Honeyville Nature Reserve in the Eastern Cape, is made up of approximately 800 hectares of land composed of 40 hectares of old arable terrain with mother line irrigation. There is an artesian well which which is fed from an underground river. There are 2 rivers running through the reserve, both of which are flowing all year round. The pools along the river are naturally filled with water lilies, water blommetjies, and fern. There are areas that are typical wetland filled with reed and sections of the river further upstream that are rich in palmsriet indicative of flash floods, a healthy sign.
The remaining wild land is made up of terrain rich in bio-diversity due to its unique convergence of all the Nature Biomes. This adds to it’s already rich cultural heritage owing to its historical value, that of being the territory of the local Gamtqwa tribe.
This attractive composition of land with its surrounding mountains and valley protected by its Nature reserve Status provides us with the opportunity to live within a protected wild land reserve inhabited by Wildlife, sustained by organic farming (permaculture and biodynamic)and its natural water resources. Regular sightings are made of Bushbuck, Grysbok (endangered), Duiker, Hare, Vervit Monkeys and less seldom seen but prevalent are the Bat eared fox, Aardvark, Otter, Lynx, Porcupine, Wild Boar, Puff Adders, Boom slang, Night Adders. There is an overwhelmingly abundant sanctuary of bird life with species ranging from Buzzard, Giant Eagle Owl, Lurie, Secretary Birds, Blue Crane, Storks, Geese and Mandarin ducks and hundreds of others (ref ornithologist).
The arable lands are ideal for supporting a sustainable lifestyle, enabling one to farm organic produce. The vision we have for Honeyville includes the setting up of permaculture gardens (organic food gardens) with a variety of food and medicinal herbs for personal use and for producing revenue for the farm. In addition to groceries we want to plant fruit and nut trees as well as harvest various types of berry). The soil on Honeyville has been approved for the planting of an Olive grove, Grape vineyard (stok-wyn) and Lavender fields. (see Olive Planting Honeyville)
Honeyville presently has 7 cows and 2 bulls whose grazing is rotated in specific pastures suitable for grazing. We do not want to grow the herd and only need what would be necessary to support the community’s daily milk requirements and for cheese making. We do not support the killing of animals for meat.
Our 4 horses are also free grazers. These horses can be ridden and need daily contact to support a healthy and harmonious relationship between man and horse, enhancing our connection with nature.
Surfs up/Lets shop
Honeyville’s proximity to the local beaches is an added feature as the popular and well-known surf spots of Jeffreys Bay and St Francis are within a 25 km range and is also situated only 25 km from the Kondoma Gate of the Baviaans Kloof Nature Reserve. Jeffreys and St Francis also sport a number of worthwhile popular restaurants and unique shops as well as the new Polo Clinic in Jeffreys Bay. The new centre has a Pick n Pay, Woolworths Clothing and Food outlet as well as a cinema.
The distance to the nearest town of Humansdorp which provides all essential amenities is literally 16 km from the main farm-house. There are added services such as a small clinic and a vet.
St Francis Bay