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2021 Big 5 Hike is now open for booking

Send us an email to book your place and receive the sponsorship and reservation forms.

Hike Date: 22nd May 2021

Join us for the weekend 21st– 23rd May 2021

 

HOW TO ENTER

1. Once entries open please email The Cavern reservations team at info@cavern.co.za to confirm availability and reserve your space. Please note spaces are strictly limited.

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2. Receive your sponsorship form and booking reservation. A set number of entrants will receive two nights complimentary accommodation during the Big5Hike at The Cavern. This also includes all food, the event and event goodies.


3. Pay your deposit of 50% of the sponsorship requirement and email your confirmation of payment along with your jacket and T-shirt size to The Cavern – info@cavern.co.za.

Please note the balance of your contribution/ fundraising is due at registration at the latest.

Payment details are below.

Payments via EFT require a reference. Please use NAME/BIG5HIKE to this purpose.

International donors are encouraged to use the secure credit card portal as bank charges on EFT payments are high and negate the benefit of the donation.


4. Once your deposit has been received you will receive an email with your final booking confirmation.

PAYMENTS

Bank Payments (EFT)

To: The Royal Drakensberg Primary School Society
First National Bank Bergville
Branch code: 220625
Account number: 62125355893
PLEASE USE YOUR NAME/BIG52015 AS REFERENCE

Credit Card Payments

Are accepted. Follow the link below to pay now.

ENTRY CRITERIA

 

  • Entrants must be healthy and physically able to complete the Big5Hike.
  • A deposit of 50% must be paid upfront to secure your place with the balance payable on or before registration for the Big5Hike.
  • Your donation must please be made as one payment. i.e. You are responsible for collecting funds from your individual sponsors before making a final payment to The Royal Drakensberg Primary School. You will be required to pay the full balance at registration.

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