White Water Rafting

Our White Water Rafting season has finally started. This is undoubtedly the most extreme and exciting activity Sa Forest Adventures has on offer. 1 Hour From Cape Town you will arrive in the picturesque town of Kleinmond – Our Base of operations for the White Water Rafting is here.

Our office in Harbor road is the meeting point and after fitting your wetsuits and safety gear we head off into the Kogelberg World Heritage site. This Nature reserve is host to spectacular walking trails and boast unspoiled natural beauty.

The Adventure takes place inside this floral kingdom. We start the rafting experience with a safety talk, meet and greet and then a short hike to the water. Once on the river (depending on the water level) the Guides will assist with safety and ensuring you are comfortable — well less talk and more visuals – below is what you can expect during the White Water Rafting session with us

Teambuilding

Cape Town Teambuilding

Teambuilding Quadbiking – A guest blog below from one of you happy teambuilding customers.

THANK YOU FOR THIS CONTRIBUTION – Sa Forest Adventures Team

Happy Reading…..

­­For an outdoor teambuilding experience with a difference everyone has to go experience the Nature Discovery quad bike trails – (Part of the SA Forest Adventures family of companies). This branch is nestled in the Elgin valley centered in the town of Grabouw. Circled by the Hottentots Holland Mountains the broad upland valley lies about 70 km southeast of Cape Town, which makes it the perfect break-away being a measly 45 minutes from Cape Town.  Here a number of Quad Bike trails await with one of the largest fleet of quads in South Africa for your teambuilding events.

At 9:00 in the Morning when we arrived, we were blessed with the perfect winters morning weather, the sun grazing graciously through the trees and lighting every single drop of dew on the grass, we were welcomed by 4 Rangers/Guides who were very professional, neatly dressed and polite, we proceeded signing our indemnity forms (hoping nothing extreme will happen to me today) and fitted our helmets, (the jokes already started between the group guess it’s nerves and excitement) we each got our fitted helmet which immediately made me feel much more of a professional quad bike driver (even though I’ve never been on one). Each of us were introduced to our own personal quad bike and given easy instructions, briefing on safety and a time-line on our 4-hour quad bike experience. We followed by doing a practice trail, thus by this time every one has settled and become familiar with their quad. As soon as we all had the confidence with our quads we started our fascinating adventure into the mountains.

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The Elgin Valley is home to Appeltizer, one of the worlds most renowned soft drinks, where along with various fresh produce, most notably apples, pears and grapes fill the landscapes as far as the eye can see. The beautiful country landscape allows you to escape the city life; the beauty of nature will mesmerize the whole family, or team. This is the perfect activity to reconnect with nature and your true self. Being surrounded by the magnificent views and outdoor water streams seaming from the mountains, everyone’s spirit and energy is lifted. Now and then the rangers make sure every one is comfortable with the environment traveled and everybody is still comfortably keeping up. The terrain traveled up the mountain to our first stop covers various conditions from tar road, over train tracks, between plantations, a bit of rocky trails and most fun of all water pools, each of us connecting to our inner child as we race trough the water (one of those things our mothers frowned upon).

Teambuilding Cape Town

Some in our team opted to rather attempt the trail with a guide driven Polaris Ranger as they simply wanted to take in the natural beauty and not be hassled with driving – this was also a nice option as a number of 4×4 vehicles assist during large Teambuilding events.

 

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Every few hundred meters we transport further into the woods and up into the mountains still nothing but you and nature. Some places we went you might not even know what continent you’re on! Since there are no trends, influences, or expectations, and you are free to ponder life on your quad bike. It can be very spiritual to spend some time removed from anything man-made. This was an awesome experience as a teambuilding program.

 

This Experience is a reminder that we are not infinite.  We are faced with one of the most beautiful views the Western Cape has to offer. Standing on the mountain looking down on the life has a calming effect. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, this quad adventure in the outdoors made me realize how little you actually know about the place we call home. Hundreds of species of plants and animals live amongst each other in the Elgin valley. This is the way the eco-system is meant to work — each fragment contributes to a greater balance as they coexist, humans could certainly stand to take note.

 

Being able to share this beauty and have an amazing quad bike adventure made our company teambuilding a truly memorable day.

We grow and become our best selves when we take advantage of new adventures, as we all took one last sip on our coffee appreciating the unforgettable view, the rangers guided us to the next nature point a waterfall.  As if what we just experienced isn’t motivation enough, the rest of the nature coarse was something we rarely given the opportunity to experience. This adventure is sure to put on your bucket list as an individual or as we did a teambuilding event.

