In 2021, some camps are organising camp experiences for you to participate in. We are hopeful that they will be able to go ahead. Camps will follow the local conditions closely, and may have to cancel activities if the local COVID-19 situation forces them to do so. If you have already signed up for a camp-activity you will be informed when this happens. We will update the website also, when such decisions are taken. Please check your own local authority travel advisory to see if you can travel to or return from the camp after the activity. At all times, when at camps, please observe it’s COVID-19 policy (such as wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands, etc).
Greenpop is a non-profit organisation working to restore ecosystems and empower environmental stewards through reforestation, urban greening, sustainable development, and environmental art projects across Sub- Saharan Africa. They host two camper opportunities each year: The Reforest Fest in March (late Summer), and the The Eden Festival of Action in June/July (Winter).
Greenpop has planted 135,000 trees to date across sub-saharan Africa and has empowered tens of thousands of active citizens at our camps and other projects. The Reforest Fest has planted 62,000 trees since it’s birth in 2010. Over the last 3 years, Greenpop has planted over 11,000 trees to help restore degraded forests in the Garden Route at the Eden Festival of Action.
Eden Festival of Action: Restore degraded ecosystems with communities in the magnificent Garden Route. Innovate with nature-based solutions through workshops & talks taught by renowned experts. Experience artworks & live music in our fully-immersive, 7-day sustainability action gathering. Take a look at the brochure for 2021 here.
After 6 years hosting in Livingstone, Zambia, in 2018, Greenpop moved the Festival of Action to the Garden Route in response to the fires that devastated the area the previous year. After an incredibly successful 2018 and 2019 event, we are returning to the region in 2021 to build upon our existing work, bigger and better than before with old and new partners, projects and renewed energy!
Greenpop aims to partner with and contribute to the many local environmental and social initiatives and be part of an environmental solution, while also teaching skills and lessons that are relevant across the globe – sharing and learning in a place that highlights some of the challenges that our planet faces on a whole.
Reforest Fest: This holistic lifestyle and restoration festival brings people together to plant thousands of trees, give back to our environment, inspire impactful change for the health and wellbeing of our future, all whilst enjoying South Africa’s top musicians and the breath-taking nature of the Overberg.
Most of the land of Bodhi Khaya Retreat (BKR), was once a coastal sand forest. Today the land is mostly degraded agricultural land. It is situated in the Overberg Region of the Western Cape with hot, dry summers and temperate wet winters.
In collaboration with The Greenpop Foundation, this project will focus on restoring forest land through alien invasive plant management and active planting of indigenous tree seedlings.
The Eden Festival of Action 27 June – 11 July 2021: an environmental action gathering combining practical ecosystem restoration work like tree-planting, with a full line-up of workshops, talks and activities from sustainability experts. The evenings are filled with campfire sessions, storytelling and music from some of South Africa’s finest musicians.
We would love any with a positive attitude and good energy to join us in our camps!
The Eden Festival of Action is split into two weeks, the All Ages Week 27 June – 4 July for anyone of any age. The second week, Youth Week, is specifically curated for those aged 13-19. The entire family is welcome to Reforest Fest, however the 2021 event has regretfully been cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Eden Festival of Action
(South) African Residents: ZAR5200 1 week / ZAR8900 2 weeks
Visitors to South Africa: US$380 1 week / US$590 2 weeks
*Programme prices are exclusive of VAT which is 15% in South Africa.
*All ages are welcome in the 1st week. The 2nd week is designed for high school students. So students, teachers, parents could join for 2 weeks for a more in-depth experience.
The programme fee includes project activities, talks & workshops, meals & snacks, transport during the programme & a place in a shared Greenpop Tent (you can also upgrade your accommodation).
Trees for Fees Programme
Become a fundraising activist for Greenpop and earn a free space at the Eden Festival of Action!
Goal: 80 Trees (1 Tree = R120/$8) Deadline: 15 May 2021
If you meet your goal you will receive a free festival ticket and a space in a Greenpop shared tent. If you do not meet your goal you will receive a discount on your ticket relevant to the number of trees raised. E.g. if you raise 25% of your goal you will get a 25% discount on your ticket. Your space will be secured when you have raised 10 trees. Apply here and we will send you all the information on how to get started on your fundraising campaign.
