The Western Cape biodiversity conservation authority, CapeNature, once again played host to the annual spectacular Camp-Out with acclaimed musician Jimmy Nevis from Friday, 28 February to Sunday, 01 March 2020.
Camp-Out 2020 proved to be a unique two-night outdoor musical camping experience, combining the finest South African vocal and instrumental talent with an appreciation of our shared natural heritage and nature conservation.
The popular music camp saw Rowlene, Paxton, Dani Bagel and Acoustic Element leave their hearts on stage in an outdoor amphitheatre setting framed by majestic mountain vistas at Algeria campsite in the Cederberg Wilderness.
Campers delighted in rubbing shoulders with the who’s who of South Africa’s entertainment industry while gaining a deeper understanding to cpnserve the natural environment and the urgency of heeding the global climate change.
CapeNature treated campers to sunrise outdoor fitness sessions along the waterside, guided hiking trails to a majestic waterfall and live demonstrations by Good Hope FM radio presenters. The local community, including learners from the Algeria school, participated enthusiastically and arranged a pop-up market, bringing delicious tastes and flavours to the campsite in the form of food and products sourced from local ingredients. CapeNature Executive Director for Eco-Tourism and Access, Mr Sheraaz Ismail, says the collaboration of local stakeholders from communities neighbouring nature reserves, helps to realise CapeNature’s goal of being an inclusive entity for all.
“The importance of this unique event is to provide people with special experiences, especially young people and young families to promote access to nature reserves. Also growing a new constituency of users who under normal circumstances would not access our nature reserves. This event in its second year is growing from strength to strength. The undeniably talented artist line-up ensured that we doubled up on bookings and capacity,” adds Ismail.
The multi-nominated South African singer and songwriter, Jimmy Nevis who has a strong love for nature, was especially gratified and touched to see the diverse range of people who attended Camp-Out 2020.
“As an artist to form part of, and witness, the power of music and nature is a true privilege. One that I will continue to passionately drive alongside CapeNature to effect a positive behaviour towards nature conservation among my peers,” says Nevis.