Explore the landscapes of South Africa and help with tourists from all over the world on our farm in Nieu Bethesda, South Africa

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South Africa

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  • Description

    Description

    Hi there,
    We are a family of four. We have two sons. The eldest is working here on the farm with us and the youngest has moved to the Netherlands for a few years. Together we run a sheep/ cattle farm in the heart of the Karoo area - It is situated just outside Nieu Bethesda in the foothills of the majestic Sneeuberg Range sixty kilometres north of Graaff Reinet.
    With help from the locals we manage to keep the farm open for tourists so they can experience the land that meets the sky. The original farmstead and outbuildings have been renovated to guest accommodation inspired by the rustic and warm spirit the Karoo brings with it. We can accommodate groups up to 26 people.
    At the moment we are busy with a building project to create a house for my son and his wife by joining two old buildings. Help with that as well as general upkeep, office work, garden and tourism related work is always welcomed.
    Our passion is to show people our surroundings and share our discoveries of Bushmen rock art, and Karoo fossils which we keep in our farm museum.
    We often take animals, who has been hurt, in to rehabilitate them. That includes some meercats, birds, buck, and Helen the Owl - Helen was brought in with a broken wing. She stayed around for 6 years. One of our workawayers had some experience with owl training, and she made quite a progress with her. Helen has just left the farm to experience the wilder world. We are glad we could get to know her in the 6 years she was part of our lives. You never know what kind of animal will come in.
    If you are interested in having a great time in South Africa, exploring the landscapes, and helping with tourists from all over the world, this is the place for you - The Karoo area is filled with undiscovered history, and you can be a part of that.
    We welcome workawayers all year round. We are very busy in the summer holidays and would welcome help from someone that is prepared to stay for the whole of December at least, but prefer ones that will stay for half of January too, when the holidays end. Over Christmas we close for about 4 nights and on old years eve you will experience the yearly lantern parade in the village.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Hospitality/Tourism
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Come share our live style in a real SA home. Experience the problems and the pleasures we have in our country with the very diverse cultures. We will let you experience how we live on a farm in the Karoo. In the middle of no where.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help

    Help

    There is always something to do on our farm - We have a lot of tourist that need to be kept happy when visiting most months of the year. Sometimes functions. If they are not here there is always renovations to do. So there is plenty of chores to do... But it really depends on what there will be needed at the time. You can always do some maintenance on the farm such as painting and rebuilding, help with computer, Office work, take care of the animals or help with general work involving tourists or just what ever we as family are doing. At the moment we are doing some building projects as well.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We will accommodate you in a nice and cozy room with your own bathroom. All linen provided.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    - Our workawayers are free to use all the facilities on the farm such as our swimming pool, hiking trails, etc. Our area has a lot of opportunities for walking/hiking in the veld, so it is advisable to bring hiking-boots.
    -The small village of Nieu-Bethesda 7km from here, is a real art village where you can relax at the local pub or coffee shops/ restuarants.
    -Graaff-Reinet 60km from here is a historical village (the 4th oldest town of SA) It also has the Valley of Desolation.
    - We have dogs and cats.
    - We don't mind a beer once in a while, but if you are looking for night life this is not the place for you. We do not allow drugs and smoking.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    we do have internet and wifi but it can be up and down as we are on a farm. So if that does not matter you are most welcome.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    As we are on a farm it is very safe and we have a campground.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    One

  • ...

    Hours expected

    It just depends on what happens on the day, eg if there is a function we might ask for more help. But will give you more off then when you want to go somewhere. (max 25 hours)

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