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Leeuwfontein Estates – where nature is king! This is what the developers were dreaming about when they started to establish this up-market estate just north-east of Pretoria almost two decades ago. And today numerous families live this dream!
Residents of Leeuwfontein Estates each own one hectare of unspoilt nature – without fences – in the 175 hectares, electric-fenced estate with strict entrance control, as well as other security precautions. The principle of “safety IN nature” applies here.
Where Leeuwfontein Estate is situated at the inflow of the Edendale Spruit on the eastern side of the Roodeplaat Dam, it is pure bushveld! You only see a roof here and there amongst the indigenous trees and natural vegetation.
As you drive through the estate, soon there will be a zebra (or kudu) on the road in front of you as you come around a corner, or you will see the springbucks (or blesbucks) grazing in the horses’ arena next to the stables, or a leguan will waddle across the road in front of you. Imagine arriving a bit late for work with the excuse: “Sorry, the blue wildebeest (or impalas) held us up”.
At Leeuwfontein Estates you don’t cultivate a flower garden – the porcupines (and wart-hogs) will think you are very kind. Or you will have to do it very cleverly! No, here nature is your garden. For the same reason keeping personal pets is limited and subject to strict rules…so that human and animal and bird can enjoy Roodeplaat’s estate living.
This is one of very few estates where the keep and stable of horses is encouraged. Stables with an arena, as well as horse riding trails on the estate are available for those who are horse-mad. Several kilometres of hiking routes have been laid out for healthy afternoon or early morning walking or running.
As in most cases of estate living, Leeuwfontein Estates also offers communal facilities for residents, including a beautiful and functional thatched club house on the bank of the Roodeplaat Dam. Here residents can enjoy the swimming pool, tennis courts, braai areas, bar and sundowner lounge. The function hall and industrial kitchen are also rented out to residents.
When the concept of Leeuwfontein Estates was dreamed up many years ago by Wim Fourie and Chris de Wet of Benstra Developers, they had the nature guru and lecturer at Pretoria University, Ben Breedlove, made a thorough habitat study of the terrain. This still serves as guide for residents on how to lure insects, birds and animals to your house for closer watching.
Because Leeuwfontein Estates is any nature lover’s dream, talks are still regularly presented on various topics about nature and natural phenomena that specifically occur on this terrain, e.g. spiders, birds, plants, frogs….and the interesting red granite that had been mined on these premises before.
Leeuwfontein Estates is managed by a board of directors, consisting of twelve owners, with a fulltime town manager, a foreman and an administrative person who takes care of the day to day matters. Full services are offered, are underground and are well maintained.