Holiday Programme

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The NVT Holiday Programme incorporates activities and presentations which are interesting, relevant, informative, and fun, aimed at both adults and children visiting Nature's Valley. The Programme is also a fundraising opportunity for the NVT, to contribute to the core costs of running our various programmes.

Due to the health risk and rise in Covid-19 cases in the Garden Route, the NVT has had to re-imagine our normal programme. This festive season we will host the 2020/2021 Virtual Holiday Programme. It includes:

  • Four presentations by renowned speakers on their research and experiences in the beautiful Nature’s Valley and Plettenberg Bay area.
  • A road-running challenge to the top of the eastern pass and back.
  • A family focused Adventure Race and Sandcastle competition.
  • A series of walking, running, and cycling events that people in Nature’s Valley or anywhere else in the world can participate in

You can buy an all-inclusive season ticket for R500 (40% discount) that allows you to participate in all our events. For this ticket please pay here and use the reference ALLINFORNVT + your email address (we are aware you have put in you email address twice now but the payment platform does not release this information to us so we would have no way of contacting you with your zoom links, prizes, etc.). Buying an all-inclusive ticket will also automatically enter you into a lucky draw for a beautiful coffee table book: The Ultimate Companion for Birding in Southern Africa by Geoff McIlleron and Peter Ginn, worth R1500 or a Jane Pitchford original called "Rico" which features our charismatic African penguin.

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Please take selfies and pictures of yourself, family and friends completing our events and send them to us, so that we can highlight all our amazing supporters from around the world. You can also share on your social media and tag #naturesvalleytrust.

 

Content

1. Zoom talks

2. Events

 

Zoom talks

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Minke Tolsma is a PhD candidate in marine biology through the Nelson Mandela University. Minke has been part of NVT Marine team that focused on the sustainability of boat-based whale watching for the past 3 years. Her talk will look at recent research into the social and ecological aspects of boat-based whale-watching in Plettenberg Bay.

Payment Reference: WhaleTalk + your email address (we are aware you have put in you email address twice now but the payment platform does not release this information to us so we would have no way of contacting you with your zoom links, prizes, etc.)

Entry fee: R50.00

How to register?

  • Follow this link to  our online YOCO payment platform.
  • Fill in your details and proceed to payment portal.

or

  • make payment to:

                             Account name: Nature's Valley Trust

                             Bank: Standard Bank

                             Account Number: 001913859

                             Branch Code: 044205

  • Use WhaleTalk + your email as you payment reference.
  • Please email your proof of payment to info@naturesvalleytrust.co.za

Registration opens on the 11th of December and closes on 17th of December at 13:00 for this event.

A confirmation email containing the zoom link to join our Sustainable Boat-Based Whale-Watching talk by Minke Tolsma will be sent through to you with instructions on how to install and operate Zoom.

 

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Kellyn Whitehead has been part of the Nature’s Valley Trust team for the past 7 years. She holds a MSc in Pollination Ecology and regularly takes fynbos enthusiasts on flower walks through the majestic fynbos. Her talk will be:  An introduction to the main plant families found in the fynbos. Followed by an introduction to ant and rodent seed dispersal in the fynbos and bird, insect, and rodent pollination, with a more in depth look at bird pollination.

Payment Reference: FynbosTalk + your email address (we are aware you have put in you email address twice now but the payment platform does not release this information to us so we would have no way of contacting you with your zoom links, prizes, etc.)

Registration fee: R50.00

How to register?

  • Follow this link to  our online YOCO payment platform.
  • Fill in your details and proceed to payment portal.

or

  • make payment to:

                             Account name: Nature's Valley Trust

                             Bank: Standard Bank

                             Account Number: 001913859

                             Branch Code: 044205

  • Use FynbosTalk  + your email as you payment reference.
  • Please email your proof of payment to info@naturesvalleytrust.co.za

Registration opens on the 11th of December and closes on 18th of December at 13:00 for this event.

