Environmental Education Camps
All camps have an underlying goal, which is that young people develop an understanding of and connection with the wilderness. We use a combination of adventure, art and science to this end.
How to book a camp
Locations of camp sites
We utilize several camp sites situated throughout the Western Cape, including our well known base camp in the Cederberg Mountains. Each camp has breathtaking views and offers its own special opportunities. Camp locations will be determined by availability; special requests will be considered.
Important logistical details
The Cape Leopard Trust provides the following at all of the camps
- Self-catering camping accommodation ranging from staying in tents to bungalows depending on the chosen venue
- Presentations, learning experiences, guided excursions
- Research and art equipment and instruction
- A first aid kit and our environmental educators are trained in First Aid.
Groups must provide their own
- Supervision at campsite & on outings
- Food & Eating utensils
- Transport (Cape Leopard Trust 20-seater bus is available upon request at a cost of R 4 950)
Choosing your topics
A wide variety of topics can be explored and camp programmes are unique to each group depending on their age, needs and interests. In preparation for a camp, group leaders will work with our Environmental Educators in the design of a programme.
Some of the potential camp themes include
- Reptiles and scorpions
- Fossil hunting
- Survival and navigation skills
- Art, writing and photography (must provide own cameras)
- Life skills and self-development
The following are examples of activities
- Hiking with exploration of Fynbos and Karoo biomes
- Animal tracking workshop at first light
- Visit to Stadsaal or Truijtieskraal for rock formation viewing
- Night walk with astronomy lesson and UV light scorpion search
- Visit to leopard or caracal kill site
- Setting up and checking a camera trap
- Drawing and creative writing activities while watching the sunset
- Predator and Prey team building and other games
The daily fee contributes to materials, camp maintenance and education costs. This fee covers only a portion of our costs, we subsidize all camps to make environmental education affordable. In addition to a daily rate each individual is charged a standard per person levy by the CapeNature reserve and additional fees may apply for hiking permits. These rates may vary when other venues are used, please enquire about availability and scheduling using our Booking Enquiry form.
Fees are as follows
- 10 - 15 participants: R220/ pp./ night
- 16 – 25 participants: R200/ pp./ night
- 26 – 30 participants: R180/ pp./ night
- 1st two Teachers: Free
- Extra adults: Same as participant fees
- The campsite can accommodate a max of 25 people.
CLT Bus and trailer can be hired at R 4 950 round trip. It can only seat 20 individuals.
NB. The participation fee is already subsidized by more than ½ of the actual costs for all groups to make the camps accessible to all.
CapeNature Conservation Fee (VAT incl.)
- 2 nights: R 136,80 per person
- 3 nights: R 182,40 per person
- 4 nights R 228 per person
- Stadsaal permit - R 40/adult - R 20/child
- Truitjieskraal permit - R 40/adult - R 20/child
- Wolfberg Cracks permit - R 50/adult - R 30/child
- Disa Pools permit - R 20/person
Thanks to generous contributions from our donors we are in a position to offer a number of fully sponsored camps per year to disadvantaged community schools. Please contact us to inquire whether your group may qualify.
If you would like to sponsor a rural child to attend a camp as a community outreach initiative, please let us know!
The National Lottery Commission (NLC) has sponsored a 20-seater bus to the Cape Leopard Trust. This bus is available to assist with transport at a minimum rate of R 4 950 per round trip.