ACTIVITIES, EXPERIENCES, DESTINATION

LAND: Adventure Awaits at The Marine

10 February 2018

— by Malu Lambert —

What is life but one grand adventure?

South Africa’s Overberg is the ultimate natural arena for adventure lovers. Within its incredibly scenic borders expect a plethora of land-based activities such as mountain biking, trail running, fat bike tours, horse riding, hiking, abseiling, archery and more.

At the heart of this diverse Western Cape landscape—one with towering mountains, milkwood forests, sweeping canola fields and rugged coastlines—lies The Marine on the cliff paths of Walker Bay. This historic hotel dates back to the very origins of the town of Hermanus itself, its graceful bones have been built on the thrill of coastal adventure.

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking in Hermanus

Hermanus and the wider Overberg region offer a variety of routes to enjoy fresh mountain air and the spectacular scenery. At Fernkloof Nature Reserve try the circular MTB route of around 15 kilometres, which can be joined at any point. Don’t have your own equipment? You can hire mountain bikes through Walker Bay Adventures; or alternatively join in on one of their tours.

» Go to: www.walkerbayadventures.co.za

Fat Bike Tours

Jump on a fat bike and cruise along beaches and across mammoth sand dunes. Explore caves and swim in the sea along the way. The tours are documented on video for participants to keep for posterity.

» Go to: www.walkerbayadventures.co.za or call +27 82 739 0159 for more information

Guided tours on full suspension or electric mountain bikes

For a full throttle adventure book a tour or day trip with GoBike Hermanus: on the table are EBike Tours, MTB Tours, ON Road and OFF Road Cycling. There’s even an option for a wine tour, which will see you exploring the beautiful Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.  Prefer going your own pace? They also offer equipment for rental.

» Go to: www.gobikehermanus.com

Hiking and walking mountain trails in Fernkloof Nature Reserve

Fernkloof Nature Reserve is unique in that it is the only such reserve with both coastal and mountain fynbos, and has the most species in close proximity. Botanists and flower enthusiasts travel from far and wide to experience this famed mountain reserve. There are approximately 50km of trails through the prolific fynbos that covers the hills and mountains that encircle Hermanus. Expect instagrammable views aplenty.

» Go to: www.fernkloof.org.za

Abseiling

Get ready for Percy Tours to stap you in for adventure on the rugged coastal cliffs of Hermanus. Shimmy down Gearings Point for jaw-dropping views of Walker Bay. During whale season, keep your eyes peeled for Southern Right Whales in the bay.

» Go to: www.percytours.com

Sandboarding

Join SA Forest Adventures for the ride of your life on Africa’s Highest Commercial Sand Boarding Dunes. These sessions take place on an approximately 230 metre high sand dune. Guides will provide you with equipment as well as training and will be there to implement safety precautions.

» Go to: www.saforestadventures.co.za

Quad biking

Quad biking and wine tasting? Or how about a sunset trip? Specialized Adventure has a number of options for you to try: from vineyard views to ocean vistas.

» Go to: www.specializedadventure.co.za

Running and walking trails in Hermanus

Lace up and hit the dirt. Here are three trails to try:

  • Jog along the coast in Vermont Nature Reserve from Brêkfisbaai to Hawston harbour, the route will take two hours.
  • Skirting along The Marine is the famous Cliff Path. The 11-kilometre path looks out over spectacular views of Walker Bay and is suited to both long and short walks or runs.
  • At Fernkloof Nature Reserve, there are approximately 50 kilometres of beautiful mountain trails.

Horse Riding

Saddle up with the African Horse Company. There are plenty of rides and trails to choose from with routes that can go up to 45km a day, or more sedate, shorter trips.  The tours encompass the diverse beauty of the Overberg from beach and dune to mountainous passes and wetlands alive with birdlife.

» Go to:www.africanhorseco.com

Archery

Hone your focus with some target practice at The Hermanus Field Archery Club (HFAC). The range of targets are set from 9 to 70 metres, as well as a circular course with a total of 28 stations in a beautiful fynbos-rich setting.

Call 082 494 8805 for more information

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