Ingwe'sYouth Camps

Ingwe is an established outdoor education venue that has been operating since Dec 2004 offering a variety of educational programmes that promises fun and adventure with many of our past groups coming back again and again. In July 2009 Ingwe received endorsement by the Western Cape Education Department

What makes Ingwe stand out from the rest?

Apart from the dedicated and experienced team, is the exclusive use of venue for Youth Camps; assuring safety and privacy of the groups.Plus, Ingwe has had a long working relationship with the Nature’s Valley Trust since it first opened in 2004 and officially forged a stronger partnership in 2009, working together to enhance the skill and expertise of both organisations. This is a unique opportunity for schools to use for their outdoor education programmes covering a multitude of skills needed to ensure curriculum criteria is fulfilled. Ingwe / NVT Partnership The large wooden lodge (hall) is the communal area for meals and lectures has tables and benches plus a covered deck area that overlooks incredible views of the rolling forested valleys. A large indoor fireplace; ideal to cosy up to for those chilly evenings or gather in the boma area around a fire pit to gaze up at the millions of stars on a clear evening and spot a firefly or two! Swimming pool and sports field plus a natural clearing in the forest with wooden decks is an ideal outdoor classroom or meeting area. Our accommodation is perfect for youth camps and has been often said by the children who come “It is like 5 star school camp style” We also offer day hire options if you do not require accommodation.

So what happens at Ingwe ?

On arrival we go through the general rules of Ingwe and make sure cell phone and other electronic gadgets are safely packed away so we can focus on each other. We work on a first name basis and our most important rule is respect for each other, Ingwe facilities and the environment. If you are staying over, we allocate cabins and make sure everyone knows where the boundaries and rest of the facilities are.

Onto the programme!

Groups are briefed on their programme for the day and then split up into teams. Our activities have been developed with an emphasis on outdoor education, leadership skills, building effective teamwork and ‘thinking out of the box’. Most importantly, the challenges are set out for a team to tackle an ‘obstacle’ not as a competition against the other team, but rather as a team that overcomes and completes the “obstacle” as an effective group. After the teams have been divided they participate in various activities to help them build their team spirit with plenty of fun and laughter along the way! The programme which has been chosen will determine the activities. Ingwe facilitators are present at all times during the programmes, we work on a 1:10 ratio and we welcome involvement and participation from the teachers/group leaders. Every programme ends off with a debriefing session and feedback forms which is followed by a slide show presentation of the pictures taken during the day (the group gets a free copy!) and then ending off with handing out of certificates. If the group is staying over, the teacher/group leaders are responsible for the night time duties and getting the children up in the mornings. We are on call 24 hours during your stay with us. Programmes can be tailor made to suit your specific needs and we welcome your participation and suggestions. Our facilitators bring a wealth of experience into our programmes and are passionate about Nature and Conservation and the importance of educating our youth in the preservation of it. If you choose to, you may even run your own camp or workshop and activities yourselves at our spectacular venue. We are linked to many other conservation and community awareness projects right on our doorstep and can include this in your programme. We excel at designing packages to suit your needs. Ingwe is ideal for fulfilling Presidents Awards and Eco Schools Green flag criteria.

Many of our bookings come in quite far in advance, so don’t delay in contacting us for a quote


  • Our programmes require at least ½ day, but a full day is preferred

  • A minimum of 16 participants is required

  • 2 tea breaks, equipment, facilitation, certificates and copy of pictures taken is included in the rate. Fully catered or self-catering options are available

  • Enquire for special combo rates if more than one programme is chosen

  • Indemnities will be need to be signed for each participant by their parent/legal guardian

  • Old clothes and closed shoes to be worn

  • If day programme, a change of clothes would be necessary if doing the Ingwe Journey

  • Hat, sunscreen and small daypack with water bottle if doing one of the hiking programmes

  • Any special medical or dietary needs to be communicated prior to programme date

  • Terms & conditions apply

Some comments from past guests:

“Thank you to the Ingwe Team. You have wonderful facilities here in the forest. See you again soon!” S Theron: Outeniqua Primary

“Thank you Debbie and staff for what you did for our kids” B Napoleon: Pellrus Primary

“Another wonderful camp. Thank you. We’ll be back!” S Foord: Holy Cross Primary

“Beautiful venue and wonderful staff. Thank You!” N Nortje: Oakhill School

“Thank you for an amazing 2 days! The kids LOVED it. Best of luck for the future & keep it going!” Eslo Minnie: Beaumont Primary

“Lovely venue and great activities. Thanks for everything” T van Berg: Woodridge Prep

“Life changing, what an experience! We need this place to keep on doing what they are doing. Thank you for the most amazing time & bonding experience. Looking forward to coming back” Youth for Christ Dads & Lads camp – Steven & Joshua

“Many many thanks! The kids learnt a lot!” Marc Paul: St Andrews Prep

“An amazing experience, never to be forgotten” Markus: Glenwood House

“Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! Thank you so much! A great place to regroup & recharge” Ian & Annette: Kingswood Junior

“To the whole team @Ingwe, thank you so very much for the wonderful and enriching experience that you provided for my grade three's last week. Their very first camp will be one to remember and I am truly grateful to you for that. We certainly came away feeling tired, dusty and a little bit wiser. Many, many thanks”. Debbie and all in Grade 3 @ Oakhill