SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS

The Incredible and generous who

help us make this event possible.

 

OUR SPONSORS

Generosity, support, heart and future

The Big 5 Hike relies on donations from Corporate Sponsors to make the event possible. Being only our third year we are looking for sponsors who want to be a part of the event annually and use it is 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. Please get in touch with us to find out more. We are happy to talk!

To find out more about our current Corporate Sponsors please visit their websites.

PLATINUM

SPONSORS

R50,000-R100,000

The Cavern Drakensberg Resort & Spa

This beautiful family style resort situated beneath the massive sandstone cliffs at the foot of the Drakensberg is 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. Set within the old gum trees against a backdrop of the Drakensberg and surrounded by lush gardens, a swimming pool and a lawn from which you can see the valley below and the peaks in the distance, it is a truly magical place to relax, unwind and reconnect with loved ones and nature.


ClucasGray

ClucasGray was established in September 2005 by Peter Clucas, Fairfax Gray, James Clucas and Paul Carter. Our driving force was the desire to go back to what we felt were the important principles of private client investment management – personalised commitment, integrity, experience and performance.


Melville Douglas Standard Bank Private Clients

Melville Douglas was founded in 1983 by Christopher Melville and Harvey Douglas. Their objective was to develop a company dedicated to providing a highly personalised investment management service for select, high net worth private clients.

Today, Melville Douglas is one of the most respected and admired premier portfolio management companies in South Africa, built on a foundation of exceptional service and performance. So much so that we have been incorporated into Standard Bank Group as the core of its private banking initiative. We are, however, retaining our independent identity


Total Gateway

Situated in the busy hub of Gateway Shopping Centre, Umhlanga Rocks, Total Gateway, offers customers convenience shopping from the Bonjour and Café Bonjour as well as a Mugg & Bean On The Move. Being a flagship TOTAL site, the service you receive is professional, fast and efficient and filling up with petrol, diesel or 50ppm diesel becomes a pleasure rather than a grudge experience.

GOLD

SPONSORS

R25,000 – R50,000

Hollard

The Hollard Insurance Group is South Africa’s largest privately-owned insurance group, established in 1980.

Since the early days, Hollard has gone from strength to strength, but they’ve never forgotten their roots – long term, genuine and mutually beneficial partnerships form the core of everything that they do as an insurance group today.


Ince Communications

An investor marketing agency that uses the power of digital to deliver the right message, to the right people at the right time.

Ince equips their clients with the tools they need to connect with like-minded people and the information they need to make more informed investment decisions. Strategic advisors and production specialists help corporate clients meet regulator disclosure requirements and emplower shareholers with knowlege.


Mooney Ford

Mooney Ford Attorneys is one of Durban’s oldest law firms, having been established in 1902. It offers a wide range of professional services and advice to its clients including the formation of companies and trusts, all aspects of property law, commercial and civil litigation, labour disputes, estate planning and the winding up of deceased estates.

 


Out in Africa

Out in Africa is an overseas tour operator with close ties to the Cavern & Montusi Valley that has brought thousands of visitors to the Drakensberg over the past 25 years. Together with clients, Out in Africa has contributed to upliftment of children in education through the Khanyisela Project and Royal Drakensberg Primary. Out in Africa have also fostered a valuable partnership between Royal Drakensberg and a Primary School near Rotterdam which has contributed the proceeds of their annual Autumn Fun Runs to the project.


SORO GEMEINNÜTZIGER VEREIN FÜR SOZIALES ENGAGEMENT

A non-profit organisation based in Austria that supports various private initiatives in South Africa, such as orphanages, schools and work organisation.

SILVER

SPONSORS

R10,000 – R25,000

Total South Africa

Over nearly a century, Total has grown its business in more than 130 countries. Total is now a major player in the oil, gas and chemical industries. Its shareholders and employees come from a diverse range of backgrounds.

The Total brand’s presence in the Southern African region is made up of Total South Africa, Total Namibia, Total Botswana, Total Lesotho,Total Swaziland and Totalgaz.


Luma-Inc – Agile Digital Media

Luma-Inc is driven by a love for agile digital media and offers boutique web and related services of the highest quality. Driven by a love for good user experiences and strong visual language Luma-Inc takes an immense amount of joy and pride in creating uniquely tailored and effective digital media products across a broad spectrum of software, products, media and social platforms.


Michaelhouse Diocesan College of Natal

Michaelhouse is a school of established heritage with an innate respect for the individual. It is this long held tradition that distinguishes Michaelhouse from other senior boys’ schools. We believe that going to senior school is as much about finding one’s niche in life as having the freedom and encouragement to explore it and to become the best one can be.

Michaelhouse is a boarding school for boys set amongst the rolling green hills of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands in South Africa, providing secondary education from E Block (Grade 8) to A Block (Grade 12).

