Bishops Epic


Parent Information

The Bishops Epic is a 16-day journey at the end of the year by Grade 10 boys through a series of bases across the remote Cederberg, where they will experience a wide range of activities which will test them physically and mentally and allow them to appreciate the landscape as well as the people and the history of the area.

The boys will hike with staff and on their own, they will cycle along country roads and mountain-bike, challenge themselves on the banks of the Clanwilliam Dam through water-skiing, kayaking and sailing and work with school children at Elizabethfontein or Grootkloof Primary Schools. They will also be stationed at Sanddrift and/ or Jamaka, where they will learn a range of skills, from abseiling and horse-riding, to rock-climbing and shooting, study San art and contribute to the upgrading of the environment in which they find themselves. They will also experience a 24-hour solo in the bush. On the final evening, there will be time for fathers/ father-figures to join their sons and make the whole experience a significant “rite of passage” for every boy, into the senior phase of high school.

Many staff will be rotated through each of the bases, supervising operations.

In preparation for the Epic, boys will learn a range of new skills during the course of their Grade 10 year and the Epic Training Week, which will help them prepare for the challenges they will face. Being physically prepared for the Epic will help to make the experience even more enjoyable.

The 2021 15th Bishops Epic will take place from 23 November to 8 December. The afternoon and evening of 7 December will be the night when boys and their fathers/father-figures reunite.

Thank You Tomcat

Tomcat generously lent the Bishops Epic 2020 their chipper for four rotations at Elizabethfontein, to help with bush-clearing, under the direction of Ron Clarke. It proved hugely useful in the disposal of alien vegetation that was removed from the areas surrounding Traveler’s Rest, one of Epic’s long-term partners. We are most grateful to Tomcat for their generous contribution to not only vegetation clearance, but also to the education of our boys during this time.