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Wild life: $5M home on the range features zebras roaming in yard

Imagine waking up to your 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 that “the game come into the front garden to graze, right on your doorstep.” 

Once inside the reserve, a veritable explosion of natural splendor and beauty awaits as abundant game including; eland, kudu, springbok, red hartebeest and zebra can be seen from the 1.8. mile paved driveway to the main residence.
Once inside the reserve, a veritable explosion of natural splendor and beauty awaits as abundant game including; eland, kudu, springbok, red hartebeest and zebra can be seen from the 1.8. mile paved driveway to the main residence.
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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 by 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.

This property offers the ultimate retreat for buyers seeking a secluded, quiet haven with awe-inspiring, uninterrupted mountain views.
This property offers the ultimate retreat for buyers seeking a secluded, quiet haven with awe-inspiring, uninterrupted mountain views.
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The property was first built in 2014.
The property was built in 2014.
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The natural water pool.
The natural-water pool
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There is an entertainment structure near the pool with a covered veranda and a kitchen.
There is an entertainment structure near the pool with a covered veranda and a kitchen.

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The property comes with Colombard and Viognier vineyards and an apricot orchard surrounded by custom made architectural ponds.
The property comes with colombard and Viognier grapes for winemaking, as well as an apricot orchard surrounded by custom-made architectural ponds.
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The estate spans 1,195-acres on a private nature reserve in the heart of South Africa’s wine country.
The estate spans 1,195 acres on a private nature reserve in the heart of South Africa’s wine country.
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The reserve offers a main house, two guest cottages, a large barn with guest suites.
The reserve offers a main house, two guest cottages and a large barn with guest suites.
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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.

The home is made up of seven bedrooms and a 10 bathrooms.
The home is made up of seven bedrooms and 10 bathrooms.
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A dining space opens to the outdoors for easy outside-inside connectivity.
A dining space opens to the outdoors for easy outside-inside connectivity.
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A covered veranda with a dining area and kitchen.
A covered veranda with a dining area and kitchen
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The chefs kitchen.
An additional kitchen is part of the outdoor covered veranda.
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The main floor of the big house has frameless glass stacking walls, frameless floor-to-ceiling windows and covered verandas to take in the open grassland and mountain views.
The main floor of the big house has frameless glass stacking walls, frameless floor-to-ceiling windows and covered verandas to take in the open grassland and mountain views.
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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.

The master bathroom.
The master bathroom
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The idyllic spa room.
The idyllic spa room
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The property's separate cottage and guest quarters.
The property’s separate cottage and guest quarters
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One of seven bedrooms with a private terrace and wood-paneled two-level ceilings.
One of the seven bedrooms, with a private terrace and wood-paneled, two-level ceilings
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The property holds a natural swimming pool, with water filtered through a 300-meter-long channel.
The property holds a natural swimming pool, with water filtered through a 300-meter-long channel.
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A private airstrip is about six miles away, and it’s a two-hour drive to Cape Town.
A private airstrip is about six miles away, and it’s a two-hour drive to Cape Town.
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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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