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17 team-building activities and why they work
Last update: 7 April 2021
Team building brings people together, breaks down barriers, and it needn’t be expensive or complicated, like a pre-work charge up Lion’s Head or a post-work beach picnic. However, if you’re looking for something a little more structured that has specific outcomes, there are plenty of activities that’ll achieve that too.
Attorney-turned-director of team-building company, Beach & Bush Team Building, Sean Uys, has been running team-building activities for more than 20 years. According to Uys, experiential activities, such as hiking or kayaking or quad biking, are great for team bonding and connecting, while more formal activities encourage teams to work together to achieve a goal. Here are some ideas, from a scavenger hunt to a digital detox, to get your next team-building party started.
GET INTO NATURE + DO LOTS OF ACTIVITIES
Wolfkop Camping Villages in Citrusdal in the Cederberg, a World Heritage Site, is one of the most ideal destinations for team building. The camps are on the banks of the Olifants River, a wide, flat stretch of water so clean you can drink it. For a more upmarket event, opt for Golden Valley, which is more luxurious and has private ablutions, but there is a more simple option too, Biesievlak, which has shared facilities. In addition, right now Capetownmagazine.com readers have access to incredible specials: stay mid-week for only R250 per person (minimum 2 people) or over the weekend for R350 per person (minimum 6 people for 2 nights). But the real kicker for a team-building event is that all the activities, which range from bodyboarding down the river to 4x4 activities and hiking, are all discounted, too, at Wolfkop Camping Villages.
What you get out of it: Besides the fact that there is a range of activities to bring people together, there is enough space for groups to come together as well as find distance from each other, which is often required at team-building events. Plus, all the hassles can be taken care of: Wolfkop team can arrange all your alcohol needs, as well as catering, from more simple options at R150 per head, to more upscale options at R350 a head.
Note: Biesievlak sleeps 36, while Golden Valley sleeps up to 66
Wolfkop Camping Villages | near Citrusdal, Cederberg | 083 260 4822 | wolfkopcampingvillages.co.za
BOOK SEGWAY VINEYARD TOURS TEAM-BUILDING SPECIAL
What’s awesome about the Segway is that they move intuitively with your body, which you’ll learn to do in a 30-minute lesson at the start. Then you can start to improve your skill. There’s the whole of Spier to explore once you’ve mastered this nifty little electric two-wheeler. The best team-building activity is the more challenging Segway Soccer option, involving an obstacle course with cones, figure eights, zig-zagging and ending with a soccer “shoot-out”. And afterwards, there are the green lawns of Spier to throw yourselves down on for a picnic and some wine, and to mull over your scores for Segway Tours.
What you get out of it: A new skill, the feeling of gliding effortlessly at speed without raising a sweat, plus proximity to picnics and wine?
Note: The outfit can accommodate 15 to 18 guests per tour, and there are four to five guests per guide. Bigger group? They can train you together and split you for the rides. Ask about the team building special: for R305pp including wine tasting.
Spier Wine Farm, R310 Lynedoch Road, Stellenbosch | 021 809 1157 | firstname.lastname@example.org
LEARN TO COOK OR ENJOY A PRIVATE DINNER WITH COWORKERS
Rock star chef Matt Manning's popular The Chef's Studio brings flair to a well-loved team-building activity. Private cooking classes vary, from Cape Malay to Italian pasta making. Plus there's canapes on arrival and you can buy wine. If you're looking to class things up even further, consider their carefully-crafted function menus, some of which come with canapes, bubbly, and a personalised apron you can take home. You'll share a station with a colleague and experience the joys of learning a new skill together at The Chef's Studio.
What you get out of it: Hands-on cooking experience led by a professional chef in a top-of-the-line kitchen, with rugged concrete countertops, from décor partner Caesarstone, steel finishes and the cutting-edge cooking technology and cookware
Note: Packages differ in price, depending on the size of the group and the package, but are usually around R700 – R1950 per person; you need to make a booking at least 48 hours in advance
103 Bree Street | Cape Town City Centre | +27 (0)87 898 2207 | email@example.com
HOW ABOUT WINE TASTING ON AN E-BIKE?
Cycle on an electric bicycle to wine farms in Banhoek, Franschhoek or one in Stellenbosch that dates back to 1692. Your guide will go through these scenic routes at a leisurely pace, spending 30 to 45 minutes at each wine farm so there’s time to savour the wine and do some shopping. Plus, you can ride through a forest on an e-fatbike while taking in alpine views (and a hot coffee once you reach the highest point) with Vine Bikes.
What you get out of it: You’re always bound to have a good time when you combine wine tastings and the fun of cycling on an e-bike.
Note: You don’t have to spend too much energy, as your e-bike assists you in pedalling.
