Course Accommodation

About the venue

Sandberg Fynbos Reserve is a 700-hectare property near the Southern Overberg villages of Baardskeerdersbos and Elim. The reserve is owned by the Van Deventer Family Trust and managed by Gerhard van Deventer with advice and help from partner, William Stafford. The property is managed as a nature reserve dedicated to the preservation of the natural, highly biodiverse, and unique fynbos vegetation.

Sandberg Fynbos Reserve; R43 The Fynbos Road

Between Baardskeerdersbos and Elim Overstrand Municipality

Overberg Western Cape South Africa

During previous building courses, course participants worked on Elimense cottage. It’s a small mud brick farmers cottage, the oldest building on the reserve, that dates to the end of the 19th century. The name “Elimense” refers to a very rare conebush, Leucadendron elimense subspecies elimense, found on the reserve. The Cottage is envisioned as weekend and holiday accommodation for gues

Although the Elimense cottage is not completed yet, the upcoming building course will start another project. Bricks will still be made at the cottage, but building will be at the new cabin site.

Participants practicing new building skills with the addition to the Elimense Cottage.

“Tree of life” recycled glass bottle window created by the participants at a previous course.


There is a spacious campsite with a hot shower and toilet for up to 20 people.

Cost: R200 per person per night.

Vleiroos self-catering cottage

This self-catering cottage offers a twin bedroom, fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, and outdoor shower. The cottage has two spacious outside areas with comfortable seating and braai.

Cost: R600 per night.

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Join Us 29 October 4 November 2023

If you are staying on Sandberg:

What to bring:

  • All basic foodstuffs and other necessities for your breakfasts and dinners
  • Biodegradable body, face, and hair products

Campers you need to bring:

  • Camping gear and bedding
  • A light source for your camping area (no electricity in the camping area)

You may want to bring:

  • Hot water bottle
  • Mosquito repellent or nets (not a serious problem)
  • Your braai grid and pots

During the course:

You will receive vegetarian lunches, and coffee/tea and rusks in the morning at 07h30, and tea and muffins at 11h00.


What else is available:

  • Dinners (max 5 people per evening; book in the morning for an evening meal):
    • Pescetarian, vegan or vegetarian dinners (locally farmed trout or available seafood) @ R150 per meal.
    • Own drinks welcome or available wine per glass.
  • Wood for braais @ R25/10kg bag
  • Farm dam for swimming
  • Birding and botanising (including the rare Turnix hottentottus)
  • Nature trails
  • Mountain cycling route
  • Beach: Pearly Beach 25 minutes’ drive away

And of course….. very important to bring to this experience:

  • Old clothes you don’t mind getting dirty
  • Good walking shoes
  • Gumboots, flip flops, and hat
  • Swimming gear
  • Rain gear
  • Clothes for cold and heat
  • Water bottles and containers
  • Towels
  • Torch
  • Sunscreen
  • Notebook, pens, pencils, coloured pens, and a ruler
  • An open mind as you will be sharing an experience with a diverse group of people

See you at Sandberg!


Gerhard and William