Situated in the heart of the Garden Route - on the far side of Homtini, about 35km out of town, right on the forests edge between Rheenendal and Barrington, the property supports a host of animals including dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, sheep, emu’s, two cows, some donkeys and a vast number of horses.
The animals are all well socialised and extremely interactive. They move freely among each other in large camps, some around the house, stables and on the surrounding lawns. Also on the property is a number of large dams and oak trees that offer shade and create the beautiful setting we call home.
Now to some this may sound a bit like the property of hoarders but in truth, we keep things neat and orderly so scrap any preconceived ideas of a typical “maplotter plasie” a term used to commonly describe a smallholding scatterred with scrap metal and builders rubble. Expect NONE OF THAT!
The main house, is a humble little wooden "whatshumacallit" no bigger than the stables. This is situated towards the northern boundary, facing south, overlooking the valley. Here lives a friendly, animal loving couple who actively maintains the property 7 days a week, 365 days a year! On the south boundary, out of sight, there is an even smaller wooden "whatshumacallit", best described as an open plan bedsitter which comfortably accommodates 2 to 4 people on short or medium term basis.
This is nature at its' best... quiet, peaceful and a view to die for!
Besides experiencing the sunny SA climate, volunteers stand to learn all there is to know about horse handling, daily care and overall welfare.
Volunteers can expect to fall into the daily farm routine, starting with coffee around 7:00 - yes coffee! Under the ancient oaks. A structured feeding and animal care routine starts around 7:30 and takes a team of 2 - 4 people through to 10:00. During this time, horses, sheep, cattle, chickens, emu and whatever else cares to join are provided their daily ration, cleaned, loved and treat medically if and when necessary. Ten o'clock marks the time for a quick breakfast; generally eggs on toast with coffee and more coffee; again under the oak tree - whether permitting. *️️️️️Foot note: the farm runs hugely on coffee - expect to make coffee, and lots of it! The rest of the day is made up of adhoc farm duties and responsibilities which includes but is in no way limited to; veggie gardening, paddock cleaning, fencing, yard maintenance, moving irrigation etc. Volunteers will be expected to assist in any one of these areas for an hour or two to complete their working day.
Whilst our primary needs are for hands-on individuals, who don't mind a bit of dirt, having someone on board with proven marketing and administrative skills would be very advantageous for our future development. Whichever way, the environment will best suit individuals with high moral values and a healthy work ethic.
We offer basic accommodation in the form of a guest room that sleeps 2 individuals on a short to medium term basis, dormitory style. Furnishings are standard and economical. Water and electricity supply included. Ablution facilities are shared.
We also have ample space to pitch a tent.
Volunteers will be provided with at least 2 meals per day, most likely breakfast and dinner but we are flexible in this area. We love to cook and enjoy the fellowship that comes with sharing a meal. Eggs and vegetables are readily available on the farm.
There is no shortage of things to do in ones down time, whether it be on or off the property. Depending on individual riding ability, volunteers may be able to spend some time out on horseback. Alternatively they can explore the great outdoors off site... Homtini River, The Drupkelders, Jubilee Creek and various other hiking and cycling hot spots are only a stone through away! Transport can also be arranged to and from Knysna town or any of the surrounding beaches; Buffels Bay being the most popular surf spot.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week