Hobbiton started in the Amatola Mountains as a place of safety for children after WWII. We have since developed into three centres: the original one in Hogsback, a centre on Fairewood game reserve just outside Grahamstown and one on the coast just out side Port Elizabeth on the Pine Lodge’s resort.
We are a registered Non Profit Organisation and provide camps for disadvantaged children, especially from the Eastern Cape around East London, Grahamstown, Port Elizabeth, Alice, Queenstown and King William’s Town.
Hobbiton was founded in 1947 as an Outdoor Education Centre for disadvantaged children, especially orphans created by the 2nd World War. Our focus has remained faithful to disadvantaged children although in order to be self sufficient and to provide our activities to all sectors of the community we now also offer education and development to paying clients to subsidise these camps.
Under privileged camps
We provide the selected children with an insight into a different lifestyle, removed from the squalor of the townships, the violence and degradation of their normal background.
At Hobbiton they are exposed to the beauty of our centres whilst participating in all that we have to offer.
During the camps the children are taught life skills such as social interaction in the form of team building, as well as personal development skills that might enable them to become leaders. As a core philosophy, all activities offered at Hobbiton must be voluntary and fun!
We not only provide the activities but also the transport to and from the towns in which these children live as well as a t-shirt, toiletries, Christmas presents and more food than they can eat.
For corporate groups Hobbiton offers high and low impact courses, the first session of which can be conducted at your place of work.
Corporate bookings can choose the luxury option, involving accommodation and food at hotels near our centres and activities at Hobbiton, or the cheaper and more basic accommodation and food option offered at a Hobbiton centre.
The activities differ according to the centres however all of Hobbiton’s activities focus on fun. All our centres have activities which address team building, personal development, challenging yourself beyond your fears, effective communication, conflict resolution and environmental education.
Although we specialize in Team Building and Leadership Courses, we also help facilitate Goal Setting and Strategic Planning and we can organize a motivational speaker as well as arranging conference facilities.
Schools and Church camps
We are the chosen service provider for school camps in the Eastern Cape which is due to the diverse and cost effective programmes which we offer. Some of the East L0ndon schools currently using our centres include Baysville, Gonubie Primary, Hudson Primary and High, Lilyfontien, Merrifield, Stirling Primary and High. Queen’s College from Queenstown. Port Elizabeth schools include Clarendon Park Primary, Collegiate for Girls, Greenwood Primary, Grey Junior, Herbert Hurd Primary, Sunridge Primary, Victoria Park Grey. Grahamstown schools include D.S.G., Graeme College, Kingswood College, St. Andrew’s, Victoria Girls High and P.J. Olivier.
Various faculties of Rhodes University, the University of Fort Hare, N.M.M.U. and W.S.U. make use of our centres and programmes.
Church groups from various denominations bring small and large groups to our centres for holiday,learning and spiritual retreat camps.
Long term Volunteering Options
Hobbiton is interested in the furthering of our youth and would like to offer the opportunity to people within the ages of 18 -30 to become a Volunteer Instructor for a three month to one year term.
This entails working with children and being trained on all of Hobbiton’s facilities and centres. During our quieter seasons Volunteers will also help with maintenance of equipment, painting of signs, etc.