Togwat Mountain Retreat is a developing permaculture farm with splendid 360 degree mountain views, just off Route 62 in the famous Voorbaat Valley, Ladismith, Western Cape. Togwat Mountain Retreat is one of six farms in the Voorbaat Valley that borders and has access to 1000 hectares of the Towerkop Nature Reserve in the Klein Karoo.
Towerkop Nature Reserve is managed as part of the Swartberg Nature Reserve and the whole conservation area makes up a rather huge 180 000 hectares that is critical for the arid Karoo, the entire area is a proclaimed a protected area. The main reason for the reserves’ existence is to conserve the water resources in the mountains, the fynbos and protect the catchment area from soil erosion. The Voorbaat Valley is situated in the Klein Karoo fruit belt, well known for producing grapes, berries, peaches, figs and apricots. Togwat farm produced Chenin Blanc grapes which were provided to the Ladismith Wine Cellar for many years; however the vines suffered damage and are currently being rehabilitated into traditional ‘bosstok’ vines. We are hoping to revive enough vines to produce table grapes and a couple of bottles of our very own Togwat Chenin Blanc.
Togwat Mountain Retreat will over time transform into a permaculture farm reducing the number of vines and introducing a food forest with a wide variety of fruit and nut trees berries alongside a perennial and annual vegetables and herb garden. With the focus on sustainability and following the permaculture ethical principles, Care of the Earth. Care of People. Return of surplus to Earth and people (also called “Fair Share”) as the pillars and the 12 permaculture design principles as the foundation to create an ecosystem of sustainability.