Bon Tempo Farm

Our little farm is on top of a small hill in the beautiful Manley Flats valley just 20 km from Grahamstown, the cultural Mecca of South Africa. We have lived here for more than 10 years and eco-art, using glass bottles and various other materials, and the priapic garden have become the characteristic features of our garden and home. The Phalls art exhibition premiered at the National Arts Festival 2012 and is now our permanent gallery. We are farming with honey bees and keep a group of zebras and some buck. The grassland with acacia, aloe, euphorbia, trees, shrubs and herbs slopes down to dense riverside thickets. Wild animals living in this area, besides the ones that we keep, are small buck, bush pigs, jackals, caracals, genet cats, porcupines, baboons, small monkeys, huge land tortoises, iguanas and other reptiles, and a vast variety of birds ranging from the African fish eagle to minute sun birds, not to forget the arthropods the quiet observer might just be lucky to spot several species of them.

The area around Grahamstown is one of the most diverse ecological regions in South Africa. Four different climate zones meet here and it is not unusual to have four climates in a day: the Karoo desert, the sub-tropical coastal belt, the Western Cape winter rainfall and the inland summer rainfall zones.

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  • "Our stay at Bon Tempo"

    04 April 2016

    "thank you for a lovely stay , clean and comfortable with beautiful surroundings and we just loved our little Jack Russell visitor ...Michelle Kroll"

    Michelle Kroll, South Africa
  • "Great place to relax"

    21 March 2015

    "We had a lovely stay at Bon Tempo in the Villa Sunset Chalet. It was clean and the bed was very comfortable! The views are absolutely amazing and it is so quiet! It is great value for money and I would definitely return."

    Tanya Oehmen, South Africa
  • "Wonderful place !"

    03 January 2015

    "We had a very good time in Bon Tempo, an extraordinary place to stay. Claudia and Volkher are charming hosts and the place is really outstanding. We'll definitely come back!Marc and Isabelle from Belgium"

    Isabelle Stevens, Belgium
  • "Good for a backpacker"

    09 January 2014

    "Nice place to rest as a halfway mark however I didn't like the long 10km drive on a gravel road otherwise it was fine."

    marsha , South Africa
  • "great setting but poor facilities"

    02 October 2013

    "What a lovely position in country, and clean room. BUT, even though in cheaper price bracket, kitchen facilities very poor, especially wash up area and fridge.(if advertising as self catering)and open plan bathroom not suitable - needs to be made known that it is "free for all". (or get hot water sorted out in rooms)Felt art work of "maleness" around buildings a bit of an invasion which should in some way be more clear on website, so one can choose to bring young children there or not."

    sally stumbles, South Africa
  • "Excelent stay"

    04 February 2011

    "Lovely place, very nice owners. The food was very good. So peaceful."

    Raphael Hauton, South Africa
  • "Unique experience"

    09 January 2011

    "We overnighted at this wonderful place where we experienced comfortable, clean accommodation, a warm reception and magnificent food. There was ample open space for our children to stretch their legs after a long drive and the tame wildlife added some unique entertainment. Claudia and Folker have created a wonderfully unique spot in the bush where you can experience the comforts of a B&B but not feel like you are staying in someone's home."

    Geoff Tooley, South Africa
  • " Surroundings beautiful"

    24 December 2008

    "A "must stay at" in Grahamstown. Booking and Directions were easy. For me as a Vegan the food was exquisite. Surroundings beautiful and everybody very friendly. Will definitely recommend to others and stay there again."

    Paul Van Rensburg,South Africa
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