A confirmation email containing the zoom link to join our Fynbos and Pollination talk by Kellyn Whitehead will be sent through to you with instructions on how to install and operate Zoom.

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Bruce started serious birding and bird photography in 2007, about the same time digital cameras were becoming popular. When he retired to Plett in 2014 he joined the local bird club, Birdlife Plett, and got involved in club activities and joined the committee to give back something to the wonderful hobby of bird watching and bird photography. The Birdlife Plett membership, through their committee, support many conservation initiatives in Plettenberg Bay and Nature's Valley in a number of ways each year.

Bruce’s talk will be covering observations and photos of the breeding events of a pair of Spotted Eagle-owls in Schoongezicht Estate and a pair of Olive Woodpeckers in the parking area at Global Village in the Piesang Valley.

Payment Reference: OwlPeckers + your email address (we are aware you have put in you email address twice now but the payment platform does not release this information to us so we would have no way of contacting you with your zoom links, prizes, etc.)

Registration fee: R50.00

How to register?

  • Follow this link to  our online YOCO payment platform.
  • Fill in your details and proceed to payment portal.

or

  • make payment to:

                              Account name: Nature's Valley Trust

                              Bank: Standard Bank

                              Account Number: 001913859

                              Branch Code: 044205

  •  Use OwlPeckers + your email as you payment reference.
  • Please email your proof of payment to info@naturesvalleytrust.co.za

Registration opens on the 11th of December and closes on 21st December at 13:00 for this event.

A confirmation email containing the zoom link to join our Owl and Woodpecker talk by Bruce Ward-Smith will be sent through to you with instructions on how to install and operate Zoom.

 

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Brittany Arendse has been part of the NVT team for the last 5 years and she has a MSc. in Pollination Biology from the University of Cape Town. Brittany has been working as the main researcher on the #ShareTheShores programme, specifically, assessing breeding success of the White-fronted Plover. This talk will cover the Awareness Campaign launched for the plovers, with focus on the research and education and intervention.

Payment Reference: #ShareTheShores + your email address (we are aware you have put in you email address twice now but the payment platform does not release this information to us so we would have no way of contacting you with your zoom links, prizes, etc.)

Registration fee: R50.00

How to register?

  • Follow this link to  our online YOCO payment platform.
  • Fill in your details and proceed to payment portal.

or

  • make payment to:

                             Account name: Nature's Valley Trust

                             Bank: Standard Bank

                             Account Number: 001913859

                             Branch Code: 044205

  • Use #ShareTheShores + your email as you payment reference.
  • Please email your proof of payment to info@naturesvalleytrust.co.za

Registration opens on the 11th of December and closes on 6th of January at 13:00 for this event.

A confirmation email containing the zoom link to join our Shorebirds talk by Brittany Arendse will be sent through to you with instructions on how to install and operate Zoom.

 

Events

22A 60km adventure race, with mostly mountain biking, a fair amount of running/hiking and some optional swimming short-cuts. Meet on the NVT office lawn at 8am to receive directions and maps for the race. Please register to enter before the day of event - no on-the-day entries will be allowed. 

Payment Reference: AdventureRace + your email address (we are aware you have put in you email address twice now but the payment platform does not release this information to us so we would have no way of contacting you with your zoom links, prizes, etc.)

Registration fee: R120.00 per team of 2-4

Recording Results:

Once participants set off, they can send pictures of their check points to 072 735 2911 (Sally). Please include your name, email address and group name in the WhatsApp

You will be responsible for your own safety (bring your own backpack with bad weather gear, first aid kit, water and food), and a fully charged cell phone that you can use to take photos of the checkpoints and send them to the organizers as you go along.

Bring along:

  • Bikes/helmets/bike gear/puncture repair kit
  • Running shoes
  • Backpack with water, food, general first aid kit, all-weather gear in case of bad weather
  • Cell phone with Whatsapp, and data to send photos of each checkpoint.

