Word of mouth is by far the best advertising method as I have personally discovered of late. It was a major coincidence that my sister in law had travelled to Hermanus the previous month. She kept ranting and raving about Hermanus Forest Adventures, an adventure famer situated ideally amidst the slopes of the hemel and aarde valley. Not only did the scenery sound out of this world, the activities left me breathless so I could not resist finding out for myself. More than curious my husband, children and I set off on a day trip to Hermanus last weekend, and were we amazed when we visited Hermanus Forest Adventures. All my expectations were filled and more. Located majestically among the rise and slopes of the wine valley we enjoyed a tremendous day of fun filled activities, from tree tops, to quad bikes, paintballing and even ‘wall climbing’. I was stupefied when the guide took as a family quad biking through private vine yards to the very top of the imposing mountains encircling the valley. The look out over Hermanus was magnificent and the guide told us some intermeeting facts and I could not help capture this moment on camera as I snapped away at the family and scenery. The children had a blast racing through the puddles and the wilderness left one speechless as we witnessed some wild baboons and deer along the way. While the kids became more acquainted with the quad bikes which are really easy to manoeuvre and handle as they are automatic, my husband and I did some wine tasting with the quad bikes. This was defiantly a memorable experience as I would never have thought it could be such an enjoyable activity driving from vine-yard to vine yard tasting local wines. The quad biking was invigorating and personally the 1:30minutes flew b to quickly as we drove with the bikes though the slopes of the mountains. Back at the adventure farm my daughter begged us to go Tree Top sliding, she did not have to ask twice as I watched another tourist glide past us among the canopy of trees laughing soundly. This was yet another unique experience. The guide securely and professionally strapped us into harnesses and the fun began. The tree tops is defiantly a activity I would recommend, as one slides from tree to tree laughing carefree high in the canopy of the trees. The view of the lush trees upon trees with the sound of nature all around will most defiantly be imprinted into my mind for as long as I live. The longest and most daring slide was ......meters long, a little daunting but definitely worth the slide! Adrenaline coursed through my veins, but my children squealed in delight and I am glad I participated on the long slide as it is an experience of a life time. After the slides we watched a large bachelor party part-take in paintball. This alone was enjoyable to watch as the players hide under the bunkers, some dashing amidst the trees and others guarding the tree houses. My husband and sons decided to play along and I watched thrilled as the paintballs left the markers and either found their targets or the vegetation. The boisterous laughter and smoke bombs was intoxicating. Covered in paint and exhausted my sons were not done yet. We each took a turn to climb the ‘wall climb’ the adventure farm also had to offer. The climb was strenuous but such fun as once again a harness is professionally tied around your waist and you pull yourself up along the ledges comparing fastest times. At the end of the day we left ecstatic and more than satisfied we had driven to Hermanus Forest Adventure. The staff was friendly and efficient and the activities out of this world. Definitely a day filled with fun I would recommend!
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