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Ingwe Forest Adventures in Plettenberg Bay
Ingwe is situated on privately owned land of approximately 200 hectares, much of which is covered in pristine indigenous forest and is a haven for plant, bird and animal life, creating an ideal location for not only outdoor adventure activities and conservation orientated programmes, but also as a venue for conferences and weddings.
Ingwe means Leopard in Zulu and big cat in Xhosa;
it was chosen in appreciation of these magnificent animals that still roam free in this area.
Ingwe was officially opened in December 2004 by Archbishop Winston Ndungane with the mission to create a place for groups of adults and children from all walks of life to enjoy various learning experiences that focus on developing excellent teamwork and leadership whilst gaining knowledge about the surrounding environment and how they can contribute to its preservation.
Tailor-made Adventures Programmes
The Ingwe programmes focus on leadership and teambuilding in an outdoor, creative and noncompetitive environment. The challenges are designed to encourage each member of the group to realise their full potential and use their unique skills to work as a team. Every participant receives a certificate on completion.
The Ingwe team boasts extensive collective experience in the development of individuals and teams of all ages, and all share a passion for education, ecology and the great outdoors. Programmes can be tailormade to suit your specific needs and facilitation is on a 1:10 ratio. Ingwe is proudly endorsed by the Western Cape Education Department.
The Accommodation and Venue
A large wooden barn-style lodge is available for workshops, gatherings and events, with a fully equipped kitchen and an outdoor boma and braai area that overlooks the forest canopy. We also have a large open field that is perfect for a bedouin tent, and a natural clearing in the forest that provides an intimate setting for a wedding.
We have a secluded Forest Cottage that sleeps 16 people and dormitory-style cabins with bunk beds that can accommodate up to 78 people.
Nature and Conservation
Under the guidance of our resident ecologist and Field Guide (FGASA) and other mentors in the Nature and Conservation field, Ingwe is currently in the process working on an ecological survey of the birds, trees and animals found on the property and offer guided hikes with an Eco Guide, both on and off the Ingwe property. Ingwe has been awarded 11 stars by Eco Atlas for protecting and preserving the environment and is also the head office for the NPO The Green Ticket, a climate change initiative that focuses on offsetting carbon emissions through the planting of trees.
Ingwe offers the option of hiring the venue and facilities for the exclusive use of your group.