Masiyembo Experiences

We offer immersive walks, trails and sensory-rich journeys across diverse Southern African landscapes

Our aim is to awaken. To awaken the senses, awaken curiosity, and awaken a deeper sense of meaning. Ultimately, we hope that experiences shared through the Masiyembo Association will reawaken our connectedness and kinship with life.

Our offerings are diverse and immersive: from fynbos to forest, and from coast to karoo. Experiences may be guided tours, short walks, overnight camps or multi-day hikes. They include slower meditative meanders, sensory sits, learning immersions and creative arts, and extend to self-drive sojourns and remote wilderness trails. 

All support wellness and rewilding from within.

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Wellness Walks

Wellness Walks

2 hours

This meditative meander is awakens the senses and amplifies the wellbeing benefits of nature. Based on both the latest scientific evidence and ancient practices, this walk introduces some of the...

Wild Nights Out

Wild Nights Out

9-14 December 2021

After completing final Matric exams, we invite school-leavers to join us in the Cederberg Mountains for 7 nights and 8 days to walk into the unknown of the mountains for a week  - an apt...

Lagoonloper

Lagoonloper

3 hours

We awaken our naturalist sensibilities as we amble around Keurbooms lagoon, exploring its diverse life – from wetland birds to intertidal creatures. We learn to look closely, to tune in and find...

Spirit of the Wild

Spirit of the Wild

6 nights

The Spirit of the Wild is a profound personal and leadership skills development program that re-wilds and reconnects participants with the natural environment.  In the 21st century, many of us...

Ecotherapy

Ecotherapy

1.5 hours

Compared to many traditional talking therapies, ecotherapy focuses on reorientating ourselves to the more-than-human world through personal experiences in nature. Nature is the therapist and the...

Point of Human Origins

Point of Human Origins

1.5 hours

Point of Human Origins offers an awe inspiring experience of visiting a world renowned archaeological site with evidence for Homo sapiens occupation near the time of humanity’s emergence nearly...

Point of Human Origins: Deeper with Dr Nilssen

Point of Human Origins: Deeper with Dr Nilssen

3-4 hours

Building on the Point of Human Origins experience, this is a rare opportunity to visit the famous Middle Stone Age archaeological site in the company of the archaeologist who made the discovery in...

Point to Point

Point to Point

7 hours

A unique guided day-trip that includes cave visits and a spectacular coastal hike! The experience begins by visiting the world renown archaeological cave sites at Pinnacle Point.  This is...

Care for the Carers

Care for the Carers

3 hours

Care for the Carers is a tailored therapeutic intervention for COVID caregivers and volunteers who are exhausted and need time out to recharge.

"I’ve been so focused on caring for others that...

Biomimicry Bushcamp

Biomimicry Bushcamp

2 nights minimum

Regenerative. Resilient. Revitalising.

Set in the heart of the Garden Route, our Masiyembo Association program hub is designed with biomimicry principles to offer a range of immersive...

Walking the Wild Coast (Mpondoland)

Walking the Wild Coast (Mpondoland)

7 days

The Mpondo people are exemplary in their struggle to preserve their land, culture and resources from external interests. This seven day hike, guided and hosted by the custodians of the land, is...

Learning from Knysna Forest

Learning from Knysna Forest

3 hours

Reconnect-Rethink-Repurpose

Using the lens of biomimicry, our minds are opened to a new way of viewing and valuing the natural world….no longer seeing it as a warehouse of resources merely to be...

Gifts of the Earth

Gifts of the Earth

2+ hours

Experience in nature for families or groups of friends. Time to slow down and explore the gifts of the earth mother nature offers us. Children receive a journal which can include activities such...

Secrets of the Knysna Forest

Secrets of the Knysna Forest

5 hours

The Knysna forests conjure images from Dalene Matthee's well-read stories - phantom elephants, giant Yellowwood trees, Italian settlers and lost travellers. We invite you to join us on a...

Leading by Nature

Leading by Nature

3 days

Leading by Nature is a hands-on workshop for emerging field guides, educators, or youth leaders working with their communities or other groups in outdoor settings.

(Scholarships available with a...

Workplace Wellbeing

Workplace Wellbeing

We offer innovative nature-based interventions to support wellbeing in your workplace and beyond. Programs are based on latest empirical evidence supporting their effectiveness.

We advise on...

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