Introducing the Edenhof Conservation Estate

19 April 2011
Standing on an impressive 1000 hectares of pristine Fynbos in a Nature Reserve overlooking the picturesque Tulbagh Valley, the Edenhof Conservation Estate has just commenced its new green residential development.

Comprising of just fifty plots across the entire estate, each with incredible 270-degree views of the Valley, this development is unique in every sense.

The Edenhof conservation development was granted planning permission on the basis that it had minimum physical and visual impact on the environment, making way for a ‘green’ development using sustainable architectural design and local materials. With over ten kilometers of game fencing, the estate has been fully stocked and Cape Nature has assisted in the re-introduction of previously existing species of animals including Mountain Zebra, Wildebeest and several species of Antelope. These are fenced in but still accessible to the mountains and able to roam freely throughout the development. These species join the already present Leopard, Bat-eared Fox, Lynx and Geometric Tortoise on the estate. This unique estate has now been put under the permanent stewardship of Cape Nature and in addition the site has been declared part of the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative (BWI) supported by the WWF.

New owners will be able to construct freestanding homes within the carefully considered architectural guidelines on this exclusive and sustainable conservation estate. Each home will be built to exacting standards without compromising the environment of this un-spoilt landscape. The substantial plots range in size from 1700 to 2300 square meters and the building footprint within each plot is 500 square meters, allowing for split-level, unobtrusive ecological design and construction.

With 24-hour access control, Edenhof is also a very secure estate. Residents have exclusive use of the entire 1000 hectares and can walk, ride or cycle across it exploring its outstanding flora and fauna, beautiful mountain streams and numerous dams. They also have access to the estate’s equestrian facilities, polo fields, and fishing as well as the championship golf course that is being planned in the next phase of the further 1700 hectares of the working wine farm, Schalkenbosch, on which Edenhof is built.


The conservancy boasts endangered fynbos and unique flora that exists nowhere else in the Cape and spectacular wild flowers shows occur annually. The Cape already has more bio-diversity than anywhere else on rest of the planet and this conservation estate is a unique opportunity to help preserve a part of that.

The estate is only minutes away from the national monuments, restaurants, shops, and theatre of the historic town of Tulbagh. Also home to a five star country hotel and a variety of guesthouses, and with one of the lowest crime rates in South Africa, Tulbagh offers a relaxed country lifestyle like none other. The Valley is a very special place indeed, not only for its exceptional natural beauty but also the community of Tulbagh, which is its most endearing feature and perhaps the valley’s best kept secret.

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