The South African LYP Adventure Camp 2018 was a great success. On Friday morning, 27 April, a group of 23 people enjoyed exploring various natural wonders on the Panorama Route in lush green Mpumalanga. We visited “Bourke’s Luck Potholes” and “God’s Window” and then headed off for a 2.5-hour white water rafting trip on the Sabie River. Then we all appreciated the Sabbath in the quiet and peaceful setting at camp, under the avocado trees at Mulberry Lane. On Sunday morning, 14 enthusiastic hikers headed to Sabie to start our 3-day, 2-night (35km) hike: three magnificent days of forests, rivers, waterfalls, campfires, stars and high mountains on the Fanie Botha hiking trail. Hiking through pine plantations and indigenous forests, we stood in awe at the sheer beauty of God’s pristine creation and marveled at crystal-clear waterfalls and streams. Day two tested our determination and drive, as most of the hike was a steep climb through forest, crossing streams, passing waterfalls and climbing up rocky cliffs to Hartebeest Vlakte. It became obvious why so many hikers describe this as the perfect hiking destination. It surely was an adventure where bonds were built, and character, determination, drive and a never-give-up attitude were developed. Despite some scrapes and bruises, and a stomach bug that affected a few, the outing was a very exhilarating and rewarding experience. We all returned Tuesday evening. We are thankful for God’s protection and His blessing on a successful and memorable camp.
The LYP SA Adventure Camp 2017 kicked off on Friday afternoon, 17 March, with a total of 25 people in attendance at the Buffalo Gorge Campsite just outside Pretoria, South Africa. We started the camp with a fast on the Sabbath of 18 March and enjoyed Sabbath services in the “bush” and a Bible study.
The accommodation consisted of tents. Hot water for the showers had to be boiled in a donkey geyser (wood fired water heater). It was a good change from everyday life with all its luxuries.
Campers participated in a 20m abseil, rock climbing, horse riding, swimming, a 12km hike, tree and bird identification, table tennis, paintball, evening board games and plenty of fellowship. Many of the activities was a first for some and great memories and friendships were built during the four days of camp.
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