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December 7, 2009

African Homesteads Wins International Awards

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

The African Homesteads at &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, took top honors last week at the International Property Awards ceremony in San Diego.

The African Homesteads won global gold in the most prestigious category, Best International Property, beating out finalists from the competition’s six geographical regions-Africa, Europe, Middle East, UK, Americas and Asia-Pacific. The International Property Awards ( are the largest celebration of the residential and commercial property industry worldwide.

Designed as the ultimate retreat for owners to share with family and friends, the 15 exclusive African Homesteads represent luxury value at the top end of the property market. Priced from US$6 million for a 70-year lease, each four-bedroom, 8,600-square-foot Homestead occupies a private 10-acre site, but owners have traversing rights over the full extent of the 56,800-acre Big Five Reserve. Expansive wooden verandahs and a large infinity pool at each Homestead offer magnificent views of the bush and the wildlife that passes through it. Each African Homestead is equipped with its own 4×4 safari vehicle and is managed by an &Beyond-trained team, including a ranger, tracker, chef and host who provide the unbeatable safari experience characteristic of &Beyond’s award-winning lodges.

“We are delighted that our innovative safari Homestead in one of the most naturally beautiful locations has been acknowledged as the best property offering in the world,” said Kevin Pretorius, &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve’s Regional Director.

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