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Other than getting vitamin D and lowering stress levels this experience has brought great insight to how truly fortunate we are to live in such a beautiful country. On our way to the waterfall we passed the most exquisite fauna and flora, the Kogelberg biosphere is laced with wildlife and movie scenes, the lake we passed reminded me of Lord of the Rings could have been in Angelus Lakes, Nelson Lakes, National Park, New Zealand, searching for the ring.

 

Just as magical we stopped at our next point this time the Giants Washbasin Falls. We all wondered up a narrow mountain trail to discover an wonderful waterfall tumbling meters down a rock face.

 

Again I was silenced by nature. I could feel every one around me appreciating the moment. We finally headed back to basecamp to forever hold this adventure as one of our best teambuilding events EVER!

 

 

“It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.” unknown

 

 

 

 

Orange River Rafting

A special thanks to Max and Family for the awesome feedback and review below on their Family Orange River Rafting experience with us: BOOK YOUR ORANGE RIVER RAFTING HERE

Family Orange River Rafting Adventure.

It is difficult to decide what to do as a family every year. We stay in different towns and cannot always make time to spend together. My daughter a few months back had a class outing where they all went zip-lining in Constantia with SA Forest Adventures. She overheard one of the guides mention that they were taking a family Orange river rafting soon. Between her raving about how amazing Cape Town ziplines was and her begging me to go Orange river rafting. I started to think about suggesting the family go on a rafting trip. Camping under the stars, while spending our nights huddled around a camp fire and competing to catch the biggest fish in the day. That sounded like bliss!

Some of us are not particular water babies, where both my brothers have a deep love for water sport. I did some research of course and found SA Forest Adventures to be the company to not only respond the quickest, but they were the most forthcoming with information and friendly assistance. My mind was made up. I managed to secure a booking after a mild debate between the family: My sister was worried about our parents both in their 60’s, and her own son which just turn nine. Looking back I smile because it is difficult to tell who enjoyed it more, the younger or older family members.

The entire experience was out of this world! In some areas the water level was turbulent but not so that it was dangerous. With that said it was never boring. If you didn’t want to paddle down a moody stretch of water called ‘Big Bunny’ you could get out and walk along the side watching as the rest of us screamed in delight. Not once can I say that the Orange river rafting was tedious, some areas were more placid but there the wildlife was utterly  captivating. We saw birds of prey swoop down and catch fish meters for our rafts as we floated down the river.

There were a number of otters that dashed and dived on the edges of the river as we drifted along. We even saw small monkeys gallivanting in the tree tops completely oblivious to our large group passing within reach of them. The entire trip form pitching up tents, to fishing, meals and transport – everything was efficient and one could easily distinguish that the company had done this more times than they could count. This however did not take away from their enthusiasms and eagerness to assist. With regards to rafting, we were seated two per raft, which made it all the more interesting.

We were constantly competing on who could paddle to the front, during the few days we also switched partners which I know was the best bonding session my son and husband had in months. In this day and age it is sometimes difficult to catch up and just talk while seated in close proximity. It warmed my heart to see them laugh and splash each other while enjoying the comfortable row down the river. It is valuable time that I know each of us will treasure for always. The small chats, the laughs and over all the entire experience.

I want to thank you SA FOREST ADVENTURES, for taking us on a trip of a life time! Thank you for your efforts, for the photos, the delicious meals that had my daughter going back for seconds. Already my children are speaking about the next Orange River Rafting trip, this I see will become an annual ritual in our family.

Max and Family

Details and Images on the Orange River Rafting adventure

 

Team Building

Team building for any company is a vital tool to improve work relations as well as motivating staff. Sa Forest Adventures as a huge product selection for your company to choice from for the next successful team building outing.

Our Team building products range from soft activities such as Minute to Win it challenges to more extreme experiences such as our White Water Rafting adventure.

We can easily customize your Team building requirements. Most company’s simply want a memorable day and we are more than up for the challenge to provide you with an awesome experience. Once you have used us you are likely to visit us again yearly because of our service and selection of products.

We have a number of sites in the Western Cape and Cape Town you can visit with your team or we can provide you with options at a venue of your choice as most of our team building experiences are mobile.

Out of the large selection the following are the most popular as selected by our clients:

Cape Adventure Day trip – This is a full day all-inclusive adventure – Quad Biking – Ziplining – Sandboarding – Lunch and complementary transport for the group from your office and back.

Quad Biking – we have one of the largest fleets of Quads in South Africa and have multiple venues and a selection of trails to ensure you have a fun filled adventure.

