Hey friend! Come plant with us.
Each March, we bring people together to (re)connect with nature, plant over 5000 trees and party under the stars…
Arrive Friday evening, pitch your tent and relax into a chilled night of gentle tunes under the ancient indigenous forest canopy. Enjoy delicious food and start bonding with awesome new friends around the campfire. Awake early on Saturday for an action-packed day of planting 5000 trees; you will help to restore an ecosystem that is one of the most rare and endangered in the Western Cape. After planting thousands of trees in your teams, return to camp for a good shower and a forest party – complete with amazing live bands – to celebrate your achievement. Sunday is a day to relax your body and stimulate your mind with fun, educational activities and workshops including guided forest walks, yoga, hula hooping and guest talks on sustainability topics.
The Platbos Forest Reserve is located only 2.5 hours from Cape Town and food from amazing food trucks, tents (to rent) and beautiful ablution facilities are all available on site. So, why not unplug join us for a weekend of fun in the forest?
* Purchase your ticket by 1 March 2017 and be ENTERED TO WIN a Stanford Getaway including a 2-night stay for two at White Water Farm, lunch and wine tasting for two at Stanford Hills and a guided walk at Panthera Africa.
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The Stone Jets – The Stone Jets have transfixed audiences across South Africa with their fresh, unique brand of Afro Pop Rock. Made up of Manfred Klose on guitars and Given Nkanyane on vocals/bass, and Godwin Trimm on drums, the Stone Jets are not to be missed!
Mazula – Husband and wife duo Vusa and Zoe Mazula tour Africa and the world where they collaborate with musicians in every corner of the globe from single artists to whole orchestras. Their music can be described as Hip, Funky, blues, African folk, hop! The music sings of love, joy, pain, passion and the wonders and follies that surround us daily.
Roots Grown Deep – Joel Karabo Elliott is an Amer-Afrikan composer and leader of the band-movement Roots Grown Deep.His songwriting and musical performance express a unique fusion of Diaspora influences, from the Caribbean to the Limpopo.
Kongo Electro – Daniel Eppel and Mapumba Cilombo are reinventing African dance music as Kongo Elektro. Kongo Elektro is uplifting, high energy, electronic soukous-infused programming and live looping. Sampling from Fela to Phoenix and beyond!
Spoenk – “Party tunes and funky vibes from all sorts of genres are my cup of tea. With an extra tablespoon of beats and bass,” says Cape Town artist Stevie Spoenk. In addition to delivering his fun and fresh musical offerings, Spoenk is an avid gardener and careful not to waste electricity or water!
Ronan Skillen – Ronan has been exploring a fusion of tabla, percussion and didgeridoo by means of a hybrid percussion kit which he designed. With it he produces rich textural variety and a unique versatility within many different genres. Many of his instruments are hand made, using natural objects such as seed pods, tree bark, cocoons, reeds and hide to create percussive sounds.
Tree Planting – Help plant 5000 trees!
Laughter Yoga with Kimon Bisogno – Kimon Bisogno discovered the power of Laughing Yoga: “Laughter breaks language barriers, hee hee! No matter your laugh and how crazy it sounds, it’s pure magic as it breaks intellectual bounds. You see we are all different but all the same!” Laughter is the one thing that all humans have in common, no matter where you were born or how old you are – nothing puts us in a better mood than a good laugh combined with yoga poses.
Yoga and Meditation with SHIFT – SHIFT is a social enterprise that aims to co-create a united, peaceful and sustainable earth with you. They’ll offer four activities at the Friends Fest: Qigong in Motion, Forest Meditation, a Breath Workshop and Kundalini Yoga.
Puppet Shows by the Two Oceans Aquarium – Two Oceans Aquarium will be performing two Puppet Stories that are both entertaining and educating. In 30 minutes they’ll perform the show and read a booklet afterwards. The first Story is “Keep the Beach Clean”: Sally the seal mistakes a plastic bag for a squid and eats it. Meet Sally’s friends as they try to help her get the plastic bag out of her throat. The second Story is “I Live Smart”: join Beauty and her friend Geo on an adventurous visit to the Two Oceans Aquarium where they meet clownfish, sharks, penguins and seals while learning about living smartly.
TEDx Cape Town Stage – Listen to social change makers speaking about their journies.
Fry’s Family Foods – Donovan from Fry’s will give a talk called “A Nugget of Truth to Inspire Change.” The talk will be a brief look at some of the biggest issues facing mankind today; from climate change and water shortages to the heart disease epidemic – and a how a surprisingly simple, and tasty solution can change the world.
We are trying something new this year and have created tiered ticket prices – festival goers can choose to purchase a Generosity ticket, Regular ticket or Subsidised ticket.
We value inclusivity and want our festival to be available to as many different people as possible. If you can afford it, please consider purchasing Generosity ticket. For every Generosity ticket purchased, we will be able to offer a Subsidised ticket to someone who cannot afford the Regular ticket price.
- Adult Generosity ticket: R500
- Adult Regular price ticket: R390
- Adult Subsidised ticket: R280
- Children ticket (4 to 12): R220
- Children below 4: free
- Excludes: transportation to/from Cape Town departure location, sleeping bags, pillows, all items of a personal nature, personal medical insurance, meals, beverages
- Departure: Friday 10 March 11h30 from parking area, McDonalds – Greenpoint Stadium, Cape Town
- Return: Sunday 12 March 14h00 from Platbos Forest to park parking area, McDonalds – Greenpoint Stadium, Cape Town
- Transportation and tented accommodation provided by Acacia Africa in collaboration with Greenpop
Camping: Bring your own tent and camp in our general campsite. Please follow instructions of the welcoming team. No parking at tents and no dogs are allowed in the forest. 🙁
Tent Rental: We have a few tents for rent for the weekend. The price includes a ZAR 250 deposit which will be refunded to you in cash after one of the Greenpop team members has inspected your tent for any damages on the Sunday.
