The historic village of Verkykerskop, hidden away off the beaten track on the north-eastern Drakensberg escarpment, is about to awake! The Verkykerskop Developers’ Consortium, with its partner the Verkykerskop Boerevereniging, welcomes you to share in the village’s heritage and the good old life you’ve been longing for. As more and more true South Africans are trekking back to their roots in search of this life and for other good reasons, the market has responded by offering these connoisseur investors an exciting array of opportunities.
But the reason why you would choose Verkykerskop as your family base for generations to come has something to do with becoming part of a warm farming community in a traditional farming district. Back to your roots. Your soil.It is difficult to single out our greatest asset in comparison to those of the many beautiful country places you could choose from, but we would venture to say it is the soul of the people, the character of the village and its sense of place.
To this day it portrays the early 19th century Boere uitspan plek it started out as. In addition to the historic police station, which was recently developed into a modern facility, existing historic buildings include the old eenmanskooltjie, which has been renovated into a cottage, an old Edwardian farmhouse that is being operated as a Afsluit Gastehuis, the “kooperasie winkel” (general dealer), now housing Smileys Restaurant, the old mill, and a few old houses that have been put to use as guesthouses and backpackers’ rooms.
The auction kraals and adjacent boeresaal are the main social and commercial colocation of the community. Apart from our New Year dances, boeresport and fun rides on horseback, we recently hosted shows by big entertainers such as Valiant Swart, Ollie Viljoen, Frank Opperman, Karin Zoid, Jannie du Toit, Parletones and Chris Chameleon.
In terms of the development concept, the existing settlement and the 85-ha surrounding it will form the nucleus of an extended, tranquil country village. The village and outskirts will accommodate a range of sports facilities and outdoor activities, with the veld and natural vistas on the farm being conserved. Sustainable farming will continue and we have already established a Nguni herd and an Arab stud.
The village and estate theme is not bound to a particular brand, such as golf, polo, game lodge or the like. Instead, we are striving to facilitate the gradual development of a very livable place which is not alien, but which provides a range of lifestyle activities.Entrenching these values, the Spatial Development Framework of the Phumelela Local Municipality is being amended to make provision for a range of housing opportunities in terms of density, arrangement and style.
These include village square, mixed-use apartments, dorp erven, rural hamlet cottages, larger freehold stands and agricultural “burger” erven. We are far advanced with the planning and development process and the first phase of services stands will be offered shortly.