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You must visit the Greyton Farm Animal Sanctuary at Tabularasa Farm in Greyton.
Your hosts Nicola and Rohan are two gentle souls doing meaningful work for the animals and the environment in the Greyton area. It is heart-warming and rejuvenating to not only be out in the fresh country air surrounded by majestic mountains and picturesque beauty but to enjoy the presence and touch of these rescued farm animals adds to this special experience.
We had a memorable stay on the farm with visits to the pigs and lots of tummy scratching; we went for a walk with the two farm dogs and the three lambs join us on the walk which was magical; there are two geese on the farm and a few chickens too and many cats who have made the farm their home, a special mention for Kittoh, her majesty, who hosted us in the barn, where we stayed.
It makes my heart happy knowing these lost, abandoned, abused and neglected farm animals have a place they can call home and are living happy peaceful lives on the farm. We left feeling enthused to continue our work of changing the world into a more compassionate one, one meal at a time. Thank you for the great work you do.
The BARN has been converted into large open plan bedroom with a second bed, lounge and mini kitchenette. You may also use the kitchen in the main house for additional facilities. It is ideal for a couple with friend or children. It is big and very comfortable with a very effective wood-burning stove. For the moment (until renovations are done), you will have to walk to the composting loos and hot showers.
The HUT looks almost like a caravan on wheels and ideal for a couple or single person. The hut does not have electricity but they have solar lamps and you can use the main house for kitchen facilities and re-charging. There is an internet connection from the hut. You will need to walk to the composting loos and hot showers.
What to pack: torch, candles, comfortable clothes (warm clothes in winter), gumboots or similar. Plus of course food, drinks & toiletries, you need for your stay. They supply bedding and towels and extra blankets if required.
You can visit the Farm Animal Sanctuary anytime, just contact Nicola or Rohan to make arrangements. Should you wish to stay the night, please check availability. Donations of R450 per night are requested to aid them with food for the animals.
The Greyton Farm Animal Sanctuary is an amazing project and a worthy cause, should you wish to make a donation of food, blankets, material or cash, you may contact Nicola Vernon firstname.lastname@example.org or +27825587752
Alternatively you can make a donation right now using SpanScan. Just open the SnapScan App on your mobile, scan the QR code below and make a donation for any amount you can afford. Easy as one, two, three and all the animals will be very happy.
Directions to Greyton Farm Animal Sanctuary:
Drive into Greyton town and at 4-way stop (where the Post House hotel is on your left), turn right down DS Botha street. Pass Oak and Vigne Café, drive through the 4-way stop and then out onto dirt road, taking the main road as it swings round to the right. You are now driving out of Greyton on this road (towards Riviersonderend) but just go over the bridge then almost immediately, right down the Krige Road.
This is a long road, you will pass Silky Oaks Campsite on the right, then over the river, then the road swings round to the left. Keep going, passing a few farm labourer cottages on the left. At this point do NOT go straight on to Oewerzicht, instead follow the main road round to the right with a few the huge steel barns to your right. Drive past the orchards and then you will see our three grey roofed houses on the hill, to the left. Go past them for one kilometer until you come to a big old gum tree on your left by an open farm gate with the sign ‘Gelukshoop’ on it. Turn in here and then double back on yourselves towards the mountains and you will reach the farm gate to Greyton Farm Animal Sanctuary.
Please call Rohan (0832313728) to let him know when you are arriving.
When in Greyton
On your way in and out of Greyton, be sure to visit Pure Café (another one of Nicola’s projects) – the service is friendly and the food is good. They also have a range of vegan household products available for sale.
Shop 3, Greyton Oak Center, 41 Main Road (0825587752)
Pure Café is part of the Greyton Transition Town initiative – part of a vibrant, international grassroots movement that brings people together to explore solutions around environmental, economic and social challenges we face.
Also definitely worth a visit, with 13 vegan options on their menu, do stop and enjoy a delicious meal at The Hungry Monk and do have a drink in the All Bar Nun bar. They have a most interesting combo of Indian and Polish influence on their menu.
Main Street, Greyton (0282549680)