- 2 Person Tent for Rent: R580 (includes set up, 2 camping mats and deposit)
- 3 Person Tent for Rent: R630 (includes set up, 3 camping mats and deposit)
Camper Van Area:
- Allowed in this area: camper vans, caravans (including tow vehicle), motor homes, trailer tents (including tow vehicle), roof top tents (including vehicle – must be permanent or semi permanent fixtures to the vehicle).
- NOTE: The above MUST be able to comfortably fit into the 7 x 5m area allocated. Greenpop reserves the right to exclude any of the above if it does not meet the required and generally accepted standards of what defines each of the above mentioned.
- NOT ALLOWED IN THE CAMPERVAN AREA:
- Cars (including with mattresses)
- Bakkies (including with mattresses)
- Combis (including with mattresses and/or tents placed on the roof)
- Trucks (including with mattresses and/or tents placed on the roof or flatbed.)
Other Accommodation: If you don’t want to camp (although we highly recommend camping – the ancient forest is so beautiful), we recommend the following places:
- Platbos (Bush Buck Suite, Old Olive Cabin): http://ww.platbos.co.za
- Uylenvlei Retreat: http://www.uylenvlei-retreat.co.za/
- Grootbos: http://www.grootbos.com/
- Bodhi Khaya: http://www.bodhi-khaya.co.za/accommodation
- Witkrans: http://www.witkrans.com/accommodation.php
- Farm 215: http://farm215.co.za/
- Fountainbush Cottage: http://www.gansbaai.com/fountainbush-cottage/
- De Uijlenes: http://www.deuijlenes.co.za/
NB. When booking, remember to tell them that you are attending the Greenpop Reforest Fest and that they should give you a price excluding breakfast as we have food stalls selling amazing breakfasts up at the forest
Meals: This year MEALS ARE NOT INCLUDED in your festival ticket and self-catering facilities are NOT available. As the festival goer you will have the following options for meals:
Buy meals at the festival:
- Meal prices are between R25-R40 Breakfast, R40-60 Lunch, R50-R80 Dinner
- There will be a variety of food trucks selling tasty vegetarian (and vegan friendly) breakfast, lunch and dinner options at our usual breakfast, lunch and dinner times.
- There will be plenty of kid-friendly food available.
- We cannot allow individual open flames in the forest for fire safety reasons (NB!). Small gas stoves are permissible but even these flames will need to be small and contained so please be careful. We’d like to encourage participants to rather buy from the food vendors or, if you’d like to bring your own food, bring mostly raw or pre-prepared food in a cooler box and equipment to serve it. We will also provide boiling water at all times.
- Please note that there will be NO self catering facilities at this festival and the nearest shop is quite a drive away. We have made sure that the food available is of the tastiest and best quality and served with a smile.
- Payment method: Cash is king or Snapscan (no ATM or card facilities on site)
- Please wash your cutlery and plates at the washing stations that will be set up.
- Bring your own cutlery and crockery (knife, fork, spoon, bowl, plate, cup, dishcloth). These will not be provided by any of the stalls (NB).
- We provide some snacks as well during the planting day, but do bring extra snacks to share around the campfire or on the planting field. Please avoid over-packaged snacks – bring big bags and share 🙂
- Drinking water: there will be water for washing and there is drinking water that is sourced from the dam above the forest, but if you have a sensitive tummy then please bring your own drinking water (2L per day per person should be fine). We encourage you to fill bottles with tap water from home rather than buying bottled water.
- Other drinks: there will be a bar selling alcoholic drinks and juices, so bring extra cash. You are also welcome to bring your own drinks.
- Coffee & tea: you can enjoy delicious tea and coffee from our vendors, so make sure to have some cash on you.
Platbos forest is an easy 2.5 hour drive from Cape Town. If you are travelling in a car, please try to carpool if you can. Our partners Find a Lift have a great carpooling site where you can find travel buddies and rides if you need.
Remember you might be arriving in the dark on Friday evening, so be sure to read these directions carefully and have them on hand.
- From Cape Town, take the N2 highway towards Hermanus.
- Take the Hermanus turn off and go directly into Hermanus town. Drive through Hermanus town towards Stanford on the R43.
- On the R43 road from Stanford to Gansbaai, look out for the Grootbos turnoff on your left hand side, approximately 12km after passing Stanford town. (If you get to Gansbaai you have gone too far)
- Turn left at the Grootbos turn off and travel for just over 6km along this tar, and then gravel, road (do not turn into the actual Grootbos Estate).
- Just before the 6km mark, you will see a turnoff over a cattle grid on your right hand side, and a wooden sign, ‘Platbos Forest’. This entrance to the forest is CLOSED for Festival goers. Please do not turn up this road as you cannot gain access to the Fest from here.
- Continue along the road you are on, following the Greenpop sign boards and flags. Turn right onto the entrance road (marked with Greenpop sign boards) immediately after you have passed the Platbos entrance.
- Follow the sign boards until you come to the Festival Entrance.
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