Quiet Waters aims to conserve indigenous fauna and flora and to further the educational pursuits of the College and to serve as a base for conservation education in other schools.
Quiet Waters serves as, among other recreational purposes, Falcon College’s outdoor classroom. Shared with Quest Africa, the conservation area inspires visitors to extend themselves both mentally and physically through experiential learning.
A popular spot for weekend and day visitors, Quiet Waters is frequented by nature enthusiasts, falconers, fishermen, and those seeking refuge away from the busy school life. Students may take packed lunches for the day, or even braai packs and breakfast for a weekend retreat. There are expectations for all visitors to respect.
Parents make use of the picnic or overnight facilities and the Pumula Campsite is well supported during busy weekends.
Quiet waters history
The founding committee of Quiet Waters met for the first time on the 24th October 1985. Gordon Macdonald, who was the inspiration, planner, developer and manager for 25 years, met with a committee he had chosen to help develop this huge project. Work on the fence and roads began in 1986, and the park was officially opened in 1988 by Robert Mugabe. It consists of a Nature Reserve and Wilderness Area which covers an area of 8.1 km² in all.
About Quiet Waters
There are 7 picnic sites, set in beautiful surroundings, which are available to parents who visit Quiet Waters. The three main ones are Mbonisa Weir, Fish Eagle Retreat (built with funds donated by the Stobart family in memory of their son, Falconian Andrew Stobart) and the Old Boys’ Study Centre (funded by Falconians), while the other 4 are situated at the base of Usandisa. They all have a thatched shelter, toilet facilities, and braai sites with wood provided. (These are used by pupils who camp there overnight at weekends).
Pumula Campsite (Place of Rest) has Chelicuti chalet, which has beds for four, and en suite shower, basin and toilet. There is also a braai site and a boiler to ensure hot water for showers and washing up. Similar to Chelicuti, but bigger and better, is Mnondo chalet. This chalet was built with funds very generously donated by Falconian, the late Mike Ross. The furniture and equipment for Mnondo was willingly supplied by various parents of pupils at the College.
There are also 4 other 4-bed chalets, each of which has its own ablution block and boiler and its own braai area. All six chalets are equipped with beds and mattresses, chairs, bedside carpets, solar lighting and a trunk containing cutlery, plastic crockery, pots and pans and cooking utensils. All you have to bring is your bedding and food and drink and perhaps extra lighting! These facilities are all popular with staff, boys, parents and friends of the College.
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