Previous VACorps weekend getaways include:
Cederberg Camping and Hiking Weekend
Located about 300 kms north of Cape Town, the spectacular Cederberg Mountain Range is world famous for its stunning rock formations, exquisite scenery, and crystal clear night skies. While here, we camp and enjoy meals cooked under the stars; We taste wine at South Africa’s highest altitude vineyard; We hike up to the “Wolfberg Cracks”; rock formations so unusual and beautiful they will take your breath away; We swim in the clean, crisp pools of “Malgaat” swimming hole, and those that are brave enough can try cliff jumping into the cool water below. This is an exceptionally fun weekend away, which gets us out into nature as we explore some of the most beautiful scenery in South Africa. This trip only runs during our summer months (Sessions 1 & 4), as the Cederberg gets too cold to camp in the winter where snow is not an uncommon sight!
Hermanus Shark Cage Diving Weekend
Hermanus is a beautiful coastal town situated an hour and a half’s drive from Cape Town. It is famous for its stunning beaches, beautiful surrounding mountains and valleys, gorgeous vineyards, epic whale watching, and great white sharks! This trip generally runs in winter, where we stay in the historical town centre, which is filled with great restaurants, charming shops and stunning ocean views. We explore the world famous “Hemel en Arde” Valley (literally translates to “Heaven and Earth” Valley), stopping at the various vineyards for wine tasting as we marvel at the beautiful views below. We hike in the magical Fernkloof Nature Reserve and along the dazzling coastal cliffs. A definite highlight of the trip is the opportunity to swim with Great White Sharks. This activity is optional and weather dependent.
Waterfall and Langebaan Weekend
This is a wonderful weekend away that combines epic adventures in the great outdoors with an unforgettable 10-course seafood dining experience on the beach in Langebaan. We take a 90-minute drive to the “Waterfall Family Farm”, which is just outside the small town of Porterville. Here, we sleep under the stars, cook meals over open flames, and relax and soak up the gorgeous scenery. We do a spectacular day-long hike which takes us to no less than 22 waterfalls, and through stunning indigenous fynbos. On our way back to Cape Town we stop off in Langebaan, a beautiful town on the West Coast, known for its beaches, lagoons, and kitesurfing. It’s here that we enjoy a long and lazy 10-course feast at the “Strandloper”, a restaurant famous for its beautiful setting on the beach, and exceptional seafood (not to mention the occasional Charlize Theron sightings!).
Montague Rock Climbing Weekend
Montague is a small yet historic town three hours drive north of Cape Town. Situated in a fertile valley surrounded by imposing sandstone mountains, the town is known for its scenery, beautiful vineyards, productive farmlands, and rock climbing, which is rated as some of the best in the world. Here we enjoy some festive braais around the campfire, go on some incredible hikes, and explore the surrounding vineyards as well as the beautiful town itself. A highlight of this trip is our rock climbing adventure, where we rent gear and take lessons from professionals who will show us the beginner-friendly routes in a rock climbing spot called “Lego-Land”. An action-packed and fun-filled trip indeed!