Umko Hike

The Umko trail is a three day hike designed to test and build character. It is aimed at Gr 9 students and older. The hike takes place in the picturesque Umkomaas valley just outside of Richmond.

Students are divided into groups of 10 and given a map with which they have to navigate the 16 kms to their overnight stop, where they will prepare their own potjies in their teams, and camp beside the meandering Umkomaas river. The camp has an overall theme of leadership, but the emphasis is that you have to be able to lead yourself through hardship and adversity before you can lead others. Each day has its own theme which is discussed at the beginning and the end of each day. Day one’s theme is "consequences of ones choices”, day two’s theme is “personality vs character” and the 3rd day’s theme is “what is true happiness?"

The hike on the second day is 18 kms and is a challenging hike aimed at exposing character flaws and testing perseverance and grit. The third day is a gentle 8 km hike down to Linwood farm school where the learners will assist the students from Linwood with basic maths and reading. This school has many needs, and participating schools have the option to raise funds for a project of their choice to assist with on the day. The interaction at the school reminds students that it is better to give than to receive, and brings home the fact that they are really privileged and have so much to be grateful for.

The minimum number of learners on the hike is 25 and the maximum is 250. Each group of 10 learners’ will be accompanied by a facilitator equipped with a radio with which good communication between each group and the two support vehicles is maintained.

This hike is the perfect opportunity to extend your learner's and invest in their character.
Juluka Trails presents "Umko Survivor"

  • 3 day challenge in the wild Umkomaas Valley.
  • Controlled environment where teams are left to fend for themselves for the entire experience.
  • Tailor made programme to develop leadership and life skills.
  • Art of conflict management
  • Activities designed to expose individual and team weaknesses
  • Tribal Counsel opening up valuable communication possibilities and exploring self-evaluation.