A loving home for our rural elderly population in Cathcart, Eastern Cape South Africa

Welcome to Callie Evens Lodge Old Age Home.

A safe and secure retirement settlement ideal for the elderly to live in a peaceful and beautiful part of the Eastern Cape—South Africa. A phenomenal opportunity for residents to enjoy the lovely surroundings in their twilight years.


In 1962, a local farmer Mr Callie Evens of the farm Lowestoffe, in the Cathcart district, visited Kenya and realized that many people wished to emigrate to South Africa. On his return he dedicated himself to assisting them. In 1963 eight ex-railway cottages were offered by the Cathcart Town Council to the people from Kenya, of pensionable age, at a very nominal rental. Many members of the local community, especially the farmers, repaired and renovated these cottages at their own expense. The first cottage was occupied in 1964.
A Service Centre and Workshop was subsequently started. This area is known as the Kenya Corner and the cottages have now been declared National Monuments. From these small beginnings a Cathcart Senior Citizens Association was formed and with the assistance of the Department of Social Welfare and Pensions, a hotel was purchased, demolished, and the Callie Evens Lodge, a home for the aged was built and opened in January 1975.