We will be spending some time in the Soutpansberg Mountains seeing where Louis Trichardt explored in 1838.
Trichardt and his group stayed near the mountains, camping near what eventually became the town of Louis Trichardt in 1899. They planted crops and started exploring the areas north of the current town.
This expedition involves some familiar experiences as well as some new ones. There will be a time of SOLO 24hrs in the bush, on their own. There is a 3 day self-led hike, where they must manage themselves, their peers and their route.
Other activities include: bush craft, abseiling and the study of bushman paintings!
All the activities are conducted on a mountain farm far away from roads. It is very safe, however we do hire bush guides to keep an extra watch on the students. The students won’t see the guides, but they are always there with a radio back up.
This is an incredible camp, where your child will make solid friendships, develop social and interpersonal skills and have a lot of fun!
Your child has been given a list of equipment that is needed but it does not need to be new. If, however, you would like to make any purchases, Trappers Trading in Tzaneen and Polokwane is a good place to start.
The children must plan their own menus for the trek, buy the food, carry it, cook it, wash up and bring any leftovers back with them. A reasonable amount to spend on hiking meals per day, including snacks, is R80.00 per person.
We look forward to enjoying the South African veld with your children. Please make sure they are properly equipped with working camping equipment, tents, stoves and clothing. Please consider carefully before purchasing new equipment and heed our recommendations.
This Expedition is compulsory and if you cannot make it you must get written consent from Mr. Redfern before 25th August and let us know.
Soutpansberg letter 2019