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Cathkin Estates is the result of decades of vision and determination to transform a cattle ranch into an eco-estate. It is an exemplary example of successful environmental restoration and job creation through responsible development. This project was driven by Peter Stockil who with his brother Mark partnered with Kaikoura Capital (Pty) Ltd to form the Entabeni Development Company (Pty) Ltd who have financed the entire development with equity capital. The estate represents the largest single package of Drakensberg property development rights granted in the region. 

Cathkin Estates was launched in 2003 and the first three villages released were sold out within months of the launch with little advertising and largely due to word of mouth.

With the release of Village 4 and 5, there are now opportunities for a fortunate few to also call this lifestyle sanctuary home.


The villages cover less than 5% of the total estate and all homes are governed by architectural design guidelines allowing individual expression within a generic berg theme, while minimising the impact on the environment.

Field Rangers on horseback cover the wilderness areas daily and monitor the electric game fence surrounding the entire reserve. The villages are patrolled and the entrance gates are manned 24/7, to ensure safety and tranquillity.

The estate is managed by GEMS a specialist residential property management company while policies are determined by an elected board comprising of homeowners and the developers.

With the villages positioned in the northern reaches of the estate, nature is preserved while ensuring all homes enjoy clear berg views and the convenience of proximity to the valley’s varied attractions and amenities.

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Natural Enviroment

Cathkin Estates with its high biodiversity is controlled by a detailed Environmental Management Plan (EMP) to protect our rich natural heritage. Gappy Smythe, the Estate Manager is passionate about maintaining a balanced eco system and his decades of service with the Natal Parks Board bring invaluable expertise ensuring the environmental sustainability of the estate.

The development was designed to be energy efficient and water sensitive while homes are planned as attractive, yet unobtrusive, free standing units.

The reserve is home to an abundance of indigenous game species including Blesbuck, Reedbuck, Eland, Black Wildebeest, Mountain Reedbuck, Red Hartebeest, Buckbuck and Duiker. It has also been proclaimed an Oribi sanctuary by the Endangered Wildlife Trust and is a safe haven for these rare antelope.


Apart from the numerous mammals resident on the estate, Cathkin Estates also boasts tremendous bird life with over 100 recorded species varying from the great raptors of sky to the vulnerable ground hornbill.

This grassland biome is one of Southern Africa’s most endangered habitats with less than one percent of the grasslands officially protected. This delicate eco region is threatened by fires, soil erosion, overgrazing and the encroachment of exotic trees, like the Black Wattle and Blue Gum.

Explore the vast reserve on foot or a mountain bike and share those special moments with your loved ones, whether it’s swimming in a clear mountain stream or casting a line over the dam in pursuit of that elusive trout.

The uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site was awarded heritage status in three categories – for archaeology, vegetation and geology with only seven other sites in the world sharing this accolade it is a privilege to neighbour this protected site.

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