Youth Group and School Excursions

Are you looking to plan a school excursion? The Ventures Group is South Africa’s largest Outdoor Education and Adventure Tour Operator specialising in youth and school tours and excursions at multiple venues throughout the country.  Edu Ventures is a division of The Ventures Group and has been operating since 1994.  We pride ourselves in having a national & international footprint at various venues and being the leader in the industry. The company offers a wide range of school tours and youth camps and cater to all needs while ensuring value for money offerings at the highest quality.

5 Most wanted packages:

Our TVG Leadership Development Series
Day visits to nearby Adventure Centres
Educational Tours
Adventure Tours
Sports Tours

Even more!

TVG offers more than 100 outdoor and indoor adventures activities that carer for all levels, ages, sizes and abilities. All activities are strictly controlled by qualified and experienced facilitators and we adhere to the strictest safety measures. Our activities are a large amount of fun but yet offered in such a way to encourage emotional intelligence and all aspects of personal development allowing each person to reach his full potential. Whether in education, recreational or in sporting format, we have the activity for you.

Our Activities include:

  • Abseiling
  • Climbing
  • Obstacle Courses
  • Building & Construction Challenges
  • Zip Wires
  • Kayaking
  • River- and Surf rafting
  • Archery
  • Paintball
  • Orienteering & Map work
  • Hiking
  • Snorkelling
  • Night Activities
  • Courageous Challenges
  • Group Dynamics
  • Problem Solvers

The Ventures Group is fortunate enough to have more than 30 venues nationwide that we are able to host our adventure courses and tours. We carefully handpick each venue considering our clients overall needs – SAFETY, excellent food, great fun and personally challenging.

We realize that no learner wants to go to the same venue twice in his school career and therefore offer you enough venue options to go to a different venue every year for 5 years allowing the learners to experience everything from the Lowveld to the Highveld to the Drakensburg to the Midlands including Bushveld, Rivers and our Golden Beaches. We offer a great variety of options from camping, to comfortable dormitories to lovely chalets to real top class accommodation.

You provide us with your budget and we will make it work for you.

We will bring our portable units to your school or suggest an adventure centre in your area.

Traditionally scholars have been given the opportunity to develop their leadership skills, outdoor education knowledge and life skills by attending a variety of different Outdoor Education Centers, Camps and Providers throughout the country – as arranged by their schools.

Unfortunately due to Economic pressures, Government funded venues and private funding for these leadership camps have dwindled and practically become non-existent within certain schools. This deprives less fortunate students the opportunity to develop these leadership skills and learn through experiential learning and adventure experiences.

The Ventures Group, believes that it is imperative that each scholar develops their leadership & life skills.  We know provide this type of training facility by developing a Leadership School at participating schools in each geographical area.

These Leadership School facilities replicate the activities, environment and tools needed by qualified and experienced facilitators & instructors from The Ventures Group, to help educate the students. The courses therefore become affordable since there are NO additional costs involved in terms of Accommodation, Meals and specific required personal items.

Students come to school as per normal, participate in a structured program consisting of adventure activities and workshops with a measurable outcomes. At the end of the day they return home, like they would do any other normal school day.


It is important to understand that “Leadership” cannot be taught, BUT that it can be learnt and developed. This only happens if individuals continually get the correct exposure to experiences in their developmental program from which to make their own decisions. The success of this project therefore rests on the sustainability and continual reinforcement of positive experiences.

These Leadership Development Courses are held twice or three times per year per grade and each participant receives a certificate on the successful completion of these courses. These courses follow content that is in line with the Department of Education’s life skills outcome based requirements and develop each participant holistically. Many schools & governing bodies endorse these courses and happily allocate dates for these courses during normal school hours throughout the year – allowing all to participate and develop.

No more paying hundreds & thousands of Rands for outdoor educational tours – as of now you can participate in the program and all its activities from only R110 per day! That means you have access to courses including all the workshops, certificates and participation in activities such as Abseiling, Wall Climbing, Fuffi Slides, Raft Building, Obstacle Courses, Archery, Paintball, Group Dynamics and a variety of other exciting activities. Each course is however paid separately, allowing you time to save for the next course.

We look forward to working with you while developing your leadership skills and at the same time making sure you enjoy the awesome adventure activities on offer!





  • Are you leaving School or university and don’t know exactly what to study or do next year?
  • Do you need to make a change from what you are doing now?
  • Do you want to be fit and have an adventurous & life-changing experience that will give you a foundation for success in whatever you choose to do?

Are you looking for a #GapYear programme? Our SMART Programme is designed to give young people an opportunity to learn skills and experience a wide range of potential growth paths as well as to become outstanding entrepreneurs, employees & nation builders. This is done in a structured manner in a team environment, while working towards defined goals and weekly targets. It is guaranteed to grow you as a person & give you a solid background to be a success in whatever career you choose.

The 4 month course covers four diverse, but relevant aspects for young people embarking on a life journey.

Core Module courses include: view image gallery

  • Emergency First Respone
  • A.R.A Adventure Instructor course
  • eta Coaching and Fitness Course
  • Travel Planning Workshop
  • Community service and Work Roles
  • D.I.Y and Maintenance skills
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Presidents Award
  • Computer Skills Course
  • Public Speaking and presentations
  • Leadership
  • Personal and Real financial planning

The various courses that make up the entire program are provided by the best training providers in their fields, as well as many value adding courses run in-house. Students are fully accommodated & fed for the duration of the course – at various venues and destinations. They will be responsible for making their own meals & housekeeping (under supervision) for various aspects of the training.

Elective Courses: view image gallery

  • A.P.A River Guide Course
  • Rugby Gap Year
  • M.D.T Hiking, Abseiling, Climbing
  • PADI Scuba Diving Courses
  • Sailing/Skippers courses
  • Nature Guide Courses (FGASA Level 1)
  • Photography
  • Wildlife Volunteering

For any Queries regarding the TVG SMART Programme, please feel free to email Wally at, or call us on (031) 701 2845.

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