Zipline tours – We have a number of Ziplines in the Western Cape – Hermanus – Garden route and our most popular zipline tour – Cape Town Ziplines.

Potjiekos competitions – this can be done at one of our venues or a venue of your choice. This activity still remains one of the best choices as it also serves as the groups meal. Interaction between the participants are encouraged thus ensuring a festive and competitive environment – add on Drumming to this for a minimal fee and you have an awesome team building event.

We have a full list of all our other team building activities on this link  below – Click to Download below.

Teambuilding

 

 

Quad Trails

We offer some of the most unique Quad Trails in the Western Cape – our trails in Grabouw ( 50 minutes from Cape Town) and our trail in Hermanus (1H30 from cape town) has both been identified as two of the top ten quad trails in South Africa.

If you would like to book the quads in Hermanus  please click on this link.  HERMANUS QUADS

Our Quad Trails in Grabouw focuses on the quad biking enthusiasts:

ADVENTURE QUAD TRAIL-Duration 2H00 to 2H30

The trail will take you through South Africa’s natural habitat of our rare plant species called fynbos. These quad biking tours are ideal for exploring. Together with an introduction to our spectacular environment, the quad bike tours are safe and easy, giving extra time to explore the special floriculture and mountain scenery. The Quad Trail  tour will take you into the Hottentots Holland mountains allowing you to take spectacular photographs of the breathtaking views. This tour is an unforgettable and unique experience enjoyed by most!

 

WATERFALL QUAD TRAIL-Duration 3H30 to 4H00 

The Waterfall trial is approximately 30km long and it is our most popular tour. This tour takes you through the fynbos trails and into the mountains of the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve. On this incredible tour we take you to the Old Gantouw Pass Wagon Trail which is known as a world heritage site the original wagon route of the Dutch and British settlers, over the Mountains of Africa, so called in the old days. This route was used for 150 years and following the migratory Eland, one of the oldest and steepest and most treacherous passes in the Western Cape. Even today one can still see the deep gouges in the rocks, made by the brakes of the wagons, as they descended the precipitous pass down through what is now Somerset West from the lush grazing area of the Elgin Valley. The Waterfall Quad Trail tour is a wonderful opportunity to take photographs of the unique Fynbos species. This is a truly unique and wonderful to experience the Western Cape of Southern Africa.

 

FULL DAY QUAD TRAIL – 5H00 to 6H00

The Full Day Quad Trail is one of our most wondrous trails which runs for approximately 50km and includes a packed lunch.
The tour takes you through the forest track and into the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve where you get the privilege of discovering unusual geological rock formation, extraordinary mountain passes and breathtaking scenery. The fynbos habitat is varied with excellent photographic opportunity. At the waterfall or at a massive weir that hardly has any visitors – Here we serve a smart picnic lunch that is thoroughly enjoyed by all.

The Full Day Quad Trail incorporates the highlights of the Adventure Quad Trail and the Waterfall Quad trail. On this trail we inform you about our Fynbos which grows in a 100km- to 200km-wide coastal belt stretching from the West Coast to the south-east coast. It makes up 80% of the Cape Floral Region.
Our Quad Trails are not weather dependent and we will provide you with rain coasts. In winter we recommend warm clothes and in summer sun block.

 

Orange River Rafting

This is an owner run operation – We love rafting the Orange River Gorge as this is one of the most untouched pieces of nature you will probably ever get to experience

We never exceed the 20 guests per Orange River Rafting group – We love to have small intimate groups on the river with also less of an environmental impact and also more attention to our guests.
Our group sizes can however be larger if you’re a corporate, school group or just a large family.
This section of river also provides for ample fun with white water rapids and spectacular camp sites.

NEXT ORANGE RIVER EXPEDITION:

March 2016

April 2016

May 2016

June 2016

August 2016

December 2016

April 2017

— BOOK NOW – Limited space.

The Orange River Gorge is the most spectacular and easy runnable white water section of the Orange River Rafting Spencerian.

Deep in the Kalahari, the river cuts through a moonscape of granite cliffs with the amazing Gariep Falls tumbling into the Orange River Gorge.

We run downriver over several days. Our Camp sites along the river are as unique as the experience.

The Highlight of the Orange River rafting trip will be the portage into the gorge itself  – Once at the bottom of the Gorge we paddle a few meters up to where we see the Waterfall dropping into the Gorge itself.

Here we will abseil or lower everything in to the Gorge +/- 40 meters down to the River below the Waterfall.

