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CCombine kayaking with wine tasting when you take a tour with Walker Bay Adventures in Hermanus. It’s a fun, safe way to mix adventure travel with fine wine and will appeal to both outdoor enthusiasts and wine connoisseurs. No previous experience is required.
Hermanus is one of South Africa’s premier outdoor adventure destinations and also happens to be close to some excellent wine estates.
Often adventure travelers are undecided about whether they would prefer to spend an afternoon in these parts wine tasting or trying out one of the adventure activities, which is why Walker Bay Adventures introduced the Lagoon Wine Kayak Tour along the Klein Rivier.
The adventure starts at the Hermanus Yacht Club where explorers paddle several kilometers to the well-known Mosaic Farm – home to several award-winning wines. The tour is usually hosted by the energetic Herman de Vries, who is the first to point out the humour in being 'Herman from Hermanus'.
The ancient milkwood trees on the edge of the lagoon provide a serene setting for paddlers who move gently upstream. The lagoon waters are shallow and safe. There is a vast array of birdlife along this section of water, including lark, kingfisher, cormorant, blue crane and even flamingos.
Mosaic Farm is a lush setting with some excellent picnic spots and a range of delicious cuisine on offer. On colder days explorers can warm up around a fireplace indoors. Those who appreciate colourful flora will enjoy exploring the grounds of the farm. Home-made bread, cheese, jam and chutney are some of the produce explorers can take away in their backpacks.
Perhaps the highlight of the tour is Mosaic Farm’s Stanford Spookhuis (haunted house), which was built in 1892. This limestone building features an underground wine cellar and a restaurant that can accommodate up to 30 people.
After lunch and wine tasting, explorers are forgiven for feeling slightly lethargic and the paddle back to Hermanus Yacht Club is a leisurely one.
The Lagoon Wine Kayak Tour lasts around 4 to 5 hours in total.
TTravel tips & planning info
Who to contact
Walker Bay Adventures
Tel: +27 (0)82 739 0159
How to get here
Hermanus is a 90-minute drive from Cape Town. Hiring your own car is the most convenient transport option.
Best time to visit
If you like it hot, visit between November and April. If you want to fit in some whale watching while you’re in Hermanus, the best months to visit are between May and November.
What will it cost?
The tour costs around R450 per person.
Things to do
From abalone and winery tours to sand boarding, shark cage-diving, birding and horse trails, there is an activity to suit any whim.
What to pack
Expect to get a little wet and always pack for a change in temperature. Sneakers are advised.
Where to stay
If you’re on a budget, Hermanus Backpackers is the perfect option. For something more luxurious, you may consider Misty Waves.
What to eat
Seafood is plentiful and goes down well with the endless choice of wines in the area.