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					         before after             EPWP Teams dressing rock found onsite    "Found" wany post in front deck   60% of all EPWP Teams are woman    Red-river gum being stock-piled at            The Shower units under               The four sleeper tent        The finished passive solar water   The first guide to test the water flow     One of the battery units used    A guide relaxes by the dover stove    The Septic tank - re-commissioning   Existing boardwalk and bridge prior     The Boma under construction     The "Kearboom seed-pod" lights
                                    - used for building of the Boma                of four sleeper                                              Orange Kloof post felling, for milling             construction                     under construction                   heating panels                   of the showers WHB's                       to power lights                    inside the Boma                       the existing site                      to construction                    5 months ago             being installed by artist Andy Lord
                                             & Lapa fire pit

1.THE REHABILITATED               2. RECYCLING of rock                    3. USING FOUND &                   4. JOB CREATION while             5. DESIGN & BUILDING                      8. DESIGN AND                      7. DESIGN AND                      9. SOLAR HEATED                     10.WATER SUPPLY to the                   12 ELECTRICITY                    15. FIRE PREVENTION                   13. WASTE WATER                       14. RAINWATER                         17. BOMA KITCHEN                16. INDOOR AND
Wetland and Wet Season            that was left on site after             RECYCLED MATERIALS                 building the tented camp          METHODS OF THE                            BUILDING METHODS                   BUILDING METHODS                   WATER .The solar water              tented camp. Two 5500                    SUPPLY - FOR                      Making fires on the                   DRAINAGE The waste                    drainage The previously               The Boma is fitted with         OUTDOOR LIGHTS
Water Cour se . An                previous forest station                 The stone, some alien              More than 30 EPWP                 BOMA. The timber is all                   OF THE TOILETS AND                 OF SLEEPING TENTS -                heater panels or plates             liter holding tanks are fed              LIGHTING. Due to                  mountain can be                       water from the basins,                disturbed wetland on the              simple catering facilities      These use energy-efficient
                                  was demolished                          trees found on the site            team members where                alien trees felled in TMNP                SHOWERS - These are                Secure , comfor table              ensure that hot water               from the Silvermine Dam.                 numerous thefts of photo-         dangerous, especially in              showers and sink are                  site is being rehabilitated.          and equipment. Please           light bulbs, but should be
ar tificial water course
                                                                          and the alien trees cleared                                                                                    designed to be "open" in           canvass tents (designed                                                                                         voltaic panels (PVP's) in                                               drained via a septic tank                                                   use carefully.The lights and    turned off when not
leading to a man-made                                                                                        directly responsible for          - Pine, Poplar, Red River                                                                                       should be provided most              The water is supplied to                                                  summer, windy conditions                                                     This will take a few years
                                                                          from Table Mountain                                                                                            the environment. The               in-house) inside weather                                                                                        the area, we have opted                                                 (included in this is an                                                     water should be used            needed. Their design uses
dam 50 m below the                                                                                           building the tented camp          Gum, Oak, White Cyprus.                                                                                         days of the year. They use          the camp via a contained                                                   - the dry season. The                                                       but should contribute
                                                                          National Park have been                                                                                        curved walls borrow from           proof structure (shelter)                                                                                                                                                               aerator pump reducing                                                       wisely (avoid waste). The       the forms of Keurboom
entrance bridge has been                                                                                     - the Boma walls, the              Much of it was saw-milled                                                                                      an indirect, closed loop            loop which makes the                     for a car-battery system -        guides will inform the                                                      to a ver y wonderful
                                                                          incorporated and re-used                                                                                       the spiral shapes found in         with alien timber to floor,                                                                                                                                                             the volume of sulfates                                                      fire-stove can be used to       seed pods, and open,
rehabilitated and will re-                                                                                   boardwalks, rockwork and          and cured at Orange Kloof                                                                                       system of heating, and they         most the low pressure.                    the batteries are charged        hikers whether it is safe to                                                environment immediately
                                                                          in the buildings and other                                                                                     shells and other natural           structure, and latte. They                                                                                                                                                              generated) to a soak-away                                                   heat the space, and to          cracked seed pods. The
establish itself in front of                                                                                 much more. 90% of all             (the next overnight camp                                                                                        have a backup - a manual            The potable water is                     off-site. We expect them          make fires on the days of                                                   in front of the Boma,
                                                                          facilities.                                                                                                    for ms, and provide                must withstand gale-force                                                                                                                                                               in a selected part of the                                                   cook some great meals.          brass light fittings resemble
the viewing deck this                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       to be able to provide                                                                                                                                                               Arum Lillies.
