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Windhoek, Khomas, Namibia

Hôte : tatejoris
Publié le 24 Mars 2015

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Description générale

  • Résidence principale
Our home is attached to Namibia's only bird of prey (raptor) rehabilitation centre, 17 kms from the centre of Windhoek. The primary focus of the centre is to provide professional care and rehabilitation facilities for injured, orphaned and misplaced wildlife in order to facilitate their release back into the wild. This dedicated work is enhanced by an educational programme for "sustainable living" which includes housing non-releasable birds of prey in a holistic environment that operates in line with sustainable-use principles and appropriate technologies. We maintain a small clinic for the treatment of injured wildlife, kitchen and an education resource centre, as well as aviaries that are laid out over ten hectares of Namibian thornveld savannah. Operating almost entirely "off the grid", our home and centre are solar-powered, and while limited by low rainfall, manages to keep a small, but comprehensive organic collection of vegetables and herbs for home, staff and volunteer use. We have safe and comfortable independent volunteer accommodation, extensive hiking and mountain-bike trails, and a seasonally prolific diversity of wildlife.

Besoins et Animaux

  • Mes animaux
  • Nombreuses plantes
  • 2 chiens
  • 2 chevaux
  • Oiseaux
  • NAC
We have two dogs - one very large (great dane cross bull mastiff) female and an old small crossbreed sheepdog male. They are mostly outdoor during daytime, but stay indoors at night. They are fed in the morning and evening. Our dogs are all well-behaved, very friendly once they've been introduced, given personal attention and food by whoever stays.
The dogs need to be kept within the confines of our fenced homestead area - about one hectare.
A small vegetable/herb garden and tropical plant garden (all in containers) requires watering on a daily basis during the hot dry months - using hosepipes and several sprinkler systems - which take about 30 minutes to complete. You can harvest edible plant produce on demand, and are welcome to share excess with others. With exception of the dogs, all other animals and gardens are looked after by staff/volunteers.
Staff/volunteers need to be dropped off at taxi-depot (3kms from homestead) every afternoon at 5pm. Supplies for home, centre, staff and volunteers need to be purchased in town with the centre's vehicle. As a house-sitter you'll need to have a valid driver's license.
No significant skills required - keeping our dogs and gardens in good shape, creating a visible presence for visitors and neighbours, dealing with odd weekend phone-calls, and being able to drive to town to shop for food and other essentials (we provide a vehicle + fuel for this purpose) and drop off staff/volunteers on weekdays.

Vie pratique

  • Isolé
  • Plus de 500 m²
  • Plus de 1000 m²
  • Marché
  • Boutique / Supérette
  • Supermarché
  • Centre commercial
  • Médecin
  • Pharmacie
  • Hôpital
  • Vétérinaire
  • Internet
  • Télévision
  • Lave-linge
  • Congélateur
  • Jardin clos
  • Rez-de-chaussée
  • Pas accessible aux handicapés
We live in a 435 Ha wilderness area, bordering much larger cattle and game farms. It's very peaceful, with an excellent spectrum of wildlife (birds and mammals) to be seen while safely mountain biking or walking on our extensive trails. Large verandahs and shade trees around the home ensure a comfortable ambient temperature all year round. Bedrooms are fitted with mosquito nets and fans. Our homestead is secured with a perimeter fence and gates (to keep some larger wildlife out and our dogs in). We may have tenants in a small independent rental cottage some 300 meters from the main house. The homestead, workshops and cottages are all secured with burglar-proofing and independent alarm systems. Potable municipal water is supplied by pipelines to our storage tanks near the homestead. Hot water is provided by solar heating, and 230V electricity is provided by solar panels and battery bank; under normal circumstances this supply is more than adequate for daily 24h power consumption.
Windhoek, 20 minutes from home by car, has a diversity of restaurants and entertainment options, and has all the normal urban amenities and services, without the traffic jams of other cities!

Confort et Luxe

  • Un étage
  • 10 pièces dont 3 chambres
  • Régional
  • Véranda
  • Télévision / DVDthèque
  • Bibliothèque
  • Art et musique
WIlderness area with a comprehensive network of trails for mountain biking, horse riding and hiking/running, a wildlife observation hide for photography, great scenery, tranquility. We are also widely networked with environmental and conservation organisations in Namibia to ensure some extra-special tourism opportunities in Namibia's wilderness areas!

Tourisme et Loisirs

  • La montagne
  • La campagne
  • Musée
  • Cinéma
  • Théâtre / Opéra
If you do decide to come, there'll be some 2 weeks or so of freedom to visit Namibia, with a little help from our friends in Namibia's eco/adventure tourism sector! Namibia is characterized by vast open spaces, breathtaking scenery and great contrasts – ocean, dunes, mountains and deserts. The world’s highest sand dunes are at Sossusvlei in the Namib-Naukluft National Park. Namibia has easily accessible and world famous wilderness areas such as the Etosha National Park and the Fish River Canyon (second only to Grand Canyon in the US). Namibia offers great value for international visitors with a diverse range of lodges, tented camps and guesthouses to suit all budgets. It is also a popular and safe self-drive destination with some of the best infrastructure in Africa. Namibia boasts two spectacular deserts – the Namib and Kalahari Deserts, each with distinctive wildlife and scenery. Desert adapted wildlife such as black rhino and elephant are uniquely found in the Damaraland and Kaokoland areas of north-west Namibia. The Namib offers remarkably clear skies for astonomers and star gazers. The country offers superb birding and game viewing, including the coastal areas. Excellent fishing is available along the coast as well as from the banks of the Kavango and Kunene Rivers on the Northern borders.

Windhoek, Khomas, Namibia

Windhoek, Namibia

Disponibilités

Du Vendredi 2015

Au Samedi 2015

dates strictes

Our dates for this first trip are firm, with our expectation that a house-sitter(s) can arrive a couple of days early to run through a checklist of things to do. We have several trips planned later this year, so we'll be looking for house sitters again. We are also planning to travel from late June to mid July (dates not exact yet) and this would provide 2 weeks fo freedom to visit
Namibia, with a little help from our friends in the eco/adventure tourism sector!

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