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Our Focus

  • to make a difference in the lives of the people we come into contact with;  

  • to facilitate self-growth and self-appreciation as well as the appreciation of others;

  • to create an appreciation and respect for the bio-diversity of our fauna and flora and an understanding of the intricate balance that is needed for the continued existence of our Earth;

  • to equip people with knowledge and skills that will empower them to address environmental problems in their communities and, in so doing, encourage sustainable use of the environment, to improve the quality of their lives and that of their respective communities.

Our Approach
At Ubungani we approach every situation as unique and every child as an individual. We will adapt our approach to the special needs of each participant so as to maximise the depth of their experiences with us.   The individual is important to us therefore the maximum number of participants per Educational Officer is 15.

Ubungani Wilderness Experience is a Section 21 Company, which is an organisation not for gain, which was founded in January 2000 by Hanneke van der Merwe and Tertius van Zyl, with the vision to make a difference in the lives of the future leaders of South Africa and the world, and contribute towards the healing process of our precious Earth.  The company was registered in May 2000.

The first venue used was the Bobbejaanskloof Camp, which is situated in the Rustenburg Nature Reserve, and the first Environmental Awareness Programme was conducted for Martin Primary School.  Today programmes are conducted at Nyala Game Reserve in the North West Province; and, Botshabelo Museum in Mpumalanga.

The dedication, support and hardwork of the founding Officers will never be forgotten. Liz Lambert, Myles Holsthausen, Zuzette de Beer and Xander Combrink helped shaping Ubungani into the successful environmental educational programme it is today.

The founding three Directors were Tertius van Zyl, Nanuschka Jackson and Hanneke van der Merwe. The present Directors are Alida Pistorius, Gerrit Botha and Hanneke van der Merwe.

We are very grateful to Gary Freeman for his loyal support and assistance over the years.

Our leaf symbolises growth and development
Buffalo Thorn Leaf (Wag-'n-Bietjie) : Ziziphus Mucronata
1. The three veins represent friendship with yourself , with people around you and with the environment.

2. The long thorn - Reach for the sky, become the star you are meant to be

3.  Hooked Thorn - Do not forget your roots.

Supporting Schools and Organisations:

A word of appreciation to the schools and organisations who have supported us over the years, and in recent times:
  • American International School of Johannesburg

  • Avril Elizabeth Home

  • Bishop Bavin college

  • Buskaid  Soweto String Project

  • Cathay Wilderness Experience Programme

  • De la Salle Secondary High

  • Filadelfia Secondary School

  • Gateway Village

  • Get Bushwise

  • Ipelegeng , Youth Leadership Development Programme

  • Kingsmead Junior

  • Kingsmead Senior School

  • Kutlawaneng Primary and Secondary School

  • Martin Primary School

  • Montesorri Village

  • Montesorri Acadamy

  • Montesorri Acadamy

  • Northside Primary, Gaborone

  • Redhill Preparatory School

  • Roedean Junior

  • Roedean Senior

  • Sacred Heart College

  • Sandringham High

  • Springs Girls High School

  • St Albans

  • St Andrews Junior School

  • St Davids Junior Schoool

  • St Johns Junior School

  • St Katherine Junior School

  • Sunshine Centre

  • Thornhill Primary School, Gaborone

  • Veritas Secondary School

The participants say....