the grasslands,” Campbell said.

Other amenities include a natural pool, a gym, two double garages, an elevator, a 1.8-mile paved driveway, smart-home automation, a generator, a solar farm, colombard and Viognier grape vineyards and an apricot orchard.

Both an elevator and a wide, oak stairway lead up to the main suite, which features double-volume ceilings, a pellet-burning fireplace, a kitchen-bound dumbwaiter and a large dressing room with a laundry chute.

The master bathroom has a freestanding tub, a frameless double shower, double vanities and under-floor heating.

Aimee Campbell and Carrick Campbell of Greeff Properties, the exclusive affiliate of Christie’s in South Africa, have the listing.


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