The Real Club

To celebrate Heritage Day this year, CWBR facilitated the first hike to launch the Franschhoek Youth Hiking Club (called The Real Club). They were joined by five ladies from the Fitness Club in Groendal and a number of young people from different areas of Franschhoek.

Climbing the Uitkyk trail, the group explored the fauna and flora along the way. They stopped to enjoy spring water, and asked questions about the flowers and the biodiversity of the mountain. The trail overlooks the Wemmershoek, Theewaters and Berg dams and the area known as the Overberg. At Breakfast Rock, the hikers took in the breath-taking views of Franschhoek and the surrounding towns, and were even able to spot where they lived.

Back at the CWBR Hub, a CWBR member took the party on a tour of the Hub’s food gardens and demonstrated CWBR’s centrifugal toilet project. The group was treated to a ‘hands on’ demonstration of drone flying and how to use a drone for taking still and video photos. Finally, the group enjoyed a braai together - a common way of celebrating Heritage Day.

The Hiking Club is an initiative by one of the elders in the community. It recognises the need to provide activities for young people. In fact, this was the first time any of the youngsters, fitness ladies, and the elders had hiked in the reserve. The Club’s goal is to run on its own. Meanwhile, CWBR has provided logistical support and facilitation service to assist the group in establishing itself. 

Celine Macdonald