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RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY REVIEWS PAGE 28 meyersdal eco estate Who says you can’t have it all – convenience, security, space and the sense of being in the wild? Well, that’s not true. You can have it all. You can have state-of-the-art everything that opens and closes, and easy access to schools, shops and business centres, and still be surrounded by wide open spaces filled with a variety of nature’s amazing beauty filled with kudu, wildebeest and zebra. It’s a kind of magic that’s hard to find in a modern world, and it’s called Meyersdal Eco Estate. The estate itself, which consists of a mere 343 stands on its 400 hectares, is part of the 1 080 ha Meyersdal Nature Area. With paradise fly catcher less than 15% of the land developed, there are vast swathes of Highveld grassland filled species of reptile, five fish species and a The estate’s three dams, which are fed by host of butterflies, bees and bugs. Residents natural springs, are a focus for wildlife and that are adventurous can explore the beauty birds. And, of course, people. The homeowners’ of the estate along the 16 kilometres of association has created a spectacular view In keeping with the theme and ethos of the mountain bike trails or the seven kilometres point to enjoy the vast open areas from high estate, only indigenous plants are used in of hiking paths while enjoying nature with or to chill while having a relaxing sundowner the landscaping, and large tracts of land plenty of fresh air. And for those that are as the sun slips away behind the koppie on are left unspoilt and natural for the animals less adventurous, the estate can be explored which it over looks. and birds. Game such as red hartebeest, in the comfort of your vehicle. And if you steenbuck, Burchell’s zebra, black wildebeest, want more, the 680 ha Klipriviersberg Nature For those that love to spend more time in springbuck of course and even the huge, Reserve is close by. With a very similar nature, the homeowners’ association has also placid kudu once roamed freely among these faunal and floral assemblage, the reserve is created a wonderful campsite where you can hills, and now they’ve been reintroduced. As a bit more established, with more than 200 pitch your tent under the open sky, braai well as these reintroduced mammals, which species of birds having been identified. And some marshmallows and tell ghost stories. total well over 200 individual animals, there there are loads more hiking trails, where you It’s a great place to watch birds, or just to are 98 recorded bird species which include may just spot a cautious zebra or a shy relax with the family. Keen anglers can test the resident pair of Verreaux’s eagles, 28 and elusive kudu. their skill in the catch-and-release dams. with plenty of fauna and flora interspersed with a select few homes.