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Weekend Hiking Retreat

Fri, 21st Sep @ 4:00 PM Sun, 23rd Sep @ 4:00 PM

Get away from the business of everyday life in the city to take in our stunning natural surrounds and spend time with God. The retreat offers space for quiet time alone and time together in the group. An ideal retreat for families which includes activities for children.

Date: Friday 21 – Sunday 23 September 2018 at Klipkraal Guest Farm, Heidelberg.

For more information, please email retreats@jesuitinstitute.org.za.

R1000 per adult; Children (Less than 18 years of age) R750 per child; Couple R1800; Family of 2 adults and 2 children R3000.

Full payment due by 14 September 2018. Should you cancel before 14 September 2018 a 50% admin fee will be deducted from refund paid back to you! No refunds will be made for cancellations after this date. If we do not receive your full payment by the dates given we cannot guarantee you a place on the retreat. *Payments to be made to: Account Name: The Jesuit Institute Trust Account Number: 300 087 659 Bank: Standard Bank Branch Code: 051001 Reference: Hiking + surname of retreatant

KLIPKRAAL HIKING TRAIL The retreat and hiking trails are suitable for all from age 6 upwards. Come and spend some time with God on your own, with your loved one, or with your family. The days are spent in quiet, reflecting on and basking in God’s love in natural and peaceful surroundings. We will also celebrate the Eucharist each day In the evening we spend a relaxing evening around the fire, cooking and sharing. Leave your digital devices at home or switched off, for a gadget free weekend.

Brief Description of trails: Only 100 km and less than 1½ hours’ drive south of Johannesburg, (35km from Heidelberg), the Klipkraal Hiking trail is situated on the farms ‘Rietfontein’ and ‘Stryfontein’ in the Heidelberg/ Vereeniging/Villiers triangle (near the Vaaldam). 2 Trails will be followed which are easy to walk. Day 1 trail ‘PANORAMA’ is a 13 km walk. Day 2 trail ‘KRAAL’ is an 11 km walk. There are links between each trail which reduces the walks to either 7km or 4km respectively. All trails return to the basecamp.

Climate: Highveld climate with moderate to hot summers and moderate to cold winters.

Fauna: More than 17 mammal species can be seen.  They include blesbok, black wildebeest, Burchells’ zebra, springbok, steenbok, blackbacked jackal, grey rhebok, common duiker and aardwolf.

Bird-life: More than 110 confirmed species have been recorded. A bird checklist is available.

Flora: Despite the introduction of cultivation there are large areas of indigenous flora in this range of hills which is an extension of the Suikerbosrand

Venue: Restored farm buildings with electricity.

Sleeping: Beds with linen provided. Bring own towels. Rooms are shared by 2 people or by a family.

Ablutions: Shared Bathrooms in the houses, with flush toilets.

Kitchen: 2 big kitchens – each kitchen has a fridge, stove, microwave oven, kettle, toaster, cutlery, pots and pans. A spacious lapa under thatch has braai facilities and overlooks the dam. There is also a hall (Die Raadsaal), with an inside fire place – nice and cosy for the very cold evenings! Canoes are available for rowing on the dam. Cool off in the big round cement dam or play Volley Ball.

BRING YOUR OWN: Food, drinks(including water bottles for the hike), hiking shoes, Bible, Mosquito repellent, Torch, Sunscreen, Hat, Binoculars, towels for swimming, warm jacket for nights. Examples of what food to bringBreakfast – Cereals, yoghurt and fruitLunch – something you can pack and take on the hike with you (sandwiches, fruit, biscuits etc.)Dinner: there will be a fire for braaing. Bring your own meat and whatever you enjoy with it.

ARRIVAL: Need to arrive at about 17h00 on Friday 21 September to settle in. It is best to arrive before sunset as the farm roads are difficult to navigate in the dark.

DEPARTURE: The retreat will formally end at 16.00 on Sunday 23 September. However, we have booked the venue till Monday 24 September, so you are welcome to stay an extra night and enjoy the facilities.

Margaret Backwell

+27 11 482-4237