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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).

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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.

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