My hubby, Rob, and myself, Lynnie, took early retirement in 2015 and found our piece of heaven here on our farm, in Groot Marico, North West Province, South Africa. Our mentally and physically disabled son (now 41) joined us in 2016. We built 3 cottages on the farm and welcome guests in our self catering cottages. Our main attraction on the farm, other than lovely cottages, are our unpolluted skies which makes star gazing and unbelievable experience and our beautiful pristine Groot Marico River that runs through the farm. We have a citrus orchard with 150 citrus trees, some pecan nut and fig trees trees, poultry, and medicinal herbal plants. We offer peace and tranquility and beautiful nature surroundings in the UNESCO approved Marico Biosphere.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Learn about herbal/citrus harvesting and making various products. Learn great handy man skills. Develop a value of patience with time spent with our physically and mentally challenged 41 year old son. Respect for our unspoilt nature and UNESCO approved biosphere. Make new friends with the villagers. Improve your language skills if you are a foreigner (we speak English and Afrikaans and our farm labourer Tswana). Explore our amazing offerings in and around Groot Marico. Embracing UBUNTU (do onto others what you would want others do unto you)
Maintaining walking paths along the river and farm/general farm maintenance/helping with any possible new projects being undertaken/harvesting of herbs and making various products/picking citrus and making products/ad hoc assistance with our mentally and physically challenged 41 yrs old son/gardening/painting/pruning citrus trees/cutting up firewood/feeding our poultry and dogs/taking our dogs for walks/using our vehicle to run various errands/spring cleaning/assisting with washing dishes after evening meals in the main farmhouse/preparing your own breakfast and lunch with food provided by us/picking up pecan nuts and shelling these (small scale)
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One private cottage that sleeps 4 (2 privately and 2 in open plan area but we will predominantly only accommodate 2 at any one time). It has a private bedroom with a double bed and en suite bathroom. An outdoor bathroom that has a shower and toilet. Fully equipped kitchen. Open plan kitchen/sitting/dining room area with a splash pool and undercover braai/barbecue area. There is an indoor fireplace for those cold winter nights and a tv with dvd player (no DSTV so bring your own dvd's/cd's/movies). There are 2 single beds in the open plan area. Private entrance and private garden. We provide breakfast and lunch meals that the volunteers prepare themselves in the privacy of their cottage. Evenings we get together to enjoy a hearty meal together in the main farmhouse.
Unfortunately there is no reliable and safe transportation beyond Groot Marico and surrounds. If you do not have your own transport then cycling is really the only option available, but you may meet new friends and get around with them or travel around with us over weekends. Free time would see you walking, hiking (and spotting various game along your walks like giraffe, sable, warthog, kudu etc), reading, cycling, exploring the village 9 kms away or picnicing/fishing at the Groot Mario River that flows through the farm. The Groot Marico Eye is a heritage site where you can swim/snorkel/scuba dive and is 30 kms away. There is yoga/drumming/museums/war sites etc within close proximity of Groot Marico (for your won cost and arranging)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We have safe parking for any caravan, camper, vehicle, motorbike/other
You are welcome to bring a pet friendly dog along - 2 at the most. They need to be well socialised and trained and consideration must be given to our 2 farm dogs, Misty & Neo (cross between ridgeback and boerboel). You need to provide your own bedding and food for your dog/dogs and they are welcome to sleep inside the cottage, but not allowed on any of the furniture. A laundry fee will be charged if dogs spoil any furniture or bedding.
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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