Vegan nature lodge in the heart of the magical garden route in Knysna, South Africa



 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks



  • Description


    We are a magical peaceful Vegan eco Lodge - we are 15 kms outside Knysna on the beautiful and magical Garden Route, South Africa. We are a beautiful country smallholding on the edge of the forest.

    We are just 15 kms from the beaches and just outside of Knysna on the Garden Route, a very safe and protected national Reserve with forests and lakes.

    We have had to migrate to more permanent tenants so have less work in hospitality than before, however we do still offer our forest tents, camping and offer vegen meals.

    We need Workaway volunteers adhoc during the year to help maintain forests and pathways and other projects of housekeeping, maintenance, building, and gardening and we always need help seasonally especially in Dec and January which includes some aspects of hospitality and cooking.

    We ask that you stay for a minimum of 3 to 4 weeks. Currently we feel 1 month is ideal as it takes both Host and Volunteer a while to settle in and make headway with projects and to get comfortable with each other.

    We are offering a varied experience and welcome assistance on some or all of our projects.

    We do prefer Volunteers who are over 23 years of age with some worldly experience and can speak good English. Being in the country and a quieter country lodge that is not always busy you may be the only Volunteer, and it is not ideal for younger Volunteers who want to socialise a lot. However if younger and are keen please email a motivation as to why you would fit our needs and enjoy the more country peaceful vibes

    We need assistance on many levels with housekeeping, maintenance, online marketing, bookings and reception, we do host workshops though these only happen a few times a year, with occasional creative projects from soirees to holistic retreats.

    We have stared a new smaller organic garden so need help there with making beds veggie planting and weeding. creating forest pathways, camp sites, building timber decks and walkways in the forest, clearing dead scrub and bush from forests for fire protection, liaising with and taking care of Guests needs, Reception duties, Bookings, internet marketing, social media update, blogging, assisting with cleaning, , plus sustainable initiatives and building initiatives and maintenance.

    General work where help is needed.
    Organic veggie Garden - weeding, preparing beds for winter/summer, planting
    Reception - Welcoming guests
    Marketing, Social media, blogging
    Forest pathways - clearing and marking out where to go- building steps and timber decks & wood walk ways
    Cleaning and overseeing the help in the Cottages and Tents
    General Maintenance - painting, fixing etc
    Building - forest kitchen, timber decks, forest shower, tables, benches - helpful to know power tools
    Gardening - lawn mowing, general weeding and tidying plus re planting
    We are involved in adhoc musical Outreach projects in the 'Townships'
    We do Vegan catering for Guests plus Vegan Cooking lessons


    DAYS and HOURS:
    This will vary depending on projects we are working on. Full days = extra time off on other days. We offer comfortable in NOT shared accommodation, internet, and Organic healthy food in the evenings in exchange for 5-6 hours per day. Hours are well paced at 9 -1 and 2-4. As they are many rainy days where you will work less hours that can't be made up on other days so the extra hour balances out
    You work 5 days on and 2 days off, if there is weekend work, days off will be in the week.

    We offer volunteers comfy glamping tent accommodation when we are not busy with Guest holiday bookings or a dome tent when we are busy and fully booked.


    MEALS: We either offer fresh veg and supplies for 1 meal per day, being Dinner. The other meals you cater for yourself

    COMMUNAL MEALS: We try cook and eat Dinner communally at least a once or twice per week.

    DAYS OFF: Meals are for your own account with your own supplies cooked in your forest kitchen and eating Hut.



    - We are on a taxi Route and we do go to Town a few times a week.
    - Bicycle, we have a bicycle available for you to use

    Laundry: You will have to do your own laundry - we have a machine available.

    Animals: we have 4 cats, plus w more at our daughter's house, some duties may include P etc sitting if we areaway.

    We are surrounded by nature and welcome the wild life that comes visiting like monkeys and baboons.


    INTERNET: There is free internet for emails and FB not for downloading movies etc

    ADVENTURES: We get free adventure activities from time to time which Volunteers can make use of plus visits to ethical animal Sanctuaries carrying for elephants, monkeys, Lions and birds

    SOCIAL: We do go out to eat in the Town from time to time and you are welcome to join us (Restaurant meals are for your own account)

    SIGHTSEEING: We also take Volunteers on sightseeing trips in the area every now and again so you get to experience the beauty of our area.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Learning about our way of life being more sustainable and eco and Vegan!
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Interacting with local Staff and their way of life
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Possible outreach interaction with Africa Township Musicians learning and seeing their way life
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ A choice to visit to the Rasta Community - the only legal one in South Africa
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Experiencing the wild life and nature of the area

  • Help


    General work
    upkeep and planting of small
    organic veggie garden
    mark out and clearing of forest pathways
    clearing dead brush and scrub from forest
    building timber decks and walkways in the forest
    maintenance of buildings, painting roofs
    reception / guests/ bookings, internet
    social media marketing
    music studio assistance
    small time building and maintenance
    gardening - mowing, weeding, and raking

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Accommodation for workaways will be a dome Tent, or if available a Cabin or Forest Tents, all have beds and linen plus shared kitchen and communal bathrooms.

    In the high season times, Dec and January it will only be a camping tent.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    As we are in the Country having your own transport is a plus, however we are on a 'local taxi' Route, which takes you to Knysna for general sightseeing of the town and lakes, plus all the shops and restaurants, the last Taxi back to our way is around 7pm.

    We will collect and take Volunteers into Town when we have errands to run which is almost daily or every second day.

    Any special pick ups or drop offs will incur a petrol fee to cover costs of fuel.

    We often get free adventure experiences and offer this to Staff and Volunteers, as the area is well known for the myriad of Adventure activities like hiking, forest walks, mountain biking, kayaking, surfing, swimming, kite surfing, abseiling, forest canopy zip line rides, animal sanctuaries, bungy jumping etc. Though some of these are a half hour to an hours drive away, many are 10 - 15 km's from us

    We are 15 minutes away from 2 of the most beautiful pristine beaches and the main town of Knysna which is surrounded by forest and huge lakes.

    Locally ( near us ) there are yoga lessons and you can paddle on our lily pond and go for magical forest walks. We also host adhoc meditation and inspirational breath sessions on the property.

    Within walking distance there are farm stalls, an arty cafe, country road walks and forest pathways.

  • 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

    Currently we cannot accept digital nomads during the Christmas season. At other times for 4 hours per day, we offer a forest Tent though no meals. We have good internet and an outdoor work space

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    we have an eco camp ground with compost loo and cold shower

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    maximum 25 hours a week

Host ref number: 8529297944cb

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