What you need to know about building in Dullstroom!

Building on Country Estates around Dullstroom

Building In Dullstroom

The mere thought of building a house ANYWHERE is enough to make most people go cold! Much less a project 280 kilometers away. Fear not, it is very possible.

We have five local building contractors that have been working in the Dullstroom area for many years but several Jhb and Pta builders are now also ensconced, at Highland Gate Golf Estate particularly, and are all well established.

Country Estate building regulations are very specific to the particular estate and these builders would be familiar with the relevant regulations of the specific estates and so can guide you, but alternatively Zest is able to furnish the information.

It is very difficult to give an estimate of the building costs. They would not be dissimilar to the costs in the city. Where the labour in Dullstroom is more reasonable they are, generally speaking, not as skilled so take longer. Materials are a similar cost, obviously, but transport is a cost factor. On balance, you can expect to be quoted between R 8,500 to R 9,500 for “good quality” finishes and anywhere up from that, for exclusive finishes.

For house plans, there are two local architects that can offer their services. All plans have to be submitted initially to the review board of the specific estate and to the Emakhazeni Municipality for approval. The Municipality takes four to six weeks to approve but they will not release the plans unless rates are entirely up to date! For the Municipality, there is a basic cost for submission plus a rate per square meter, it will cost anything between R 1 500 to R 2 500. The review boards of the Estates also charge for the approval process.

You are welcome to give us call if you would like advice or additional info.

Written by: Trish Kennedy – Property Consultant @ Zest Property Group, 082 330 3503, 013 254 0219,

Builders contact details below:

Builders                                 Contact Person

Willoughby Bloem                082 902 0978

Builders Force                       Fred Sheriff  0796728821

GWT Property Holdings       Gustav Pretorius 0820200719

Junker Construction              Francois Jonker 0824147454

PBH Construction                  Petrus Hlungwane 0828388313

Owner of PBH                        Lawrence Muzame 0127712305

Pegasus Service Group         Denton Cass 0132461842

Phenix Construction              Kobus Marais 0829044657

Sezimbali Construction         George Minnaar 0824153540

Finelines Constrcution          Bruce Wood   082 9083895


Mountain Biking Trails In Dullstroom

Cycling in Dullstroom Cycling In Dullstroom

Dullstroom is the perfect destination for mountain biking, with fresh mountain air, quiet roads and the altitude, this will challenge even the fittest of riders. There are many routes to choose from, for national and farm road trails visit the Dullstroom Accommodation website.

There are more structured trails on Dunkeld Estates – You can choose from a 8km, 14km and 16km trail.  The cost R50 p/p. Visit their reception desk and they will provide you with a map. For additional info call 078 293 1403

Zest, Dullstroom Estate Agents

Dullstroom Winter Festival 2017

Zest Co-Sponsor of Dullstroom Winter Festival 2017Zest is once again the proud co-sponsor of the Dullstroom Winter Festival 2017

Dullstroom holds an annual Winter Festival in June / July each year. Our little village comes alive with live music performances over the first weekend in July from Friday the 30th June through to Sunday the 2nd of July featuring both indoor and outdoor live music shows, some free and some paid. The shows will be staggered throughout the weekend and range from unplugged intimate shows to an afternoon concert at the Dullstroom Dam headlining Prime Circle.

Visit the official Dullstroom Winter Festival website for the line-up and more info.

Hope to see you there!

Affordable Home In Dullstroom

Two bed home in Dullstroom

Have you been looking for property in Dullstroom, but your budget always seems to be a problem? Well, I have the perfect weekend option for you to consider and it is available for under R900k. It does require attention but this could easily become an ongoing project.

The property features two spacious bedrooms upstairs as well as a bathroom with ball and claw bath, toilet and vanity. Downstairs consists of the living area with kitchen, lounge, dining room and second bathroom. The lounge has a wooding burning fireplace, which is a must for Dullstroom!

The house is very quaint with a combination of facebrick and stone exterior walls. The stand size is 1983sqm and there is ample space to increase the size of the house, if necessary, and add on a carport or garage. The garden has been kept very wild, since the current owners do not regularly come down, but with some green fingers it can easily be improved.

If you wanted more the 1983 sqm, the vacant stand behind this property is also for sale…….

What I love about this property are the views over the Suikerboschkop Nature Reserve in the distance and since Kopano Park is just across the road, no one will be interrupting your views! It has potential and with a little hard work could be transformed into a gem.

