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February 21, 2012

Homtini Guest Farm

Choose between a forest cottage with its balcony nestling amongst the indigenous tree tops or a luxury safari tent tucked sympathetically into the Cape Fynbos and immerse yourself in the peace and tranquility that only nature can bring.

Spend your days exploring the farm’s own forest reserve, getting to know the animals, lazing by the pool or taking a short trip to the myriad attractions and outdoor activities that make Knysna such a bustling and popular South African holiday destination.

In the evening why not book a sauna or simply sit on your deck watching the African sun disappear over the nearby Outeniqua Mountains before cooking a meal of having a ‘Braai’ all with delicious locally sourced produce.

Both the cottages and lodge tents are very well equipped, cosy and yet reasonably priced. Homtini, is a 90 ha Organic Farm with over 60 ha of indigenous forest and is a haven for all of those seeking to spend time in nature, sleep under the stars and generally get away from the ‘hustle and bustle’ of day-to-day life.

Cottages have a lounge with an open plan kitchen, 2 bedrooms (queen-size bed and 2/3 single beds), bathroom with shower, TV and open fireplace. Each secluded cottage is surrounded by a wooden deck with its own private Braai (BBQ) that offers breathtaking of the Garden Route’s Outeniqua Mountains.

The two Family Lodge Tents are located on a large secluded site, with large campfire and seating and come with en-suite bathrooms and a wooden veranda, all set on the edge of the forest with beautiful mountain vistas and possibly the outdoor shower with the best view in the Western Cape.

The couple’s lodge tents are ideal for the romantically inclined as they are tucked away all on their own on the border of the forest and the cape fynbos. With their own en-suite bathrooms, kitchenette and weber Braais on the deck you might just not want to leave the place!

F a c i l i t i e s

The cottages are located in dense indigenous forest and each has its own character and style.

Each cottage contains:

• A lounge with an open plan kitchen with a fridge which has a freezer compartment
•Two bedrooms (one with a queen-size bed and one with two or three single beds)
•A bathroom with a shower
•The comfortable furnishings include TV, electric stove and microwave, fireplace, outside braai and ceiling fans in the bedrooms
•Each cottage is surrounded by a wooden deck that offers breathtaking views on the forested hills below
•We supply each cottage with linen, towels and soaps

The large tented lodges are equipped with:

• A double bed and a bunkbed with all linen provided
•A dining table with four chairs
•A wooden cupboard with cups, plates and utensils
•An electric watercooker for your cup of tea in the morning
•A supply of tea, coffee, sugar, pepper and salt will be provided
•Each tent has a fridge, an en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and two washing basins
•Shared between the two tents is a large braai area right on the crest of the hill, and a rustic kitchen with two gas stoves, preparation surfaces and sinks.
•Each Family Tented Lodge has its own private braaiplace and each Couples tented Lodge has a Gas BBQ on it’s deck

On-site Facilities:

•Firewood & Braaiwood available
• Veggie Patch and Herb Garden
•Outdoor swimming pool
•Park right next to your cottage in a safe environment
•Pets allowed in our pet-friendly Hazel Cottage
•Sauna/steam room
•Television in cottage (no satellite) & DVD machine
•A selection of books & DVD’s are available
•Kids’ swings
•Safe farm roads for kids to ride bicycles on
•Available at Additional Cost : Babysitting, Extra Cleaning Services and Ironing Service

On The Farm For You:
•All guests have free use of the swimming pool and sauna.
•Aromatherapeutic Massage available in the comfort of your Forest Cottage or Tented Lodge- on the deck in Summer and in Winter, next to a roaring fire.
• There are three walking trails through 60 ha of private indigenous forest .
•Food supplies can be obtained from a mini-market just down the road which sells lots of fresh local produce.
• On arrival we will give you a map of the local area and also plenty of information about things to do in the Garden Route which is compiled in a large folder in each cottage. We will be pleased to help you find your way around.
•Kids, bring your bikes!

Or why not take a look at:
•Our herd of multi-coloured Nguni Cattle
•Come and get fresh eggs for breakfast – straight from the hen if you dare!
•Taste the farm honey, although we recommend you let us get this one for you!
•We have a sandpit / play area for the kids
•Take an invigorating forest walk, steam-off in the sauna followed by a soul-rejuvenating massage

Close To The Farm:
•Bordering Homtini Guest Farm is the Millwood Nature reserve with its beautiful golden streams and waterfalls in a large rainforest and its historic gold mines . To enjoy: romantic picnic sites with braai areas, a little café with home-made food and plenty of hikes through the forest which you can end by jumping in a cool deep spring!
•We are 15 km inland from the Goukamma Nature Reserve , a coastal area with deserted beaches , high sand dunes with walking paths and the Goukamma river which is great for canoeing (the river at the bottom of the guest farm comes out into the Goukamma River).
•Forest walks and Cycle trails

•Just up the road from the guest farm you can go for beautiful forest horserides or a flight in a micro-light plane.
•For the more adventurous Knysna and its surrounds is a centre for outdoor pursuits, anything from diving, abseiling, quad-biking, paragliding, and even bungy jumping is within easy reach.
•Knysna with its wonderful variety of shops, restaurants, pubs, cinemas and lagoon cruises is only twenty minutes away. Twice per year Knysna organizes some special events: The Oyster Festival during the first two weeks of July, with mountain bike competitions, marathons and the famous Waterfront.

• Coming from Cape Town on the N2 you go past the Buffels Bay turn-off and take the next left turn to Rheenendal, (about 8 km before Knysna).
• After 14 km along the Rheenendal road, you will reach a sign that says ‘Homtini Pass’.
•At that point the tarred road becomes gravel and the entrance to the farm is on the left hand side.
•Coming from the Knysna side, drive around the lagoon, cross the ‘white bridge’ and then start to climb up the N2 heading to George.
•Just before the top of the hill you will see the sign to Rheenendal, take this and follow the instructions above.

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