Article source: JOY! Magazine
Settled at the base of Spioenkop Mountain along the banks of the Tugela River, this awesome Christian Campsite is a place to experience life at its best. We are located in the foothills of the Drakensberg, near Winterton, KwaZulu-Natal. The campsite is a 3 hour drive from Durban, and 3.5 hours from Gauteng.
Em’seni is a place of peace, healing, and life. We pray that everyone passing through will experience this peace.
Em’seni, meaning “Place of Grace” in IsiZulu, serves as a base for adventure camps, as well as a range of other camps and retreats. These include school confirmation, leadership and prefect training, school journeys, choir camps, church groups, family camps, spirituality retreats, men’s groups, leadership courses for children from disadvantaged schools, and outdoor education.
Em’seni camp is also the host race village to the Joberg2C and Berg&Bush mountain bike races, as well as the Oxpecker trail races.
Christian adventure ministry
Our Christian Adventure Ministry offers church groups, Bible study groups, or youth groups the chance to have an outdoor adventure – which might include white water rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, or hiking up Spioenkop.
Em’seni camp has been developed over the past 13 years. Em’seni has 150 beds with quality ablutions adjoining the bedrooms. A large dining room and separate conference hall with smaller alcoves and meeting rooms allows for ample meeting space for 200 people. A modern industrial kitchen is fully equipped and food standards are high.
Our passion is for youth development and leadership. Henry Bro, our Director, has extensive experience with outdoor ministry and wilderness training. He and his team of trained facilitators work with all schools. Em’seni is not a simple “adventure centre,” but seeks to use both outdoor activities and indoor workshops to explore many facets of becoming a Christian leader.
We offer our own programmes but work closely with schools to meet their leadership needs. Some of the schools we work with include Hilton College, Michaelhouse, The Wykeham Collegiate, St Johns College JHB, and St Anne’s Diocesan College. We cater for junior schools and work with home schoolers too.
Ideal for getaways
Self-catering chalets are available and ideal for leaders, teachers, or families wanting a break. Our bush camp, known as the Porcupine Camp, allows back-to-basic camping, but has modern ablutions and a covered eating and preparation area.
The spectacular Tugela River frontage offers many water opportunities, including a “bum slide” and kayaking, tubing, rafting, birding, and excellent fishing. A large irrigated sports field, adventure initiatives and climbing wall, plus river walks, trail runs, and access to the Spioenkop Game reserve, are all options for activities.
There are plenty of free time games too, which include volley ball, 9 square, frisbee golf, tetherball, trampolines, pingpong, pool table, plus many more facilitated team building initiatives including archery.
Date published: 15/11/2019
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