About Amara

What does Amara mean?

In the African legends of Abyssinia (today’s Ethiopia), Amara is the name given to Paradise. Custodians of this little piece of Paradise are Elton, Irene and Sofia Buhler-Leo; together with their dogs, cats, chickens, bee hives and little herd of dwarf goats, they practice a life-style of subsistence farming using organic and permaculture inspired methods.

Having taken over stewardship in 2014, they have worked at reclaiming the land back from invasive non-indigenous vegetation and are helping to shape it back to its original former glory of fynbos and indigenous forest. Today, Amara forms part of the Redford Conservancy which is made up of all the properties in The Crags north of the N2, and which is affiliated to Cape Nature.

Surrounded by vast untamed landscapes; from the Tsitsikamma Mountains and the Eden to Addo corridor in the North; to the Tsitsikamma National Park in the East; from the Keurbooms Nature Reserve in the West; to Whiskey Creek National Park and the Indian Ocean in the South; Amara truly is a hidden piece of African Paradise.