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In 2015, I was blessed with the opportunity to create a project in an idyllic private nature reserve nestled in the mountains of Mpumalanga in South Africa, the place where the sun rises. We started with a few abandoned huts on the side of a mountain, and now we have a fenced wildlife conservancy run by a team of international volunteers.
My dream was to start a community founded on a completely self-sufficient way of life, which later transformed into a ‘Wildlife Conservancy’ project whose vision redefines “community conservation” by integrating the indigenous community with the preservation of native wildlife.
This is how we make it sustainable. We operate 100% off-grid and free from the regulation of society. We tap nature for our daily needs such as a spring for water, naturally-grown gardens for food, and solar energy for power and recycle all our waste.
We are taking on more challenging endeavors. We continuously evolve and seek opportunities to rehabilitate the indigenous wildlife in this part of Africa. This is where you, our dedicated volunteers, come in.
We welcome those wanting to reconnect with nature and find a deeper purpose in life. Your generous hard work will help us lay the foundation for this remarkable mission.
Aide avec des éco-projets
Bricolage et projets de construction
S’occuper des animaux
Aide dans une ferme
Cuisine/repas pour la famille
Aide à la maison
Accueil / tourisme
Looking at all the project work to be done and all the equipment available on site, here is a list of thing a volunteers might learn while staying here:
- Construction: learn and apply a 'patented building technique' for cheap, re-deployable housing and furnishings.
- Nature: explore the majestic beauty of this pristine indigenous forest that gives way to many waterfalls nearby.
- Water: learn how to tap a spring, harvest rain and pump from a river all in one integrated circuit.
- Solar Power: learn how to design and install off grid solar power systems .
- Permaculture: grow plants using design methodology that works with nature, not against.
- Wildlife Management: learn how to conserve and rehabilitate wildlife.
- Waste Management - see how to live without throwing away anything and manage all waste onsite.
- Volunteer Organiser: coordinating volunteers ensuring everyone has work, managing food prep and general cleanliness
- Design: grasp the basics of photography, graphic design, website design, jewelry making, bead work, interior design
- Outreach: help rural Africans connect to a global market by selling their clothing products online.
- Advanced: how to print on a 3D printer and how to build and use a CNC router.
To prepare the way for a wildlife conservancy for people and animals there is always something for us to do. And to have something to do in this beautiful place is such a blessing . So with the rather lofty goal of setting up a wildlife conservancy, we will consider remuneration depending on previous experience and a trial period of 1 month.
Regardless of role, we all have to commit to the basic set of daily, weekly, monthly tasks including:
• Cooking – preparing daily vegan meals, organise and go shopping
• Cleaning - vacuuming, sweeping, wiping down kitchen, ablutions, cabins
• Animal Care: tending and feeding the domestic and wild animal
• Greenhouse - composting, mulching, planting, weeding, fertilising, harvesting
• Nursery and Gardens - composting, mulching, planting, weeding, fertilising, harvesting
• Trail Blazing – explore, cut and clear, stones
• Admin - quoting, bookings and general correspondence
• Assistance - with guest and/or other volunteers
• Firewood – wheelbarrow, chainsaw, axe
• Maintenance - painting, fences, roads, trails, wood stack, rubbish bins
• Fabrication – beadwork, sewing, knitting, painting murals
• Bamboo Collection– explore, cut and clear, position stones
• Wattle Chopping – explore, chop, transport
• Sign Making - map and routes, explore, names, plaques
• Road Leveling - clear, dig, level
Firstly, there are the communal cabins. With a somewhat rustic charm, is offers the basic comforts. There are two cabins available, each with space for two volunteers to share in each.
In addition, from the day a volunteer arrives they have the option to initiate their ‘First Project’. Volunteers are encouraged to build their own private cabin using a unique, modular housing system. Designed and developed for easy assembly (like a large tent) and yet offer the comfort and luxury of a wooden cabin (see the picture of the wooden cabin in the photo area).
So, keep in mind we are off the grid, every volunteer will have access to:
• Running water: pure mountain spring water
• Hot water: from a gas geyser in bathroom and electric geyser in kitchen
• Ablutions: with toilets, shower and basin
• Shower: gas geyser shower and a back-up ‘Solar Rocket’ shower!
• Cooking facilities: wood fired oven, gas stove, induction stove
• Accommodation: communal cabin, private cabin
• Power: from the solar array for cabin lights and digital devices
• Food: budget available for vegan menu
• Yoga: outdoor Yoga deck
• Internet: a ladder up a tree.. for the best signal in camp
THINGS TO PONDER
There is an amazing outreach initiative underway that needs volunteers,
This is the story printed on the label sold with each item:
“Walking through any one of Africa fabric markets, you cant help fall in love with the colourful, vibrant African print fabrics. To help bring these beautiful fabric to the world, we helped each tailor establish their own fashion label. It’s mainly women, who come together in groups, to make this item and they were paid fairly and treated with respect and dignity. Every buyer has direct access to the label who made their item making the whole supply chain completely transparent. This is the new global standard for ethical fashion. By purchasing this item you are supporting ethical trade. This helps the women of Africa create businesses and bring families and communities together to support themselves in a sustainable, responsible way.”
ANCIENT STONE CIRCLES: We are surrounded by these mysterious stone circles hinting at something truly astonishing about the history of humanity on earth. Scattered all the way to Mozambique and spread over many hundreds of kilometers, they are said to all converge in one main stone circle know as ‘Adams Calendar’ not far way at Kaapsehoop.
Right here on the property, an enormous complex of interconnecting circles spans from the river all the way to the top of the mountain. One of the biggest complexes unveiled to date, it remains completely hidden by the indigenous forest. Spiraling circles combined with huge contoured terraces, the discovery resembles that of an ‘ancient village’ complex within an ‘stone temple’ multiplex, cascading across an entire mountainside.
BUTTERFLIES: Also, there is significant botanical interest in the area because of the natural enclosure of the canyon walls, the forest has been left undisturbed allowing for amazing diversity in flora and fauna. During mid summer, butterflies can be seen in such immense volumes they appear as thick as water streaming from one tree to the next, as the wind gently pushes them along, as far as the eye can see. A truly unforgettable experience.
KRUGER MILLIONS: The valley is steeped in history from the time of the Boer war during the 1900's. The valley once housed President Paul Kruger's Commandos during the period of his escape to exile via Lourenco Marques (Maputo). During his stay he had a massive amount of gold brought in (7 train carriages full) and buried it somewhere in the area. Known as the ‘Kruger Millions’ it has never been found and is another fascinating mystery in the area.
ANIMALS: Nourished by the Joubert Spruit tributary of the Elands River, the natural water supply is fountain fed from the mountain tops and of the highest quality. At no stage during the past 60 years has the stream ever dried up. The Nature Reserve is ecologically contained and home to many species of fauna e.g. Bushbuck, Baboon, Klipspringer, Duiker, Steenbok, Vaal Reedbuck, Vervet Monkeys, Leopard, Genet, Rooikat, Rock Pythons and even a very shy male Hippopotamus. Bird life includes, Black Eagle, Steppe Buzzard, Kites, Falcons and some very curious Lapwings.
IN THE AREA: We are situated in a mountain canyon where you will find one of the best rock climbing areas in the country and in the top 10 globally. There is also some great mountain biking, hiking and walking trails. There is also opportunity to travel to see the 'Big Five' in the Kruger Park, God's Window in Blyde River canyon, Swaziland and the Archipelagos of Mozambique.
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Nous avons des animaux
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Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week