Currently on the market for R 890,000. For more information click here or call me 073 1884 306
Written by: Haideé Potgieter – Property Consultant @ Zest Property Group



Dullstroom Country Estate

Dullstroom Country Estate

Dullstroom Country Estate is located 18 km from Dullstroom on the newly tarred road, en route to the Highland Gate Golf Estate, with only 4 km of gravel (advisable to have a high clearance vehicle).

The estate features 85 full title stands, all one hectare in size, on 550 hectares of the most pristine Mpumalanga highlands, with rolling grassland hills and magnificent views for miles around. The Estate has 7 trout dams, ideal for trout fishing and is also ideal for bird-watching, cycling, picnicking or simply relaxing outdoors. Zebra, blesbok, springbok and eland can be found roaming the Estate.

Located 18 km from Dullstroom on the newly tarred road, en route to the Highland Gate Golf Estate, with only 4 km of gravel (advisable to have a high clearance vehicle).

We currently have 12 one hectare stands available priced from R 248,000.

We also have a 3- bedroom house @ R 3,250,000 (Ref: ZH328) and a 10th share in a 4 bedroom house @ R360,000 (Ref: ZH309).

Chat to one of our agents call us on 013 254 0219 or email

Picturesque Farm Near Tonteldoos For Sale

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This is a typical farm with large open spaces, outbuildings, streams and dams. What sets this farm apart for me, is the accommodation which was recently upgraded and the beautiful manicured gardens. On arrival you immediately get a welcoming feeling, this farm would not only be a good weekend getaway, but could be a great permanent residence.

The farm is 87 hectares, located 23km from Dullstroom on the Tonteldoos dirt road. The farmhouse and cottage are set in the garden, both were stylishly renovated in 2015 while retaining the ‘rustic farm feel’. The farmhouse features a lovely full length veranda, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and spacious, open plan living area. The cottage, located close to the farmhouse, has two bedrooms, one bathroom and fireplace in the lounge. All the bedrooms, for both the farmhouse and cottage, have double doors out onto the covered verandas.

Water on the property includes three trout dams, with the largest measuring one hectare, and two streams flowing through the farm.

Various outbuildings including two sheds and large closed garage.

The lovely, established garden features neat lawn areas, many fruit trees and existing vegetable garden. There are several enclosed camps on the property, including a separate stone kraal. The farm has approximately 45 hectares of arable land.

To view a drone tour on this farm, click here

Currently on the market for R 2,795,000. For more information click here or call me 073 1884 306
Written by: Haideé Potgieter – Property Consultant @ Zest Property Group

Teal and Trout Country Estate – Dullstroom

Teal and Trout Estate DullstroomWeir on Teal and Trout Country Estate

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Teal and Trout is a country estate of 970 hectares, situated 8 kms off the N4, featuring trout fishing in any one of 18 dams and 6 weirs as well as a variety of game that wander over the entire Estate. There are only 40 one hectare stands making it one of the most exclusive estates in the area. Only 18 of the stands have been built on at this stage. The Estate is pet friendly and the levies are approx. R3 350

There are currently two homes on the market:

ZH282 – R 2,600,000 modern, spacious home with floor to ceiling glass offering amazing views. It has three en-suite bedrooms, an open plan living area that opens out onto the veranda and overlooks the Estate dams.
ZH247 – R 2,200,000 This upmarket, double story five bedroom house is positioned on arguably one of the most private stands on the estate. It effectively has it’s own dam and is within walking distance of another five dams.

The alternative would be to buy a stand and build. There are four resale stands.

Chat to one of our agents call us on 013 254 0219 or email


Adventure For Love – A Charity Group With A Difference

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Adventures for Love is a group of twelve ladies who have very ordinary corporate type day jobs, but who also love adventures, use this as an opportunity to get sponsorships and raise funds for good causes. It all started in 2010 when, shortly after turning 40, Jenny decided she needed to do something different with her life so she and Desiree climbed Kilimanjaro. This created a whole new lifestyle for them both and the following year they embarked on the next adventure, by walking the Great Wall of China to raise funds for cancer and a child related project – School of Achievement and Cloud dog.

Adventure was now eating away at them and since then they have undertaken one major “adventure” a year to raise funds – and hence the evolution of “Adventures for Love”.  Every year they embark on the adventure of the year. They have done Maccha Pichu and canoed almost 100km down the Zambezi River.

They have walked 101km through the Namaqualand Desert, climbed to Poon Hill in the Himalayas, experienced Sutherland in winter, done 200km of the Camino in Spain and a wine and whale walk in the Western Cape. 

