Welcome to Wakhaya, the Xhosa word for “Our House”. When we say “Our House”, we include everyone who visits or stays here in the “Our”. In a way, this house is the property of all who rest a head on a pillow, drink a cup of tea, strum a guitar or tell a joke here. Wakaya is where you’ll be staying should you visit our beautiful country, South Africa.
There are two large bedrooms, each sleeping up to 2 volunteers, with more cupboard space than you’ll need. There is a dorm that sleeps 6. The 2 bedrooms share a bathroom. Bedding and towels are provided so there’s no need to bring your own, but in summer you’ll need your beach towel.
The house is modern, light and bright with a fully equipped kitchen with stove, microwave and washing machine. There’s a large central fireplace for the winter months, where, after a long day, volunteers sip a mug of hot chocolate next to a crackling fire. The property is set on half an acre of trees and lawn and there’s also a swimming pool to cool off in during summer. There’s a TV with free Netflix, but we often prefer to switch it off and swap stories or make music with drums and didgeridoos instead. There is also WiFi for Africa.
Oh, the views. If there was a competition for views in South Africa, we would get a medal. And possibly at the African Viewing Championships too. Perhaps the best part of Wakhaya are the magnificent 360 degree views of the bay and the surrounding mountains. From here you can see Hangberg and Chapman’s Peak framing the bay and right across the water to the Kommetjie lighthouse. Switch off the lights at night and watch as the lights glitter to the rhythm of the revolving light underneath a sky speckled with stars. Pick any room in the house and look out of a window: you’ll see a stretch of sea, a mountain or a forest. Owls hoot at night, squirrels rummage for fruit and birds of prey keep a beady eye from their perches on the wind. This is Africa at its best.
Wakhaya is situated at the end of a cul-de-sac, with no passing roads or foot traffic and so there is little noise to disturb. We can and often do make our own though. But it is chiefly a place of sanctuary, where volunteers come to rest up and share stories of their days in the field. So that’s Wakhaya, our house and yours. We look forward to you making it your home away from home.
-Volunteer counsellor and co-ordinator available 24/7
-Private and peaceful accommodation, bunk beds, housekeeper and clean, fresh linen.
-More free WiFi than you can shake a stick at, if you could shake a stick at WiFi
-Private garden, sun/view deck, sparkling pool
-Braai (South African BBQ) area
-Magnificent views of the harbour, ocean, surrounding mountains and forests
-Modern kitchen equipped with all amenities: toaster, microwave, fridge/freezer, kettle
-Washing machine facilities
-Plenty of storage space for luggage
-Entertainment such as TV, DVD player, drums, a didgeridoo, board games and a reading room with plenty of great books to dive into
-Shower and toilet facilities
-Serenity, peace and quiet
-Birdwatching opportunities: eagle owls, guinea fowl, kites, hawks, hummingbirds and more butterflies that a nervous stomach
-Transport to and from Hout Bay malls at specific times of the week
-Africa's finest forest and mountain walks literally from our doorstep
-500m walk from famous Hop-on Hop-off tourist bus
Places of interest near by & Projects
-Constantia Neck hiking
-Little Lambs Daycare
-World of Birds: Biggest bird sanctuary in Africa
-Constantia Wine Route
-World class South African restaurants
Food & Cooking Options
There’s a communal kitchen with everything you need: oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, pots and pans, crockery and cutlery, glasses and everything else you need to make a feast.
For those who don’t want to cook, we have a number of catering partners who can supply delicious, nutritious meals which can be delivered weekly. These include vegetarian options. Oh, there’s a plum tree, a peach tree and a lemon tree too!