Hermanus is a world class destination. It is well known for whale watching, great food and wine farms and beautiful beaches.
It is rated as one of the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) 12 Best Whale-watching Destinations in the World, so a visit here from June to December will guarantee a sighting of the southern right whales among others.
The climate is also ideal for growing wines. Some of the best wines are grown here and many of the farms provide culinary experiences that wont be forgotten.
If going to the beach is what you enjoy doing then look no further. Hermanus has a lot of swimming beaches and surfing spots to explore. The weather is ideal in summer and winter adds good swell for surfing.
Hermanus is set between picturesque mountains and the ocean on the other side which makes for great mountain biking. The views are amazing and the cycling technical but fun. In this tour two routes will be explored. Hemel-en Aarde has routes ranging from 7km (150m ascent) to 65km (1750m ascent). The name says it all, translating into “heaven and earth”. Beautiful scenery, technical at times but well designed. No wonder that it ended up being on of the routes of the Cape Epic in 2019! Fernkloof is the second route and is a mix of singletrack, jeeptrack and a bit of tar. It follows the outskirts of Hermanus going through fynbos and the mountain slopes.
The post ride activities on day one include lunch at La Vierge restarant. It has amazing views over the valley and great food. It is run by the famous steak-master, Bruce, who takes inspiration from the surrounds to create delicious meals that compliment their wines well. After lunch a couple of wine farms will be visited, including Sumaridge Estate and Bouchard Finlayson Winery.
On day two we will have a seafood lunch at the Harbour Rock Restaurant. The serve up the best seafood while overlooking Walker Bay, and if you are lucky, you will spot some whales. Thereafter we are adding more adrenaline by doing a treetop zipline tour. This exciting excursion takes you over a canyon and forests at heights of up to 50 meters and platform slides ranging up to 200 meters long.
|DATES||20-22 September, 27-29 September & 5-7 October|
|WHAT TO BRING||Cycle clothing, Shoes, Snacks and drinks for during the riding.|
|BASIC SKILLS||Most of the trails have technical sections so mountain biking skills are necessary.|
|TRAIL INFO||Hemel-en-Aarde: 7km-65km (150m-1750m ascent)
Fernkloof: 17km (400m ascent)
|ACCOMODATION||3 Star Bed and Breakfast|
6:30 AM: Pick up from B&B
7:30 AM: Start cycling at Hermanus Mountain Bike Trials
11:30 AM: Freshen up
12:30 PM: Lunch & wine tasting
2:00 PM: Start Wine Tour