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Plettenberg Bay Farms & Country Estates - Kurland

There are six main farming areas to consider when looking for Plettenberg Bay farms and Plettenberg Bay smallholdings. These are:

 

The Crags

The Crags is 15 minutes East of Plett by car. The road from Plett rises onto a mountain plateau. The area is protected and sheltered by the Tsitsikamma Mountain Range to the North and lies between this and the rocky ledges of the sea shore of the Tsitsikamma National Park to the East. The mountains and the higher elevation above sea level ensure an abundant rainfall throughout the year. This area boasts spectacular Fynbos and is suitable for general farming. Dairy & sheep and vegetable tunnel farming are popular.

 

The area has recently been "discovered" as  a wine producing area and a number of farmers have already planted vines. The first winery is already established and has won awards for its sparkling wines. The Crags is the home of Polo in South Africa and a dominant feature is the Kurland Hotel and Polo fields, where international matches are held during the December/January festive season. There are  a number of exclusive country lodges and guest houses in the area, plus the original Barnyard Theatre, the Teniqua Cheetah Sanctuary, Monkey Land & Birds of Eden - the world's largest free range monkey sanctuary and the world's largest free flight bird sanctuary, the Elephant Park and a snake park.

 

The Crags boasts its own delightful village centre with a filling station plus a few shops which stock all daily necessities and locally made tourist souvenirs.

 

Natures Valley

One of the most spectacular areas of South Africa, Natures Valley lies at the bottom of the Bloukrans River Gorge where the pristine river opens into a lagoon before gently flowing into the sea. Just East of the Crags one turns off too Natures Valley to the South. The stunning Bloukrans Pass, built by Italian Prisoners of War, winds its way down past the most spectacular forested ravines to the beach where the small village of Natures Valley is home to a few hundred mostly log style homes. Buck and other small animals roam freely amongst the homes which have no fences.

 

This is a very isolated natural area with a small shop, a church and a Parks' Board Office and the most incredible pristine beach. Spectacularly beautiful, Natures Valley is uniquely established in the middle of the Tstitskamma National Park. Most homes are held within the same family for many years. No further residential development may take place within the Park and the scarcity factor results in Natures Valley property selling at a premium.

 

The surrounding areas to natures Valley and in particular the plateau above the valley is popular for dairy farming and forestry, and there are a number of backpacker lodges, self-catering guest houses and Bed & Breakfast establishments. The N2 National Road passes over the Bloukrans River Bridge, where a private company operates the world's highest bungy jump facility.

 

Wittedrift and Uplands

Wittedrift has a small residential village, with shops, a church and the main Plettenberg Bay high school. It lies just North of Plett, 15 minutes by car on the historic Prince Alfred's Pass road from Plett to Uniondale. Wilttedrift lies in the Bitou River Valley with its spectacular birdlife and hiking trails. From Wittedrift the road progresses up into the Uplands area in the Outeniqua Mountains which has the largest farms in the immediate vicinity of Plett and is prominent for its dairy, cattle, wheat & maize farming.

 

Two wildlife farms have been established in the area, including the Plettenberg Bay Game reserve. As one winds down into the beautiful valleys below Uplands to wards De Vlugt, the most stunning natural vegetation is home to thickly bushed game farms where there is a no fence policy, allowing game to traverse hundreds of kilometers across the farms and into the Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve in the eastern Cape.

 

The mountains surrounding the valley are usually covered in snow during winter and the Keurbooms River traverses its way through the valleys to the sea at Plett. The Outeniqua Trout Lodge lies on the Keurbooms in one of these Valleys.

 

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