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The Grade 7 Tour takes learners on an unforgettable experience to one of the most pristine areas of South Africa.

Grade 7 learners visit many interesting and educational sites on  their four day tour to the Tsitiskamma and Plettenberg Bay areas. The learners will reside at the Harkerville Forest Lodge (off the N2 between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.).

The classes travel in two groups.  This ensures that learners bond more easily and have more personal experiences.


The educational  sites include: The Raptor Rescue Bird Sanctuary, Knysna Elephant Park, Eco-Ed Outdoor Experience, Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, Plettenberg Bay Puzzlle Park (Maze), Plettenberg Bay Puzzle Park (Forest Challenge), Jukani Wild Cat Sanctuary, Featherbed Ferry and Nature Reserve, Adventureland Waterworld and Slides and the Storms River National Park.

The learners also visit Knysna to do shopping and have lunch. On their return they stop at the Storms River Bridge for lunch.

Learners are reminded about the following guidelines:

  • Enter shops only with permission from a teacher.

  • Keep valuable goods with you when you exit the kombi.

  • Look carefully after expensive equipment like cellular phones, cameras and wallets.

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Grade 7 Tour photographs stun everyone!

Grade 7 Summerwood Primary School learners have been entering a photo competition during their tour, for years.

Four winners,  for each Grade 7 class, are selected annually.  The overall winner is selected by an independent panel.

Winning photos are enlarged, blocked and handed over to the winners during Assembly. The photos are sponsored by the Grade 7 Tour Fund. The 2022 winners are:

  • Grade 7A1:  

  • Grade 7E1:

  • Grade 7E2:  

  • Grade 7E3

  • Overall Winner: 

Please browse and expand the media gallery below for the photograph showing the winners.


"In all things of nature, there is something of the marvellous."
Albert Einstein


Knysna Elephant Park

"The Knysna Elephant Park (est. 1994) was the first facility in South Africa to house and care for orphaned African elephants. Over the last twenty years, the park has cared for and raised more than forty elephants. These animals include relocated animals, orphaned calves, and elephants rescued from culls. Some have become part of the resident herd, others have moved onto other reserves and facilities in the Western and Eastern Cape, depending on their personalities, bonds with other animals and welfare needs.

The present KEP herd numbers eight – the largest domesticated matriarchal herd in the country. Our style of management offers guests the opportunity to get up close and personal with our elephants, on elephant terms. Responsible and educational interactions allow guests to appreciate the awe-inspiring presence of these animals, but still give the elephants the space and freedom to choose where they want to move, what they want to eat and who they want to interact with."

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Raptor Rescue Bird Sanctuary

"Raptor Rescue Plettenberg Bay is a rehabilitation and awareness centre dedicated to birds of prey.  We service the conservation needs of the area by providing a sanctuary for injured and orphaned birds, and we are committed to rehab and release wherever possible. We educate the public through informative guided tours and flying demonstrations to promote awareness about raptor species and the conservation risks they face. 

Birds of prey require specialized treatment and handling, their best possible chance of survival is to get them to your closest Vet or wildlife rehabilitation centre as soon as possible. Please do not try and look after these animals yourselves as either the animals or you may be injured if handled incorrectly."

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Adventureland: Plettenberg Bay

  • Supertube - One of the most popular rides, the 75m supertube will keep you coming back for more as it thrills you with twists and turns and finally spits you out into a pool of gushing water.

  • 2 Lane Racer - Challenge your friends and family to a race and fly over humps and almost lift off as you zoom towards the finish line.

  • Kamikzazi slide - Not for the faint hearted and designed for the speed freaks. This slide takes you to new levels of excitement as you feel yourself sliding on air "P.S. Wedgie Alert"

  • Raging Rapid Tube ride - Rush down the raging rapids, fly around the corners and finally slow down as you calmly float into the main pool.

  • Mini-Supertube - The mini-supertube caters for the youngster and the more calm at heart.

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Learners can expect to see a variety of primates. These range from the Gibbons of Asia to the Lemurs of Madagascar. 


On Monkey Land's location on 23 hectares of indigenous forest, the free-roaming aspect of the sanctuary enables learners to gain a positive environmental message.

Birds of Eden is home to about 220 different types of birds, and more than 3500 birds live in the sanctuary.

The award winning bird sanctuary provides a forever home where previously caged birds can live a life of free-flight in a habitat as large and natural as is possible.