Outdoor Learning

Waterford Kamhlaba’s Nyatsela 21-Day Walk

What is Nyatsela?

Nyatsela (a siSwati verb meaning “to make a footprint”) is a 21-day walk around Eswatini. The whole Form 3 cohort, divided into six groups each with  13 students and three adults, sets off from the College on a rite of passage that will see them return three weeks later as a more well-rounded version of themselves.

They will walk 5-15km every day, passing through the beautiful landscape of Eswatini, and stay in camp-sites, at homesteads and in school classrooms where they will meet their hosts, cook their meals, wash their clothes and put up their tents if necessary.

They learn how to get on with the people in their group, to be resourceful in solving the situations they encounter along the way, to develop skills and behaviours that are crucial for learning in the “university of life” and to leave a light footprint on the earth by living simply. Their backpacks contain everything they will use for the next three weeks (one change of clothing, toiletries, gas stove, cooking pot and enough food to last until the next food-drop).

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