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5 guests
2 bedrooms
5 beds
1 bath
5 guests
2 bedrooms
5 beds
1 bath
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Ages 2 - 12
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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.

The space

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.

Interaction with guests

Feel welcome!

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.


Extra people $19 CAD / night after the first guest
Weekly Discount: 13%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed, 1 single bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds
Common spaces
1 sofa bed

House Rules
Check in is anytime after 12PM (noon)
Check out by 12PM (noon)


1 night minimum stay

6 Reviews

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Duncan User Profile
January 2017
We had a great stay at Bon Tempo before our long trip home. Volkher and Claudia were very friendly and accommodating. The dogs on the property were also very friendly and knew boundaries of where they were were not allowed to go (guest rooms etc).

Shelley User Profile
March 2016
We had some wonderfully relaxing days at Bon Tempo. Our 'Villa Sunset' was cosy, clean and furnished with much love. The kind hosts Claudia and Volkher were always willing to help or chat if wanted but also respected our privacy. The farm was easiler to find than we thought, the landscape and view are beautiful and the experience of feeding a tame zebra unique.

Sean User Profile
March 2016
Made welcome on arrival Just expected Quiet Rustic Out of the way accommodation Lots of stars Donkeys, Dogs and Zebras as neighbours Will be back

Marc User Profile
July 2015
Excellent rustic experience with very friendly, helpful and environmentally-conscious hosts and a menagerie of friendly animals on the property and a great breakfast. Rough road to reach the property but a great place.

Debbie User Profile
February 2015
Claudia & Volkher are great hosts!Their property is lovely - unusual and pretty left of centre ;) The position is wonderful - rural but not too remote - with easy access to Grahamstown. A gorgeous breakfast is available on request - I suggest you make this request :)

Mareike User Profile
July 2015
Eine sehr besondere Unterkunft umgeben von wunderschöner Landschaft. Sehr ruhige Gegend! Sicherlich perfekt, um bei warmen Wetter den Sonnenuntergang anzusehen und hoffentlich bald in der von Volkher künstlerisch gestalteten Braai Area ein leckeres Abendessen zu genießen. Wo gibt es sonst nochmal die Chance, Zebras aus nächster Nähe zu betrachten? Unser Cottage war sehr komfortabel und gemütlich eingerichtet. Schade, dass wir nur einen so kurzen Aufenthalt hatten. Wären gerne noch länger geblieben! Claudia und Volkher sind sehr nette Gastgeber, sprechen sowohl Deutsch als auch Englisch.. vermutlich auch noch mehr Sprachen :) und waren sehr zuvorkommend. DANKE! :)

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Grahamstown, South AfricaJoined in September 2013
Claudia User Profile

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.

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