Did you know?
The annual Hermanus Whale Festival in October is a major visitor attraction.
Tear yourself away from the sea, the whale-watching and the beautiful beaches and head off to SA Forest Adventures just a few minutes outside Hermanus.
Situated on a lovely farm in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley (renowned for its fine wines), SA Forest Adventures is the place to get active.
Quad biking is everybody’s favourite and there are different bikes to choose from. You need no previous experience because trained guides will have you zooming along in no time. Take a trip through the vineyards and fynbos, up the mountain to a lookout point where you'll be treated to fantastic views of Hermanus and the sea. On a clear day you can even see Cape Town.
If you're short of time then combine your quad biking with some wine tasting at two different wine estates, where you’ll sample excellent wine and enjoy more splendid views before climbing back on your sturdy metal steed to enjoy the ride back to base. And if the weather is clear, a stargazing outing by quad bike is a must.
Fancy yourself as Tarzan? Then tackle the tree top slides. Even if you're a bit apprehensive, your guides will take you through the process, give you lots of confidence, then away you go on a 200m slide, 16m high, touching down at 12 different platforms before you come back to earth.
If you're in a big group and want a shared experience with an edge, then paintball fits the bill. Whether you’re an expert or a beginner, you can choose a full war experience (for those with high testosterone levels) or just some casual fun play for the novice.
Go-karting is another option. Do your individual thing or race your mates in off-road pipe cars that reach up to 60km/h and have safe roll cages just in case you topple over (which apparently never happens!).
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
SA Forest Adventures
Mobile: +27 (0)83 517 3635
How to get here
From Hermanus take the R320 toward Caledon. Turn left at the Camphill turn-off and follow the road until you see the paintball sign.
Around the area
The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley; Grotto Beach; Old Harbour Museum.
Tours to do
Creation wine estate is nearby.
What will it cost
Depends on the activity, but approximately R200 to R600 per person.
What to eat
The fresh seafood in Hermanus is delicious.
The Annual Hermanus Whale Festival in October; the Fisherman’s Village Craft Market, every Saturday & Sunday.