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?
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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.
Chris & Farrah – Christahfari and Farrah Theresa will jam the night away and improvise by plucking of emotions, scents and scenes from personal and joint experiences to create unique, transient songs.
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!
TouchWood – TouchWood is an Indie-Folk band from Cape Town, South Africa. The band’s fresh, unique sound and catchy, upbeat melodies have made them popular right from the start. The 3 girls played at the first Platbos Fest in 2011. They’ve been playing at lots of Greenpop festivals in Zambia and Platbos and Cool As Folks. Then they’ve split as a band in 2014 and this is their first performance back together – reunited.
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.
Trenton & Free Radical – Hold on boys and girls, Trenton and Free Radical will be playing at the Friends Weekend! This is pop music the way pioneers like Marley, Dylan and the Clash imagined it, there’s gold in this band! They also run an entertainment company called Black Mango and a charity called Bridges for Music where we work with music to facilitate education initiatives and help empower disadvantaged youth in South Africa’s townships.
Also look forward to performances by DJ Schmeejay and Satya Jones.
Tree Planting – Help plant 5000 trees!
Crafting station – A designated area for children (and big children!) keen to get crafty and have fun when arriving in the forest. [by Jade Khoury]
Earthing yoga (Ola) – The focus of these classes is based on a concept Ola calls Earthing, which loosely translates as the art of being a human tree. This is a journey which seeks to find freedom, balance and playfulness in the body as we learn to connect to our quietest, truest selves and by extension the world at large. [by Ola from Wild Spirit]
Evening relaxation yoga (Ola) – An evening yoga session to relax your muscles, allowing you to become grounded and rooted in the forest. [by Ola from Wild Spirit]
Face painting & upcycled instruments – Lokoh invites you to share in the magic of creativity and the earth with beautiful face-painting, upcycled instruments, and beautiful vibes. [by LOKOH]
FIRE SHOW: Psychedelic Theatre – A fire dancing performance called “Twin Flame”: a one-of-a-kind fire performance that take spectators on a journey into a fiery passionate realm. [by Psychedelic Theatre]
Forest Meditation (SHIFT) – Join SHIFT to meditate under the ancient Milkwood tree after a long day of planting. Get centred and rooted in the forest. [by SHIFT]
Heart Space – Find the Heart Space as a secluded sanctuary in the forest, a place to centre yourself in stillness, connect heart to heart with others and share the love. The Heart Space at Reforest Fest will be hosted by a small group of natural health and healing arts practitioners who will give your tired tree-planting muscles some loving attention, and if you’re a healer by heart, then join us to create a massage train… let’s play it forward and keep it in motion. In association with SHIFT, the Heart Space will be coordinating a program of yoga, qigong, meditation, breathwork, massage and energy clearing, sacred sound journeys, drumming, group sharing circles on personal development (including a discussion on co-dependency), and a workshop on how to use medicinal herbs to make natural products for healthcare. [by the Heart Space]
Kundalini yoga (Mimmie Burhmann) – Kundalini Yoga is a dynamic form of yoga that moves in tune with breath and mantra, working with vibrational energy. So if you’re on a spiritual path or just want to try something different, come breathe, move, & laugh! Mimmie invites you to join her in connecting body, mind and soul and stretch into a beautiful, blissful start to your day. [by Mimmie Burhmann]
Kundalini Yoga (SHIFT) – SHIFT invites you to start your Sunday morning with a beautiful Kundalini practice. [by SHIFT]
Laughing Yoga (Kimon) – 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! [by Kimon Bisogno]
Let’s talk trash & solutions – Take a deep breath, and now a second deep breath. That second breath was brought to you by the oceans. The polluted reality is becoming a bitter pill to swallow and it is vital that we know the facts so that we feel moved to contribute to solutions for a healthier environment overall. Without a healthy ocean, humans will not experience a comfortable quality of life. What we do on land we do to the sea so be a part of the solution, not the problem. Let us show you simple ways to be this. [by Two Oceans Aquarium & Waste-ED]
LooneyVersal Journey – A magical journey awaits you in the bright tulip pop-up theatre under the trees. Join in for some crazy forest fun and games [by Nicola Jackman]
Prayer for Peace – In connection with the upcoming Earth Day, a prayer will be made for the peace of the planet. [by Karen from United Religions Initiative]
SOUND JOURNEY by Ronan Skillen – This is an incredible and unique sound experience in the forest with a talented musician and performer. Join in for something relaxing and beautiful [by Ronan Skillen]
Star gazing & tea drinking – Star gazing, tea drinking and all the unanswered questions of the universe. [by Sam Chevalier]
TALK: African Tree Essence – Melissa Krige, one of the guardians of the Platbos forest is the producer of the African Tree Essences, made from the flowers of the thirteen major tree species of Platbos. She will explain how they are made and the connection between them and protecting the ancient forest. [by Melissa Krige]
TALK: A Better World Starts with a Better Me – With the words “A Better World starts with a Better Me,” Torsten Kremser is an inspiration for many. His Better Me Foundation educates and cares for over 300 children in western Kenya, with an ever increasing focus on sustainable living, inner growth and social entrepreneurship. [by Torsten Kremser]
TALK: A Nugget of Truth to inspire Change – 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. [by Donovan from The Fry Family Food Co.]
