Garden Route Luxury

Escape to Eden this Autumn and enjoy crisp autumn days and cosy evenings under the stars. Equleni Guest Farm, between Knysna and George, let us exceed your expectations ?

A Romantic Escape

Pop the question in Eden. ❤How wonderful to be a part of someone’s special day.

“Although we only stayed one night, it was the most unforgettable time. Peace and quiet all around you. Beautiful scenery from our deck with a beautiful sunset where my boyfriend proposed. The team at Equleni Guest Farm is by far the most friendliest, kindest and loving people I have ever encountered.
Thank you for everything you did for us and for sharing this special day with us, making it an unforgettable weekend! This will definitely not be our last visit to the farm and I will recommend Equleni Guest Farm to anyone!”

Chane van Greunen

A Perfect Autumn Day

What does a perfect Autumn day look like? Crisp golden mornings, sleeping late in a giant bed with views forever. Great coffee with home-made rusks. Long walks on the beach, a lazy canoe ride down the river, wine tasting on the lake. Watching a breath-taking sunset and then cooking under the stars around a roaring log fire, listening to nature? Oh and of course uncapped free wifi. ?If this sounds like a perfect day to you, give us a call ?? Equleni Farm, let us exceed your expectations ?

Serenity Peace and Beauty

??don’t want to leave… have discovered a piece of heaven… wow!! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Can’t thank you enough for what was an amazing experience of serenity, peace and beauty!!

Equleni has now become a place to return to, for restoration and all that the spirit needs-a place to weave into our family memories.. bless u!!

Proof of payment and a ‘bit’ more -to follow.

All the very best to you??Sharon & Wendy

(Oh, and 15 minute showers… such decadence)??

It’s World Wildlife Day today!

Today is World Wildlife Day!
So we share this post in honor of the wild animals at Equleni Farm.
Each morning when we go for a walk on the farm we are in awe of the signs of life and beauty that surround us.

We are blessed to have Bushbuck, Bushpig, Honeybadger, Porcupine, Angular Tortoise, Caracal and Servil on the farm – to name but a few. We have yet to personally see or photograph all of them – But there is so much beauty in that too – Finding their trails, observing their movements. Much like the elusive Knysna Elephant these animals are wild and quite shy. Conservation at its finest. At night time the animals have the farm to themselves. One can only imagine what they get up to on a warm full moon night in the wetland. There are also fish Eagles and buzzards that nest and roam the heights of the tall trees in the area, and one can see them soaring overhead in the afternoon as they catch the warm updrafts that come along the valley.

Bordering on Sanparks and nestled between Rondevlei and Swartvlei lake – the animals here roam from Sanparks onto the farm to forage (the fences are such that they can pass through as they wish). Equleni was once a quarry and a dairy farm but long before that it was part of the great Knysna forest. Today it embodies a home, a guest house, a motorbike adventure centre and a site for regenerative land and living practices. As you drive in to the farm Antony has planted beautiful indigenous trees on either side of the road to attract local bird life that will one day soon shelter that section of the land as a forest again. Old mans beard moss lines the trees and bushes  along the trails (A sign of abundantly fresh air and a thriving ecosystem).

As amateur mycology hobbyists (aka Mushroom growers) we have been delighted by the different array of species of mushrooms that pop up all over the farm and the range of microbiomes that surround us here. A good mycelial network lays the foundation for good soil and abundant wildlife. While Equleni was once a quarry and still has an abundance of sand – the suurvygies, fynbos, Kanna and ferns cover the land protectively and are waiting patiently for us to plant more trees.

We are still learning all of the plants in the area but there is an endless amount of fynbos species including Ericas and Proteas. While going for walks on the farm you are most likely to spot bushbuck prints on route. Within the last week we have found bushbuck, badger and bushpig prints, a porcupine quill and a tortoise. Equleni is not just a safe haven for people to come to and rest or explore – It’s also a 21 hectare home to many beautiful creatures and we are honoured to be stewards of this land. We can’t wait to share more about them with you as well as posts about Organic@Equleni. Watch this space for lots of exciting growth in the coming months!

This weekend, take time to appreciate the Wildlife on your doorstep – and if there isn’t much around, do come and visit at Equleni Guest Farm! Get in sync with the slow life in Sedgefield.

We’d love to have you and share our piece of paradise with you.

-Lauren.

Regeneration

This is the place in the Garden Route to breathe easy, get creative and enjoy the smell of fynbos.

Our stay at Equleni Guest Farm was regenerating and just what we needed. To recharge, reconnect and spend some time in nature.

With Rondevlei lake and the Outeniqua Mountains as your backdrop and the farm as your playground it was wonderful to be able to wake up to such perfection in the morning, shower looking out at Rondevlei lake, explore the farm and enjoy the birdlife. While being able to pop out to our favorite farmers market 5 minutes away and to Gerickes Point for a swim only 8 minutes from the farm.

Guests receive free coffee, juices, rusks and homemade granola on arrival! A free coffee at Wild Oats Farmers Market from Kingston Cafe as well as breakfast vouchers to use at the market – compliments of Equleni (The market is every Saturday. Look out for Kingston Cafes yellow umbrella! Their coffee is absolutely divine!!).

We could not have asked for more warm or accommodating hosts (Thank you Anthony and Diane)!!! The luxurious yet comfortable feel of the cottage and extra attention to detail at every turn were so appreciated. It made it feel like your ultimate home away from home with a flare of luxury!

The perfect getaway into the bush where you can lounge out at the farm, go for long walks, read, binge watch netflix or go explore the local forests or beaches. At night light a bonfire and relax under the endless expanse of stars.

If you’re feeling really adventurous you can join Anthony (The owner of Equleni) on a motorbike tour (He runs Adventure Classics!). Ant and Diane’s love of where they live is evident at every turn and expressed throughout the farm.

Sedgefield has always felt like home. Equleni solidified that feeling.
To sum up our stay – Equleni means “Peace by the water”.
Which is exactly what you will get, and more! 

Rozita

January 2018

Awesome place to stay. Beautiful views from every room. Diane was very gracious and helpful. Everything was as advertised. Loved it and will definitely return!