ABOUT THE LODGE
Rustler’s Valley sits at the confluence of numerous historical inflections. The SAN people lived here thousands of years ago leaving no footprints except the mysticism of their rock paintings. Then the Basotho came, seeking refugee from the war with the Zulus. They travelled over the Maluti Mountains and formed the Kingdom of Lesotho, just next door. Around the same period, the Boer Voortrekkers made their way through the valley in order to settle in the farthest reaches of South African territory. Then in the 1990’s, a colony of “anti-establishment” hippies began to hold music festivals at Rustler’s, adding a touch of the alternative to the valley’s make-up. And always there has been the ‘invisible’ farm worker community. Not anymore.
The Naledi Village
Naledi Village is the heart of Rustler’s Valley, housing farmworkers who had been evicted from neighbouring farms. But today it has undergone an incredible transformation. Its community members have become the proud owners 42 hectares of land donated to it, at no cost, by the EarthRise Trust. Together the Trust, the EarthRise Mountain Lodge and the community have partnered to co-create a vision and strategy to develop community-driven livelihoods in agriculture and various village enterprises, building from the ground up. Both Jappie Lephatsi and Anton Chaka are community elders and have watched thousands of people come and go through the valley over the years. Now, with exciting farming initiatives being developed and the lodge reconstruction complete, the Naledi community is entering a new phase of shared, inclusive growth and development.
AT A GLANCE
As you move around the EarthRise Mountain Lodge and Rustlers Valley Farm you will get a sense of what has been achieved since the reconstruction and development work commenced just over a year ago. From the outset our emphasis on social change meant inviting and engaging with local community members and family based enterprises as far as possible in the renovation project.
WHAT TO PACK
When coming to us, pack Swimming costumes, outdoor clothing, strong comfortable hiking shoes, a camera and your adventurous spirit.
A soulful experience that inspires serenity and a sense of our shared humanity
All profits of the lodge go to supporting a vision of a self-sustaining, thriving and resilient community.
The community runs the Lodge
Friendly and hospitable services
Lodge is built on a 273-hectare parcel of land in Rustlers Valley
We aim to provide value for money
Self-catering, B&B, D/B&B with provision to bring pets
A magnificent journey into Mother Nature
En-suite rooms with tranquil privacy
Homely food which will be progressively grown by the community
Has a stocked bar
Wifi is available in the Reception/lounge area
Close to Clarens, Fouriesburg, Rosendhal and Ficksburg