Both the Eden Festival of Action and Reforest Fest vision to make environmentalism fun, showing that the most important work of our time, restoring the planet’s degraded ecosystems, can not only be fulfilling but enjoyable too. Both are to be inclusive and accessible by sponsorship of low-income youth from the local area.
Restoring these lands provides many local jobs: jobs in the nurseries that provide the trees, a labour force for the camps themselves to build infrastructure, management teams, marketing teams, employment of local vendors to sell food and other items during the events, caterers, bolstering local economy by influx of people to the camps, local accommodation receives a boost in guests, and we showcase successful entrepreneurs in the environmental sectors.
By restoring these areas, benefits of investing in restoration outweigh the input costs for actual clearing and restoration. “For every R1 invested in Invasive Alien Species clearing and restoration, there is a multiplier of investment into the catchment of R3.87 through reclaimed natural benefits, as well as job creation and stimulation of local economy – Western Cape Gov 6 Nov 2018”.
Reforest Fest contributes towards the creation of an ecological corridor between the Platbos Forest Reserve and the Grootbos Nature Reserve, creates employment incentives to educate, train, and implement the program in a sustainable employment program with the local surrounding communities and to understand, document, and share the ecological and social contributions of ecosystem restoration interventions through robust monitoring.
The future vision for Reforest Fest:
In addition to putting trees in the ground, we reduce threats to restored areas by providing locally relevant support services including alien clearing, wood lot development, and alternative livelihoods training to ensure the sustainable management of our forests.
Other accommodation options
Basic and advanced sanitation (camp dependent)
Wifi (Eden Festival only)
Children’s play facilities (Reforest Fest only)
Swimming (Eden Festival only)
Basic kitchen (Eden Festival only; plant based)
Restoration of livelihoods
Mural art painting
“I love the forest and it is beautiful to see it flourishing and returning life to the soil. I was particularly impacted by seeing the difference in soil quality in the firebreak to that within the forest itself. “
Skye Mallac – Reforest Fest Attendee
“I want to know how to sustain the environment, and also I want to overcome and help restore after the fires”.
Vuyolwethu Nqunqa, Murray High School – Eden Festival of Action Attendee
“When I was part of planting trees where the fire burned in 2019 – I just like stopped for a moment and I was like wow, I am doing something good here.”
Busisiwe Ncoko, Plettenberg Bay Secondary School – Eden Festival of Action Attendee
“It was really nice to get away with the whole family as so many festivals started excluding kids and then parents don’t get out! 🙂 I loved being under the stars and a very quiet walk to the old milk wood was amazing.”
Diane Du Toit – Reforest Fest
Your safety is very important to us. Most camps are in locations that are completely safe for you to travel to. Some camps are in locations where there is civil unrest, higher levels of crime, or in areas where there could be severe nature events (earthquakes, tornados, vulcanic eruptions). We strongly advise you to check with your national authority’s travel advisory service to see if there are specific travel advisories for the region you are travelling to. We strongly advise you to comply with that travel advisory. If there is a negative travel advisory for the area you plan to go to, we want to impress on you that it is your decision to not heed the warnings and go. ERC can then not be liable in that situation if something happens to you.
Work at camps is usually safe. The camp coordinators make your safety their highest priority too. But you will be working with tools and sometimes even (heavy) machinery. Sometimes the terrain can be slightly treacherous. Heat or cold can become a problem for people at work that do not take the necessary measures to prevent injury from weather conditions. Especially in remote locations, all people at an Ecosystem Restoration Camp will need to watch out for eachother’s safety. For this reason we ask you to also sign our Code of Conduct, through which you commit to contributing to a safe environment at camps for all that are there with you. Take yours and all other camper’s safety seriously! Together, while watching over eachother, we can restore our ecosystems safely and successfully.
Stichting Ecosystem Restoration Foundation /
Ecosystem Restoration Camps 2020