Help us and share our slow journey of going off-grid, and learning to become more self sustainable in the Kalahari desert, South Africa

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  • Description

    Description

    We live on a farm in the remote area of the Kalahari desert, no cars or people bother us here. It is only Suzanne (28 years) and myself (27 Years) and some cows, birds, tortoises and other wild animals on the farm. We are very relaxed and have traveled our selfs for 3 months in the UK recently, and we also did some workaway work in Ireland on a horse farm. We enjoy the company of other people. Suzanne loves art and I love working outside with my hands, doing gardening, building, and more.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Farming
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Help

    Help

    We are slowly busy renovating the farmhouse and building a vegetable garden. We will need help with cleaning, painting, art projects, taking out weeds, fencing, plan a solar electricity system and energy-saving systems, plumbing, occasionally helping with guests at my parents' lodge (about 20km from our house), cleaning the farm dam (it gets green very quickly), helping with general tasks around the house like cleaning, cooking and doing dishes. We are in the slow process of becoming self-sustainable and would love to share this journey with other people.

    We live approximately 170 km from Kuruman and Kathu which are the nearest towns. Because we live far from town, shopping is kept to a limit. We have a big(ish) pantry, but you need to know that if we run out of a certain item, it will not be quickly replaced. If you know you love a lot of "peanut butter" for example we suggest you stock up on some before you arrive. We would love to have lots and lots of fancy food, but at this stage, we can not always afford exclusive items. That's part of our journey, trying to build ourselves up in the Kalahari.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Afrikaans, English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    You would have your own bedroom, if more workawayers are on the farmstead you may be required to share a bathroom.
    We have a lot of entertainment available in the sense of activities: Pool table, table tennis, darts, board games, books for reading, an outdoor gym and of course peaceful walks and beautiful nature scenes. All of this can be enjoyed after hours.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The closest big(-ish) town to us is Kathu. Most hired cars aren’t able to reach our farm, only 4x4’s. For that reason we suggest you make use of one of the following ways of transport:
    • The bus service, Inter Cape, to Kathu from almost any major city in SA
    • Flights to Tswalu Private Nature Reserve from Cape Town International Airport or O.R. Tambo International Airport (see the link provided for contact details to book a flight :️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️flights )
    • Rent a car and drive to Kathu.
    • Flights to Sishen airport (near Kathu). Very small airport. Visit the following website to see available flights .
    We will then arrange to meet you at one of these destinations to pick you up and drive you the rest of the way.

    There is horses, quad bikes, jacuzzi, and bakkie-ski on my parents' farm we can arrange to enjoy on weekends.


    Internet: Please note we do have a cap on our internet data at this stage and our internet is for our work. You will not have access to unlimited internet, only access on specific times to read emails and do bookings online for your trip. We suggest you buy an MTN pay-as-you-go sim card, as most remote areas in South Africa do have MTN signal. To register a sim card on the South African networks, your passport and proof of residency (rental agreement) are required.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    In the Kalahari you learn how to appreciate the small things in life. You learn how a community works together to help each other in a very harsh part of the country. You will also learn that, even though we are quite remote, we still have most of the luxuries of living in a city.

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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