Every month they also come together to make good use of the funds and to give a day of their time and energy enriching the lives of the less fortunate. They have created vegetable gardens, painted, and decorated communal lounges

Funds raised have been used towards School of Achievement, Hospice East Rand, Abraham Kriel, Huis Bethlehem, Little Angels, Cosmo City, Ventersdorp Old Age Home and the Bavumeleni Creche in Khayelitsha. One year they raised almost R100 000 for a deposit for a new anti-poaching vehicle for the Conservation of Lower Zambezi.

But most exciting is that their major adventure for 2017 is going to focus around Dullstroom and Belfast charities. They will challenge themselves to an “Amazing Race” en route to Dullstroom but will then give one day of their time to projects at the Old Age Home in Belfast, a second day to the Children’s Home in Belfast and a third day to the Sakhelwe Creche here in Dullstroom. They will also be sponsoring a day of sterilizations in Sakhelwe.

They welcome any and every bit of input from locals to either join them on the day to help with the project, to supply materials or to make a donation that would be used to help fulfil the “wish list” of the charity…. or all three! This will all be happening between 28 July to 31 July 2017. Please contact Zest for more details 013 254 0219



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Modern home, located on a stunning farm







When analysing the four most important criteria, that most people list as their requirements for the ideal farm in Dullstroom, they would say the following:

LOCATION – we would like to be close enough to town that we can happily go in for a meal, meander around the shops or watch rugby in a pub. But we also want all the pleasures associated with a farm lifestyle.

WATER – fishing is an absolute essential when we think of Dullstroom and ideally that means a dam or two to throw a trout line …. and a river  would be a real bonus.

THE HOUSE – that must be in keeping with a country styled house but with the mod cons and preferably without a long list of maintenance and upgrades attached.

REVENUE – we would not be using it every weekend so it would be really useful if we could possibly get some sort of income from weekend rentals to help cover the costs.

We have three recently listed, unique farms that perfectly match all or most of these criteria:

ZF288 – 72 hectares with a beautiful dam of 2,4 hectares, a stretch of the Crocodile river with 4 weirs, a beautifully renovated original farmhouse with five bedrooms and four bathrooms. Plus a two bedroom home and numerous outbuildings built from the original stone and all within a kilometre of town. Click here for the full details.

ZF289 – 62 hectares with a 3 hectare dam, a double storey four bedroom, four bathroom house, with excellent views and with outbuildings, within three kilometres of town. Click here for the full details.

ZF290 – 166 hectares with 2 large dams of 4,5 and 2,1 hectares, within  three kilometres of town. A five bedroom, five bathroom home with a games room and storerooms. Click here for the full details.

Amazing. This quality of farms are very seldom seen on the market. Give us a ring for more details 013 254 0219

Get To Know Trish – Zest’s Principal

Dullstroom Estate Agent,
Trish grew up on a farm in Zimbabwe and went to school there. She went back to Zimbabwe to get married, after qualifying for her degree at the Cape Town University. Together with her husband, they went through the Rhodesian terrorist war, but soon after their first child was born, they emigrated to South Africa, to a farm outside of Dullstroom.

In between raising three, wonderful children, they ran a trout processing factory on the farm for many years. They also built the “Owl & Oak Trading Post” on their farm, which was later converted to Dullstroom Country Cottages and offers weekend accommodation. Trish worked alongside her husband turning a very beautiful farm into what it is today.

Trish has been in Dullstroom for 35 years. Embarrassingly she still does not speak understandable Afrikaans. Her farm upbringing has given her a broad appreciation and knowledge of farming generally, so she can happily navigate the site visits to local farms.

Twelve years ago, together with two friends, she started Zest which has grown to dominate the Dullstroom market consistently for many years.
She is in the process of completing a yearlong Business Owner Development Programme run by Ieasa, that is specific to Estate Agencies. This and other courses reinforce her principles that honesty, integrity and commitment are key to being an estate agent. “Buying or selling a property has huge financial, practical and emotional implications and as an agent we owe both buyers and sellers the time and information to buy or sell wisely”.

Trish loves travelling and will take on any adventure. Here are a few snippets:
• They sailed across from the mainland Tanzania to Zanzibar in a dhou with a local, a four-hour trip with no apparent navigation tools. This was part of a six-week camping trip thru Africa.
• Boating along the Amazon River, climbing to the ice cap of Cotapaxi and canyoning the waterfalls of Banos.
• 5500 stair climb up to Adams Peak in Sri Lanka, to experience an amazing sunrise.
• White water rafting on the Kavanga River with friends and family.

With her extensive local knowledge, Trish will be sure to help with any property needs.
082 330 3503