It is said that, if you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life. By this definition neither Carene Daniel, the owner of Hello Garden Route, nor Roché Schoeman, the owner of Fearless Adventures, does any work! You will be hard pressed to find two individuals as passionate about what they do as these two.
Childhood friends, Carene and Roché recently decided to take their individual companies to the next level by opening an combined office in the newly converted Palms Garden Square, a shopping and entertainment complex that is just as local, vibrant and unique as both these companies.
Born and raised in Wilderness, Carene finished her schooling in George with further education up country. After completing a BCom Tourism Management degree at the University of Pretoria, she spent some time working in the travel & tourism industry in Cape Town, thereafter teaching and travelling globally, South Korea and Romania on the list. Upon returning home to South Africa, she was offered a fantastic oppertunity to work in Holiday Rentals at an exclusive Villa Agency based in Camps Bay, back in the mother city. She gained valuable experience including property management (another division of her company’s offering).
Carene moved back to her beloved Garden Route in March 2013 to start Hello Garden Route. Here, she applies both her passion for travel & tourism and her experience in the industry.
In need of information on Cape Town, the Cape Winelands, Whale Coast, Klein Karoo, Garden Route, Addo Elephant Park or Port Elizabeth? Have questions regarding anything from hot air ballooning in the Klein Karoo, location scouting for celebrity clients in Plett, kayaking trips on the Kaaimans River, seeing the big five or having the adventure holiday of a lifetime? Knocking on Hello Garden Route’s door provides you with a one-stop solution to all your accommodation, tours & transfers, activities and car rental requirements.
Carene personally visits all the places listed on her site (quality assurance), some of these exclusive to Hello Garden Route including Sea Breeze Villa, and embarks on all activities for first-hand experience standing by the company’s slogan: Friendly Experts You Can Trust! She knows what her clients want and can anticipate their every need. She offers specialised and tailor-made packages with expertise unparalleled in the Garden Route. Her repeat clients who return year after year, and the many referrals she receives, stand in silent testimony of the relationships she builds; with her charismatic personality it comes as naturally as breathing.
Speaking about charisma, Roché doesn’t have to stand back for a minute. This dynamic endurance adventurer walks the talk. His personal accolades include a 2460km descent of the Orange River from source to sea, an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record to swim the greatest distance on a river board in 24 hours (a feat he missed by a mere 5km) in the flood swollen Breede River, and being a swift-water rescue specialist.
Roché has an insatiable thirst for adventure. While still in school, Roché and a friend taught themselves how to abseil from a book, a humble start to a career in the adventure/guiding industry that already spans more than 13 years, including guiding in Iceland and the USA.
From the new offices of Fearless Adventures Roché, together with local guide and renowned rock climber Branden Hair, take their clients on some of the best adventures around. With their intimate knowledge of the area, they will satisfy even the most discerning adventurer. Wilderness is ideally situated in the heart of the Garden Route making many of the best adventure spots very accessible.
Water-babies can choose from Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP), Riverboarding and Kayaking while climbers have options between Rock climbing, Abseiling and extreme Canyoning. Fearless Adventures also offers fat bike adventures and tailor-made team building packages, taking participants out of their comfort zones and into a natural and unfamiliar environment. Roché, a trained paramedic, makes safety a priority on all his adventures and have HPCSA register paramedics on standby.
When Roché is not guiding clients you’ll find him on his surfboard, his mountain bike or running a trail somewhere in the mountains. His personal goals include climbing Aconcagua, the highest peak in South America and trekking to the South Pole, both of these unsupported. He is a passionate advocate for Up with Downs and uses his adventure to spread awareness and raise funds for them.
When planning your adventure holiday to the Garden Route, choose Fearless Adventures. They not only have your best interest and your safety at heart, they also offer you the best canyoning experience in South Africa as well as the highest abseil in the Garden Route – a 75m descent down Kaaimans available exclusively to Fearless Adventures.
The newly opened Palms Garden Square is in Owen Grant Street, Wilderness village center (opposite the Wilderness Hotel). Previously the Palms Wilderness Retreat Guest House, this stunning property now houses several boutique shops, an art gallery, a restaurant, a micro-brewery, a health emporium & spa plus a kiddie’s play area. With its unique ambiance this historical (and dog friendly) property with its lush gardens, koi pond and water features is promising to become ‘the place to be’ in Wilderness.
You will find ‘The Info & Booking Hub’ of Hello Garden Route & Fearless Adventures at Shop # 8.
They are open:
Monday – Friday from 09:00 – 17:00
Closed on Saturdays
Sunday from 09:00 to 15:00
You can contact Hello Garden Route on 044 877 0452 or 073 060 3664 (Carene)
Find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HelloGardenRoute/
Visit their website at hellogardenroute.com
You can contact the Fearless Adventures on 061 141 1300 (Roché)
Find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FearlessAdventuresSA/
Visit their website at www.fearlessadventures.co.za
Read more about them on TripAdvisor http://ow.ly/TDcY306VhdA
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