Exploring Nature’s Beauty: Youth Enthusiastically Trek Mountain Trails!

by | Aug 1, 2023 | Art & Environment programme

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In an ode to the captivating wonders of nature, 25 vibrant young individuals from the CCC Arts and Nature project embarked on a thrilling mountain hike one cloudy Sunday morning.

Ou Kraal hike start

Venturing from Baileys Kloof to the summit of Muizenberg mountain, they then followed the enchanting Old Wagon Route southwards towards Kalk Bay, ultimately descending through the picturesque Oukraal pathway. The journey gifted them with awe-inspiring vistas of False Bay, crystal-clear mountain rivers, and an array of blossoming fynbos, including charming white knoppies, daisies, and radiant purple felicias. Supported by the Likhwezi Dance Group, the Rosa Choir youth, and the Heritage Education and Resource Project (HERP), these monthly hikes, orchestrated by Meagan Baradien and Chris Ferndale, are made possible through generous funding from Jive.

In the Footsteps of Nature’s Beauty

For the youth involved in the CCC Arts and Nature project, the call of the wild beckons them each month as they venture out to explore the magnificent mountain trails. This particular Sunday was no different as they embarked on an exhilarating journey that promised stunning sights and an unforgettable communion with nature.

The day began with the group assembling at Baileys Kloof, their anticipation palpable as they geared up for the adventure ahead. The camaraderie among the young participants from the Likhwezi Dance Group, the Rosa Choir youth, and the HERP was infectious, setting the stage for an unforgettable experience.

Ascending Muizenberg mountain, the young hikers were greeted with layers of clouds that added an air of mystique to the journey. The trail led them higher and higher, with each step unveiling captivating panoramas of False Bay below. The group marveled at the beauty around them, realizing that they were but a small part of the vast natural tapestry.

As the hikers continued their trek, they encountered mountain rivers flowing with the purest freshwater, invigorating both their spirits and their senses. Nature’s melodies composed of rustling leaves and trickling streams created a symphony that echoed through the mountains, leaving the youth in awe of the wonders that surrounded them.

Fynbos in Full Bloom

Among the most magical aspects of the journey was the fynbos, which greeted the young hikers in its vibrant and blossoming glory. A tapestry of colors, including delicate white knoppies, cheerful daisies, and elegant purple felicias, painted the landscape with nature’s brushstrokes. This display of floral abundance was a testament to the resilience and beauty of South Africa’s unique flora.

As they meandered through the trails, the youth couldn’t help but marvel at the intricacies of the fynbos. Not only did they appreciate its aesthetic allure, but they also learned about its ecological significance and the need to preserve and protect these precious ecosystems for generations to come.

A Community United

Beyond the captivating landscapes and abundant flora, the hike also served as a platform for fostering unity among the participating groups. The Likhwezi Dance Group, Rosa Choir youth, and HERP members formed bonds that transcended their individual affiliations. Shared laughter, encouraging words, and mutual admiration demonstrated the power of community and the shared love for the outdoors.

Meagan Baradien and Chris Ferndale, the coordinators of this awe-inspiring initiative, played a vital role in ensuring the smooth execution of the hike. Their passion for nature and commitment to youth engagement shone through every step of the journey, as they provided guidance, support, and anecdotes that enriched the experience.

Gratitude to Jive

None of this would have been possible without the generous support of Jive, the program’s funding partner. Jive’s commitment to empowering the youth and connecting them with nature has undoubtedly left an indelible mark on the lives of these young hikers. By providing the means to organize these monthly excursions, Jive has not only nurtured a love for nature but has also empowered the youth to appreciate the value of preserving natural heritage.

The CCC Arts and Nature project’s mountain hike was more than just an outdoor excursion; it was an immersive journey of discovery, connecting the youth with the natural wonders that surround them.

From the misty heights of Muizenberg mountain to the resplendent bloom of the fynbos, each step of the hike unfolded with new revelations and memories to cherish. The shared experiences, camaraderie, and breathtaking views have left an enduring imprint on the hearts of these young individuals, instilling in them a passion for nature that will resonate for years to come.

Thanks to the dedication of Meagan Baradien, Chris Ferndale, and the unwavering support of Jive, this inspiring initiative will continue to nurture the joy of exploring mountain trails among South Africa’s youth, fostering a generation of nature lovers and environmental stewards.

Art and Nature programme by the Cape Cultural Collective

Muizenberg Ou Kraal Hiking trail. Art and Nature programme by the Cape Cultural Collective. Rosa Choir