The best place to recover from office fatigue, workload pressures and just the general stress and anxiety that living in the 21st century brings, is, naturally, the great outdoors! Most South Africans are wild at heart and love an adventure. To be clear, you can have an outdoor adventure without a knife, but the adventure just wouldn't be the same. You wouldn't have the envy of all your friends, and you wouldn't need the excuse to whip out your knife at every opportunity. Arno Bernard is a family of knife makers who use their heritage of craftsmanship handed down through many generations of knife makers designing and creating superior knives with high-quality components and exotic South African materials.
Three getaway adventures you'd definitely need your knife for:
The experts will tell you that there are numerous spots around the country where you could paraglide, but it is particularly spectacular on the Garden Route with a grandeur of valleys, estuaries, lagoons, exquisite coastlines and lush indigenous forests. But you'll only experience the true freedom of flying and the weightlessness of it if you know that your knife is safely tucked away on your belt.. with all the ropes involved.
The 5 must-see South African river rafting or white water rafting destinations are the Doring River in the Cederberg; the Crocodile River near Hartbeespoort in Gauteng; river rafting at Carryblaire in Parys, Free State; the Orange River in the Northern Cape; or rafting on the Kraai in the Eastern Cape. You might want to secure your knife away while you're paddling these mighty waters, but we can think of plenty of reasons to reveal your prized possession once you're on the river bank - making fire, cutting rope, cleaning fish or meat or veg, etc.
Freediving & Snorkelling
Freediving is diving into deep waters (salty or fresh) on one breath and without any breathing apparatus. Whereas Snorkelling is swimming with a diving mask, snorkel and, usually, fins. You don't need to go too deep to reap the rewards. But for both, a good breath-hold goes a long way. The Cape waters are rich with marine creatures and incredibly beautiful for freediving and snorkelling. Some of the favourite spots for diving along the Cape coast are Pyramid Rock near Miller's Point; Sunny Cove in Fishhoek; Venus Pools at Cape Point Nature Reserve. If you're after inland diving then you'd want to head over to Boesmansgat Sinkhole in the Northern Cape; or Marico Oog which is a natural spring on the Grootfontein farm, North West province.
Any of these adventures will need some practice to become good at them, and it might take some time before you get recognition from your friends. But, you'll instantly be rewarded with the gasping of your friends when you pull out your world-class Arno Bernard Knife.