Highline Festival, 15 – 25 May 2014



Highliners from SA and abroad are invited to attend the first South African Highline Meeting which will be hosted at De Pakhuys in Rocklands from 15-25 May 2014

We’ll have 3 or 4 Highlines up (ranging from 18-70m long) a few shorter low lines in the campsite, a trickline, rodeoline and a long waterline. The Dam at Alpha Excelsior will also have 1 or 2 waterlines set up, perfect for those hot days!
We’ll also put up a highline training line for first timers at camp, possibly a tree midline too.
There won’t be any formal program for each day. We’ll basically be camping and highlining, so everyone is free to do as they please.
There will be lots of other activities such as Unicycles, Juggling, Poi’s, Swimming, Climbing, Yoga/SlackYoga/AcroYoga, Music jam-sessions (guitar, didjeridoo, djembe etc) so bring along your toys!
This is Rocklands, home to some of the best bouldering in the world, so don’t forget your climbing shoes!

Camping and Accommodation:
De Pakhuys Campsite will be the main area of activity, in close proximity to the Highlines (10min walk), lake (swimming and waterline), kitchen, bar, etc
Camping normally costs R50 pppn (R40 if stay 7 nights or longer)
De Pakhuys has generously offered 30% discount on camping and 20% discount on chalet accommodation to those attending the festival, but please confirm attendance in advance. Chalets are first come first serve so please check availability and book in advance.

Alpha Excelsior also have discounted camping at R40 pppn, but they are almost fully booked so please check availability and book in advance.

De Pakhuys



Alpha Excelsior:



The Hen House will be open for tasty breakfasts, coffees and drinks. They will also be having outdoor screening of movies on the weekends, highlining and climbing movies only ;)
The campsite bar will be open on weekends, woodfired pizzas will be on sale, and if enough people confirm attendance in advance we’ll organise a spitbraai!

To bring:
Camping stuff – Tent, sleeping bag, mattress…
Food for the duration of your stay, closest shops are in Clanwilliam (26km away).
Climbing gear
Boulder pads
Swimming stuff (Waterlining!)
Any other fun stuff, beach bats, juggling balls, poi’s etc…
Musical instruments welcome!!!

Getting there:
By Car:
De Pakhuys is about 250km from Cape Town, 26km past Clanwilliam which is the closest town.
Take N7 towards Malmesbury until Clanwilliam turnoff on the right (just after Clanwilliam Dam). Then carry on past Clanwilliam and over the Pakhuis Pass. De Pakhuys/Alpha Excelsior turnoff is on the right a few hundred meters after the pass.
If anyone traveling by car has free space please post it here so that those looking for a lift may organise it with you.

By Bus:
Here is the link for buses to and from Clanwilliam


Pickup from Clanwilliam to the campsite is possible but please notify me in advance.

Map Link:


For any info or questions you may have, please feel free to contact me by email or phone:
+27 (0)72 178 4438

Art Portrait Workshop 9 – 13 March 2014

Forth coming workshops….

4 Day Portrait Art Course with Heidi Beyers

Monday 10th March 2014-Thursday 13th March 2014

Art course

Would you like to be able to paint a beautiful portrait of a family member or a friend? You will learn how to use a specific method, and will watch your painting come together bit by bit – the result? – a truly realistic rendering of both model and fabric!

 You will also be taught how to mix true-to-life flesh tones, using only 4 basic colours plus white.  This simplified method enables you to paint skin tones accurately from the start – no guesswork needed!!

Have you every painted a portrait which just does not end up looking like the person you are trying to paint? Learn how to use a corrective method to fix up the portrait and achieve an exact likeness.

This course is essentially a portrait course, however you are welcome to paint anything else instead (landscape, seascape, still life etc.) or you could do a beginner’s course if you have not done art before.

 Join Johannesburg-based art teacher Heidi Beyers (www.heidibeyers.com) for four days of painting and fun at Alpha Excelsior Guest Farm near Clanwiliam

Times:  Classes start at 9 and finish at 4.30, Monday to Thursday

 Course fee:    R 1800 for 4 days

This includes: Art tuition, Morning and afternoon tea & refreshments

 Additional costs as required are as follows:

Accommodation at Alpha Excelsior:

R200 per person per night sharing

R400 per person per night single occupancy

 Alternative accommodation:

Travellers Rest – 027- 4821824

De Pakhuys – 027-4821879


Breakfast R80 per day; lunch R70 per day and Dinner R150 per day, that all include a non-alcoholic beverage.

Course attendees are welcome to cater for
themselves, however if meals are required it must be specified in the booking along with any dietary requirements.

 To book your place:

Please contact Becky/James; Email: alphaexcelsior@mylan.co.za or tel: 027-4822700

Please contact Heidi Beyers – Email: beyers.heidi@gmail.com  Tel: 073 250 1040 if you have any queries about the art course.

 For information about the artist please visit the following:

Website: www.heidibeyers.com