Hobbiton-on-Hogsback

Hobbiton Outdoor Education Centre offers activities to test the mind and body that promote teamwork and leadership in the beautiful outdoor environment of Hogsback.

Grade

Epic

Disabled Friendly

No

Accommodation

Yes

Team Building Facilities

Yes

Family Friendly

Yes

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  • Grade
  • Disabled Friendly
    No
  • Accommodation
    Yes
  • Team Building Facilities
    Yes
  • Family Friendly
    Yes

Hobbiton started in the Amatola Mountains as a place of safety for children after WWII. We have since developed into three centers: the original one in Hogsback, a center on Fairewood game reserve just outside Grahamstown and one on the coast just outside Port Elizabeth on the Pine Lodge’s resort.
We are a registered Non-Profit Organisation and provide camps for disadvantaged children, especially from the Eastern Cape around East London, Grahamstown, Port Elizabeth, Alice, Queenstown, and King William’s Town.
Hobbiton was founded in 1947 as an Outdoor Education Centre for disadvantaged children, especially orphans created by the 2nd World War. Our focus has remained faithful to disadvantaged children although in order to be self-sufficient and to provide our activities to all sectors of the community we now also offer education and development to paying clients to subsidize these camps. Hobbiton started in the Amatola Mountains as a place of safety for children after WWII. We have since developed into three centers: the original one in Hogsback, a center on Fairewood game reserve just outside Grahamstown and one on the coast just outside Port Elizabeth on the Pine Lodge’s resort.
We are a registered Non-Profit Organisation and provide camps for disadvantaged children, especially from the Eastern Cape around East London, Grahamstown, Port Elizabeth, Alice, Queenstown, and King William’s Town.
Hobbiton was founded in 1947 as an Outdoor Education Centre for disadvantaged children, especially orphans created by the 2nd World War. Our focus has remained faithful to disadvantaged children although in order to be self-sufficient and to provide our activities to all sectors of the community we now also offer education and development to paying clients to subsidize these camps.
Underprivileged camps
We provide the selected children with an insight into a different lifestyle, removed from the squalor of the townships, the violence, and degradation of their normal background.
At Hobbiton, they are exposed to the beauty of our centers whilst participating in all that we have to offer.
During the camps, the children are taught life skills such as social interaction in the form of team building, as well as personal development skills that might enable them to become leaders. As a core philosophy, all activities offered at Hobbiton must be voluntary and fun!
We not only provide the activities but also the transport to and from the towns in which these children live as well as a t-shirt, toiletries, Christmas presents, and more food than they can eat.
Corporate camps
For corporate groups, Hobbiton offers high and low impact courses, the first session of which can be conducted at your place of work.
Corporate bookings can choose the luxury option, involving accommodation and food at hotels near our centers and activities at Hobbiton, or the cheaper and more basic accommodation and food option offered at a Hobbiton center.
The activities differ according to the centers, however, all of Hobbiton’s activities focus on fun. All our centers have activities which address team building, personal development, challenging yourself beyond your fears, effective communication, conflict resolution, and environmental education.
Although we specialize in Team Building and Leadership Courses, we also help facilitate Goal Setting and Strategic Planning and we can organize a motivational speaker as well as arranging conference facilities.
Schools and Church camps
We are the chosen service provider for school camps in the Eastern Cape which is due to the diverse and cost-effective programmes which we offer. Some of the East L0ndon schools currently using our centers include Baysville, Gonubie Primary, Hudson Primary, and High, Lilyfontien, Merrifield, Stirling Primary and High. Queen’s College from Queenstown. Port Elizabeth schools include Clarendon Park Primary, Collegiate for Girls, Greenwood Primary, Grey Junior, Herbert Hurd Primary, Sunridge Primary, Victoria Park Grey. Grahamstown schools include D.S.G., Graeme College, Kingswood College, St. Andrew’s, Victoria Girls High and P.J. Olivier.
Various faculties of Rhodes University, the University of Fort Hare, N.M.M.U. and W.S.U. make use of our centers and programmes.
Church groups from various denominations bring small and large groups to our centers for holiday, learning and spiritual retreat camps.
Long-term Volunteering Options
Hobbiton is interested in the furthering of our youth and would like to offer the opportunity to people within the ages of 18 -30 to become a Volunteer Instructor for a three month to one year term.
This entails working with children and being trained on all of Hobbiton’s facilities and centers. During our quieter seasons, Volunteers will also help with the maintenance of equipment, painting of signs, etc.

Hobbiton offers schools, church bookings, families and corporate groups courses in Leadership Development, Environmental Education, Team Building and Personal Development.
Hobbiton also provides every opportunity to experience the very best of Hogsback and the surrounding areas.
The costs for standard bookings include Instructors for all of the activities, safety equipment, and facilitation.
Our activities include:
• Abseiling from our 7m or 9m training towers.
• Ballistics (Pellet gun, Blowpipes, Catapult)
• Camping (Only if arranged beforehand)
• Canoeing (Flatwater) (Only if arranged beforehand)
• Climbing Wall Lateral
• Climbing Wall Vertical (9 m)
• Climbing Wall Overhang (9 m)
• Compass Course
• Evening activities in the Recreation Hall
• Games during Free Time (Volley Ball; Soccer; Rugby; etc.)
• Group Dynamics
• Hiking
• Jacob’s Ladder (9 m)
• King Swing
• Log Challenge
• Night Hikes
• Orienteering Courses
• Paintball based challenges (Only if arranged beforehand: Conditions apply)
• Pony Trails (Only if arranged beforehand: Conditions apply)
• Rafting Building (Flatwater)
• Ropes Course Low (< meter above ground)
• Ropes Course Middle (+/ – 1.5 m above ground) specially designed for Team Building
• Ropes Course High (10 m) specially designed for Personal Development
• Trapeze (7 m above ground level)
• 100 m Zip Wire

Hobbiton provides beds, some bedding, and a well-equipped kitchen. Corporate Camp bookings can choose the luxury option, involving accommodation and food at one of the hotels in Hogsback and activities at Hobbiton, or the cheaper and more basic accommodation and food option offered at Hobbiton itself.
Accommodation is in dormitories with separate rooms for the teachers/supervisors. Hobbiton has 3 dormitories, each accommodating about 50 people. It also can accommodate another 150 people if they are prepared to sleep on mattresses on the floor.
Hobbiton does not encourage mixed gender sleeping quarters. Each bed has a mattress, a pillow, and one blanket. Extra bedding can be brought with or hired if previously arranged.
Hobbiton has a large recreation hall, a conference room as well as several “break-away” rooms for workshops.
Our kitchens are fully equipped with all that you would need for catering, as well as all the cutlery and crockery. Toilet paper, dishwashing liquid and rubbish bags are your responsibility if you are pursuing the self-catering option.
Hobbiton can fulfill your catering requirements with one of three different priced menus. Special dietary needs can be catered for, but advanced warning of at least 5 days is needed. Full catering payment must be made 2 weeks in advance.
You can also opt for self-catering and still make use of our catering facilities including cutlery and crockery.

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