1 Lanzerac Road, Karindal, Stellenbosch | +27 (0)82 776 0557 | firstname.lastname@example.org
A WILD-GOOSE CHASE FOR EVERY BODY AND BRAIN
Welcome to a high-tech, high-fun, team-building event: a real-time scavenger hunt that sends players on a wild-goose chase to various cool locations via an app, pre-loaded with 16 to 30 unique challenges. The exercises are physical, with a live photo feed that helps teams keep tabs on the competition and their rank on the leaderboard. To complete a challenge, participants submit a photo, video or text as their answer. The more creative, original and clear the response, the better their chances of earning bonus points. It’s fun, fast and interactive, which means you’ll never get bored with The Gallivanting Goose.
What you get out of it: Fun and laughter that challenges the brain and boosts problem-solving, communication, leadership and decision-making skills. Plus it’s a great morale booster.
Note: Price works to scale – the more people per game, the less the cost per person. As of May 2019, a wheelchair-friendly version of the game is available. Contact the company for a precise quote and to confirm a date.
Various locations in and around Cape Town or Stellenbosch | www.thegg.co.za | +27 (0)82 468 3052 | email@example.com
DIGITAL DETOX (ALMOST)
Super cosy, minimum tech and maximum relaxation is what it’s about at this luxury glampsite in the Elgin Valley, just 50 minutes from Cape Town. There are hammocks for chilling, a family table with a fireplace and viewdeck for business and a big braai area for connecting with team members. There’s also ziplining, canopy and segway tours, hiking and mountain biking (it’s on the Absa Cape Epic route) and plenty markets and restaurants right around the corner. Discover Cherry Glamping near Cape Town.
What you get out of it: Team bonding, time out, getting to know each other better
Note: Find out more about low-tech Wednesdays at Cherry Glamping’s team-building getaways.
Groenrug Estate, N2, Grabouw | +27 (0)82 788 9837 | firstname.lastname@example.org
This is entertaining, creative, practical and interactive for everyone regardless of age, fitness level or physical abilities. Each team collaborates to write a script, direct and act using their “movie-making kit,” which contains materials and props to produce a movie, advert, news or weather forecast. (Tip: a movie “awards ceremony” is a fun way to celebrate hidden talent)
What you get out of it: Efficient working as a team, focus, planning and attention to detail
Note: Group sizes and price vary. Please request a quote
email@example.com, +27(0)87 725 2502 | website
GET JOLLY WITH A FINE WINE AND FOOD EXPERIENCE
Get the conversation flowing by bonding over tasty, local cuisine and world-renowned wines in a relaxed, family farm setting. Enjoy a delicious food and wine pairing that celebrates all things local and lekker about South African fare, in a way that encourages sharing stories and personal experiences. Or indulge in a wine tasting experience in their modern tasting room at Leopard’s Leap.
What you get out of it: A fun, relaxed dining experience in a picturesque setting, while enjoying the best wines South Africa has to offer.
Note: On weekends, the winery serves a colourful range of wine cocktails.
Main Road | Franschhoek Valley | www.leopardsleap.co.za | firstname.lastname@example.org | +27 (0) 21 876 8002
TRAPPED IN A REAL-LIFE VIDEO GAME
A team of two to six team members gets trapped in a mysterious room for 60 minutes. They have to solve challenges, find hidden keys and codes, release trapdoors and open secret passageways to complete their mission. Escapetrix interactive escape rooms require keen observation skills, logic and teamwork to escape.
What you get out of it: Collaboration, communication, logic and creativity.
Note: R130 per person for a team of six
CONNECTING OVER FOOD
The bubbly Jade De Waal hosts Food Jams either at the premises in Salt River or at a venue of your choice. Food Jams are get-togethers where guests are randomly divided into teams which each make part of a four-course meal. Each team gets a food station and receives ingredients, utensils and a recipe which can be followed or improvised on. For the next hour, the kitchen explodes with delicious smells and the sounds of chopping, frying and laughter. The menu offers Halaal, vegan and vegetarian options so everyone can share the meal together around the table with or without wine at the end.
What you get out of it: Teamwork, communication, fun and a meal.
Note: 6–60 pax, R450 to R600 per person
Unit B10, Salt Orchard, 45 Yew Street, Salt River | +27(0)63 292 0419, email@example.com | website
HANGING IN THERE
Ziplining is a safe and exhilarating activity for all ages, sizes and fitness levels – from the office cleaner who likes going slow, to the new intern who likes going fast, to the finance manager who loves monkeying around; there are even tandem rides for those who are nervous. Additional “soft adventure”, ground-based, team building activities are available. A film crew is available to immortalise the experience.
What you get out of it: Builds team-spirit but also encourages personal growth.
