Meet a Member – Marius from South Africa

The view from horseback

Ever wonder what it would be like to spend each day among zebras, giraffes, and wildebeests? Meet Marius, a HomeExchange.com member from a wildlife estate in South Africa!

Marius and his family have been members since 2009 and have completed four exchanges so far. Their favorite has been to a beautiful home in Mauritius in a decidedly un-touristy part of town. They purchased their food in local shops and really felt a part of the surrounding community. “This is just one of the reasons why we love exchanging homes,” Marius says. “You get to experience the real culture and people of that country.”

Marius and his wife, Liezl, were both born and raised in South Africa, but moved to the UK in 2000. They traveled to over 30 countries while living in England, and every trip made them realize how wonderfully unique South Africa is. Marius says that the “mix of cultures and people, variety of natural scenery from beaches to mountains to deserts, and the history of the country makes it a truly fantastic place to live and visit.” So in 2006, they returned to home country and decided to settle down where nature would play a major part in the way they lived and raised their children.

Unable to find their dream home, Marius and Leizl decided to build it for themselves! Situated on a secure wildlife estate, the house has 24 hour security guards patrolling on horseback to make sure that the 200 hectare estate is always a safe place for their children to play and ride their bikes. They also regularly take horseback rides around the estate; Marius says it’s the best way to observe the animals. “The animals become part of your life; you walk a journey with them. From the little giraffes that are born and grow up in front of you to the swallows that raise their offspring under the roof of the house and the sick zebra or injured wildebeest that relies on you to get the vet out to treat them.”

When we asked Marius if he had any funny stories about living with the animals, he told us that from time to time, the local rock pythons cause a traffic jam. How many people can claim they were late to work because a five meter snake was blocking the road?

Marius and his family are off on another exchange to Thailand in just a few weeks. Want to swap with them? Check out their listing.

Happy exchanging, Marius!

18 Comments on “Meet a Member – Marius from South Africa

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  2. I love South Africa .
    Anybody with a safari house, will like to exchange with me and come to Cartagena de Indias.
    Please let me know.
    I will love to visit again .
    Andrea

  3. How would you like to visit the “Sweetest Place on Earth”?! We live in Hershey, PA and would love to swap with you! Our families are very similar, we’re parents to a 7 year old son and 5 year old daughter.

  4. Great story……………………..Like an exchange in Brighton. UK., ?????

  5. I would like to spend two weeks in Marius. i have 4 bed-roomed house (detached in Essex, south-east England, 40 min away from the capital. trains from/to are 15 min interval. the house is 3 min away from the train station.

  6. Went to SA last October & experienced a safari and visited the Kruger National Park. Best holiday of my life!! Would love to return, we live near Paris in a typical French village surrounded by forest, historical sites, gourmet restaurants &

  7. Michigan USA is a beautiful state both summer and winter! We have a lovely home on a lake with boats for swimming, fishing, skiing and boarding! Our state parks are amazing. We have exchanged before and would love to visit South Africa.

  8. Gosh! I’m sure everybody will love to exchange with you. You really can pick and choose your destination. So I better just wait a bit to ask if you’d like to exchange with us in 2015 0r 2016

  9. wow, my dream is your place in South Africa !
    Are you interested in in the Washington DC/ Baltimore MD area?
    We live in between on a peninsula called Pasadena.
    You can go to many historic places, including Annapolis MD within 20 min. We
    have wetland about 1 hr away and are surrounded by the Chesapeake Bay.
    You can also be in the mountains pretty quickly too !

  10. Any interest in visiting a rustic little island in the Caribbean? We have an ocean-front home on Utila, an island known for it’s great diving and whale sharks?

  11. HELLO…. I AM BRITISH…..BUT, LIVE IN THE PHILIPPINES. WITH MY FAMILY. ….. AND WE HAVE PROPERTY TO THE NORTH…. AND THE SOUTH OF THE COUNTRY…. AND ENJOY THE CITY…. AND PROVINCIAL…. LIFE STYLE….. I AM A GLOBAL CONSERVATIONIST. AND THERE FOR….. HAVE A GRATE INTEREST IN YOUR LIFE STYLE…… AND IN PARTICULAR …. SOUTH AFRICA….. WOULD LOVE TO DO AN EXCHANGE WITH YOU….. WHAT WOULD BE THE POSSIBILITY…… OF ME BUILDING A HOUSE OUT THERE……. AND BECOMING YOUR NEIGHBOR….. ??? I’M SERIOUS….. IT SOUNDS LIKE A DREAM…… STEVE

  12. We would love to visit South Africa. Check out our listing. We are in North Orlando between the ocean and the parks (Disney, SeaWorld, Universal) and also near Kennedy Space Center. We have bikes for kids and adults, a large pool with toys, tennis courts and a lake with beach area, swimming and fishing right in our neighborhood, canoeing 2 miles away, and car available. Less than an hour from Disney World. We have had very successful exchanges with people from Italy, Nova Scotia, England, Prague, and others here in the states.

  13. Judy
    February 5, 2014

    I am a dental hygienist (father, brother-dentists), my husband a project mgr.
    We have a heart for missions and during the next couple years hope to visit Johannesberg to serve short-term with our friends (One Challenge missionaries bringing support to aids caregivers). After, we hope to recharge in a villa such as yours. Having owned horses, I was excited to hear of your equestrian possibilities.
    We will complete our listing and make it visable shortly for your consideration.
    We live in a rural private Resort in Central Oregons high desert, and our “western” equestrian center is just down the walk with miles of trails to explore. There are 3 hiking Buttes right out the front door with 11 white mountain views up top. We hold Ducky Derby Races with visiting grandkids on the wonderful creek out back. They love the Bunk Room complete with its hidden toy closet and bins of dress-up clothes. A children’s Spray Ground and Infinity pool is just a walk down the path.
    Our neighborhood is quiet, only a few cars/day.
    Do let us know if your family is interested in our fun home…oh, did I mention that the parents get to stay in The Nest? (TV, gas FP, refrig., microwave, auto coffee-maker, sofa, etc.) just outside the kids Bunk door and over a 2nd story deck…the best white mountain view on the property!

  14. I HAVE A LOVELY ONE BEDROOM AND ONE BATH IN SAN FRANCISCO WITH DECK VIEW OF BAY! THE APT IS LOCATED IN PERFECT WALKING AREA NEAR STREETCARS AND CABLE CARS? WOULD ENJOY VISITING AFRICA

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