Great Summer Camps for Kids

For the best holiday minus Mom and Dad

Every day guarantees fun

A HORSE-LOVER’S DREAM HOLIDAY

Esperanza Holiday Camp

Pretoria

Shop around to find a camp that best fits your child’s interests.

Age: 5 - 16

Camp Dates: 3 - 7 October 2016 & 12 - 16 December 2016

Cost: R400/day (meals included)

With 16 years of holiday camp experience, Esperanza has mastered the art of balancing fun with responsibility. This very specialized horse farm focuses is on caring for, riding, and strengthening bonds with the animals. The wonderful well-trained horses make it a beautiful and safe environment for kids to learn and thrive. Here they are taught everything there is to know about horses - how to care for them, ride them and improve their riding skills. Daily duties are packed with fun but also hold great responsibility and include feeding the horses, brushing and grooming them, cleaning stables, cleaning out their hooves, saddling and feeding the farm animals.

Apart from the invaluable skill and knowledge gained, kids can also experience farm life at its very best with cows to milk, river swims, games on horseback, amazing outrides and a riverside obstacle course! 

www.esperanzaholidaycamp.wixsite.com/holiday-camps

AN ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND BY THE SEA


Sugar Bay

Durban

Age: 7 - 17

Camp Dates:   Peak Season: 9 – 16 December 2016 & 16 - 23 December 2016

Off-peak season: 27 December – 2 January 2017 & 2 – 8 January 2017

Cost:                Peak Season: R7 499

                        Off-peak Season: R4 999

Sugar Bay is a 16-acre playground that's been welcoming kids for the past 15 years, to come and enjoy the ultimate adventure holiday. Campers get to enjoy a flexible daily programme with their choice of over 100 activities. And, with all the latest equipment and superb facilities, they are certainly spoilt for choice!

The camp area has private access to the beach and lagoon and all the boats, boards and water toys required for days of endless fun! Kids can participate in adventure sports like surfing, kayaking, bodyboarding and stand-up paddleboarding to BMXing, skateboarding, paintball, dancing, rock wall climbing, bungee trampoline, baking, arts, and crafts.

There’s also a full-sized soccer field, paintball arena, five-sided climbing tower, obstacle course, three different rope courses and a swimming pool. And, in between all the action, great lasting friendships are formed - it's a holiday wishlist come true!

www.sugarbay.co.za

FOR THE BUSH BABIES

Bushtrail's Holiday Camp

Magaliesburg

Age: 7 - 14

Camp Dates: TBC

Cost: TBC

Bushtrails is located on an 80-hectare farm in the beautiful Magaliesburg area. Here, kids can truly claim back their connection to nature and embrace the great outdoors. The main aim is for kids to have a holiday that they will remember for a long time to come, and the number of return Bushtrail campers is sure proof of that!

The wonderful 'home away from home' sleeps groups of ten campers, on bunk beds, in comfy bungalows . Each group is assigned a dedicated counsellor, selected for their ability to work with a broad spectrum of personalities and ages. Daily programmes are jam-packed full of adventure, fun, and learning.

Some of the special outdoor activities include hiking, swimming, clay work, cookout, campfire, and trail setting. There are also two swimming pools, baseball, volleyball, table tennis, tennis courts, an obstacle course, and lots of lawn for soccer and cricket. So between the unique outdoor adventures on offer and the endless sporting facilities, every day guarantees fun.

www.bushtrails.co.za

Choosing the Right Camp

Unlike the USA, there is no Camping Association in South Africa, providing a comprehensive list of reputable holiday camps for kids. You need to shop around to find a camp that best fits your child’s interests. Here are some important points to keep in mind:

  • Ask about the Camp Director’s background.
  • Know which organizations the camp belongs to and which they are endorsed by.
  • Confirm that Camp Counsellors have been given thorough background checks.
  • A comfortable counsellor to child ratio is 1 to 7.
  • Counsellors should sleep in the same tent/cabin as children to provide 24-hour supervision.
  • Counsellors should be young (18-25).
  • Outdoor activities should be supervised by adults qualified in first aid.
  • Watersport should be supervised by trained lifeguards.
  • A 40 – 60% return rate of campers is a good sign.