Hike for Education

18kms and 8 hours of proper hiking across a range of
habitats and terrain taking in five Drakensberg classics.

19 May 2018

Join us for the weekend 18 – 20 May 2018

Can’t join? You can still participate by sponsoring Moya and WINNING BIG with the Cavern – read below for more details

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REGISTER TODAY

Find out all you need to know about joining the hike.

If you are serious about joining then this is the most important page to read on our website. Find out how to receive your registration and sponsorship forms and then make sure to follow the steps to successfully secure your spot. We operate a strict “Payment secures booking” policy as the hike gets fully booked and numbers are limited. Each year we ask hikers to raise a target sum (children have a lower target than adults). Your entry fee/ fundraising includes two night accommodation, the event, event goodies and all food! Wow!!

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SOUL PURPOSE

Discover "the why" behind the hike and our mission to Hike for Education

There is something magnificent about the vastness of The Drakensberg that lets you look inside yourself. It does something to you as a person; a kind of cleansing that leaves you feeling fresher, invigorated, lighter and yet more grounded, ready to embrace the beauty of being part of our extensive group of enthusiastic hikers all challenging themselves to complete the Big5hike in aid the many under privileged rural children from the Amazizi community. An investment in their education and the future of South Africa.

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ABOUT THE HIKE

Explore the terrain, flora and flora. Learn how to prepare, what to pack...

Starting on The Cavern front lawn, the Big5Hike covers 18km and takes in five Drakensberg classics. We hike along an old rusted fence which marks the boundary between KZN and The Free State, look over record holding trout dams, enjoy a collection of natural pools, magnificent views of the Amphitheatre and if lucky, catch sightings of bushbuck, eland, or Chacma baboon.  All this while enjoying any number of wild flowers, grasses and ferns.

SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS

How we make the magic happen.

The Big5Hike relies on donations from Corporate Sponsors to make the event possible. This is our fifth event year and we love having our annual sponsors back on board but we continue to look for sponsors who want to be a part of the event this year or annually. Our sponsors enjoy the benefit of using the Big5Hike as an opportunity to market their brand and contribute to their social responsibility and BEE ratings. We would love to have you on board and welcome any contributions, large or small!

ABOUT THE CAVERN

Drakensberg Resort and Spa.

The Cavern Resort was founded by Ruth and Bill Carte in 1941 and is celebrating its 76th year! The Cavern is currently run by Megan, her husband Hilton and her sister Lesley. They are the third generation of Carte’s to take over the helm and are passionate not only about the Resort but also about uplifting and improving the education and livelihood of the Amazizi community. This beautiful family style resort is situated beneath the massive sandstone cliffs at the foot of the Drakensburg and one of the few resorts where you can step out of your room and be 2,000m above sea level on one of the highest peaks within 2hrs.

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A Dog’s Life

Moya takes on the sponsorship challenge.

This year WIN BIG with the Cavern for every R200 donated to Moya

See below for details

The Big5Hike is always well attended and we are proud of the number of people who return year on year. However, our most loyal and dedicated hiker by far is Moya the bullmastiff. Each year she undertakes the hike with great gusto and, to date, having to be harnessed and hoisted up steep sections has not deterred her.

This year we have decided to ensure that Moya is a fully committed participant. To this end she has started a sponsorship drive and has managed to raise over R1,000 to date.

Should you wish to assist Moya with her sponsorship please make a payment by clicking the link below or emailing Megan at info@cavern.co.za

This year, for EVERY R200 donated, your name will be entered into a draw to win a weekend for 2 in a superior suite including all meals, teas and guided morning hikes.