December 16, 2017
 

In an interview with Voyager's World, Clinton Lerm, Owner, South African Forest Adventures, highlights the various activities that the company offers to cater to the daring Indian adventure traveller.

South African (SA) Forest Adventures has a huge array of adventure activities to choose from. The top selling activities for our Indian travellers are the Cape Adventure day tour, quad biking, zip lining in Cape Town and Hermanus, sand-boarding, river rafting, wine trails and more. With its close proximity from Cape Town, all these activities are surreal for those visiting on a tight schedule. Early next year, we will also open one of the world’s longest zip-lines in Knysna, which will be approximately 5 km.

USP/Competition

We welcome any individual from six years and above to enjoy our adventure activities, whether it is gliding through South Africa’s highest and longest zip-lines to also adventure activities within the city’s bounds. All our activities can be easily slotted into one’s itinerary. Our activities are spread across Cape Town, Hermanus, Kleinmond, Grabouw and Caledon and our offices are located in these places, so we always have assistance on hand. We have river rafting campsite at the bay of River Gorges and river-tubing sessions through the Kogelberg Nature Reserve. We opened our dedicated India office last year in Mumbai to give our Indian travel partners the flexibility of checking availability and booking instantly. Our Indian agents can also pay in INR.

Itineraries preferred by Indian groups

Indian groups prefer doing most of our adventure activities. We would suggest a four-day Cape Town itinerary with one night in Hermanus. We have our own boutique hotel with 29 rooms in Hermanus called the Misty Waves. The hotel’s location gives easy access to various activities. It has a kitchen for the own use of large groups and we can tailor the breakfast to meet specific dietary requirements. For those keen on exploring the garden route itinerary, we would recommend to add a night in Hermanus. There are also nice family owned vineyards around Hermanus where you can hear lovely stories from the owners themselves. In 3-4 night itineraries in Cape Town, we also offer the Cape Adventure day Tour. This 8-hour tour has tree top zipline, sand board, quad biking, visit to the African (or Jackass) Penguins’ at Stony Point and Hermanus. The highlight here is the ‘Clarence Drive’, which is a 22 km long scenic drive. The package includes lunch and a pick drop from your hotel in Cape Town.

Top source markets

India has always been one of our top source markets. Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Gujarat, Pune and Ahmedabad continue to be our focus for 2018 as well. There has been a visible shift in Indians’ preferences from regular holidays to niche and specialised holidays. More and more globetrotting Indians are turning experimental, looking to customise trips and are opting for adventure and newer experiences.

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