2 December, 2019
Family. Fun. Forestry
owned land offers a number of recreation and ecotourism opportunities.
Five nature and forest-inspired ideas for this festive
Ask any parent and
they will tell you how difficult and expensive it can be to keep the family
entertained through the December holidays.
Forestry South Africa has some ideas to get you out and about, exploring the
hidden treasures of our country's forestry landscapes, and even in your own
Family fun in the forests
landscape provides the perfect setting for family or even solo fun in the fresh
air, away from the distractions of modern life. With activities spanning five
provinces and conveniently included in the Forestry Explained recreational map, finding the perfect outdoor adventure
for your family has never been so simple.
Pack a picnic, find
a path to a waterfall or play hide-and-seek among the trees. For the more
adventurous, there are horse trails, mountain biking, hiking routes and even
Segway or scooter tours.
Get a great forestry
photo this December
Africa's commercial forests in a new light by exploring them through a camera
lens. Photography is a great way of seeing the ‘every day' in a totally new
way, as you search for that ‘prize shot'.
For family members
who may be reluctant to get outdoors for fresh air and fitness, start a
photography challenge, using South Africa's forestry landscape as both your
canvas and muse: time lapses of waterfalls, close-ups of bark textures,
telephoto shots of birds and wide angles that capture magnificent vistas. The
options are endless.
Your photos could
help you clinch a R250 voucher to spend at Cape Union Mart in our monthly
social media competition. Enter our #ForestryFriday competition on Instagram (@forestry_explained). Take your photo, post it to your
Instagram page, tag @forestry_explained and include #ForestryFriday in your
Going on a bear hunt ...
Okay, you won't find
a bear in the [South African] woods today but you will discover some of the
hundreds of species that consider our forestry landscapes their home.
Look carefully for
the clues they leave behind - tracks, feathers, fur and droppings all provide a
trail to follow. This is a great way of getting the next generation interested
in the world around them, while burning off some excess energy.
areas, hiking trails, waterfalls, picnic sites and points of interest, forestry
landscapes provide spaces for Attenboroughs-in-the-making to discover
interesting insects, beautiful birds, magnificent mammals and fantastic flora.
Keep the little ones busy
with a nature walk
A nature walk is the
perfect way to keep little explorers occupied. All you need is a little
imagination, a sheet of paper and somewhere to explore. It could be in a timber
plantation, a park or even your own back garden.
Give the kids a list
of items they need to find on their walk: a feather, a pebble, a twig, two
leaves, something yellow.
To make it more of a
challenge, give them a matchbox in which to store their finds. They will have
to think a little harder about the leaf or pebble they choose. At the end of
the walk, you can extend your quality ‘family time' by going through the
matchboxes and discussing their items, before discarding them.
You might even want
to do your bit for the environment by asking them to collect litter along their
Take up the couch-to-5km
over-indulgence blues and get moving! If you're feeling the pressure to improve
your or your family's fitness, a couch-to-5km challenge is an ideal shared
There are many
couch-to-5km apps and websites that will guide you through every step of this
fitness journey. With kilometres of walking and hiking tracks, trail running
and mountain bike routes, South Africa's forestry landscape provides a great
With 223 weekly
events in South Africa, some of which are in forestry areas, what's your
There is fun to be
had in South Africa's forests. Get out there!
Source: Forestry South Africa