Gorgeous Numbi Valley in the Klein Karoo 33

Numbi Valley on Eco Atlas

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Lying in the warm winter sun overlooking the organic olive grove, the aloes is full amber flower and the majestic Swartberg mountains with the wide Karoo sky reflected in the fresh water pool the words that floated through my head were ‘This is bliss. This is beauty’. And it is, both blissful and beautiful to stay at Numbi Valley as you sigh off the worries of the world and immerse yourself in the fresh air, the stillness and the incredible vistas of this secret valley in the Klein Karoo.

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Numbi Valley is an active permaculture farm growing fresh vegetables, fruit and olives and owners Kathryn and Ross are living out the off-grid, self sufficient dream so many of us secretly or silently harbour. The self catering cottage is a lovingly restored labourer’s cottage with beautiful finishes and touches from the bathroom in earthy tones of wood and stone to the African basketry, fresh flowers and very necessary large and warmly roaring hearth. We woke up to a world washed clean by a rare Karoo rain and explored the microcosms of diamonds and dew drops dangling from aloe, spekboom and acacia thorns, each globe reflecting the rounded hills surrounding us. The cottage is also completely off-grid, with sweet water fed from a natural spring and warmth and light from solar and fire, so rainy days call for a donkey fired hot shower, deliciously rewarding. Our days were spent cycling the quiet farm roads, exploring the diverse plants and succulents on the walking paths, taking the time to watch the complex scurryings of termites as they stocked up their nests and yes, blissfully suspended in a hammock in the boma allowing our eyes to soften and relax on the horizon.

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So not only did Numbi Valley tick all our boxes for beauty and bliss, it just felt so good that our weekend away was one where we could truly tread lightly on the earth. We ate organic greens freshly picked from the abundant veggie garden, saved our kitchen scraps for the farm chickens, played family games by the light of solar power and made our pizzas in the exquisitely sculptured outdoor oven with wood harvested sustainably on the farm. A feel good holiday of note, the only question that remains is, when are we going back?

To book your weekend away visit their Eco Atlas page for contact details.


Change Makers – Kathryn and Ross Eybers

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I asked them why they have chosen this way of life, what inspires them to do what they do. Ross replied with a smile, “Is there another way?” Kathryn explained that it’s because of the principles of permaculture, they don’t want to have any negative impacts and they want to multiply the positive impacts. When they bought the farm the land was dead, bulldozed and then intensely farmed with ostriches (one of the worst kinds of farming for nature and biodiversity, food for thought when ostrich meat is marketed as the healthy option…) There were barely any birds and the absence of frogs was deathly quiet. And slowly they started growing and bringing back the natural harmony and now there is abundant life. And that, in a nutshell, is why they do what they do, to create abundance.

Eco Tip 1 – When building a natural cob house it is best to not use lime in the internal plaster  mixture, it causes the walls to shed powder when you touch them, for the best and strongest finish use just pure red Karoo earth (in this instance).

Eco Tip 2 – There is a fantastic large fridge/freezer by Bauer on the market which runs really well on solar power, is affordable and is available at OK Furniture.

Eco Tip 3 – Poplar wood is great for rustic construction as the poles stay free from insect damage without any chemical treatment (plus you are removing alien trees!)



GIVEAWAY: 2 Nights for 2 People at Numbi Valley Self Catering Cottage

This is your chance to experience the beauty and the bliss for your self and it’s really easy to enter! I will draw and announce the winners next Friday the 14th August.

You will be able to choose any two nights before the end of November 2015 (subject to availability) and will need to make your own way to Numbi Valley Permaculture Farm, between Oudtshoorn and De Rust.

Here’s how you enter, good luck!

1. Like Numbi Valley’s Facebook page

2. Like the Eco Atlas Facebook Page

3. Like and share the post on Facebook and tag who you would love to take with to Numbi Valley.

(4. For an extra entry you can write in the blog comments below who you would love to take with you or Tweet @EcoAtlas)




About Rhian

Rhian Berning just loves being mom to her two young ones and is passionate about making sure they will inherit a thriving planet. So she's on a journey is to find and document ways of living that are gentle on the planet and beneficial to all people. She loves telling the stories of the incredible people and places that are actively building a future beautiful and created the online Eco Atlas platform to bridge the gap between conscious consumers and sustainable businesses so we can all be everyday changemakers and vote with our wallets.

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33 thoughts on “Gorgeous Numbi Valley in the Klein Karoo

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    I would love to win this and take my other half, Luke. Bliss. Have not had a holiday together (alone) since the firstborn almost four years ago :)

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    I will take my boyfriend Simon! both of our birthdays are in August, so winning this would be an awesome way to celebrate!!!!

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    I would love to take my son who is in his final year studying environmental development and sustainability – would be great for him to have an off-the-grid experience. One of my best weekends away EVER was a couple of days in the Karoo about 3 years ago … now live in JHB and could really use another break!

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    Chanel Rossouw

    I would love to take my friends Althea and Simon here. I recently had a break-in during which my phone and car were stolen. The next day, Althea and Simon picked me up so I can loan their car and my beautiful friend with her super long legs jumped on the back seat so I could ride in the front. A small gesture that made me feel so much love in my heart! They are always present & supportive and best of all we LAUGH & cry together at this crazy thing called life.

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    Vince Lewis

    This looks like the place i need to be at, fantastic
    I can pick up some tips for my permaculture food forest that i have started
    I will take Karen , my lover of 22 years

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    Marlize van Niekerk

    I would love to take my huband and our two boys with me! We had a difficult year and I want to celebrate life! This place looks perfect!

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    I have done all that was asked to be able to enter. I would LOOOOVE to take my precious daughter with to experience this pure beauty. X

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    Mandy Pelser

    I would live to take Jonathan Britton with me to this beautiful place as we both enjoy this style of living and could sorely do with some peace and quiet with our kids getting “back to basics”. I have extreme respect for people who follow their dreams and follow this way of life! I would love to let my children experience this way of life out of the high tech world where cell phones rule their lives!

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    I would love to win this and take my partner Owen Finley with me!
    We have started a Permaculture garden in our backyard to work towards our dream and would love to experience and be inspired by what Numbi Valley Permaculture Farm are doing!

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    Sharon Farr

    I would take my dear friend Vanessa Farr on this weekend away to thank her for her generosity in my time of need and because she would looooove this off the grid paradise adventure

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    Christina Schild

    Oh gosh these pictures took my breath away. I would nothing more than to be able to visit this piece of paradise with my eco-boyfriend! Imagine the stars! Please please please from a poor university student with a passion for the environment and travels :)

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    Lizl Swart

    I’ve never been to the Karoo, and experiencing it in this totally green and off-the-grid way must be the absolutely awesome! Will definitely take my hubby :)

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    Di Brown

    I would love to escape for some solitude in nature with my bestie of 26 years, Liz Broadley. Nothing can beat the Karoo for connecting with the earth and restoring your soul.

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    Matty Smith

    Sal graag n naweek by Numbi Valley wil spandeer saam my man, Kyle Smith en die Karoo se vêr verlate vlaktes en die wind se gevluister geniet