Sales history and info on Lissataba

PUBLISHED 20 NOV 2019   


As Hoedspruit grows and prices increase, buyers are looking for value and willing to consider reserves a little further from town. We have seen an increase in sales in Canyon Game Reserve, Ndlovumzi Nature Reserve, Leopard Rock Nature Reserve and Lissataba Private Game Reserve.

Lissataba is an exclusive and amazingly beautiful nature reserve located 30 minutes' drive from Hoedspruit and with its borders on the banks of the Olifants River. It was founded 30 years ago and today it is a well-established and run reserve.  The reserve is 2,500 hectares in size with only 54 stands of which 50 have houses built on them. Each stand is 7,500 square metres in size. The stand owners also own the land of the reserve and at estimated values of R25,000 per hectare, this values the reserve at R62,000,000 which is owned by the 54 stand owners.

Within the last year and a half 7 houses have sold and the last remaining 4 undeveloped stands have changed hands as well. Currently there are only six full share houses for sale. The average price of the houses sold was R 2,460,000.  Houses and stands will be purchased as full title. The stands in Lissataba are laid out in such a way that the boundaries between the stands rarely touch each other and therefore offer more privacy than other conventional wildlife estates found in Hoedspruit.

The reserve has a variety of plains game and an excellent network of roads, dams, picnic sites and bird hides. There are scenic views onto the mountains, Olifants River frontage and various rocky outcrops. Because it is not stocked with “Big 5” game, although leopard does occur, it is ideal for exploring on foot and on bicycle. In addition to the good network of roads, there are walking and cycling trails. Sable were recently purchased and have been held within a holding camp. According to Donovan Peel, the reserve manager, they are doing well and will be released as soon as the summer rains arrive. There is a central clubhouse which has a large central swimming pool, TV lounge and small shop for basic supplies. The owners' game vehicles are also housed at the clubhouse and serviced before owners come down to ensure they run smoothly for the holiday. There is petrol and diesel on site and most game vehicles never leave the property. 

The building guidelines allows for thatch and harvey tiles and a maximum of 10 beds per property. There is no maximum or minimum footprint required and houses can be built anywhere on the owners stand. When it comes to usage, owners can send friends and family; the general rule is that no income can be generated from the house thus short and long term leases are not allowed.

Lissataba is truly a stunning reserve without a land claim and one would look long and hard to find comparable beauty and value.

For more information on the reserve, contact Rob on 083 469 3820 or via email on

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