Bushtrail Environmental Centre and Holiday Camp

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New Thorndale, Magaliesburg 1791

We ensure that each camper is having a great holiday.


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Accommodation -

We can accommodate 120 children, sleeping in bungalows on bunk beds which have foam rubber mattresses.

The ablution facilities have hot and cold running showers and there are flush toilets.

Meals -

Three substantial well-balanced and well liked meals are provided daily. The children are not involved in the preparing or cleaning up of meals. Cutlery and crockery are provided.

Medical - Children will be children!!

In the case of minor cuts and bruises we have a well stocked first aid kit.
In the event of anything more serious, the local doctor is within 20 minutes drive and the Krugersdorp hospital is 1/2 an hour away.

Recreation -

Bushtrail has a wide variety of sporting facilities. There are two chlorinated, fenced swimming pools, baseball, volley ball, table tennis, tennis courts, an obstacle course and lots of lawn for soccer, cricket etc.

When the campers arrive they are divided into groups of about 10 campers per group. Each group has their own counsellor. A counsellor is an old camper who has shown leadership qualities and were selected for their ability to work with a broad spectrum of personalities and ages.

Each holiday camp is run along a particular theme and the programme is worked out prior to their arrival, the counsellors help to run the programme. They ensure that each camper is having a great holiday.

Some of our activities include hiking, art, swimming, obstacle course, baseball, clay work, cook out, campfire, games, trail setting and many more.

Educational Camps at Bushtrail -

The accommodation for the staff is situated close to the children. The teachers' rooms have their own toilet facilities

Bedding is supplied for staff only.

Bushtrail is unique in that it has a wide range of geographical features with a very varied fauna and flora, all in a relatively small area 80 hectares.

We, here at Bushtrail, believe that learning by and through experience is the best teaching method. Our approach is a 'classroom without walls'.

Each lesson is conducted on a lecture format and then followed up by the practical work to consolidate the information given during the lesson. In the event of rain the Lapa is put to good use.

Our aims are to provide an outside, natural environment where children are encouraged to:

- develop a first hand awareness of our precious natural resources.
- observe and explore nature.
- realise the importance of the Balance of Nature and to stimulate an interest in the conservation of nature.
- develop social interaction, personal insight and tolerance of others.

The course at Bushtrail is tailor made to suit each particular class or group. The duration of your stay is determined by yourselves from 1 to 5 days, or over weekends. Groups may also conduct their own programme.

At Bushtrail we have facilities to teach the following subjects:

GEOGRAPHY: this includes:

- Map Reading
- Mapping areas, rivers and sites
- Plotting gradients
- Soil types, soil erosion and prevention thereof
- Orienteering

BIOLOGY: this includes:

- Plant classification
- Plant succession
- Trees
- Grasses
- Birds
- Amphibians
- Snakes
- Water conservation and the water cycle
- Seed dispersal
- Animal signs
- Ecology study
- Insect classification and social insect study
- Maintaining the environment

We cater for groups from Grade 1 right through to Grade 12, student teachers have also been here for practical work.

We offer a basic Afrikaans course to English medium schools.

Camp Dates

12 December - 19 December 2014
12 December - 22 December 2014
02 January - 09 January 2015

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Bushtrail, a farm of 80 hectares, is situated in the Magaliesburg area, approximately 80 km from Johannesburg and about 100 from Pretoria. Bushtrail is situated well off the main road and we have a magnificent view of the Magaliesburg mountain and the valleys leading to it.

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