May 15, 2017

Book a zipline tour for your next adventure and discover South Africa’s natural beauty from a unique point of view. It’s the ideal activity for friends, family and team building, whether you are 7 or 70 years old!

South Africa's forests and mountains are breath-taking natural wonders. The verdant beauty of the Tsitsikamma indigenous rainforest and craggy majesty of the Drakensberg can be overwhelming. Looking up at the towering trees and looming mountains and knowing that you are part of the same natural world is an empowering experience. It can also be a pain in the neck, as most trees and mountains are considerably taller than the average person.

Fortunately there is always another way to look things. Ziplining, developed by biologists in the Costa Rican rainforest, provides a unique view of the natural world around you. Moving between observation platforms on steel cables bolted into trees and cliffs is an entirely different experience.

The diversity of South Africa's animal and plant life is reflected in the range of zipline tours available to the intrepid explorer. Experience the majesty of the Drakensberg mountains, get an eagle's-eye view of the Magaliesberg cliffs in North West, or explore the waterfall gorges of the Groot Letaba River at Magoebaskloof in Limpopo. In the Western Cape you can explore a variety of locations including the Hottentots Holland Mountains, Caledon and Hermanus.

7 Ziplines to try in South Africa

1. Magoebaskloof Canopy Tour 

Why go? Letaba River 

Where: Georges Valley, Limpopo.

Cost: R550 p/p

Magoebaskloof Canopy Tour

2. Magaliesberg Canopy Tour 

Where: Magaliesberg Mountains, Gauteng

Cost: R595 p/p

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3. Caledon Zipline Tour with SA Forest Adventures

Where: Caledon, Western Cape

Cost: R450 p/p

4. Hermanus Tree Top Zipline Tour

Where: Hermanus, Western Cape 

Cost: R450 p/p

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5. Cape Canopy Tour

Where: Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, Western Cape 

Cost: R695 p/p

Cape Canopy Tour

6. Drakensberg Canopy Tour

Where: Drakensberg, Close to Drakensberg Sun Resort, Kwazulu-Natal. 

Cost: R595 p/p

Drakensberg Canopy Tour

7. Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour

Where: Storms River, Eastern Cape.

Cost: R595 p/p

Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour 

What to wear on a zipline adventure?

Gliding through mountain gorges and above forests you will be exposed to the sublime beauty of the natural world and to the mercies of the natural elements. But you don't need to let the wind and cold keep you on the ground. Dressing appropriately for your ziplining adventure will let you get the most out of the experience.

For men, we recommend keeping cool in the rugged V-Lite Wild-Life I boot and the Dron technical jacket. For women, the Badwater Women's shoe and Lady Drin microfleece combine comfort and style while protecting you from wind chill.

The V-Lite Wild-Life I boot is comfortable and lightweight while still being tough enough to handle anything the outdoors can throw at you. Features include XLR8>>> impact-absorbing midsoles, the i-shield protective layer which repels water and dirt, and MD-Traction outsoles for durability and grip.

The Dron jacket is perfect for keeping you comfortable while zipping through the air. When you don't want to wear your ultra-stylish piece of technical gear, it packs away into its own pocket, making it easy to store.

The Badwater Women's shoe provides the ideal combination of light weight and rugged construction for outdoor leisure pursuits. With an ultra-breathable technical mesh upper, dual density midsole, and deep lug outsole, you'll keep your footing in any conditions.

The Lady Drin long-sleeve top offers lightweight fleece construction to keep the wind off you and keep you warm in chillier conditions.


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