For enquiries please contact Sally Mackenzie: 0727352911

 

How to register?

  • Follow this link to  our online YOCO payment platform.
  • Fill in your details and proceed to payment portal.

or

  • make payment to:

                             Account name: Nature's Valley Trust

                             Bank: Standard Bank

                             Account Number: 001913859

                             Branch Code: 044205

  • Use AdventureRace + your email as you payment reference.
  • Please email your proof of payment to info@naturesvalleytrust.co.za

Registration opens on the 11th of December and closes on 4th of January at 13:00 for this event.

 

Complete these events from 17 December 2020 to 6 January 2021

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Natures Valley is a world-renowned holiday destination.  Surrounding its visitors with beautiful mountainous landscapes, ocean, river, estuary and clean beaches, Natures Valley is the ideal tranquil environment after a tough year. NVT challenges you to show-off your sandcastle building skills. The theme for our Virtual Holiday Programme is 'Nature and Me' and will be judged on (1) Storytelling (2) Creativity (3) Design best adhering to the theme. This year we challenge participants to go to their closest beach, sandpit, or quarry, wherever you are in the world to create your own masterpieces.

Payment Reference: Sandcastle + your email address (we are aware you have put in you email address twice now but the payment platform does not release this information to us so we would have no way of contacting you with your zoom links, prizes, etc.)

Registration fee: R120.00 per team of 4

Recording Results:

Once you are finished with your masterpiece, snap a pic of your sandcastle and team with the word #NatureandMe written on a page or in the sand. Forward these pics with the story explaining the meaning behind your design and send it to us via Whatsapp (072 823 1728) or email (info@naturesvalleytrust.co.za).

How to register?

  • Follow this link to  our online YOCO payment platform.
  • Fill in your details and proceed to payment portal.

or

  • make payment to:

                             Account name: Nature's Valley Trust

                             Bank: Standard Bank

                             Account Number: 001913859

                             Branch Code: 044205

  • Use Sandcastle + your email as you payment reference.
  • Please email your proof of payment to info@naturesvalleytrust.co.za

Registration opens on the 11th of December and closes on 5th of January at 13:00 for this event.

 

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The Natures Valley Trust is hosting its very first series of virtual races. These virtual races can be done wherever you are in the world. Whether you are having a staycation in Johannesburg, Pretoria, London, Cape Town, Canada, America… due to Covid-19 or coming down to Nature’s Valley for the holiday’s you can do your Virtual Race #insupportofconservation in your own safe environment.

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Reference: Please use the kilometres as reference for this event + your email address (we are aware you have put in you email address twice now but the payment platform does not release this information to us so we would have no way of contacting you with your zoom links, prizes, etc.)

  • If you select more than one event, please write the first event kilometres + the second event kilometres + your email. (Example: Ref: 5km+20km+Ben@holidayprogramme.co.za)

Recording Results:

Once you have set your time, please WhatsApp a screenshot of your results on your smart device: 072 823 1728 (Kirwan). Please include your name, email address, age and event(s) (eg. 5m trail run + 20km Mountain biking) participated in the WhatsApp. Also let us know where you completed your virtual race and send some pictures of you in action. 

Once you are done and submitted your evidence, please stop by the NVT office next time you're in  the area, to collect your medal of participation.

How to register?

  • Follow this link to  our online YOCO payment platform.
  • Fill in your details and proceed to payment portal.

or

  • make payment to:

                             Account name: Nature's Valley Trust

                             Bank: Standard Bank

                             Account Number: 001913859

                             Branch Code: 044205

  • Reference: event(s) kilometres + your email
  • Please email your proof of payment to info@naturesvalleytrust.co.za

Registration opens on the 11th of December and closes on 5th of January at 13:00 for this event.

