Huis Horison is located on 14.47 Ha of land on the outskirts of a residential neighborhood, adjacent to the surrounding farms. Our long-term vision is to fully develop, utilize and preserve the characteristics of the site for the benefit of the residents and day workers at Huis Horison as well as the wider community. We would like to sincerely thank the donors who made this project possible.
The extremely high costs of such a project made it unaffordable for a non-profit institution like Huis Horison, therefore we would like to express our special thanks to the Jannie Mouton Foundation, Friends of Huis Horison Trust and the Het Jan Marais Nationale Fonds for their support of the project.
The fencing project started in August 2022 and is well on its way, which means that the land, including the olive grove, lemon grove and the pond, will be fenced off. Once the enclosure is complete, we can clean up the terrain, rehabilitate it and make it part of our programs. The removal of alien vegetation and relocation of suitable native plants and a wooden boardwalk with a bird’s-eye view point are planned as part of a walking route, in order to make the environment accessible to our residents and day workers.
The walkway’s design revolves around people with special needs and will include a wheelchair-accessible route, with a forest path, and a tactile and olfactory route for people with impaired vision. The full trail on the entire property can be up to 5km long, so they will be able to use it for exercise, and to experience the great outdoors. The walking path will also be accessible to other disabled and elderly people from the surrounding community.
The aim is to create a safe environment and unlock its full potential:
- So that we can take care of people with a primary intellectual disability holistically and offer them an opportunity for a better, meaningful life.
To make a positive contribution to the restoration of the sensitive wetland and protection of the native vegetation.
- So that our residents, through an eco-therapy program that creates a healing and welcoming place for everyone, can make full use of the environment and live a healthy lifestyle,
- To expand the site and infrastructure to a wider variety of disabled and elderly people in the community.