Numbi Valley… just the name stirs a longing for those wide open spaces, stark majestic beauty and the sense of unbound freedom… This gem is set on 70ha of land in a Klein Karoo valley and is alive with biodiversity. The ever present view of the magnificent Swartberg Mountain Range is humbling with Numbi Valley Permaculture Farm as a beacon of light shining the way to a more sustainable way of living.
We were looking forward to our 100% off-the-grid getaway in the renovated labourers cottage at Numbi Valley Permaculture Farm. In the last week of July we made our way over the scenic Outeniqua Pass, through Oudtshoorn, heading in the direction of the quaint village of De Rust in the Western Cape. I simply loved that country feeling when we took the Middelplaas turnoff a couple of kilometers before the village and the tyres connected with the dirt road!
On arrival we received a warm welcome from Kath who gave us a tour of the cottage and surrounding facilities, ensuring that we knew how to use everything and that we had all that we needed.
The cottage is gorgeous, rustic, creative, very comfortable and romantic. There are so many aspects and details that kept us enthralled, from the light fittings (some made out of dried aloe, others out of porcupine quills) to the indoor donkey in the bathroom that produces piping hot water to compensate for the solar geyser on cloudy days. Waiting for the kettle to whistle and going outside to pick organic veggies and herbs to prepare a meal are all part of the Numbi experience. The kitchen is fully equipped and a dream to cook in – loved the gas stove and would never have guessed that Ross picked it up second hand and restored it!
The lounge leads out to the stoep which is surrounded by indigenous vegetation. This piece of land was once barren but has been successfully rehabilitated by Kath and Ross and today looks completely natural. Further down the olive groves sway to the breeze and symphony of birdsong coming from the reeds by the river. From here you can see for miles and all that you see is breathtaking!
During our cozy Winter-visit the thirsty Karoo land was blessed with some rain and we awoke to snow topped mountains in the distance. With the Swartberg Mountain range and famous Meiringspoort Pass so close, Numbi Valley is a terrific base for adventure and exploration. Having travelled the area many times prior, we chose to remain on the farm as it completely captivated us.
We enjoyed the outdoor fire pit where we drummed under a full moon and relaxed playing games beside the indoor fireplace when the rain came. We look forward to return to Numbi in the summer to take full advantage of the plunge pool in the Klein Karoo heat, to laze in the hammock and to get inventive with the outdoor pizza oven.
Anticipating a fantastic but really rustic experience; Numbi Valley Permaculture Farm exceeded all expectations. We adapted to life off-the-grid seamlessly and effortlessly without having to compromise (if you have to blow-dry and straighten your hair everyday then you will have to compromise). This farm is one of our favorite nature retreats and destinations to unwind in South Africa. It is natural. It is peaceful. It is sustainable.
Sadly our time ran out and we had to head home. The owners and hosts, Kath and Ross, truly inspired us. The creativity, ingenuity, consciousness and energy that they put into their home, the cottage and the land has transformed it into a refuge. We learned a lot from them as they walked us through their organic fruit and veggie gardens and cob buildings and we highly recommend you pay Numbi Valley Permaculture Farm a visit for an authentic, totally off-the-grid nature retreat created by two beautiful people who genuinely walk the walk.
Numbi Valley Permaculture Farm carries the 5 Green Heart Seal for efforts to protect and conserve the environment by implementing the following practices: Recycling, Green cleaning, Use of local and organic produce, Sustainable energy acumen, Eco architecture, Water Wise practices, Land rehabilitation. More information about their Green Acts for Sustainable Tourism.