Join a small eco-development, spending time to reconnect and to learn about living a simple life without modern conveniences in Durama, Uganda




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  • Description


    This is a small scale eco development on one of the beautiful craterlakes in West Uganda. Our private jungle up to the lake with indigenous monkeys and many birds species and the 3 hippos in the lake make for a paradise setting to enjoy many walks, views over different lakes and living within the local Rutooro community. We are an eco establishment with a small cottage for guests , staff cottage and a new overlanding campsite. We believe in permaculture principles and build naturally, wood, reeds, rocks and mud. The jungle has various paths and spots to sit, reflect and meditate and a new Interactive Jungle Experience is being development to focus on Nature Immersion, Meditation and Self Reflection. The farm is recently started by longterm overlander Martijn who found himself stranded here due to the global crisis. Garden beds are being developed and planted, seeds are put in the ground and a small self sufficient garden with natural farming and healthy varieties of food is in the making.
    We love art and welcome any art to be added to the forest and property and allow the flow of artistic ideas to direct what we create. We welcome any conscious people to join us and live on this piece of paradise and help us develop this further, to grow and create, to reflect and admire and live a simple and basic life connected with nature.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Art Projects

  • 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

    Creating with and in nature will allow for time to reconnect, to learn about living a simple life without modern conveniences but oh so rewarding. You will learn how the locals live as we are surrounded by villagers and live together with them. The children in the village, local traditions and a way of life that is simple and fulfilling. To learn how to use local resources to build and create. To cook on an open fire and stare at the make music and art.... You will benefit from working with our carpenter and functional wood artist Martijn who also runs the permaculture project and share experiences and knowledge to live in collaboration with the land instead of the abuse of land the world sees as normal. You will have much time to walk around the craterlakes, enjoy amazing views, wildlife in the area and the occasional visit to Fort Portal, the closest town to have access to any facilities needed.

  • Help


    Farming; small scale permaculture farm for own use and future processing into jams, pickles and chutneys etc. This includes landscaping and planting trees.
    Building; using natural resources to create more spots to sit in the forest, toilet/shower building, finish staff cottage and new projects like a treehouse!
    Art; creativity is key and any art is welcome like woodwork, painting, upcycling to be added to the gardens and forest. Signs need to be made and new ideas are welcome.
    Land development; creating paths and an Interactive Jungle Experience for future visitors.
    General; we cook (vegetarian) together and eat tasty local food, we clean and live together with lots of time to be alone and to do your own thing.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Our helper cottage has space for 4 in total, build with natural materials, the main cottage with the deck and kitchen, the gardens and jungle in front of us, its all part of the daily activities and living with nature.
    There are single beds including bedding, a longdrop toilet and bush outdoor shower.

    3 meals a day are included and cooked together.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    This area is highly popular for its many sights and activities such as Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National Park (7 km away), the many craterlakes and forests in the immediate area, Gorillas in Bwindi (160km away) and Queen Elizabeth National Park with the Big 5. Day trips on the motorbike, hiking through the jungle, visiting coffee and tea plantations and local communities...the list is endless!!

    We live a simple life, solar for lights and to charge your phone, no running water as we rely in the rain or get it from a local stream, waking up with the sun and going to bed with the moon..we prefer not to indulge in alcohol but you are free to have a drink in the village. We grow food, talk to our dogs, listen to the birds and monkeys, meditate and create beauty within all this beauty.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly acccept pets

    Can possibly acccept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 843471949593