Land Based

Hermanus is jam-packed with an unlimited supply of adventures, activities and sights for the intrepid explorer to the leisurely holiday-maker. Thanks to the usually mild, Mediterranean climate and coastal-and-mountain location, visitors are able to experience a diverse range of activities in a smaller than usual area. The many Activity Providers in the area will be more than happy to help you to find the perfect activity for you and/or your group.

Abseiling Hermanus Archery Hermanus Bird Watching Hermanus
Hermanus Golf Club Horse Riding Hermanus Mountain Bike Trails
Nature Walks Paintball Adventures Hermanus Paragliding Over Hermanus
Penguins at Stony Point Quad Bike Tours Sandboarding Adventures
Scenic Flights over Hermanus Land Based Whale Watching Exploring the Wine Route
Zipline Tours in the Valley    


Zipline Tour Hemel en Aarde Valley Zipline Going Down

Treetop sliding is a great activity for all ages. Expert guides will assist you in getting strapped into a full body harness as your safety is of the utmost importance. Tree top sliding involves traversing from one platform to the next along a steel cable suspended approximately 9 meters above the ground allowing you to enjoy the magnificent scenery and bird life.

This concept originated in Central America when biologists needed to conduct research on untouched and inaccessible rainforests without wanting to disturb the environment. They soon discovered that this was a fantastic form of eco-tourism allowing visitors the opportunity to experience these incredible rainforests without damaging the natural environment.

For contact information, please visit our Activities & Operators page.

Hermanus Coastline Whale Mother & Calf from Above Flying over Sandbaai


The crisp, clean air of Hermanus makes a scenic flight so much more enjoyable; with increased visibility and an opportunity to capture this beautiful coastline from a completely different angle. There are also a couple of different flight options available, ensuring that everyone wanting to experience and air-tour are happy.

The Cape Peninsula flight takes clients along the coast from Hermanus to Cape Hangklip and then all the way to Cape Point, the southern-most tip of Africa. From here the flight turns back towards Hermanus but takes a different route above the Elgin Valley and then back along the coast.

The Flight of the Giants is available during whale season and gives whale-lovers an opportunity to view the majestic Southern Rights from the best seat in the house (or plane). From this height it’s possible to capture the whale’s sheer size and enjoy uninterrupted, panoramic views of the coast and the creatures below. 


Sand-boarding is definitely more geared towards the adrenalin junkies. Racing down a sand dune at high speeds on a thin board might make some feel faint, but for those searching for thrills during a holiday, this up-and-coming adventure sport in South Africa is a must do.

It is similar to snowboarding as you can choose to stand with two feet locked onto a board whilst sliding down a sand dune at high speeds. However, if you feel that this is a bit beyond your capabilities, you have the choice to sit. Lying down is not recommended lest you find yourself swallowing a mouthful of sand. No experience is needed though to take part in this adventure sport, however balance plays a big role. Betty's Bay offers the ideal location for sand-boarding, with its picture-perfect beaches and high sand dunes; a fun activity for families or friends wanting to spend some quality time together.

For contact information, please visit our Activities & Operators page.

Quad Biking Quad Biking Sport Quad Biking on Dunes

Quad bikes are small four-wheeled vehicles designed for rough terrain and off-road exploration. These little vehicles are also built to withstand a lot of travel and are used for tours, game drives, sports and leisure activities.

Taking a quad bike tour is a slightly different approach for exploring Hermanus but it’s definitely one that leaves a great impression. With safety gear provided, groups are taken on a journey along any one of the numerous four-wheel tracks available. Riders can choose from a tour through two of the beautiful vineyards in the area, ending at the outlook point in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve, a wine tasting trip at two of the beautiful vineyards, after which the group heads back along the scenic vineyard-filled hills, or the group can take a longer sunset trip that ends in a twilight picnic atop the Fernkloof Reserve.

Children aged 8 and up are also more than welcome to join but minors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent during the ride.