Mpumalanga – South Africa –
YES! – it has to be relived and repurposed. This small semi-tropical oasis could be yours as soon as you can dream it!
OLD JOE’S KAIA Guesthouse in Mpumalanga is a developed, established property with beautiful views, mild middle-veld weather, easy access, malaria-free, 55 kms from Nelspruit.
Land size: 3.6h
Water: Strong registered borehole ±4,800L/h, strong perennial fountain, 2x 10,000L water tanks, 2 small dams
Electricity: Eskom 3-phase, 125KW
Buildings: Total floor area 1265 m², consisting of a main building (311 m²) with equipped medium-scale kitchen (2 walk-in fridge & freezer, commercial extractor fan) with wooden deck/balcony (48 m²); public toilets; 10 free-standing en suite chalets; 6 semi-detached en suite sleeping units; laundry; workshop & store room space (118 m²); staff quarters (sleeping 8-10 people); management quarters; conference centre (78 m²)
Additional: Experimental, alternative, open-plan, off-the-grid house (xx m²)
Carport: 14 shade-netted parking bays 246 m²
Perimeter: fully fenced with electric sliding gate
Garden: Mature & established with an indigenous Classical 7-Circuit Labyrinth (28 m diameter), 65 marked indigenous trees, 1 x shade-netted vegetable tunnel (28 x 11 m), chicken mesh veggie house (7 x 18 m)
Pizza oven: outdoor with entertainment area
Swimming pool: 45,000 L
Operation: Suitable for many opportunities:
- A roadside eatery with accommodation
- A small private/alternative boarding school /training or rehabilitation centre
- Headquarters for an NGO/organisation with accommodation for staff on the premises
- Community Project for like-minded people
- Potential high-end villa with a spectacular mountain view, set in a tropical garden, enough staff accommodation and centrally located for visiting tourist attractions in Mpumalanga and Mozambique
Zoning: Agricultural land.
Water rights (Crocodile River): 2.5 hectare
Future Developments: We have been informed by SANRAL (South African Roads Agency) of the widening of the toll road passing Old Joe’s Kaia. This may have many benefits as it will increase passing traffic and therefore potential clientele for whatever purposes the property is serving.
Old Joe’s Kaia has been operating as an overnight stop en route to The Kruger National Park (KNP), the Lowveld, Panorama Route, Mozambique and Swaziland for over 65 years. The lodge has facilitated the long drive from Gauteng to these destinations as the ideal break at a very convenient and beautiful location. However, the tendency towards shorter holidays with jam-packed itineraries and the improvement of the road has somewhat alleviated the need for such a stop. Hence the opportunity to repurpose the facility completely.
Old Joe’s Kaia oozes history with an eclectic look and feel and could be any renovator’s dream. Turn it into a quirky roadside eatery, an unconventional training facility for alternative thinkers, headquarters for any business with its own on-site accommodation, a permaculture training farm or simply a very different villa for a free-spirited family – the choices and possibilities are endless!