Greenpop Reforest Fest Friends Weekend 2018

Fri Mar 23, 15:00 - Sun Mar 25, 15:00
Platbos Indigenous Forest
Greenpop Reforest Fest: Friends Weekend

Welcome to the forest.

Each March, we bring people together to (re)connect with nature, plant over 5000 trees and party under the stars…

Arrive Friday evening, pitch your tent and relax into a chilled night of gentle tunes under the ancient indigenous forest canopy. Enjoy delicious food and start bonding with awesome new friends around the campfire. Awake early on Saturday for an action-packed day of planting 5000 trees; you will help to restore an ecosystem that is one of the rarest and most endangered in the Western Cape. After planting thousands of trees in your teams, return to camp for a good shower and a forest party – complete with amazing live bands – to celebrate your achievement. Sunday is a day to relax your body and stimulate your mind with fun, educational activities and workshops including guided forest walks, yoga, hula hooping and guest talks on sustainability topics.

The Platbos Forest Reserve is located only 2.5 hours from Cape Town and food from amazing food trucks, tents (to rent) and beautiful ablution facilities are all available on site. So, why not unplug join us for a weekend of fun in the forest?

  • A place to pitch your tent
  • Tree planting
  • Fun and educational activities (upcycling, arts & crafts, theatre, games, workshops)
  • Live entertainment (music and plays)
  • Yoga classes
  • Forest walks
  • And so much more!
  • FOOD: We will provide some snacks during the planting and there will be a selection of delicious food trucks and vendors on site preparing fresh, delicious meals for purchase, with a large selection of vegan- and vegetarian-friendly options, as well as kid-friendly options. 
  • TENTS: These can be rented separately. See the ticket options above.  
If camping is not for you, you are welcome to book your family into one of the beautiful guest houses in the area and join us each morning.
PS. If you have kids in tow, maybe you'd like to join for the Family Weekend from 16-18 March 2018.


This year MEALS ARE NOT INCLUDED in your festival ticket and self-catering facilities are NOT available. As the festival goer you will have the following options for meals: 

Buy meals at the festival: 

  • Meal prices are between R25-R40 Breakfast, R40-60 Lunch, R50-R80 Dinner
  • There will be a variety of food trucks selling tasty vegetarian (and vegan friendly) breakfast, lunch and dinner options at our usual breakfast, lunch and dinner times.
  • There will be plenty of kid-friendly food available. 
Bring your own food:
  • We cannot allow individual open flames in the forest for fire safety reasons (NB!). Small gas stoves are permissible but even these flames will need to be small and contained so please be careful. We’d like to encourage participants to rather buy from the food vendors or, if you’d like to bring your own food, bring mostly raw or pre-prepared food in a cooler box and equipment to serve it. We will also provide boiling water at all times.  
  • Please note that there will be NO self catering facilities at this festival and the nearest shop is quite a drive away. We have made sure that the food available is of the tastiest and best quality and served with a smile.
  • Payment method: Cash and Snapscan are king (there will be no ATM or card facilities on site)
  • Please wash your cutlery and plates at the washing stations that will be set up.
  • Bring your own cutlery and crockery (knife, fork, spoon, bowl, plate, cup, dishcloth). These will not be provided by any of the stalls (NB).
  • We provide some snacks as well during the planting day, but do bring extra snacks to share around the campfire or on the planting field. Please avoid over-packaged snacks - bring big bags and share :)
  • Drinking water: there will be water for washing and there is drinking water that is sourced from the dam above the forest, but if you have a sensitive tummy then please bring your own drinking water (2L per day per person should be fine). We encourage you to fill bottles with tap water from home rather than buying bottled water.
  • Other drinks: there will be a bar selling alcoholic drinks and juices, so bring extra cash. You are also welcome to bring your own drinks. 
  • Coffee & tea: you can enjoy delicious tea and coffee from our vendors, so make sure to have some cash on you.
We are trying something new this year and have created tiered ticket prices - festival goers can choose to purchase a Generosity ticket, Regular ticket or Subsidised ticket. 

We value  inclusivity  and want our festival to be available to as many different people as possible. If you can afford it, please consider purchasing Generosity ticket. For every Generosity ticket purchased, we will be able to offer a Susidised  ticket to someone who cannot afford the Regular ticket price. 

