|target group age||16 – 55|
|Number of Days||14|
|Number of nights accommodation||13|
|Minimum number of Persons||8|
|Maximum number of persons||20|
Program starts on a Monday either from Port Elizabeth or East London Airports
Pick up group from airport and split the group into 2 groups.(minimum 6 maximum10 per group)
Group 1: Volunteer or wild life experience program of choice.
Group 2: Off to the Outdoor adventure based learning Program. This program giving an understanding in everyday life through Personal development.
The groups will swop on the Sunday with a day at the fun day at the beach or a visit to Addo Elephant park
Volunteering or wildlife experiences
Program: A choice between volunteering with humans either in community outreach programs or with in schools, getting an experience while working in a game reserve or helping with projects of building community centers or fixing roads. The choice is up to the client, Finding a program that best suits the client time.
Accommodation: Shared twin accommodation with linen is supplied.
Food: 3 meals a day is supplied. The students help out with the meals preparation and washing up. A schedule for the week is done at the beginning of the stay.
Transport: All transport is provided within the reserves and to and from the projects. Any extra transport that is needed is an add on from the client
Outdoor adventure based learning
There are 7 activities outlined below. The group will participate in all activities on a rotational basis, moving to a new activity each session. Activities can be canceled or altered at any time during camp due to weather conditions or safety reasons.
The waterfall hike’s purpose is twofold. It is scenically a beautiful trail, traversing through the indigenous forest down into the valley and following the river to the waterfall. Along the way one may notice extensive birdlife, numerous types of spider, hear the baboons barking to each other and see the occasional buck. It is also a strenuous hike back out of the valley, which will test the physical and mental fortitude of the students.
Black wattle (Acacia mearnsii) is one of the most widespread and significant invasive alien trees in South Africa. Great concern is frequently expressed over its ability to aggressively spread through extensive areas destroying indigenous vegetation and its effect on reducing catchment water yields. On Mindscape Adventures excursions one of our goals is to leave the area we visit in a better state than we found it in and clearing alien vegetation is one way of doing this.
Abseiling is a process used by people who are rock climbing, ice climbing, kloofing, canyoneering and mountaineering to get down steep cliffs or even man-made objects, such as buildings or bridges. It involves sliding down a rope under controlled conditions and in the context of a school excursion often requires the students to grapple with their inner selves to overcome the natural anxiety caused by standing on a cliff face 35 to 40m off the ground.
High ropes course
The high ropes course and Jumar activities are complex multi-dimensional tasks, which require a delicate choreography between both analytical left-brain and creative right brain functioning. The jumar exercise involves sequencing a core set of moves and the ease of ascension is a factor of rhythm rather than brute strength. The high ropes require, not only a mastery of fear, but a high degree of concentration as one moves from one aspect of the course to the next. As with the jumar exercise this course tests the students ability to smoothly perform sequences of movements and those that try and rely solely on strength tend to struggle.
Modern navigation often involves the use of hi-tech gadgets like a GPS but it is vital for a hiker to have a grounding in basic map and compass work as the hi-tech gear is not infallible and can fail for various reasons. The orienteering course provides a nice compliment of cerebral and physical exertion and the performance of the group as a whole is often an indicator of the level of teamwork at play within that group.
During the course of the camp the students will be challenged mentally, physically and emotionally and as a result will benefit from some ‘down time’ to process and assimilate their experiences. It is also important for each individual to be able to enjoy and interact with the environment without the pressure or need to ‘do something’ structured.
In the normal course of our daily lives we are constantly bombarded by artificial noise; cell phones, traffic, radios, computers. The night hike and solitaire gives the students time to let their minds relax and embrace the more subtle noises of the nighttime wilderness. It becomes a time where students can allow their minds to wander unrestrained or to indulge in some quiet introspection. For most students it is a difficult task to allow oneself to bask in the silence but it is a lesson well learned if they can take that experience back into their day to day lives and use it to find calm in moments of stress or pressure.
Fort Fordyce offers excellent rock climbing, but due to the area receiving summer rain, climbing is not always possible in December. Climbing will be offered as an optional and alternative activity. This will be weather dependent, and at the discretion of the adventure staff
Accommodation: 3 man tents will be set up and awaiting for the students to arrive. Students will share 2 persons per tent. Each student will have a sleeping bag, pillow and hikers mat supplied to them.
Basic twin rooms for all the students with bedding. The houses have no Electricity and cell phone coverage is limited.
Food: Part of what we would like to students to learn through this camp, is how to plan and cook their own meals. On the first day a packed lunch is handed to the students before they start their walk to camp. At camp all the requirements of cooking and cleaning is shared by the students.
Walk in/out requirements: The students will be required to walk in and out of the nature reserve. supervisors has the option of walking in with the students or transported directly to their accommodation.. The walk in is 10km along a gravel road, up the pass, into the reserve. The walk will take between 2 and 3 hours depending the heat and the students fitness level. The Students will walk out the same way on the last day.
Beach or Addo National park day
On the Sunday the students all get to go to the either the beach (There are options to ride horses or dune board.) or visit Addo Elephant National Park.
Transfers to and from airport to volunteer and Adventure based learning
All transport to and from the projects or in the Game reserve
Safety 4×4 vehicle in the park
Twin room x 7 nights (1 night either at beach or at Addo Elephant park)
Camping x 6 nights (can be moved to twin room sharing)
dinner x 13
Breakfast x 13
Lunch x 14
All technical gear and expertise
1 day at beach or Addo Elephant expereince