A look inside one of South Africa’s largest homes – now up for sale

One of South Africa’s most prominent homes, the ‘Vaal Castle’, has been put up for sale by Absa and High Street Auctions.

The Financial Mail reports that the home is the largest in South Africa, at more than 6,000m², and belongs to former Absa executive Kennedy Bungane

It has been up for a private treaty sale which means the deal is confidentially negotiated between seller and buyer and is not auctioned.

The Vaal Castle is situated in the exclusive Klipplaatdrift River Estate to the south of Three Rivers and bordered by the Suikerbosrand River and the Vaal River to the north and west respectively.

“Within the past seven years an entrance gate had been built to the north of the Suikerbosrand River and a steel bridge with a guard hut added to give more convenient access to Vereeniging, reducing approximately 5 km off a trip,” High Street Auctions said. “The dirt roads were also tarred in the not too distant past.”

The total size of the property stands at 9.4 hectares of land with river frontage, while the house itself is 6,240m². The grounds of the home include a dam and boathouse, an outdoor pool, a golf course and amphitheater.

The home itself is effectively made up of three floors – including a ground floor, first floor and basement area. Alongside stairs, these areas are connected by a lift inside of the house.

The home’s features are outlined in more detail below.

Ground floor

  • Entrance hall;
  • Two guest cloakroom;
  • Central atrium;
  • Five reception/living rooms, kitchen, pantry and sunroom;
  • Second kitchen and scullery plus walk-in cold room and freezer;
  • A study;
  • Music room;
  • Strong room;
  • Gym with a heated indoor pool;
  • Steam room;
  • Sauna room;
  • Guest bedroom suite with dresser and bathroom;
  • Staff annex on the ground floor including a lounge, kitchen, 3 bedrooms, and bathroom.;

First floor

  • Large entertainment room;
  • A study;
  • Pyjama lounge;
  • Family room;
  • Linen closet;
  • Strong room;
  • Six bedrooms each with an en-suite dresser and bathroom;
  • The main suite also has its own kitchen, lounge and dining area plus a second water closet.


  • Home cinema;
  • Server room;
  • Four entertainment/conference rooms;
  • Three lobbies;
  • Bedroom;
  • Two bathrooms;
  • Two water closets;
  • A pool pump/filter room;
  • Garden storerooms/garage.

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A look inside one of South Africa’s largest homes – now up for sale