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Their $16K Off-Grid Caravan Home in South Africa

Alice & Ambrose wanted to try out an off-grid lifestyle in South Africa, and they have truly made it happen! Even without electricity (or solar!) they’ve been thriving with their rainwater catchment system, wood-fired hot water tank, large garden, and storage shed for overflow pantry goods and clothing.

All in all, they’ve spent about $16,000 on the site, caravan, and conversion — which is quite impressive! Ambrose is a professional stand-up comedian, so this is a lively and exciting tour. Enjoy!

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Their Off-Grid Lifestyle with Garden & Caravan

South African Couple Build Homestead w: a Caravan

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They gave the interior a bright and colorful renovation.

South African Couple

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They have a patio, greenhouse, garden shed and garden!

South African Couple Build Homestead w: a Caravan 3

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  • Alice is French and Ambrose is South African, and they wanted to live off-grid on their own land in South Africa!
  • A caravan gave them a great “home” and they’ve converted it to meet their needs. It still didn’t have enough storage, however, so they have a garden shed for extra clothing and food.
  • Their goal is to eat entirely from food that they grow, so they’ve built a lovely garden with a handcrafted archway.
  • Since the caravan doesn’t have a lot of room for entertaining, they made a large patio space for gatherings with friends and family — and for Ambrose’s breakdancing!
  • Without electricity or solar, they rely on a wood-fired hot water tank for their outdoor showers.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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  • Marsha Cowan
    December 21, 2023, 11:41 am

    Pretty cool! Love how bright and pretty the interior is, and wow! All those gardens! You dudes are amazing!

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