CapeNature marks 20 years celebrations with intimate Jimmy Nevis musical Camp-Out
CapeNature and acclaimed musician, Jimmy Nevis, merged conservation tourism and top class entertainment in the form of a unique, two-night outdoor camping experience at the weekend in the Cederberg Wilderness. Campers and locals were treated to one-of-a-kind intimate acoustic session from the likes of The Voice SA season 2 winner, Craig Lucas, and groundbreaking duo Acoustic Element, while enjoying serene mountains views, educational hikes and anti-littering clean-ups.
CapeNature CEO, Dr Razeena Omar, says hosting this unique event with Jimmy Nevis, as the first celebration of CapeNature’s 20 years of nurturing nature, was nothing short of amazing.
“CapeNature had fostered a relationship with Jimmy Nevis who understood why we need to conserve while enjoying what we do. We have a huge respect for Jimmy Nevis, the music that he makes and the energy that he brings to our work. It was very important to include him in the first celebration of our 20 years in conservation. Jimmy is also youthful, energetic and that is exactly the audience that we would like to bring into our reserves.”
The multi-nominated South African singer and songwriter who loves nature said the collaboration was a no-brainer.
“I love nature and I’ve learnt so much from CapeNature about conservation and respecting this incredible natural space. This is a unique experience not only for my band, and myself but also for my fans and people who love both nature and music. I want young people to see nature as a space for them to come out and enjoy and appreciate places that are a big part of our heritage.”
Nevis, who started the weekend’s celebrations by visiting the local Algeria community, added that he wanted to connect with the people of Algeria and learn more about the history. Algeria Community Forum Chairperson, Kobie Hanekom lead the visit and showed Nevis around the community, taking him to significant landmarks in the forestry village.
“It is a huge privilege for our community to have influential talents such as Mr Nevis show interest in the people of Algeria. Many of his fans here will cherish, for years to come, this opportunity to engage and spend time with him.”
To conclude the camp-out a #DontBeTrashy clean-up of the wilderness area took place at the campsite. Visitors were encouraged to leave no trace. Dr Omar explains that greater awareness raising initiatives on how to enjoy oneself in nature whilst behaving responsibly is a key driver for this initiative. “I am very proud to be part of the CapeNature at this stage of our development. I look forward to contributing to nurturing nature and I hope that we can provide people with greater access to advance sustainable lifestyles and outdoor experiences over the next 20 years.”
Information on CapeNature’s #DontBeTrashy campaign can be found here.