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Hopewell Conservation Estate
Hopewell Conservation Estate
Hopewell Conservation Estate
Hopewell Conservation Estate
Hopewell Conservation Estate
Hopewell Conservation Estate

Contemporary living in the heart of nature





A pristine nature reserve and housing estate located at the heart of what conservation icon Dr Ian Player identified as the “new wilderness frontier”.

Hopewell Conservation Estate is a retreat for professionals, business and community leaders with a desire to build their home surrounded by the peace and tranquillity of their natural heritage. Located less than half an hour’s drive from the centre of Port Elizabeth, the Estate is situated within an expansive 3 000 hectare urban nature reserve.

To find out more, please browse through the website, and take a visit to the Hopewell Conservation Estate for a first-hand experience of the fynbos-scented fresh air, the picture-perfect landscapes and scenery, and the pleasure of watching wild game roaming the reserve.


  • Situated at the western entrance to Nelson Mandela Bay just 4 km from the N2
  • Close to a selection of top schools
  • 20 minutes from world class hospitals
  • Half an hour’s drive from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • 15 minutes from the Newton Park business district
  • 20 minutes from Uitenhage
  • 18 km from the beach
  • Less than an hour from Big Five reserves
  • Looking out over the Baviaanskloof nature reserve – the Eastern Cape’s only World Heritage Site





The developers envision Hopewell Conservation Estate as a retreat for professionals, business and community leaders who wish to reside in the peaceful and tranquil surroundings of their natural heritage.

The land comprising the Hopewell Conservation Estate and Reserve has been in family ownership for some 70 years.  Located fifteen minutes from Newton Park business district, the Hopewell Conservation Estate offers the comforts of 21st century living in a millennia old landscape. Residential units will be set within an expansive 3,000 hectare urban nature reserve shared by residents, animals, birds and plants in unique sustainable relationships.

The property is located in a valuable ecological region (the Cape Floral Kingdom) and exhibits exceptional biodiversity including wetlands, Algoa grassy fynbos, subtropical thicket in the valleys, and renoster bontveld, making it ideal for supporting indigenous wildlife. Picture pincushion proteas, spekboom, wild olive, cape ash, wild rosemary, and plumbago all flourishing in 3,000 hectares of your own back yard.

Instead of converting the valuable land into urban sprawl, the developers have elected to restore and preserve the natural beauty of this environmentally significant link between the Baviaanskloof World Heritage reserve and the city of Port Elizabeth.



The developers of the Hopewell conservation estate have ensured that the entire project is both environmentally and socially sustainable.

The Hopewell Conservation Trust (established in March 2010) is a ground breaking social contract between the developers and the KwaNobuhle community. It has paved the way towards a collaborative partnership benefiting both groups.

The developers of the Hopewell Conservation Estate believe in the importance of maintaining cultural and natural heritage, and as such, have set aside a special heritage zone on the northern border of the estate.

The zone is planned to form the basis of a Xhosa cultural heritage centre, focussing on the role of nature in Xhosa society.

Plans for the heritage zone include a nursery for the propagation and cul­tiv­a­tion of traditional medicinal plants, a permanent initiation park, as well as a play area for local children and an environmental education facility.

Senior community representatives are overseeing the development and management of the heritage park, with support from Mncedisi Sitoto, Hopewell’s Community Liaison Manager.

Other partners in these social investment initiatives include the Uitenhage & Despatch Development Initiative (UDDI) and the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA).



The developers of the Hopewell conservation estate believe in empowering the local community, and ensuring that the development is socially and environmentally sustainable.

Several teams (involving approximately 50 individuals) from the government-backed Working for Water programme have been working on the property since October 2010. The programme has assisted in the rehabilitation of the land by clearing invasive alien species. Working for Water is globally recognised as an outstanding environmental conservation initiative and enjoys sustained political support for job creation efforts and the fight against poverty.

Within the Hopewell Nature Reserve, a number of field rangers have been selected from the Wilderness Foundation’s Umzi Wethu programme for vulnerable youth. The Umzi Wethu programme is a world-renowned social investment initiative and has achieved great success in addressing the need for empowerment and skills building in poverty affected youth. This cooperation between Hopewell Conservation Estate and the Wilderness Foundation is anticipated to continue in the future with further recruitment of Umzi Wethu graduates.

Hopewell Conservation Estate
Hopewell Conservation Estate
Hopewell Conservation Estate

Contemporary living in the heart of nature

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