The 230 hectare Hawequas Scout Adventure Centre is located in the foothills of the Limietberg mountains just outside Wellington, below Du Toit’s Kloof. The site is only a one hour’s drive from Cape Town. Hawequas campsite is being developed as the flagship outdoor adventure activity and environmental education centre for youth in the Western Cape.
Natural beauty abounds on the property, 95% of which is comprised of undisturbed fynbos of exceptionally high biodiversity conservation value in the Cape Floristic Plant Kingdom. The farm is an important water catchment area and an area of transition from lowland to mountain fynbos. The farm also forms part of an important buffer zone for the neighbouring Limietberg Nature Reserve managed by Cape Nature.
Hawequas facilities are also used by:
Schools – Environmental education excursions; camps; leadership, team-building and training courses.
Youth Groups – Retreats, camps, adventure courses.
Church groups – Retreates, training courses.
NGO’s – Training and conference venue.
Businesses – Conference venue, team-building and training courses.
Tourists – weekend getaways.
Photographers – as a location for photo shoots in the granite rock pools.
Camping and outdoor adventure:
- Campsites accommodating up to 300 campers.
- Ablution facilities with hot showers and flush toilets.
- 10km of hiking and mountain biking trails.
- Numerous granite rock pools along the Spruit River.
- Concrete swimming reservoir and water activity area.
- Floodlit grass playing field.
- Campfire circle.
Training and Conference facilities:
- Lecture room and large undercover outdoor activity area.
- Numerous secluded outdoor areas for breakaway groups and activities.
- Large fully-equipped catering kitchen.
- Accommodation in guest cottage (6 pax), bunk-rooms (30 pax), camping (300 pax).
There are two main camping areas on Hawequas: the Pine Forest and the Terraces. Both have plenty of shade and taps with drinking water. The communal ablutions have hot showers.
The Ole Schroder House has three bedrooms fitted with 17 beds in all, two bathrooms, and a large lounge / dining / activity area with five large tables and forty chairs. More tables and chairs are available. The large undercover veranda can also be used as a dining area. The well equipped kitchen has a fridge, freezer, six gas rings, electric stove, urn, kettle and a few large pots. There is no crockery or cutlery. Suitable for adult accommodation for course leaders and camp staff.
The Barn is a large and well illuminated hall with a large covered veranda area with tables, suitable for training, braais, and dry shelter in bad weather.
The Robert Hall Campsite is an exclusive site that can be booked as a unit, with all the necessities on site, having a small Bunk Room to accommodate 4 adults, kitchen fully equipped and stocked to cater for 40 (just bring your food), a built-in braai and covered veranda, and a raised platform shelter for dining and activities. There are nearby level campsites for tents, and the shared ablution block nearby. Suitable for Packs or Troops.
Behind the barn is the Bunk House, with 11 bunk beds. Suitable for work parties, courses or bad weather shelter.
Situated independently away from the main campsite, the Cottage is fully furnished and equipped to accommodate four people. There are two bedrooms with two single beds in one and a double bed in another (no bedding), with an open plan lounge kitchen. Recommended for families or the general public.
The Holiday Cabins are situated up on the hill above the Cottage. Each Cabin can sleep 8, has a shower, toilet, kitchen, dining area and later will have a stoep as well – from which one could sit and watch the sunset. You need only supply your own bedding, food and toiletries – just like camping, but under roof with ‘extras’. Recommended for families wanting to ‘break away’ for a weekend, two families spending time together, or parents of Cubs / Scouts wanting to stay over to save travelling while their kids camp.
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