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Mountainlands Nature Reserve’s clear air, endless views of ever-changing plains and mountains, unique wildlife and, of course, beautiful African sunsets will invigorate you and fill you with certainty that the world is your oyster. It is an invitation to let go of the tensions and pressures of city life; an invitation to become one with nature and to relish in its unspoiled splendour; an invitation to live on the wild side while also savouring the comfort and safety of your own luxurious lodge.

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This exceptional reserve near Barberton in South Africa, is world famous for its unique geology and natural heritage. Encompassing 18,000 hectares (44,480 acres), it offers game viewing, a wilderness experience and an unparalleled opportunity to acquire your own piece of Africa.

“…one of the virgin corners of the continent, garnished with some of the most magnificent
scenery in all Africa. …[a] mysterious spirit brooded over its vast solitude.”

General JC Smuts’ foreword to Colonel J Stevenson-Hamilton’s work on the Lowveld, describing the view down from
the Makhonjwa Mountains circa 1902. (Today part of Mountainlands)

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Investment Opportunity: Live on the wild side in your private lodge

Mountainlands Nature Reserve is one of SA's most exclusive wildlife property offerings. A luxury safari home development in the 18000ha Mountainlands Nature Reserve, on the outskirts of Barberton in Mpumalanga, is one of SA’s most exclusive wildlife property offerings. Set in secluded valleys with rolling savannah surrounded by mountains, the development is also the first of its kind in the Barberton area. Read more ...

Purchase a site to build your own private game lodge
Mountainlands now brings you the opportunity to purchase one of only eighteen highly exclusive private sites which entitles you to have your own private game lodge or exquisite home built. It offers piece of mind and full title ownership in a large wilderness area which is professionally managed. Read more ...

Private estate
Mountainlands Estate forms the south-western section of the Mountainlands Nature Reserve, with its main gate only five kilometres from the historical town of Barberton. Access to the private sites of the Estate is at a monitored gate directly from the R40 tarred road. The Estate of 1 400 hectares consists of several large indigenous forested valleys, a number of perennial mountain streams and an extensive plains area all set against the majestic backdrop of the Makhonjwa Mountains. The Estate is limited to only eighteen full title private sites, each located with an emphasis on privacy and exclusivity and literally placed in their own secluded valleys. Read more ...

Invest in a syndication share
Syndication of up to 10 members per site is allowed on a limited number of the Private Sites in Mountainlands. Any of the remaining  Private Sites may be syndicated. Shares are also still available in Waterbuck Ridge which is being syndicated by the owner. Contact us for more information on Waterbuck Ridge. Syndicated sites are sold complete with custom designed luxury game lodges. A professional team, including architects through engineers and builders, is ready to develop a site according to the syndicate’s needs. Read more ...

About the Mountainlands Nature Reserve
There can be few places as dramatically sited, or surrounded by more grandiose countryside than Mountainlands Nature Reserve. The shear size of this 18 000 hectare (44, 480 acres) reserve in the Makhonjwa mountains close to Barberton in Mpumalanga Province, is compelling and one of the few unspoilt treasures in South Africa. In a 360 degree view all is dominated with idyllic scenery, mountains, clear air, wildlife and beautiful African sunsets.

Mountainlands Nature Reserve is situated three hours from Johannesburg, two hours from Maputo, one hour from Swaziland and the Kruger National Park, half and hour from Nelspruit and its international airport and only, ten minutes outside the historic town of Barberton. This is wild Africa at it’s most romantic – and it’s most accessible.
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Development of the reserve
Mountainlands Nature Reserve is a cooperative reserve which became a reality through the vision of the founding members and the completion of a game-fence around its perimeter during 2001. This consolidated approximately 18 000 ha of State, community-owned and privately held land into a single reserve. The model holds all the elements of a true Community, Public, Private Sector Partnership and is a pioneering concept for conservation in South Africa. Read more ...

A sound leisure investment destination
The Barberton region has long been recognized as the Gem of the Lowveld. With an economy that was historically based on agriculture, forestry and mining, the mountains south and east of Barberton remained untouched largely due to their topography and inaccessibility. While the late 1800’s mining boom has long since faded, the area has of late reinvented itself as a nature based tourism destination. There is now widespread recognition of the destination’s very unique and world renowned geology and important biodiversity. Read more ...


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