The Orange River Gorge  is a very remote destination and only accessible by foot or rafting – it is one of the most undisturbed sights you will ever witness.  This experience will be one of the highlights of our expedition if not your life.

We will also spend some considerable time “monster fishing” and if you don’t know how to fish one of our experienced guides will assist you.

At night around a small contained fire we will look up at the stars and experience a sight unlike you have ever witnessed.

If your interested let us know and we will forward you the Information you need – Our Orange river rafting expedition experience will ensure you have memories for a life time. This is a must for any bucket list – we also cater for large groups and families and will adapt our itinerary to fit your needs and requirements.

For bookings please email us at

bookings@saforestadventures.co.za 

 

 

To Book some of our  Activities in and around the Western Cape (Cape Town – Hermanus – Caledon – etc) you can click on the heading of the town above this blog and brows each town to select an adventure.

If however you would like to use the short cut links to book – here they are:

Cape Town Ziplines – R480 p.p

 

Hermanus Quad trail – R500 p.p

 

Hermanus Tree Top Zipline Tour – R350 p.p

 

Caledon Zipline Tour – R400 p.p

 

Cape Town Sandboarding – R370

 

Cape Adventure Full Day Tour – R1800

Adventure Day Tours

Cape Adventure Day

The Cape Adventure Day Package Includes:

  1. Full day Free Guided Transport from start to end.
  2. Visit to the Penguin Colony in Betty`s Bay.
  3. Travel the famous Coastal Road “Clarence Drive” 1 of the top ten most scenic coastal roads in the world
  4. Sandboard one of Africas Highest Dunes
  5. Visit Hermanus
  6. Lunch at one of the sea side restaurants  (drinks excluded)
  7. Guided Quad bike (ATV) trail amongst the vineyards and olive plantations
  8. A Zipline Tour in Hermanus

Cost for the full package is R1800 p.p

Our Trips depart daily from our office at 81 Long street and bookings are essential.

Full Descriptions and pictures on the activities are available below.
Pick up and return to 81 Long Street Cape Town in one of our Adventure Overlanders -( or one of our other vehicles in our fleet)  for your full day adventure trip.

** please note the itinerary may vary if the weather plays a role Sand boarding might be exchanged with another adventure product such as kayaking or rafting.

 

 

 

Good Hope FM Competition

Tune in To Good Hope FM and WIN!!!

Over R70 000 of adventures prizes with Sa Forest Adventures and Good Hope FM.

How to win?
Listen to Good Hope FM from 16:00 till 19:00 on the Fast Forward show with SeanO and the Team for details.
Here is a clue  from us to you:

You need to look through the Website and Find SeanO on or in one of our activities in a picture.

He will be hidden in the sub headings of the Towns and Activities above and not on our home page. Each day he will be doing an activity so you will never find him in the same activity….

More details on how to win some of these Awesome prizes will revealed during the Fast Forward show. Here is list of prizes that will be up for grabs this week:

a Privately guided Cape Town Zip line tour experience for 8     

Shark Cadge Diving for 4                                                  

Hermanus Zipline and Quad bike tour for 8                                                                        

Extreme White Water Rafting and Zipline comb for 6                                                   

Sandboarding for 10                                                                                                                      

Hermanus vineyards and mountain quad trail for 8                                                        

Hermanus Zipline and Quad bike tour for 8                                                                       

Whale Watching and Zipline experience for 4                                                                   

Caledon Adventure day zipline tour and quad biking for 8                                          

4 Day Orange river rafting experience for 8    

1Hour from Cape Town – A stone trow away from the town of Kleinmond.

The scenery is breath-taking as the mountains tower over you, and the lush green nature reserve stretches as far as the eye can see. The smell of fynbos cloaks around the river, as insects buzz and sound of wildlife echo off the gorges. Tubing is provided during the summer months. Professional guides lead you on this adventurous ride of a life time, but bookings are essential. Relax and for a few hours forget about the hustle and bustle of the city.

Kogelberg Nature Reserve a World Heratige Site – is often considered the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom, because of the exceptional quality of its fynbos. The reserve has remained isolated and remarkably unspoilt. Its high mountain peaks, steep kloofs, valleys and several tributaries of the pristine Palmiet River create a sense of remote wilderness.

 

Water levels always differ so please phone before the time to check the water levels.

 

NB: We all meet (BE ON TIME PLZ) 9:15 at our Kleinmond office, in Harbour rd as you drive down to the harbour in Kleinmond on your right hand side, from there we will depart to the Kogelberg Nature Reserve. Please confirm water levels 2 days prior to your arrival!!

Rates From R550 p.p for a 2 to 3 hour excursion