Interior shot of a lounge in a private game reserve

Interior shot of the Sky Lodge Lounge.

Courtesy of iSanti Big-5 Game Reserve and Magic Hills Private Collection


  • A 40,000-acre private game reserve in South Africa is on the market for $36 million.
  • It has 28 bedrooms and 28 bathrooms spread across four lodges.
  • Free-roaming animals like leopards, elephants, and rhinos live on the property.

The iSanti Big-5 Private Reserve, situated in The Karoo region of South Africa, is for sale for $36 million.

Aerial view of the Sky Lodge

Aerial view of the Sky Lodge.

Courtesy of iSanti Big-5 Game Reserve and the Magic Hills Private Collection


The reserve is one of the most expensive properties currently listed in South Africa as well also one of the most expensive properties ever listed by Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty, listing agent Kim Cooper told Mansion Global.

The current owners of the reserve have spent more than 10 years acquiring and restoring the land, according to the Magic Hills Private Collection website.

The reserve’s management team did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Cooper declined to share any details about the reserve’s current owners.

The private game reserve stretches over 40,000 acres and has four lodges: the Sky Villa, the ILanga Manor House, Elsa’s Farmhouse, and the iSanti Tented camp.

Exterior shot of the reserve's camps.

The tented camps.

Courtesy of iSanti Big-5 Game Reserve and the Magic Hills Private Collection


Source: Sotheby’s International Realty

The compound is also an animal sanctuary. “The reserve is fully protected with Game Fencing, and there is a team of highly experienced conservationists who manage the reserve,” Cooper told Insider.

A view of a game vehicle next to a white rhino

Residents can spot big game animals, such as rhinos, leopards, and elephants, on the property.

Courtesy of iSanti Big-5 Game Reserve and the Magic Hills Private Collection


The reserve is home to the Big Five game animals: the lion, the leopard, the African bush elephant, the African buffalo, and the black rhinoceros.

According to the listing, iSanti is home to the world’s largest living black rhino.

“Residents are able to traverse the reserve in game-viewing vehicles,” Cooper said.

“Residents are also able to enjoy organized hikes, always with a game ranger. Never alone, owing to the fact that the animals roam free,” she added.

The Sky Lodge is made up of seven suites and sits atop the highest mountain of the reserve.

Interior view of a lounge

Interior view of the lounge in the Sky Lodge.

Courtesy of iSanti Big-5 Game Reserve and the Magic Hills Private Collection


The Sky Lodge is located more than half a mile above sea level, Cooper told Insider.

Its elevated position provides unblocked views of the entire landscape and also offers residents a chance to experience snow during the winter season.

Designed in traditional Cape Dutch architecture, the ILanga Manor House includes a pool surrounded by greenery.

The outdoor pool

The ILanga Manor House swimming pool.

Courtesy of iSanti Big-5 Game Reserve and the Magic Hills Private Collection


Source: Sotheby’s International Realty

There are 28 bedrooms and 28 bathrooms spread across the four lodges of the estate.

Interior shot of the bedroom suite.

Interiors of the bedroom suite.

Courtesy of iSanti Big-5 Game Reserve and the Magic Hills Private Collection


Source: Sotheby’s International Realty

The bedroom suites come with their own balconies, where residents can enjoy the view of the sprawling landscape.

Shot of the bedroom balcony

View from the balcony of the bedroom suite.

Courtesy of iSanti Big-5 Game Reserve and the Magic Hills Private Collection


Source: Sotheby’s International Realty

Other amenities include a Jacuzzi, three fireplaces, and a five-car garage.

An indoor jacuzzi

An indoor jacuzzi.

Courtesy of iSanti Big-5 Game Reserve and the Magic Hills Private Collection


Source: Sotheby’s International Realty

The reserve is an hour and a half away from Cape Town by private helicopter charter. There are also three National Parks located within a two-hour drive of the property, including the famous Valley of Desolation.

View of the night sky with stars

Residents can go on a night drive in the reserve, under the supervision of the reserve’s rangers.

Courtesy of iSanti Big-5 Game Reserve and the Magic Hills Private Collection


Source: Sotheby’s International Realty

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