 

BRONZE

SPONSORS

R5,000 – R10,000

COLENBRANDER

Professional Accounting Services

Colenbrander Inc is a leading firm of Chartered Accountants and Registered Auditors, located in Hilton, KwaZulu-Natal. We provide our clients, who operate predominantly in the owner-managed and entrepreneurial sectors, with accounting, auditing, taxation and advisory services.

We aim to understand our clients’ businesses inside and out, in order to deliver personalised service and anticipatory value-added advice. Colenbrander is driven by a team of dynamic and dedicated experts, who strive each day to help our clients meet the challenges they face in the day to day world of business.

What sets us apart is our fundamental focus on client relationships and our capacity to offer a broad range of services, coupled with decisive, strategic advice. We are committed to helping our clients achieve their financial and growth objectives. They are the reason why we do what we do every day, and why we continually aim to be at the top of our game.


Drakensberg Decor & Drapery

Décor & Draping is a function coordinating company based in the Drakensberg, which services the local surrounds and anywhere we’re required to bring a dash of magic to events. Less is more, we strive to keep the function stylish and up market. We go out of our way to accommodate the client’s needs and try to accommodate corporate colours as best we can. Our mission is to serve our clients to the best of our ability, which includes, going the extra mile.


Grant Pitcher Photography

Artistic capture of inhabited sculpture within the built environment to create a lasting impression.

Grant Pitcher is an international, award-winning photographer specializing in architecture and interior photography where his skills shine through in the immaculate photography that captures mood and place. Much like architecture Grant believes that food reacts in a similar same way to built structures regarding beautiful light. His food photography brings an artist’s eye and a chef’s perspective to every image he creates for his clients.

Often referred to as an image consultant, Grant adds exceptional value to locations in the arena of architecture, interior design, fine dining and the beverage industry where he supplies unique, artistic images of lifestyle to architects, property portfolios, interior decorators, advertising agencies, magazines, restaurants, resorts and hotels internationally. Grant Pitcher’s work has been published in Canada, USA, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Turkey, Israel, China, Nigeria and South Africa.


Mugg & Bean – Harrismith

Well known and well loved the Mug and Bean provides the highest standard of coffee and associated hot beverages in addition to a great selection of food items. So taken with the public with the brand that Mugg & Bean has won the Caxton Leisure options “Best Coffee Bar” category for 11 years in a row.

The Harrismith franchise continues to delight motorists and locals at the N3 Swineberg Stop.

OTHER

SPONSORS

R1,000

ABOUT THE CAVERN RESORT AND SPA

The Cavern Resort was founded by Ruth and Bill Carte in 1941 and 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. It is a beautiful family style resort situated beneath the massive sandstone cliffs at the foot of the Drakensberg 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. Set within the old gum trees against a backdrop of the Drakensburg and surrounded by lush gardens, a swimming pool and a lawn from which you can see the valley below and the peaks in the distance, it is a truly magical place. Daily walks are offered and children are kept busy with horse rides, tennis, games and countless daily activities. Adults are able to rejuvenate in the Forest Spa or try their hand at bowls after tea and before an aperitif in “The Cave Bar” where often a fire roars. Most guests are return customers many of whom first came as little ones with their parents and now come back year after year with their own kids and those same grandparents to walk to hills, nourish the soul and restore the body. 

THE ROYAL DRAKENSBERG PRIMARY SCHOOL

Founded in 2007 in a converted roofless sandstone barn, The Royal Drakensberg Primary School serves the Amazizi community providing primary school education to underprivileged children. Six qualified teachers and a headmistress ensure that the education is of the highest standard enabling children to go on to schools further afield. The Carte family believes that a quality education is key to ensuring that children will be positive and productive contributors to South African society. If parents and teachers in the area can see an example of what is possible, they too may strive to attain higher standards for themselves and their children. Only by example can we help to raise awareness and give these children an equal opportunity to succeed in life.

Founded in 2007 in a converted roofless sandstone barn, The Royal Drakensberg Primary School serves the Amazizi community providing primary school education to underprivileged children. Six qualified teachers and a headmistress ensure that the education is of the highest standard enabling children to go on to schools further afield. The Carte family believes that a quality education is key to ensuring that children will be positive and productive contributors to South African society. If parents and teachers in the area can see an example of what is possible, they too may strive to attain higher standards for themselves and their children. Only by example can we help to raise awareness and give these children an equal opportunity to succeed in life.

NOT ABLE TO JOIN US?

Sponsor the Canine Hikers

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 is 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 the legacy expands on to our other four legged friends who carry on the tradition. We have decided to ensure that the canine pack are fully committed to participate. To this end they have started their very own sponsorship drive and have managed to continue Moya's good work to raise a good amount for the school.

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

This year, for EVERY R250 donated, your name will be entered into a draw to win a three night stay for 2 sharing a superior suite including all meals, teas, two bottles of wine and two 60minute massages! Prize is valued at R14,500!

LUCY - The Big 5 Canine Hiker

MOYA -The Little 5 Canine Hiker