Nkonkobe Animal Care

Fort Beaufort, South Africa, Africa

We are an animal rescue for dogs, cats, pigs, chickens etc in fort Beaufort and Hogsback.


Volunteering Activities

Animal Care
Construction
Teaching
Web Work

What We Need

Our volunteers responsibilities:

• Daily walks and adventures with the dogs
• Quality care and giving LOVE to all our animals
• Feeding our animals
• Cleaning dog camps, cattery & stables
• Assisting with spay campaigns
• Help us train the animals and get them ready for their forever homes
• Be part of the adoption process and help find our animals new homes
• Field work / go out on rescue missions and help save animals in desperate need
• Getting arty and involved in making our dog camps more homely for the animals
• Build dog kennels for people who can’t afford to provide shelter for their dogs
• Learn about planting vegetables and take care of our veggie garden
• Be part of our education program at local schools and work closely with children
• Support a nearby Animal Care Organisation with feeding and taking care of stray cats and dogs
• Run our Social Media channels

Many fun & exciting things coming up in-between and are also available for you to do on your off-days:

• Guided hikes through the Hogsback forests and plantations
• Chasing sunrises and enjoying a drink on top of a mountain for sunset
• Sight-seeing in close by towns and on forgotten dirt roads over mountains and through forests
• Experiencing local traditional cuisine
• Being a part of the local festivals like “Winter in July”
• Learning about local African culture “Xhosa”
• Magical evenings around the campfire with hours of stargazing (Hogsback is one of THE places in the country to watch stars)
• Swims in our local dams


When & Who

Our volunteer program starts from the 15th of July 2019, program always starts on a Monday, we offer a free airport shuttle from East London Airport on a Monday, we have a 2 weeks (14 days) minimum stay
Yes, we require a minimum of 2 Weeks
Individuals, Groups, Retirees

What we Provide

Homestay

You will stay in one of our unique & cozy hand-crafted Tipi's. Our Tipi's have been built to keep the warmth in during winter and allow the cool breeze in during summer. Each of our Tipi's has a fitted fire-place as well as heaters and heated blankets to make sure you have a comfortable stay.

Our Tipi's are large, the footprint of each Tipi measures approx. 30m2 (6m diameter). One Tipi accommodates 2 people, so there is plenty of space for you and all your personal effects. The height of the Tipi's measure 6m, so you’ll be able to comfortably walk around inside. It's a incredibly unique experience to live in a Tipi and can’t be compared with camping at all!

Toilets and showers are only a few meters walk away from your Tipi. Each Tipi has its own shower, basin and toilet facility.

Dogs will be allowed (and encouraged) inside your Tipi in the evening. So pick a favourite and cuddle them throughout the night!

Vegetarian, Vegan

Breakfast will be available from 7-8am, work for our volunteers starts at 8am from Monday to Friday. Lunch will be around 12/12:30 and dinner after 5pm. All meals and food options will be vegan/ vegetarian, home cooked and will hopefully be an inspiration for your diet back home. We put lots of love, time and local ingredients into each meal to make it as “lekker” as possible for you!

Wifi & Satellite
Hot Water
Electricity
Laundry Service
Purified Drinking Water

Our Fees

$42
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More Services we Offer

May have additional fees
Pick Up/Drop Off
Orientation
Tours
Social Activities

Included in our price is:

o Airport shuttle to and from EAST LONDON airport (collect and drop-off)
o Accommodation
o All meals and drinks (excluding alcohol) – breakfast, lunch & dinner from Monday to Friday, breakfast & dinner on Saturday/ Sunday
o Guided excursions and hikes
o Welcome surprise gift

This is what awaits you as well:

• Guided hikes through the Hogsback forests and plantations
• Chasing sunrises and enjoying a drink on top of a mountain for sunset
• Sight-seeing in close by towns and on forgotten dirt roads over mountains and through forests
• Experiencing local traditional cuisine
• Being a part of the local festivals like “Winter in July”
• Learning about local African culture “Xhosa”
• Magical evenings around the campfire with hours of stargazing (Hogsback is one of THE places in the country to watch stars)
• Swims in our local dams
• Horseback riding (extra costs involved - has to be arranged with owner of horse farm)
• Join primate scientists: follow baboons and monkeys through town and forests and learn about their natural behaviour (extra costs involved - R250 per day and per person)
• Learn about the endangered Cape Parrot and spend a day with the Cape Parrot Project (extra costs involved, donation basis)
• Abseiling (extra costs involved, has to be arragend with company)
• Mountain biking trips (extra costs involved, has to be arranged with company)


Contact Person

Anke Hamers
85 Charlotte Street, Fort Beaufort, South Africa.
80% response rate , 61 hour(s) response time.

