24 January 2011 by Roy Barford

Hermanus Backpackers offers fun and adventure

Anyone who enjoys parties and adventure should visit Hermanus Backpackers in the Western Cape, an establishment that specialises in both.

I had a great time there this weekend, even though staff assured me that I’d arrived at a relatively quiet time of year. The venue is apparently a lot busier during winter and spring, from June to November, when adventurers from around the world arrive to see the whales and sharks that are so prevalent in the area at that time.

You can book various adventures through the establishment, such as great white shark cage diving and surface viewing, whale watching boat trips, sea kayaking, sandboarding, tandem paragliding and quad biking. A shark cage diving trip through Hermanus Backpackers costs R995 and includes a free dorm bed for a night, or R100 discount on one of the private rooms. Standard twin and double rooms are available for around R170 per person.

The venue is apparently a lot busier during winter and spring, from June to November, when adventurers from around the world arrive to see the whales and sharks that are so prevalent in the area at that time.

The colourful backpackers features 2 large cottages, both with a swimming pool and braai facilities. There is a superb pool bar at the main cottage, featuring a pool table and a state-of-the-art sound system. Staff and guests at the venue this weekend were all friendly and energetic, making for a great atmosphere.

The town centre is a comfortable 10-minute walk from the backpackers - incredibly convenient for anyone who wishes to party into the early hours of the morning.

If you hire a car in Cape Town, the trip to Hermanus will take just more than an hour. There are 2 route options, the more scenic of which is the R44 from Gordon’s Bay. Hermanus Backpackers is also on the Baz Bus route.

Contact Hermanus Backpackers on +27 (0)28 312 4293 for more information or to make a booking. You can also visit their website: www.hermanusbackpackers.co.za.

See more photos of Hermanus Backpackers on their Flickr photostream.

Category: Adventure

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