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7th March, 2016

Ten reasons to live in South Africa

To celebrate ten years of Fine & Country in South Africa, we take a look at the top 10 reasons to live in the home of Table Mountain, beautiful beaches and pretty properties.

1. Sunshine: own your own waterfall

South Africa has a wide variety of temperatures, but it is characterised by a warm and sunny climate. There are eight to ten hours of sunshine every day. Nelspruit, a city in the north east, is the hottest part of the country with temperatures of up to 44 degrees Celsius in the summer months.

This huge plot of land with four houses is situated near Nelspruit and includes two waterfalls, two rivers and two springs within 2,000 hectares. Asking price: ZAR 24,000,000.

2. Adventure: embark on a new adventure

If you’re looking for adventure, then South Africa is the perfect place to live. There is everything from white-water rafting and bungee jumping to wilderness trails.

Start your own adventure with this front-line sea view bungalow, which offers the perfect blank canvas for ZAR 30,000,000.

3. Wildlife: own your own game reserve

There is no shortage of wildlife in South Africa, including the big five: elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and buffalo. There are numerous game reserves, and some are even for sale. Prices start at ZAR165,000 for a plot of land within a secure game reserve.

This property includes 21 kilometres of riverbank along two perennial streams. You could drive around the reserve, overlooked by the Northern Drakensberg escarpment and relax over your braai under the starlit sky to the sounds of the African bush or take a dip in the pool followed by sundowners and dinner.

4. Travel: run your own holiday lodge

For those who enjoy travelling, South Africa has got sun, sea and seclusion. Near the Krugar national park you will find this 12 bedroom lodge, so no matter if you want to go on holiday yourself or set up your own business, there is an option for you. ZAR 22,000,000 will buy you the entire complex.

5. Natural beauty: mountains to beaches

South Africa is among some of the most beautiful places on the planet. It has a beautiful coastline and stunning mountain views. This 16-hectare mountain estate offers incredible views over the valley from both the main house and four holiday cottages. ZAR 18,500,000 will allow you to buy the property and carry on the business.

6. Earning potential: money, money, money

According to payscale.com, the average salary for an accountant is ZAR 230,000, ZAR 65,000 for a receptionist, and ZAR 310,000 for an operations manager.

Your home could even earn money for you, like with this beautiful five-star hotel for ZAR 32,500,000

7. Sport: kick off a healthy lifestyle

South Africans are very passionate about sport, and supporting their national teams. Football is the country’s most popular sport, and the Springboks rugby team have seen huge success, winning the Rugby World Cup in 1999 and 2007 and the Tri-Nations three times.

It may not be an Olympic-sized swimming pool, but the facilities at this home would suit even the most avid swimmers. It could be yours for ZAR 39,500,000.

8. Cost of living: a nice little earner

The cost of living in South Africa is very reasonable, with dining out and cinema tickets being comparatively less than in London. Locally produced fruits and vegetables work out a lot cheaper than in the UK.

This modern apartment is convenient for all of the facilities of Camps Bay and has an asking price of ZAR 8,495,000.

9. Beaches: soak up the sun

South African beaches are well-loved by surfers and sunbathers. There are long, white and sandy beaches, as well as the famous Boulders Beach penguin colony in Camps Bay.

This apartment boasts far-reaching views over the surrounding coastline and costs ZAR 49,000,000.

10. Wine: I’ll drink to that

South Africa is famous for producing some of the world’s finest wines. There are 14 wine routes to discover across the Western Cape, including the world’s longest wine route which has 70 stops. You could even own a wine estate with this amazing property in Plettenberg Bay for ZAR 29,500,000.

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