Ticket Prices 
Adult Generosity ticket: R500 
Adult Regular price ticket: R390 
Adult Subsidised ticket: R280 
*Weekender Roadtrip ticket: R1,100 (regular festival ticket + transport to and from festival + shared tent space)
Children ticket (4 to 12): R220
Children below 4: free

2 Person Tent rental: R580 per tent (includes set up and 2 camping mats inside. Price is R330 with a R250 deposit that is returned in cash on Sunday after we've checked your tent)
3 Person Tent rental: R630 per tent (includes set up and 3 camping mats inside. Price is R380 with a R250 deposit that is returned in cash on Sunday after we've checked your tent)

*Into the Forest - Weekender Roadtrip Ticket - R1100 pp
This all-in-one ticket lets you focus on a full weekend of fun and dancing amongst the trees and leaves the coordination of your Reforest Fest weekend to us! Ticket includes roundtrip transportation to/from Cape Town, a shared tent (set up and camping mattress included - please let us know who you would like to share a tent with at [email protected] or we will assign you with another Weekender Roadtripper) and your three-day festival pass.
  • Excludes: transportation to/from Cape Town departure location, sleeping bags, pillows, all items of a personal nature, personal medical insurance, meals, beverages
  • Departure: Friday 17 March 11h30 from parking area, McDonalds - Greenpoint Stadium, Cape Town
  • Return: Sunday 19 March 14h00 from Platbos Forest to park parking area, McDonalds - Greenpoint Stadium, Cape Town
  • Transportation and tented accommodation provided by Acacia Africa in collaboration with Greenpop

**PLEASE NOTE** The Weekender Roadtrip is dependent on selling a minimum of 20 tickets per vehicle. If we do not meet the minimum then the vehicle will have to be cancelled. In such an event you will be reimbursed the additional cost for the Weekender Roadtrip or, if you cancel your ticket to Platbos, 100% reimbursed. 

Bring your own tent and camp in our general campsite. Please follow instructions of the welcoming team. No parking at tents and no dogs are allowed in the forest. :(
Kids Only Campsite

We noticed some of the (older) kids would love to have their own campsite, so we have created a cordoned off little campsite for ‘Kids Only’ with good lighting for kids older than 10 years.
Camper Van Area
  • Allowed in this area: camper vans, caravans (including tow vehicle), motor homes, trailer tents (including tow vehicle), roof top tents (including vehicle – must be permanent or semi permanent fixtures to the vehicle).
  • NOTE: The above MUST be able to comfortably fit into the 7 x 5m area allocated. Greenpop reserves the right to exclude any of the above if it does not meet the required and generally accepted standards of what defines each of the above mentioned.
    • Cars (including with mattresses)
    • Bakkies (including with mattresses)
    • Combis (including with mattresses and/or tents placed on the roof)
    • Trucks (including with mattresses and/or tents placed on the roof or flatbed.)

Other Accommodation

If you don't want to camp (although we highly recommend camping - the ancient forest is so beautiful), we recommend the following places:NB. When booking, remember to tell them that you are attending the Greenpop Reforest Fest and that they should give you a price excluding breakfast as we have food stalls selling amazing breakfasts up at the forest!
Platbos forest is an easy 2.5 hour drive from Cape Town. If you are travelling in a car, please try to carpool if you can. Our partners Find a Lift have a great carpooling site where you can find travel buddies and rides if you need.


Remember you might be arriving in the dark on Friday evening, so be sure to read these directions carefully and have them on hand.
  • From Cape Town, take the N2 highway towards Hermanus.
  • Take the Hermanus turn off and go directly into Hermanus town. Drive through Hermanus town towards Stanford on the R43.
  • On the R43 road from Stanford to Gansbaai, look out for the Grootbos turnoff on your left hand side, approximately 12km after passing Stanford town. (If you get to Gansbaai you have gone too far)
  • Turn left at the Grootbos turn off and travel for just over 6km along this tar, and then gravel, road (do not turn into the actual Grootbos Estate).
  • Just before the 6km mark, you will see a turnoff over a cattle grid on your right hand side, and a wooden sign, ‘Platbos Forest’. This entrance to the forest is CLOSED for Festival goers. Please do not turn up this road as you cannot gain access to the Fest from here.
  • Continue along the road you are on, following the Greenpop sign boards and flags. Turn right onto the entrance road (marked with Greenpop sign boards) immediately after you have passed the Platbos entrance.
  • Follow the sign boards until you come to the Festival Entrance.
Arrive Friday evening for a chilled night in the ancient indigenous forest where some of the trees are 1000 years old. Enjoy a delicious meal and meet new friends.

Saturday is a day of tree-planting and getting your hands dirty, helping to restore an ecosystem that is one of the most rare and endangered in the Western Cape. As the sun sets on a hard day’s work, enjoy a magical forest party! Greenpop provides an awesome musical line-up at the intimate main stage, with some of South Africa's coolest bands (at both fests). Line up to be announced soon! Usually Greenpop plants 3000 trees at the Family Weekend and 7000 at the Friends weekend.


Sunday is filled with fun, educational, active and relaxing talks, walks, workshops and more including:
  • Forest walks
  • Yoga
  • Hula Hooping
  • Interactive music sessions and instrument making
  • Arts and crafts
  • Talks by various personalities in conservation and sustainable living
  • Talent shows
  • Performances
  • Treasure hunts
  • And some surprises


Greenpop Reforest Fest Friends Weekend 2018
Platbos Indigenous Forest
Gansbaai, Gansbaai, South Africa
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