Cash - There is no reliable ATM on the mountain, please try bring enough cash for your stay. We do not have card facilities.
Headlamp and/or torch
Towels (bedding and linen is supplied)
Warm clothes & gumboots (Hogsback can get chilly all year round and very cold in Winter)
Eco-friendly soaps, shampoos and conditioners are supplied, however, if you wish to bring your own, please ensure that they are eco-friendly too.
Musical instruments, fire poi/staffs and flow toys.
Please don’t bring milk as we buy farm fresh milk in bulk daily.
Terra-Khaya was founded in March 2010 on Chillington Farm in Hogsback. The Backpackers, as an eco-friendly sustainable project, is an experimental venture that flagships the ethos of life “off the grid”. We aim, through our methods of living and building,
to be an example to both our visitors and locals, that conscious living and respect for Mother Earth is something that is mutually simple and rewarding.
All our comfortable accommodation & buildings are constructed using a blend of eco-friendly,
creative, innovative, modern design and traditional building techniques.
We ask that our guests walk lightly, by respecting our principles and practices that help us preserve our environment, respect the land and our local community. Through conscious
living, creativity, education and willpower, change can happen and will have positive effects on our planet and our lives.
We are energized to share our way of life and experiences with you and hopefully share some interesting ideas, insights and
We welcome you to Terra-Khaya, our ‘Earth Home Project’ and trust that you will enjoy your stay with us, be inspired by our contributions to our beautiful Mother Earth and leave with a sense of expanded love for all life.
note that as this is an eco-friendly backpackers and we are 100% off the grid, we do not have any electrical plug points in the rooms and there are no computer or TV facilities. The ablutions and toilets are all outside and our hot water and stove are
heated off fires from the wattle trees that by law, we have to reduce in numbers. Although our alternate method of living is simple and unconventional, we have not compromised on comfort, flair and style.
We warmly encourage guests to join us for
meals. By eating communally, we get to spend time with each other, meet new people, share ideas and learn about our various cultures.
Food that is prepared in larger quantities saves recourses, which of course, is another big bonus. When produce
is harvested on the farm or bought in bulk, we reduce the amount of packaging that is brought onto the premises and therefore have less waste to manage. When washing up all at once, fewer detergents are used and less water is required.
If you do
bring your own food to Terra-Khaya, please be conscious about the amount of wrapping that is used in the packaging; the less wrapping the less garbage to try and manage.
We do not have a bar on the premises, however we do keep a few beers, wines,
whisky and cool drinks in stock. It is recommended that you bring your own booze with you but please be conscious when buying; for example: the bottles from quarts of beer can be returned at the bottle store for a refunded deposit.
Respect – Reduce – Reuse – Recycle
Please help us keep the farm in pristine condition by being conscious with litter, cigarette butts, etc. Smokers - please hold onto your butt ends and dispose them in one of the many ashtrays, fires or bins provided.
We practice stringent recycling principles here at Terra-Khaya and littering in any form is strictly prohibited.
The first important step in this regard is to reduce the amount of packaging that is used.
If we cannot reuse something, it is either
recycled into something useful here on the farm or taken to a recycling depot in the city. All tins, glass, plastic bottles & recyclable bags, poly trays and yoghurt containers are taken to our dedicated recycling area where it is separated and stored
for use or recycling at a later stage. Any food leftovers are fed to our pigs and paper or paper products are used for starting fires.
One of the coolest backpackers I've visited!
This place is so cool. Mystical and rustic yet very neatly built with the use of waste materials. The entire place is an artwork masterpiece with a great atmosphere! They have an indoor fire pit area surrounded with a building and rooms that are very creatively and neatly built. This place is very eco- friendly without being over the top. You'd think the owner is a hippy or something of this sort, but he's actually sophisticated. The whole place and private little rooms/ houses is really cool to look at.
A near divine location with accommodation dotted along the east side of the hill offering amazing views of the mountains and any passing rainbows. And possibly the best off the grid backpackers i have been at ! See you guys again.
So amazing, I almost don't want to tell you about it
There is a simpler, more connected way to live and if you've forgotten that, Terra Khaya is the place to go to remind yourself. You'll definitely want to stay longer than you've planned to because you'll be so taken with the Terra Khaya that you'll forget to see the rest of Hogsback.