                                                                                                             project wages were paid           on the Hoerikwago Trail)                  sympathetic, un-square             winds on the mountain              switch-over              to         filtered via filters below the                                             the hikes. Fire extinguishers         site where it drains                  viewing decks and                     The guide will help hikers
winter for the first time                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   electricity for about a
in 14 years.                                                                                                 to EPWP Teams, and 90%             The stone was recycled                   spaces. They remain                and are hung reasonably            instantaneous gas heaters           two sinks in the Boma                                                      are provided at all                   through filtering layers into         Sleeping Tents. We intend             to make the best use of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            week if used sparingly. In
                                                                                                             of campsite built by              on the site, Likewise all                 comfor table in bad-               low and designed to                - which it is expected              (kitchen area).                                                            structures, and we have               the ground. Please limit              to install a few rainwater            it.The outside fireplace
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the medium term we
                                                                                                             EPWP Teams                        sandbags where filled                     weather conditions. Their          deflect the wind from the          might need to be switched                                                                                      planted a 3 m fygies                  any toxic substances                  tanks to harvest rainwater            "braai" should only be used
                                                                                                                                                                                         ser vices are discussed                                                                                                                            expect to 'top-up' these                                                deposited into the drains.
                                                                                                                                               onsite Good insulation is                                                    canvas.They are well               on if there have been                                                        batteries using small wind        "bubble" (a natural fire                                                    from the roofs of the                 under the explicit guidance
                                                                                                                                               provided by Eco-beam                      below.                                                                about 4 days of thick                                                                                          retardant) around most                                                      buildings to collect
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ventilated, comfortable,                                                                                        turbines on site - and thus                                                                                                                         of the hike guides (never
                                                                                                                                               system. Much of this work                                                    providing indoor and               cloud.The switch-over                                                        we won't need the off-            structures. The fire stove                                                  emergency water supplies.             on days when there is a
                                                                                                                                               was done by the poverty                                                      outdoor facilities, and they       valve is set at 60 Degrees                                                   site charging. In other           in the Boma is fitted with                                                                                        fire risk) There are gas
                                                                                                                                               relief teams. Many of the                                                    s i t " l i g h t ly " i n t h e   C. If the temperature of                                                     camps we have tried to            3 spar k-arrestor s to                                                                                            cooking facilities inside the
                                                                                                                                               feature elements such as                                                     landscape.                         the water exceeds this the                                                   use Photo-voltaic solar           prevent sparks escaping                                                                                           Boma.
                                                                                                                                               counters, basins, furniture                                                                                     valve , user will add cold                                                   collectors but these have         through the chimney. We
                                                                                                                                               have been crafted from                                                                                          water.                                                                       often been vandalized.            also have a formal fire call-
                                  6. LAPA - FIREPLACE AND THE NORTH, EAST, SOUTH AND WEST POINTERS.                                            the same alien timber by                                                                                                                                                                     There are no additional           out procedure for the                 18. TIMBER FURNITURE The inside and outside counters and work surfaces, beds, tables,
                                  The Lapa was designed around the face of a compass with the pointers giving direction.                       "Forest Creations"                                                                                                                                                                           transport costs associated        tented camp                           chairs, benches, cupboards, beds, backpack stands, windows and doors are all crafted by
                                   The rocks were all found on site. The deck timber is Red River Gum cleared above                                                                                                         11. TOILETS The Enviro-loo (Sanex) dry composting toilets uses a conveyor belt to move                          to off-site charging as the                                             Forest Creations from alien timber cleared from Table Mountain by the Hoerikwaggo Trails
                                  Kirstenbosch Gardens and sawn and treated at the Orange Kloof - where the hikers will                                                                                                     the solids to a compartment where they are naturally dried. The liquids are drained                             campsite is serviced each                                               Project Team. The outside counter in front of the Boma is crafted from a piece of White
                                  spend the next night.                                                                                                                                                                     separately. Please see the interpretation board that explains the toilet in more detail.                        day by vehicle anyway.                                                  Cypress found on the site, milled at Orange Kloof and finished on site here.