 

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Can you take the title of “Queen of the Pass”? Starting at the Nature’s Valley T-junction run up the eastern pass to the large telephone pole on the right of the road (the start of the airfield – quite clear on Google-maps) and back down to the T junction (about 8 km in total). We are challenging you to beat the time set by Vicky Crookes (46:12) , our directors’ wife and 20 time Comrades Marathon runner. There will be a handicap system based on age.

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The winner is the participant who beats Vicky’s time by the greatest margin after the handicap has been factored in. Participants can run the event at any time and on any day from 17 December to 6 January. Participants can also run it more than once at no extra cost in attempts to improve their time. 

Payment Reference: Queen+ Age + your email address (we are aware you have put in you email address twice now but the payment platform does not release this information to us so we would have no way of contacting you with your zoom links, prizes, etc.)

Recording Results:

Once you have set your time, please WhatsApp your result (as a screenshot or as text to): +27 (0) 72 823 1728 (Kirwan). Please include your name, email address and age in the WhatsApp.

How to register?

  • Follow this link to  our online YOCO payment platform.
  • Fill in your details and proceed to payment portal.

or

  • make payment to:

                             Account name: Nature's Valley Trust

                             Bank: Standard Bank

                             Account Number: 001913859

                             Branch Code: 044205

  • Use TheQueen + your email as you payment reference.
  • Please email your proof of payment to info@naturesvalleytrust.co.za

Registration opens on the 11th of December and closes on 5th of January at 13:00 for this event.

 

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Can you take the title of “King of the road”. Starting at the Nature’s Valley T-junction run up the eastern pass to the large telephone pole on the right of the road (the start of the airfield – quite clear on Google-maps) and back down to the T junction (about 8 km in total). We are challenging you to beat the time set by Duncan (48:34) , our director 11 time Comrades Marathon runner. There will be a handicap system based on age. 

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The winner is the participant who beats Duncan’s time by the greatest margin after the handicap has been factored in. Participants can run the event at any time and on any day from 17 December to 6 January. Participants can also run it more than once at no extra cost in attempts to improve their time. 

Payment Reference: King + Age + your email address (we are aware you have put in you email address twice now but the payment platform does not release this information to us so we would have no way of contacting you with your zoom links, prizes, etc.)

Registration fee: R100.00

Recording Results:

Once you have set your time, please WhatsApp your result (as a screenshot or as text to): +27 (0) 72 823 1728 (Kirwan). Please include your name, email address and age in the WhatsApp.

How to register?

  • Follow this link to  our online YOCO payment platform.
  • Fill in your details and proceed to payment portal.

or

  • make payment to:

                             Account name: Nature's Valley Trust

                             Bank: Standard Bank

                             Account Number: 001913859

                             Branch Code: 044205

  • Use TheKing + your email as you payment reference.
  • Please email your proof of payment to info@naturesvalleytrust.co.za

Registration opens on the 11th of December and closes on 5th of January at 13:00 for this event.

 

Terms, Conditions and Indemnity

I undertake to participate or attend this event entirely at my own risk. I agree that I shall have no claims whatsoever against the organizing body, any individuals, organiser or official, marshal, assistant, helper or agent, the sponsors, any local authority or land owners, in respect of any loss or damage whatsoever I may suffer arising from any injury to my person or loss or damage to property as a result of, or arising out of, whether directly or indirectly, my participation in this event, including my arrival and departure there from and attendance of any ceremony and function thereof, however such loss or damage may arise and regardless of whether or not same shall have been caused directly or indirectly by negligence, of one or more or all of the aforementioned parties. In the event of my approval of this form as a guardian of a minor, I hereby consent to such minor being bound by the foregoing and further I indemnify the aforementioned parties to the extent, if any, to which such minor is not capable of waiving his rights as stipulated within. I agree to participate subject to rules of the event. I have read the above indemnity and the rules, understand them and shall abide by them. 

By entering, and paying you have accepted the terms conditions and Indemnity above.