Outdoor Education South Africa
Our Mountain2Coast Experience
This unique Mountain2Coast outdoor experience faces the Grade 7 class during the second term of each year. It involves each child participating in a five day journey starting in the Langeberg mountains outside of Heidelberg and ending at the sea at Cape Infanta.
The challenge starts with the children hiking up the Groot Vaders Bosch river to the Groot Vaders Bosch forestry station. The next two days are spent cycling the back roads of the Eden District to the pont at Malgas on the Breede River. Here the pupils exchange their bicycles for kayaks and spend the next day paddling down the Breede River. The final day sees them once again in the saddle cycling to Infanta.
During the expedition the children are divided into groups of approximately six children with one staff member. Two back up vehicles support the group. Each child takes a turn to lead their group and all cooking and cleaning are done by the children. Along the way the team camp at designated campsites or on farmland.
The total distance covered during the Mountain2Coast Outdoor Experience is approximately 139 kilometers in real terms and about three years in experience!