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Adventure Guide

Welcome, we have received your application to participate in the Senior Scout Adventure. This is your personal copy of the Participant’s Adventure Guide and contains all the details of the Adventure.

The Senior Scout Adventure is one of South Africa's coolest events on the Scouting calendar. The programme provides unforgettable adventure and fun in the famous backpacking country of the Cederberg Wilderness Area.

Programme features combine the best of advanced Scouting to provide you with fun and a real challenge – water activities, rock climbing, paintball guns, sailing, underwater diving, mountaineering and many more! This is an unbeatable recipe for fast-moving enjoyment and action.

You will be camping and hiking with your Patrol in the mountains, as well as meeting and sharing experiences with others from all over our country and overseas. This is an opportunity for fellowship and understanding unequalled anywhere in South Africa.

Here is a super-activity you and your Patrol will never forget. When you come to the Adventure, take advantage of these opportunities. It is one of the best investments you will make - the returns are great.

Enclosed you will find your Adventure Badge (see where to position it elsewhere in this guide). If you have not yet completed filling in all your personal particulars in the online application at, please can you do so before the 30 September 2016.
The Indemnity/Consent Form should be uploaded to the website and not emailed.

Contacts and Links

Adventure Organiser [email protected]
Postal address: P O Box 374, Newlands. 7725
Emergency Telephone Number at Camping Headquarters, Kliphuis - (Available 2nd to 22nd December 2016 only): 0230040825

Please Read this guide carefully.

The Cederberg

The Cederberg mountain range lies some 250km north of Cape Town and extends southwards from just south of the Pakhuis Pass near Clanwilliam to the Middelberg Pass near Citrusdal. It is some 130 000 hectares in extent of which 71 000 ha comprise the Cederberg Wilderness Area managed by CapeNature. It is renowned for its spectacular landscapes and rock formations as well as the increasingly rare Clanwilliam Cedar Tree, from which it got its name. The Senior Scout Adventure is held within this huge stretch of rugged mountains, wide vlaktes, and spectacular kloofs with the altitude varying from 300 m to 2028m on top of Sneeuberg.

The original inhabitants of the Cederberg area were the hunter-gatherers and the Khoi. Evidence of the occupation by the Khoi may be seen in the rock art of the area which is one of the richest regions of southern African rock art, with an estimated 2000 or more painting sites.

The Cederberg boasts diverse and largely unspoilt plant habitats, which provide shelter and hunting grounds for various fauna, such as Leopard and Black Eagle. The Olifant’s River system, part of which runs through the Cederberg Wilderness, has a wealth of endemic fish species. Bird watchers can view more than 100 bird species at the reserve, such as Rock Kestrel and Jackal Buzzard.

The Cederberg was proclaimed a Wilderness in 1973 and received World Heritage status in 2004

For more information on the Cederberg Wilderness Area, please go to our website and download Cape Nature's comprehensive brochure.

This section contains all the information about the Adventure. from planning to hiking and what personal gear you will need. It is very important to read and familiarise yourself with all aspects of the adventure.

Preparation for the Adventure Your Adventure expedition begins at home. You should begin planning and training months before arriving at the Adventure. Patrol Composition Patrols Scouts from the same Troop are placed in the same Patrol. In exceptional circumstances and with the full agreement of all parties a Scout may…
Summary of Events after your Arrival Upon arrival at our Kliphuis Camping Headquarters, a member of the Adventure staff will be available, if requested, to help the Patrol during the initial processing. All Adventure staff are there to ensure that you and your Patrol have a great time. Checking-In The…
It is strongly recommended that you read this material and include it in your training before the Adventure. Have these practices firmly in your mind when you arrive, and put them into practice from day one. Camping and backpacking in the mountain wilderness is a privilege. This privilege carries with…
If you are not a Capetonian you should make your own travel arrangements to and from Cape Town. You should arrive in Cape Town on 9 December 2016 and leave Cape Town after 21:00 on 22 December 2016. It is probably easier for you to leave Cape Town on 23…
If you are not a Capetonian, the Adventure organisers will arrange home hospitality for you if you require this service. Home hospitality is available on 9 December 2016, being one day before the Adventure. It is also available on 22 December 2016. Home Hospitality details will be emailed to you…
Note: The Patrol Kit List is in the Patrol Leaders Handbook that the Patrol Leader receives Personal Kit Rucksack (65 litre preferable) with waterproof liner Sleeping bag 1 pair of strong hiking boots (wear them in beforehand) 1 pair of shoes for travelling 1 pair of strong running shoes or…
Adventure Itineraries Together with your Patrol Leader and other members of your patrol you will chose the patrol's itinerary from three different circular routes, each with their reverse options: a North Challenge, Shaleband and South Peaks, all having their own cluster of Activity Centres. Patrols travel around these circular routes,…

Who may participate

Scout Patrols where all Scouts are over the age of 15 (barring very exceptional circumstances) but not yet turned 18 at the start of the Adventure, qualify to enter. Scouter Patrols where all adults are over the age of 18 are welcome to enter too. 

Adventure History

The Heritage Team have posted some interesting facts on previous Adventures. Click here for a trip into the past.