Create a self sustaining eco freindly farm and lodge near Johannesburg, South Africa

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South Africa

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  2020 

 Min stay requested: at least a week

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  • Description

    Description

    AS WE ARE MOVING TO LEVEL 3 LOCKDOWN FROM THE FIRST OF JUNE 2020. THIS ALLOWS FOR TRAVEL WITHIN THE COUNTRY FROM DIFFERENT AREAS AND PROVINCES. WE WELCOME ANY WORKAWAYERS WHO WOULD LIKE TO JOIN US ON OUR WORKAWAY. EVEN IF YOU ARE IN SOUTH AFRICAN AND WOULD JUST LIKE A CHANGE OF SCENERY OR SOMETHING DIFFERENT TO GET INVOLVED WITH.

    We live on a small holding 2.2 hectares so not a large property by South African standards of on a farming standard.
    there are two of us living on the property full time, that being my mother, in charge of the house and all related tasks, maker of jams and pickles and preserves. Myself and the responsibilities of the outside of the house, general maintenance and all outdoor projects on the go.

    We aim to have the property be 100% self sustaining and any extra produce to be processed and then sold to guests that will be staying in the future on the farm.
    Long term projects on the go are to build a number of cottages, entertainment area (lapa/boma) on the property for guests to stay in whilst attending our photographic and art workshops, this will also be the base or starting point for for our guests coming on game viewing safaris and photographic safaris.
    Very long term project the building of a large swimming pool to compliment the entertainment area.

    As most South Africans, we are very sociable and tend to enjoy an outside lifestyle, frequently eating outdoors in the entertainment are during the warmer months over a fire on which we cook our meal (called a braai in South Africa, but more commonly known as a barbecue by most other countries). We normally cook a wide variety of dishes, but always have something in the meals that is traditionally South African. We are not vegetarian and as such do not cater for vegetarians or vegans. Summer is easier as there would be more vegetables available i the gardens but during winter months there is very little to choose form and sometimes after the black frost...well nothing.

    Internet is available but also it is capped and there is a limit to what we get on a monthly basis. So internet is used sparingly as we also our businesses are internet reliant.

    We do not impose a minimum stay, but do prefer and suggest that Workawayers rather stay for longer periods, to be able to have some continuity on the projects which is beneficial to all parties. For the Workawayers it will also benefit them to stay longer periods so that they may truly enjoy our way of life and also get to see all the interesting attractions in the area.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Elderly Companion
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We have a typical South African lifestyle and for Workawayers coming to visit we can offer this as a normal day to day environment.
    From this learn more about the diverse cultures within South Africa, the foods we eat and the way we live.
    We speak English, Afrikaans, Dutch and a little German.
    The Workawayers will learn the skills required to do the various activities on the farm.
    We are not that remote from major towns and attractions so Workawayers will be able to experience the life on the farm and also have the opportunity to see city life as well
    Time is made for excursions both to explore the local nature, city and historical sites, however some sites charge for entrance fees and this would be payable by the Workawayers.

  • Help

    Help

    First things first, as it is a small farm most things are done manually. This means that there is a lot of hard manual labour.

    We live on a small holding and are in the process of taking on a number of projects to get the property to where we would be able to host guests for our photography and art workshops, and later hosting guests for game viewing safaris and photographic safaris.

    Outside and on the small holding:
    general maintenance of the garden and property (maintaining flower beds, weeding, removing old shrubs, trees etc)
    planning and implementing the new layout of the gardens
    maintaining the current vegetable garden/orchard which supplies the house with freshly grown vegetables and fruit
    general day to day farm tasks of mucking out stables, milking the cow and feeding animals, not many

    Inside the house:
    general housework and day to day cleaning
    assistance with the cooking

    For Workawayers who plan to stay for longer periods there are projects that are a little more involved and ongoing that will take a longer time to complete, these are;
    Building of the new cottages
    Building of the new lapa (braai/entertainment area)
    Creating the dam and wetland section of the property
    Layout and implementing the new orchards
    Building of the new photographic studio

    Internet and computers:
    assistance with the computers and internet

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    German: Beginner

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    There is a cottage on the farm that has two bedrooms, a lounge, sun room/dinning room a small kitchen and a bathroom with a bath, no shower.

    There is one solar panel geyser for the whole household so when it comes to bathing hot water must be used sparingly and be considerate that there are others that need to use hot water as well.

    Bedrooms have double beds or single beds, so we can accommodate couples, friends travelling together or single persons

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    As we live on a small farm that is remote but not that remote, we try to coordinate all excursions off the farm and there are many activities you can occupy yourself with or learn about on your time off.
    Take part on some of our hikes to interesting sites nearby
    Visit local historical and cultural sites, Nelson Mandela museum, being one of the local historical attractions.
    Visit the local nature reserves, game reserves

    Further afield we do arrange tours to game reserves for a weekend break
    For those Workawayers staying for longer periods we do arrange diving trips down to the coast
    visit the world cultural heritage site the "Cradle of Africa" to mention a few.

    Also if you have an interest in photography learn from your host who is a professional photographer and specialises in Exclusive Portraiture, utilising special HSS & ND Filter Techniques and wildlife photography

    Please note, that we are still in a remote area and although there will be a number of excursions arranged and we will try to give you a full rounded experience of South Africa there will still be a lot of time that you will have to yourselves, relaxing perusing a hobby or doing some art or photography or hiking, or simply just relaxing under the trees and reading a book and enjoying the slower pace and tranquil peace.

    We are however always around and you are always come have a chat and learn more about our beautiful country. Also good for those that are wanting to improve on their language skills

    Please note, some sites/attractions/museums/game reserves/nature reserves, charge for entrance fees and this would be payable by the Workawayers, however we will inform you of any charges that there may be when discussing an excursion.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 541753875513