We are a family of four living in a beautiful game reserve in South -Africa. I run a tour agency which creates and runs off the beaten track family tours in Southern Africa. the South-African tours also visit our guest farm and stay here for 5 days per tour, 15 tours per year. My husband is farming with indigenous cattle and and implementing a high pressure grazing concept in the reserve. he is also managing the wild animals in the reserve. He is a mechanical engineering and does lots of building and maintenance on the reserve as well, but our four hands and two brains are not enough to do all we would like to realize.
We are looking for 1/2 people who want to come and help with our children while we are working and to assist with the maintenance of the reserve and accommodation.
Our dream is to open up the reserve for more specialised 'wild stays' in the future, but the first step is to ask for help with the children and the maintenance shores, so we can create more time for the office and the realisation of our vision for the reserve forward. Ideally a couple of two people join us for a long term cooperation of 6 months or longer.
Babysitting and creative play
Help with Eco Projects
We live very remotely in the bush of Southern Mpumalanga, South-Africa, 1 hour drive from the nearest town. Here you will experience rough beautiful african nature in its pure beauty and with its daily challenges. You will learn to be flexible, make a plan, survive, be self sufficient for 7/10 days or more and you will live close to nature and enjoy the silence of the bush. You will interact with local afrikaans speaking, english speaking and zulu speaking people. If you are interested there is possibilities to teach english and creative thinking skills at the local zulu school next to the nature reserve. You will learn about concepts and possibilities of home schooling and forest schooling in a remote wilderness
We are looking for help at our game reserve with two aspects: Help with our children (6 and 4 yrs old): learning by play and discovery! No teacher diploma is needed, but we ask for an open minded view on learning in which you can challenge the development of creative thinking, empathy, endurance and self-confidence through play.
We are also looking for help with the maintenance of our eco lodge (handy harry jobs in our guest farm rooms and bush camps, maintenance of mountain bike and walking trails and a bit of gardening.)
Further we'd like to aks assistance 1/day per week in getting supplies from the nearest town (1 hour drive).
Ideally we would like to welcome a couple for a long term stay (6months): around 15/20 march 2020- 15 september 2020 would be ideal but the timing is negotiable.
You will be accommodated in one of our guest rooms at a self catering lodge. It is a duplex small house with sleeping room upstairs, and kitchen and bathroom downstairs. It is 15min drive from our family home, in the middle of the nature reserve. Communication is done by a two way radio- walkie talkie. there is no wifi or cellphone reception at the house. You are welcome to use the wifi at our family house, where we will meet daily.
Transport will be done by one of our farm vehicles (bakkie/pickup) which you will be using for all transport. We will pay for the petrol needed for all the shores
During time off you can enjoy the beauty of the nature reserve, go and spot wild animals, go mountain biking, swim in the river, or just relax. We are 1 hour drive away from the nearest Big Five Reserves and 3/4 hour drive away from the Indian Ocean for snorkeling, whale and dolphin watching etc. Gorgeous breaks during the weekends!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week