By the end of the year matric students are completely worn out after putting in hours of study and writing their final exams – time out is all that’s needed. Time in wild nature sleeping out, hiking and resting offers the best way to unplug and what better way to do this than to go hiking on a really wild Matric Chill Out in the mountains of the Western Cape?
The Cape’s leading mountains and trails initiative, the Rim of Africa, together with Hi-Tec and CapeNature, celebrate our matrics this year by offering an awesome new trail experience where matrics go into the wild on a 5 day trail experience to chill out after the exams.
“Although this trail is about fun and celebrating the end of school, it also recognises the rite of passage from school into adulthood in a powerful and meaningful manner,” explains youth trail coordinator, Jess Tyrrell.
“The Rim of Africa Matric Chill Out is a crafted experience led by guides who have mountain skills, a sense of adventure and a capacity to draw out leadership qualities and strengths in each participant, making use of activities to reconnect with themselves in the wild, rejuvenate and have an amazing time.”
“This is simply real time out – away from home, away from the pressures of making decisions of where to next, what to study, what job? It’s time for matrics to just ‘be’ for a while, and connect with the insights that being in nature gives all of us”, explains Tyrrell.
The Rim of Africa Matric Chill Out is a custom trail experience and open to all levels of skill and fitness, with a focus on fun and reconnecting with nature, ourselves and making new friends.
Hi-Tech has sponsored three fully paid places – To book or apply for a sponsored or paid place on the hike visit: www.rimofafrica.org
• Day 1 – Leave from Cape Town to arrive in the Cederberg by lunch time. Our base camp is next to a stream. A Dance It Off fire night gets us into the zone, good music, chilled vibe.
• Day 2 – We journey through the hills – it will be hot, but streams and cool still water refreshes. Camp at the base of a beautiful kloof.
• Day 3 – A day climbing up Skerpionspoort to see the amazing views. Camp with these as our backdrop.
• Day 4 – Swimming in rock pools and sleeping over in a cave tonight are highlights. We climb to a contour path and look out for leopard tracks.
• Day 5 – Rock art is the highlight of today and a solid walk across a wetland to sleep in the shade of beautiful trees. Our transfers back to Cape Town at lunch time.
Who can come? Matrics Only
Where is it? In the Cedarberg mountains of the Western Cape
How long is it? 5 days
When is it? 9 – 13 December 2015
How hard is the hiking? Mountainous, some steep gradients, good paths.
Where will we sleep? Sleep under stars.
For more information contact Galeo Saintz, 082 888 8181 or Chace Brand 072 095 6718