Other Ways to Help

Dog and cat food, Bravecto (tick and flea prevention), Frontline spray, blankets, dog and cat beds, food bowls, leashes, collars


Additional Info about Us

5 to 10 people

Four of our staff stay on side and are available 24/7 for emergencies and volunteers. They maintain the property, clean animal camps, do laundry, clean the house and tipis, help preparing meals, assist with anything that comes up

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We speak fluent German and English (also Malawian and Afrikaans).

There is lot to do in Hogsback when it comes to outdoor fun and great restaurants. There is a little supermarket in town where you can buy all necessary items and food if needed. The ATM’s don’t always have cash available, so please make sure to draw cash before you arrive. You will also be able to pay with credit card in most facilities.

Once or twice a week we will leave the mountain and you have the opportunity to go to the shops in the towns outside Hogsback.

Our menu is vegetarian/vegan only.

We don’t have or sell alcohol on the farm. If you’d like to drink wine or beer in the evenings, please make sure you tell us up-front and we can take you past our local bottle store where you can purchase your own drinks before we arrive at the farm.

It happens often that we have problems with electricity on the mountain due to load-shedding (planned power outages) or old power cables packing-up, so please remember to bring a battery charger/power bank for your cellphone/smartphone and a headlamp and/or torch.
Hogsback is currently experiencing a water crisis, please make yourself familiar with water saving tips.

Please bring the following items:
- Headlamp/ torch
- Gumboots
- Old clothes that can and will get dirty
- Rain jacket
- Warm clothing for the evenings
- Comfortable shoes for hikes
- Sleeping bag

Please ask us for help if you plan on travelling in South Africa, either before or after your stay with us. We are happy to assist with tips & advice, as we are experienced travellers in South Africa and locals ourselves.

Nkonkobe Animal Care is located in Fort Beaufort, Eastern Cape and operating for more than 13 years, registered as a NPO since 2010. In December 2018 we partnered with a young couple and were able to open an Animal Rescue Farm in our close by town Hogsback. The farm is now called "A Hog's Life".

We rescue, rehabilitate and re-home abused, neglected and abandoned animals from the surrounding towns and villages & give many of them safe haven on our farm. We provide quality care for our animals and believe in educating the local community to help make a lasting impact. We are dedicated to helping our community, especially those that can’t afford to look after their animals on their own. We are actively involved in controlling cat and dog over-population in the area by arranging “spay campaigns”.

We are currently setting up an education program with local schools to teach children more about their furry friends to help change their way of thinking and acting towards animals. Ultimately, we believe that education is the key to making a lasting change.

In Fort Beaufort we are taking care of 65 dogs and 45 cats. Since opening our farm in Hogsback, we've rescued an additional 3 chickens, 4 pigs, 5 cats and 27 dogs. We hope to grow these numbers a lot in the future and help as many animals as possible.

Our journey first brought us to the magical little town of Hogsback back in 2015 for a trail running adventure known as "The Hobbit 100km". We immediately fell in love with the landscape... the rolling green hills, indigenous forests, magical waterfalls and breathtaking views from the many mountain peaks. It's said that mystical forests described in J.R.R.Tolkien's famous trilogy, "The Lord of the Rings" was influenced by the Hogsback landscape as his son was part of the Royal Air Force in the region and sent Tolkien detailed sketches and descriptions of the Hogsback forests.
Hogsback filled our hearts like no other, but at the same time left us deeply saddened as we encountered many stray animals in horrible condition and learned about the neglect and abuse that is happening in the surrounding towns & villages.

Nkonkobe and the Rescue Farm setup will work towards a positive change for animals and people!

What are you waiting for?

We at Nkonkobe Animal Care would love to hear from you!