    The first conceptual layout                                                                                                                                                           The Sanex toilets from the back                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The beds and side tables hand made
       of the fire lapa area                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            from red river gum
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THE DESIGN THEME for this campsite is                      creation / poverty relief construction teams. With
"The Mountain Fynbos experience"                           the exception of 25 commercially sourced and treated
                                                           turned poles, we have used only alien vegetation, all
All construction and design approaches follow the
                                                           sourced ourselves from within TMNP. This has resulted        The single wash hand basin is                        Hoerikwaggo Trails guides using                          View from inside, raining outside
Touching the Earth Lightly maxim which states:                                                                                 made from Pine                               the climbing wall for the first time
                                                           in additional job creation and fynbos restoration. We
"Touch the earth lightly" is a maxim that expresses the
                                                           have used least toxic materials, treatments or finishes   19. WASH BASINS The                        20.THE CLIMBING WALL This is aimed                                   21. THE SKY-LIGHT IN
relationship between people and the earth - an                                                                       wash basins are designed                   at providing additional public recreation                            THE BOMA - bringing
                                                           as possible, and designed water-wise and energy-          to resemble mountain                       facilities within the TMNP for all. The                              the "outside" "in" The
association based on custodianship, sensitivity and
                                                           efficient facilities wherever possible.                   rock pools. The basin at                   objective of the climbing wall is to provide                         skylight aims to decrease
respect, that results in developments that have the                                                                  the toilet is made from                    a facility for people of different levels of                         usage of alter native
least impact (visually, physically, ecologically) on the   The structures are simply constructed, strong enough      one piece of pine (Pinus                   experience an interactive, fun, educational                          energy powered light by
                                                                                                                     Pinaster). The double                      outdoor activity by climbing a graded,                               maximizing use of natural
natural landscape.                                         to shelter users from the winds, rain, heat and cold,     basin in the shower is                     interpreted, accessible & unpretentious                              light above the food prep
                                                           but which would leave little disturbance to the site      made from one solid                        climbing wall. The aim is to raise                                   surface. It also bring the
The appreciation of a "sense of place" of the site is                                                                piece of White Cypress                     awareness for the sport of climbing in                               beautiful view of the
                                                           if we wanted to remove the camp. In fact all that
evoked by its natural location, character and intrinsic                                                              sourced from demolished                    general by offering a basic "taster" to in-                          Yellow-woods "into" the
                                                           would be left are the holes in which we placed our        Silvermine Homestead                       experienced climbers and highlighting                                Boma Fur thermore it
qualities have informed our project. We trust that
                                                           poles. The site is an old forest station and we will                                                 the fact that there is great crag climbing                           provide a sense of
you will enjoy it while you are here, and take the                                                                                                              only 300m from the tented camp                                       "shelter" for the user from
                                                           slowly be rehabilitating it - restoring the natural                                                  overnight facility itself.                                           the very visible wind/rain
memory of its delight with you when you leave
                                                           features and indigenous flora.                                                                                                                                            weather elements.
No bricks, no cement or concrete was used in
                                                           It has been designed and built for you in an effort to                                          22. JOB CREATION The construction technology, materials, details and the
construction of this camp (only weak mix concrete                                                                                                          method of building provided opportunity to employ unskilled people from
                                                           provide an affordable and memorable escape in our
foundations contained inside a thick DPC membrane                                                                                                          local settlements.They have been able to contribute substantially to the building
                                                           City-wilderness - this while setting new standards in                                           work and have taken good interest in their work and the final product We
to prevent any leaching) All construction technology
                                                           "softening the footprint of tourism" on our priceless                                           hope to further support these exiting teams through the establishment of a
is labor-intensive and suitable to the skills of our job                                                                                                   basic SMME that sells branded hiking sticks made from the off-cuts of alien
                                                           mountain.                                                                                       vegetation generated from the construction of the Hoerikwaggo Trails Tented
                                                                                                                                                           Camps (black wattle). Please have a closer look at the hiking stick given to
                                                                                                                                                           you today. We aim to sell these hiking sticks to tourists at the Lower Cable
                                                                                                                                                           way station.
                                                                                                                                                           The first branded walking stick made by the exiting EPWP Teams of TMNP.

                                                                                                                                             To book a Hoerikwaggo Hiking Trail call Patricia on tel (021)465 8515/9

                                                                                                                     Notes for reader: These images and notes introduce the basic approach ideas, features, materials and some design details used in the
                                                                                                                     design and construction of this tented campsite. If you are interested or have any questions, please feel free to ask one of the Hoerikwaggo
                                                                                                                     Trails staff. For more information on the planning, design, construction and future construction the remaining tented camps please contact
                                                                                                                          the Hoerikwaggo Trails Project Manager Stephen Lamb on (021) 701 8692 (TMNP Offices) or e-mail

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