TALK: Green is the colour of happiness. A story of Bhutan, happiness and living green – Nirmala Nair is the director of the School of Practical Sustainability and consultant for Bhutan’s National Adaptation program of Action. She works in the area of climate change and local resilience and is passionate about youth engagement and active solutions. Join her to hear about her work in Bhutan, the country’s policy of Gross National Happiness and more inspiration. [by Nirmala Nair]
TALK: Rethink the Plastic Bag – Join the campaign for a plastic-bag-free South Africa. We can do it! [by Hayley from the Two Oceans Aquarium]
TALK: The importance of preserving the culture of organic food growing – Dumsani Msweli is a nutritionist and horticulturist. He recently started the social enterprise “Ibala Organics” which aims to educate kids about growing food organically. He will be giving a talk on the TEDxCapeTown stage. [by Dumsani Msweli from Red Bull Amaphiko]
TALK & DEMO: Earthworm Farming – Practically learn to DIY an earthworm farm. Learn to love earthworms and how to care from them. [by Timothy and Vera from Urban Harvest]
TALK & DEMO: Upcycled Container Gardening – Practically learn to DIY a container food garden, including soil preparing and planting theory. [by Timothy and Vera from Urban Harvest]
TALK & TASTING: This is not tequila, this is the spirit of the Karoo – Made from 100% Karoo agave, La Leona is the only in-country tequila prepared in the same traditional method as Mexican tequila and mezcal. We welcome Sarah Kennan, who will be leading a workshop entitled “This is not tequila, this is the spirit of the Karoo!”
TALK & WORKSHOP: Natural Cosmetics – A workshop on making your own natural cosmetic products – a wonderful skill to have for a green lifestyle. [by Le Riche Naturals]
TEDxCapeTown TALK: Constructive Chaos – Jason Fairhurst’s inspiring talk covers the idea of constructive chaos and how setting intentions, even when feeling directionless, and getting to work has the potential of leading to great things.
TEDxCapeTown TALK: Owning your story – Valerie is the founder/creative director of Kahvarah, a clothing brand that is passionate about responsible fashion and woman empowerment. TEDx theme: Owning your story.
Wake up, Shake up! – Get groovy with us at the Wake Up Shake Up! These high energy tunes and instructors will have you tapping your feet, busting a move and singing along with the morning birds. [by Katja Schreiber, Nicola Jackman & Sarah Kennan]
WALK & TALK: Honeybees – Learn about the life cycle of the Honeybee family from an experienced local beekeeper. [by Deon the beekeeper]
WALK & TALK: Talking to Ancestral Heritage – Beautiful walking story session by Fran-Rico who is deeply committed to inspiring unity, peace and care with humanity and our lands. [by Fran-Rico Lucas]
WALK: Platbos guided walk – A guided walk through the forest with forest guardian Francois Krige. [by Francois Krige]
WORKSHOP: Interactive poi and hula hooping – Hula-hoops and Poi are not only for children but can bring out your inner child if you can let go and have a play. [by The Psychedelic Theatre]
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 17 March 11h30 from parking area, McDonalds – Greenpoint Stadium, Cape Town
- Return: Sunday 19 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.
ALTERNATIVE DRIVING ROUTE below as the usual dirt road we use is not in good condition this year. Please follow these directions:
- From Cape Town, drive to Hermanus.
- Drive through Hermanus town on the R43 towards Stanford.
- Drive past Stanford town and continue straight to Gansbaai.
- DO NOT take the Grootbos turn off (this was the route in previous years). This is where the dirt road is not great this year.
- Drive THROUGH Gansbaai town.
- Continue straight (you will pass a little village called Franskraal)
- At a place called Johnnys Rocket Party Pub turn left towards Elim (look out for the sign).
- Drive for approximately 7km up and over a small mountain and then there will be a turn-off on your left as you descend the hill. This is a dirt road and there will be a big sign for De Uijlenes. Turn left here and look out for our flags and signs for the Reforest Fest.
- You will then be on the Platbos dirt road and enter from the other direction. Thus Platbos FESTIVAL ENTRANCE will be on LEFT before the real Platbos forest entrance. If you see the Platbos forest entrance sign, turn around and go a bit back and enter where there is a small farm gate. We will have big flags to mark the entrance.
- Drive up the fire break and you will see us towards the top.
- Upon arrival please follow our parking guard instructions. You will park your car in the fire break before the welcome station. For safety reasons we don’t allow cars on the festival terrain anymore, so you have to walk your stuff up to the camp site.
- Please drive safely and slowly to preserve nature – you, your family and your surroundings. Arrive safe and sound!
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