Frequently Asked Questions (And their answers)

Why should I enter the treasure hunt?

Do you like to have fun? If yes… that should be enough.

How do I win?

Be the first one to find the treasure chest.

Where is the treasure chest hidden?

Somewhere in Paarl. Decipher the clues and find out 😉

Where is the treasure chest NOT hidden?

The treasure chest is NOT hidden in any place that:

  • requires a permit or entrance fee
  • is dangerous
  • is private property or in a business/facility
Who can participate?

Anyone who can be in Paarl on the day of the event can participate.  In order to receive any of the give-away prizes, you must be registered (have a ticket with your name on it). We do recommend players be older than 14, as the clues might be too challenging for a younger player.

Who cannot participate?

Although we love them dearly, family members of Hidden Treasure’s employees and volunteers are not allowed to partake in the hunt.

How much does it cost to enter?

A single ticket entry only cost R165.

Where can I buy an entry ticket?

You can click on this link, or any other link on this website that says TICKETS. If you still have difficulty, contact us.

When does the ticket sales close?

The ticket sales closes the night before the event at midnight.

Is a ticket refundable?

Unfortunately not. The tickets are not refundable. The tickets can also not be transferred from one person to another.

Can I be part of a team?

Yes, absolutely. We actually recommend participating as part of a team. 

1) most things are more fun with friends

2) different people bring different skills

IMPORTANT: ALL players part of the team need to be registered. Aka, all the players in a team need to have a ticket with their name on it. If not, you will forfeit prizes.

How difficult are the clues?

You don’t need to have a degree in mathematics or English in order to solve any of the puzzles, but you’ll definitely be using numbers and words in your solutions. The idea of this hunt is to not make it too easy. The clues are definitely going to stretch your mind. Both logic and creative thinking will be necessary.

We highly recommend viewing our Facebook and Instagram accounts to view past practice clues, or subscribing to our YouTube channel to watch the solve videos of previous adventures. And yes, hints WILL BE DROPPED on our social media account for this year’s treasure hunt.

How many clues are there?

There will be 10 clues that needs solving. Some can be solved online, others will need your physical presence.

How do I access the clues?

You can use your phone or computer to access the clues. The clues will be sent to you digitally.

Will the clues follow on each other? Meaning do you have to solve the first clue before moving onto the second clue?

No, the clues do not follow on each other. You will receive an email the night before explaining how to get all the clues. Thus, all the clues will be available to everyone at exactly 9AM the morning of the registered event. Good luck 😉

NOTE: If you do not received any email from us the morning of the event, please contact us immediately.

Does this Q&A section include any clues?

Although it was very tempting to hide a couple of clues within the Q&A section, no, the Q&A section does not have any clues hidden inside it. This section and page was created to hopefully answer all your questions. But well done for thinking like that, because we can’t promise that our social media accounts won’t have hidden gems sprinkled inside them. 

Is the treasure-hunt covid friendly?

Yes, it is. The treasure hunts’ clues are either online or outside (not in a closed building). The treasure hunts will also never require you to enter a building or interact with anyone outside of your team.

Where is the starting point?

There is no starting point. The hunt will begin at 9AM.  You can decide where you want to be to start the event. The clues will be send electronically, so you can be on your couch at home, in a coffee shop, in Paarl mountain… Where ever you think will give you the upper edge. We do highly recommend being in Paarl, as some clues will require you searching for the answers outside.

Do I need a car to participate?

You will need to get from one location to the next. So yes. Some people have used their bikes in the past.

Is google allowed to solve the clues?

Yes… because let’s be honest, we can’t really monitor that ;). So you are allowed to use google. It might help in some instances, and derail you in other.

Do I have to have knowledge of Paarl to partake?

It is not essential. As long as you know how to use Google Maps, you will be perfectly fine.

How do I prepare for the treasure hunt?

The event will go on come rain, sun, or snow. We thus recommend to check the weather before the event, to make sure you have everything you need in terms of caps and umbrellas.  Then, additionally, here is a list of essentials we recommend bringing with you: smart phone, laptop, internet/data (or find a coffee shop with free wifi – Bootleggers, for instance), chargers for your devices, umbrella, jacket/rain coat, compass (smartphone will work too 😉), enthusiasm, camera (to take awesome pictures), pen, paper, walking shoes, your thinking cap, headphones, snacks (or support the local businesses), your ticket number, Google and Google Maps. Reliable transportation will also be needed. 

Preparing mentally for the clues is a completely different thing! We thus recommend following our social media accounts for some tips and extra hidden clues (which could results in some additional prizes and give-aways).

You will also want to make sure you received our email the night before an event, which will explain to you how and where to find the clues.

How long will the treasure hunt last?

The clues will be released at 9AM on the day of the event. The treasure hunt will end once the chest or rewards are found. Try and set the record 😉

Last year’s winners finished at 12:30PM.

Will I be notified when the treasure has been found?

Once the treasure is found, we will post it on all our social media accounts and email all the players.

What if no one finds the treasure?

If the treasure is not found within a reasonable amount of time, we will release extra hints on our social media platforms – so keep a look out. We will continue doing this until the treasure/reward is found.

What if someone who didn’t register finds the treasure chest?

Highly unlikely. But, in the event that some stranger finds the treasure chest, not to worry, they will not be eligible for the reward. We will make sure only people with valid tickets are able to find the treasure chest and claim the rewards.

Are there second and third prizes?

No. If you’re not first, you’re last. Kidding…. Kind of. Even though everyone will be winners (winning a fun team building/bonding experience), there will only be ONE winner who can claim bragging rights. There will, however, be prizes scattered throughout the race.