Our little farm Bon Tempo is on a hillock in the beautiful Manley Flats valley, 20km from Grahamstown and surrounded by open nature and wildlife. We are keeping quails, some chicken and honey bees, and we have many cats, three dogs, some zebras and donkeys. We love to create and thousands of glass bottles found a new use as feature in walls and windows. And we love the view around, the birds singing and chatting, the remote bark of the baboons and the nocturnal cry of the jackals.
After the kids grew up and moved out we had plenty of space and changed it into a 2 bedroom flat for our guests, with own kitchen and bathroom. It has space for up to six people and is perfect for a small group of friends travelling together. Our little farm is about 45ha, most of it just open nature and inviting for a walk.
The grassland with acacia, aloe, euphorbia, trees, shrubs and herbs slopes down to dense riverside thickets. Wild animals living in this area, besides the ones that we keep, are small buck, bush pigs, aardvarks, jackals, caracals, genet cats, porcupines, baboons, small monkeys, huge land tortoises, iguanas and other reptiles, and a vast variety of birds ranging from the African fish eagle to minute sun birds, not to forget the arthropods – the quiet observer might just be lucky to spot several species of them.
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Other things to note
We have dogs and cats, all are friendly and love guests. Please bring no pets and dogs unless prior agreement. Living on a farm in natural surroundings is different to city life and animals like bats, geckos, beetles and spiders are common, but harmless in our area.
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Hi, I'm Claudia.
In 2003 I moved from Germany to South Africa. The reason was and is my man. I'm a mother of five and by now a granny, too. We love nature and art and keep some zebras, donkeys, dogs, cats and honey bees. We love doing creative things and many of our buildings have bottle art, the biggest of them is now a phallic art gallery and the art has spilled into our garden. I'm always busy with something and enjoy living a quiet rural life.