One Heart Christian Foundation is based in the rural Swartland area between Moorreesburg and Malmesbury in the Western Cape of South Africa. We are involved with local rural schools and the community which creates a variety of volunteer opportunities. Volunteering in rural surroundings does not necessarily have to be boring, though. It can be very satisfying working with the students during the week and on your off weekends you can be off exploring the local cultures and attractions. Take the chance to explore Cape Town and the surrounding areas which boast some of the most spectacular tourism spots in South Africa. A sneak peek of some exciting spots a stone throw away from the One Heart base can be found below:
Mother City Skydiving (Malmesbury)
Located just down the road from One Heart Christian Foundation, Mother City Skydiving is not for the faint of heart. Their Free Fall Experience & Parachute Ride is your introduction to the “original extreme sport”. You’ll join their team of passionate air-sports professionals for the ride of your life. No Previous Experience Required. Including a 100% exhilarating, unforgettable experience with spectacular views, a Tandem Introductory SkyDive is unquestionably the quickest, easiest, and safest way to experience skydiving for the first time. You’ll want to go again and again!
Sand Boarding (Atlantis)
The day begins with a short basic training to get you familiar with the equipment and technic, but in no time at all your will be speeding down an untamed dune. Usual sessions run between 2.5 to 3 hours, depending on your stamina, during which you’ll shred down dune after dune with a 4×4 on stand-by to lift you back to the top every time. It’s an experience of a life-time and hours of fun. Just don’t forget your sunscreen!
Ceres Zip-slide Adventures offer the best zip-line tour in Africa. Experience 1.4km of pure adrenaline on the Eco Adventure consisting of 8 slides varying from 100-290 meters in length. The Eco-Adventure is safe, fast, and long. The tour takes place in the Schurweberg Mountains below the Koekedouw Dam in Ceres and through this adventure you will experience the true beauty of the Western Capes fynbos and rugged sandstone mountains.
Wheat industry museum (Moorreesburg)
One of only three of its kind in the world where the history of wheat is depicted. The Wheat Industry Museum in Moorreesburg was officially opened on the 10th of February, 1978 after it was approved that Moorreesburg is the most suitable place for such a museum, owing to its convenient situation in the wheat area as well as the availability of the old DR Mission Church Building that could house the building. This is not only an excellent display of the history, but is also used for education and other activities like music and dancing.
Big 5 Safari (Aquila Private Game Preserve) – Touwsrivier
The Aquila Private Game Preserve is an award-winning home to the “Big Five”: African Lion, African Elephant, Cape Buffalo, African Leopard, and Rhinoceros. They offer guests the option of several different day trip safari packages. The packages suit all guests’ needs and guests can choose from an array of safari options such as the traditional 2 to 3 hour safari game drive, horseback safari, or quad bike safari. The itineraries leave time for guests to visit the eco synergy project, luxuriate at Tranquila Spa, browse the African curio shop, and relax at the spectacular pool. When the winter chills descend, you can even enjoy a roaring fire in the thatched colonial lounge.
Bartholomeus Klip Renosterveld Reserve (Riebeek Valley)
Highlights of a stay at Bartholomeus Klip are the nature drives through the 10,000-acre nature reserve. The morning drive leaves after coffee, rusks and fruit and sets off through the gate and across the river into the reserve, entering a completely different world from the farmlands and gardens of Bartholomeus Klip. You might head towards the mountains towering up in front of you, or along the road to the grassy plains area where herds of black wildebeest and springbok tend to congregate. Fynbos surrounds you with its rich and varied plant life full of interest, where at any moment you might spot a zebra from the quagga project, a rare plant, or perhaps even a strikingly patterned geometric tortoise. In the spring time, there will be thousands of wild flowers and streams of running water everywhere; in summer the heat and dryness will tell you that you are unmistakably in Africa.
Guests have to tear themselves away from the splendid high tea to leave on the afternoon drive. It’s the end of the day and the veld is beginning to cool down for the night with the geese flying home to the big dam and the clapper lark whistling as he soars into the sky. If you are lucky, the setting sun will turn the long range of mountains a fleeting shade of soft pink while your ranger serves you the classic South African sundowners along with a few delicious snacks. Then it’s back to the farmhouse to freshen up ready for the evening’s enjoyment of dinner in the candlelit conservatory.
Whatever time of day you go, you are sure to see plenty of life in the reserve whether it’s a couple of bontebok, a lone secretary bird striding through the veld, or a herd of eland standing watchfully in the fynbos. All this heightened with the knowledge that you are driving through a uniquely-preserved piece of one of the world’s smallest, but richest floral kingdoms, the Cape Floristic Region.
Water Sports [Windsurfing, Kitesurfing, Kayaking, Etc.] (Langebaan)
The Cape Sports Centre offers rental equipment and basic training for windsurfing, kitesurfing, and supping (Stand Up Paddle boarding). They also have surfboards, bodyboards, and sea kayaks to rent for your enjoyment. A full day of fun and relaxation can be spent at the Sports Centre; with the turquoise blue water of the 20km long lagoon, beautiful stretch of uninterrupted beach, and enough wind to satisfy any adrenaline junkie’s desires all day long, there’s never a dull moment.
Susan Greeff Creative Photographer and Coach – Photography safari’s – Langebaan
Susan Greeff is a creative photographer that offers tailormade, private photographic safari’s ranging anything from 1 – 3 days or more. Susan Greeff are located in Langebaan and she can arrange photographic safari’s from the surrounding area’s. You can volunteer at One Heart during the week and have a photography mentoring safari on an off weekend.
!Khwa ttu (Yzerfontein)
As interest in San culture grew the Ubuntu Foundation in Switzerland was created to fund the !Khwa ttu project, an initiative that would showcase the San culture to the world. In 1999, a farm was purchased in the Western Cape to be used solely as a San Culture and Education Centre and to this day it stands true. In 2006, the San Culture and Education Centre was dedicated to the San people of South Africa and to their children that they may benefit from the training, support, and peaceful setting it provides. Today the center offers daily tours exploring life as ancient San saw it that gives a fascinating insight into the culture, heritage, knowledge, skills, and contemporary life of the San.
Table Mountain (Cape Town)
Declared one of the New Seven Natural Wonders of the World in 2007, Table Mountain is a great place to spend a day out enjoying panoramic views and activities for visitors of all ages. Take the five-minute cable car trip to the top, 1,089 meters above Cape Town, and explore the summit. This is a great spot to sit and soak up the commanding 360-degree views of Cape Town, Table Bay, the nearby peaks of the surrounding mountains, and the rest of the Table Mountain National Park in which the Cableway is situated. Take one of the many self-guided hiking tours varying in length for personal preference and if you are feeling adventurous, you could even abseil down a cliff face with Abseil Africa.
Red Tour Bus for sightseeing in Cape Town
The red tour bus gives you a variety of sightseeing options to choose from in Cape Town and surrounding areas and vary in price. One Heart highly recommend this save and guided tour to see
Cape West Coast and Swartland Tourism
On the Swartland Tourism site you will find the rich heritage of our area. What each town close to the One Heart base has to offer. Very close for a day trip over an off weekend.
Location Map of One Heart and surrounding areas
One Heart are 19km from Malmesbury and 17km from Moorreesburg off the N7 route in rural area surrounded by wheat farms.