We live in an abundance of modernity, and anytime we look for a holiday destination, we crave that aspect of modernity in luxurious surroundings coupled with first class accommodations to match. We seek out the strange and the new, the things we cannot do back home and can only find somewhere else, and historically the Garden Route in South Africa has proven that it can meet all of these things very easily.
Cinnamon House offers top of the line luxury at an affordable price, but it also happens to be nestled in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Wilderness is a feast for the senses in more ways than one, and there’s an abundance of foodie treats, as well as extreme sport opportunities, swimming, cycling, hiking, canoeing and a whole lot more. A person may even find themselves up a trail on a horse’s back as they meander up toward waterfalls, and all of it is within easy reach.
What many are not aware of though, is the fun to be had within modernity even in a place as wild and free as Wilderness. If you’ve never ridden a segway then there is no better time to start. Segway tours offers guided offroad tours on their two wheel upright scooters that are unlike anything you’ve ridden before. Even if hiking isn’t exactly your cup of tea, or if you’re not in the greatest of health, a segway might be just the thing to give you back your mobility and allow you a trip out into the wilds of Wilderness to enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds you.
SEE HERE for an up close and personal view of what it’s like to ride in this amazing area.
Segway tours are offered in both one and two hour increments, but you can stay the entire day with the company and enjoy a picnic lunch and swim in the river that is right next door.
The one hour tour is the most popular at R300 and operates hourly from 7am to 5pm. There is a weight limit for the segway however, at 125 kilos. Booking must be done in advance, and it includes a training experience which is a 15-20 minute training session that goes onto a training course so you can understand how to operate the segway.
The two hour tour is subject to availability so call ahead to ensure you get your spot. These tour times are from 9am to 2pm, and are R450. It also comes with a 15-20 minute training session on the course, and like the one hour tour – goes onto the Kingfisher trail where you can enjoy the fynbos and wetlands that the area are known for. Bring your camera because the bird life here is remarkable!
Before you book – you can also check the wilderness weather locally here to make sure you come on the best possible day and time to get the most out of your ride.
There are also options available for visiting Tsitsikamma village and forest in both the one and two hour options and the times are the same, but the pricing changes slightly to R350 for the one hour, and R500 for the two hour tour. On these trips you get the chance to see a 1000 year old massive tree, pass through the quiet Stormsriver village and venture into the dappled pine forests. You’ll go through ancient indigenous areas in the Tsitskikamma forest as you head to the famous Tsitsikamma BIG tree, and head back to the village. (prices correct at time of publishing)
Here’s some answers to the most frequently asked questions about riding a segway:
What is learning to ride like? Learning to ride a segway comes very quickly. A person can intuitively figure out how it operates just by standing on it, but with the training offered and a bit of practice one can be a very adept rider in no time at all.
How does it move and balance? The segway uses a technology called LeanSteer that gets you around. As you move the frame and handlebar left or right in the direction you wish to travel you’ll feel it respond. It balances easily with 5 angular rate sensors and two accelero-meters that are able to detect the changes in the terrain as well as your body position at 100x per second.
Can I fall? Yes you can fall because it is under your control and relies on your direction to control speed. It may balance for you but care must be taken and practice to know the limitations of the machine and your own ability. Be always aware of your surroundings, terrain and obstacles.
Are there weight and age limits? Yes, segway itself sets weight limits for riding safety as well as to mitigate the risk of damage to the machine. A rider cannot be shorter than 1 meter, and cannot weight more than 125 kilos.
How fast does it go? The segway has two settings, for beginner and standard. Beginner can travel at 13kph, and a standard can go up to 20kph. To put it in perspective, 20kph is like running a 5 minute mile.
Can the segway run in the rain? Yes, it is totally sealed and can run in any weather including going right through a puddle, but as with anything that is wet, runs the risk of being slippery to stand on, so just take extra care when it’s raining.
What about physical requirements? Other than the weight limit listed previously, the only other thing you must be able to do is ensure you can stand for up to 2 hours, with decent knees so you can bend slightly and make shifts from front to back and side to side as you steer and navigate the terrain.
Don’t forget to avail yourself of the perks to the technological revolution we find ourselves within, even among the wild areas of Wilderness. After a wonderful and restful night at Cinnamon House and a breakfast to start your day off right, make tracks to your booking for a segway tour and try something amazingly different as you sight-see!