Note: Group sizes and price vary. Please request a quote
Cape Canopy Tour, Elgin Valley, Grabouw and other locations | firstname.lastname@example.org, +27 (0)21 3000 501 | website
Before the challenge begins at Oudekraal beach, each team creates a war cry as an introduction. The Shipwreck Survivor Challenge consists of six activities that range from blindfolded navigation to building a craft and paddling out to save a team member, and culminates in a tug-of-war. Finally, the scores are added and the winning team announced. All equipment and safety gear is provided and a presenter briefs and motivates teams and can also host a prize-giving. Braai and refreshments optional.
What you get out of it: Staff interaction and strengthened relationships.
Note: ±R950 per person. Please request a quote
Downhill Adventures | +27 (0)82 459 2422, email@example.com | website
You and your team play fictional characters in a South African crime comedy. You choose your characters and costumes on the day, and the Murder Mystery Police guide your team as you try to solve the Murder Mystery together. It’s a fun, interactive event which allows colleagues to break stereotypes and get to know each other better.
What you get out of it: A fun, different, non-physical team building, with lots of laughter, where team members collaborate and see a different side of each other.
Note: Ideal for teams of 8–200 pax; For pricing, contact SA Murder Mysteries
HIT THE DUNES
All that’s needed to sandboard is an attitude of confidence, a few simple instructions, sunscreen and basic physical fitness. This exhilarating activity dares team members to push limits and discover the 50m dunes of Atlantis, 43km from Cape Town. There’s also quad biking, 4x4 drives and the DuneThrasher drive in a 400-horsepower, custom-built sand rail pipe car imported from the USA.
What you get out of it: Trying something new and pushing limits.
Note: ± 25 pax. Please request a quote
Atlantic Dunes | firstname.lastname@example.org, +27(0)84 665 1314 | website
Motivate teams in a stress-free environment with a two-hour Artjamming event. Someone from the team selects a piece of art but doesn’t tell the team what it is. Each piece of art is pre-divided into pieces and each team member receives a puzzle piece to paint after communicating to match colours. The end result is a unique piece of collaborative art.
What you get out of it: Creativity, fun, communication and teamwork.
Note: Varied and flexible team size and price
Waterfront or Willowbridge Centre | email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org | website
Fun and shared memories go a long way towards creating some common ground, especially for teams that are made up of a diverse group of people. Options range from relaxed paddling on the Breede River or Langebaan Lagoon to whitewater rafting at high water or tubing at lower levels at Palmiet River in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve.
What you get out of it: Improved cohesiveness within a team.
Note: Group size: 8–40; R395–R795 per person depending on location etc.
email@example.com, +27(0) 21 683 3698 | website
There’s not much more exhilarating than Killarney Race Track’s outdoor circuit. First-timers and experienced racers alike are in for a thrilling but challenging experience. Listen to the safety briefing, gear up and hit the track in an environmentally-friendly, 4-stroke engine, 270cc Honda race karts. A photographer will capture the highlights. Prize-giving with snacks and refreshments optional.
Note: Minimum 20 pax; R1900 per person
What you get out of it: Bonding through an exciting experience plus some healthy competition.
firstname.lastname@example.org, +27 (0) 82 797 4909 | website
HOP ON AND OFF THE BUS TO SOLVE THE RIDDLES
Have a blast on an Amazing Race-style activity where teams race around the city - and on and off buses - to find checkpoints and complete fun tasks. The Big Red City Sightseeing hop-on-hop-off bus company has partnered with Tri Active events management to offer this opportunity to re-acquaint teams with the city and each other.
What you get out of it: Teamwork, focus, attention to detail, goal orientation, communication, fun and beautiful scenery.
Note: Cape Town Red Route – 5 hours: R545–R656 pp + R105 entrance fees
Website | +27 (0) 21 844 0975, email@example.com
ROCK YOUR TEAM
The two-hour team building programme at City Rock climbing gym encourages teams to interact in a new environment. Professional instructors lead the activity, which includes playing games that challenge coordination, reflexes and creativity followed by climbing, races and partner work, all safeguarded by a hydraulic safety system.
What you get out of it: Gaining trust in colleagues, team approach to problem-solving, overcoming fear and fear avoidance behaviour, fostering self-belief.
Note: 8–25 pax; R320 per person including climbing shoes, belay device, harness and instruction from the staff
9 Milner Street, Unit 5 Table Bay Industrial Park, Paarden Eiland, Cape Town | +27(0)21 447 1326, firstname.lastname@example.org | website
The teambuilding activity at this trampoline park is a tactical and action-filled programme that focuses on effective communication in a fun and exhilarating way. A dedicated host guides you through the activities which include a dodgeball competition on trampolines, jumping on the Big-Bag (a massive airbag that provides a soft landing), some climbing challenges and an obstacle course five metres above the ground. Enjoy treats from the cafe as a reward.
What you get out of it: Increased morale, enhanced teamwork, enrich your company culture, effective communication.
Note: From R275 per person; 12–50 pax for 2 hours
Gardener Place, Rose Innes Street, Pinelands | email@example.com, +27(0)87 057 1400 | website
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