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Bitou Valley Adventure Camp2019-01-30T16:19:10+02:00

Bitou Valley Adventure Camp

Thus far the following dates are available for 2019, it is also possible to book this camp for exclusive use – min 8 guests, min -3 nights at anytime subject to availability of the dates;

  • First Camp – 20th – 24th March 2019.

  • Second Camp  –  18th – 22nd April 2019.

  • Third Camp  –  27th June – 1st July 2019.

Located just outside Plettenberg Bay, the Bitou Valley Bush Camp is nestled in the heart of the Bitou Valley in the Cape Floristic Kingdom which is the smallest, yet most diverse of the world’s six floral kingdoms, a World Heritage Site and a biodiversity hotspot.  Falling within a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the Plettenberg Bay area is home to no less than five Blue Flag beaches and is in very close proximity to several Marine Protected Areas and breathtakingly beautiful forests – a living monument to our natural history

Where is the camp?

Located within a private wilderness area within the Bitou Valley, the camp is minutes from Plettenberg Bay.

What to do at the camp?

Typically guests select from an number of activities which are included in the rate and available at all times, they include kayaks and mountain bikes. Day trips to Plettenberg Bay and surrounds are also possible at your discretion.

What does it cost?

R 1380.00 – PER ADULT PER NIGHT (SHARING).

R690.00 – PER CHILD (UNDER 10) WHEN SHARING WITH TWO ADULTS – MAX ONE CHILD CAN SHARE WITH TWO ADULTS. Additional children can be accommodated in a second tent which is immediately adjacent to the adult tent.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation.

  • Linen, towels and amenities.

  • English breakfast, Finger Lunch & Buffet dinner.

  • Teas & coffees at all times.

  • Cycling and kayaking and guided walks.

  • Guest cars are securely parked at Wittedrif High School, a short distance from the camp and guests are transferred to the camp.

Exclusions

  • Your own alcohol.

  • If you are travelling by air, we will arrange both the necessary transfers to and from George or Plett Airport (R250 per person one way).

  • A low cost shuttle service is available for the duration of your stay in the Camp. The cost of this is dependent on the destination.

  • Laundry – this is done off site by our local community ladies. Please speak to the guide for more information.

  • Keurbooms River Ferry.

  • Surf and SUP lessons.

  • Yoga.

  • Bungee jumping off the Bloukrans Bridge.

What to bring

  • Hat and sun block.

  • Head torch.

  • Good walking shoes.

  • Your sense of adventure.

  • A light jacket for evenings.

Getting there

The closest significant airport is George, and the camp is approximately 10 minutes drive from Plettenberg Bay. Guest cars are securely parked at Wittedrif High School (5min from the camp) and guests are transferred to the camp. Guests can request a transfer to and from their cars at any time during their stay at the camp.

The Biomimicry Camp

Engineered by a team of Biomimicry environmental specialists, the Bitou Valley Bush camp is 100% mobile, designed to leave no footprint on this environmentally sensitive area when we pack it up and go.  Quite literally – the only thing we leave behind is our own footprints.

Our beds come complete with soft mattresses and 100% cotton bedlinen. Our tents have been specially designed to suit the local environment – their organic shape created to blend into and reflect the forest canopy while perching on mobile decks, thus preventing damage to the vegetation on the floor of the surrounding bush. 

The tents are situated to ensure that there is no vegetation damage and individual camp sites are located next to the river, on the fringe of the canopy and under the Milkwood Trees.  Each location has been carefully selected to ensure privacy and maximize on the spectacular beauty of the area.

We incorporate bush bucket showers using water brought into the camp that is heated then used in the showers and thereafter harvested and filtered through charcoal filters which, as it evaporates, provides the cooling system that runs the camp.  This water is removed off site each day to ensure everyday contaminants like sunblock and deodorant do not go back into the river causing pollution and degradation to the delicate ecosystem.

The toilets have been developed using biomimicry principles that ensure that there is no waste of water; that all waste produced is turned into a resource, and that mainly locally available and abundant resources are utilized.   The organic matter is broken down into compost using sawdust as the base component in a dry flushing and odorless toilet.  The waste is later removed and used in a local nursery site as compost for saplings that will later become part of a Greater Knysna Forest regeneration project.

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