Your Guide to the Ultimate Bear Grylls’ Survivor Party

Every adventure-loving kid will enjoy an outdoor Bear Grylls’ Survivor Party for their next Birthday celebration. Here’s your guide to hosting a Bear Grylls’ Birthday party that the man himself would love to attend! 

Who will enjoy a Bear Grylls’ Survivor Party?

  • Kids who love the outdoors
  • Little adventurers
  • Active kids who think they have what it takes to defeat the daunting wilderness.

First things first … invitations

A fun way to introduce the theme is to send the invite as a map wrapped around a magnifying glass, with an X marking the spot where the party will begin.


The good news is that with nature as the party’s backdrop, little decor is required to bring the theme to life. But if you’d like to enhance the theme, you can consider details such as:

  • Using an army net as a table cloth for the food table at ‘Base Camp’
  • Logs or tree stumps can serve as seating
  • A campfire of stacked wood set up with a large potjiepot of sweets and treats over it.

The eats 

All that adventuring is sure to make kids hungry, so be prepared with ‘Survival Packs’. You can fill an ordinary brown bag with easy finger foods like biltong, protein bars, crackers, trail mix, etc. 

Get creative with food at ‘Base Camp’ by serving things like

  • Buck droppings (chocolate covered raisins)
  • Twigs (pretzel sticks)
  • Ants (raisins)
  • Marshmallows for toasting on fires started by the ‘survivors’
  • Bear claw-shaped pastries
  • Dirt cups (chocolate mousse with jelly worms on top)
  • Fire logs (filled wafer sticks).

The activities

Test your party-goers’ survival skills with a series of wilderness challenges, and prizes for various aspects of the challenges: 

Team challenges:

  • Team tug of war
  • Shelter building challenge (building a fort using items found in the wilderness)
  • Capture the flag 
  • Fire-making challenge (supervised, of course)
  • Scavenger hunt following a map to find clues / items in the wild
  • Survivor challenge (like eating a plate of spaghetti or baked beans in the quickest time)

Other activities:

  • First aid training 
  • Knot-tying lesson 
  • Bushcraft training
  • Survival skills 
  • Bokdrol spoeg competition.

Party favours 

Inspire a group of young explorers with an ‘adventure pack; containing items such as:

  • Whistles
  • Torches
  • Trail mix
  • Lip balm
  • Glow stick
  • Packet of jelly sweets

Other things to remember 

  • Sunscreen
  • Backpacks
  • Comfortable outdoor clothing and closed shoes

So, does this sound like a kids Birthday party you can survive? 

If you’re still not quite sure what to do or don’t have the time to plan a party yourself, let the team at Tugela Trails stage the ultimate survivor party for your adventurous kids. We’ll take care of all the activities and food so that you can simply arrive and enjoy! Get in touch to find out more: