Canopy Tours – ZipLining
Cape Canopy Tour
Zipline in 300m in Elgin Valley Grabouw: Ages 5 to 75
A zipline canopy tour in the company of soaring eagles, surrounded by breath-taking Cape fynbos panoramas and mountainscapes only an hour’s drive from Cape Town by car could well be exactly what you are looking for. Thrilled zipliners who have completed the course have described it as super safe. One commented that the quality of the structure and equipment was reassuringly high and had made her fear of heights irrelevant.
Lonely Planet recently listed Cape Canopy Tour, located in the Elgin Valley near Grabouw and scaling the rugged Hottentots Holland mountains in the Cape Nature reserve of the same name, as second on the list of the world’s hottest new tourism experiences for 2015. Cape Canopy Tour was the only African attraction to make the list! It has been described by Lonely Planet as “vertigo-tinged fun” and “an exciting aerial perspective”.
Situated in the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, we have partnered with CapeNature to take you into a previously inaccessible and pristine part of this amazing World Heritage Site. Only one hour from Cape Town, we offer a fully guided adventure activity for nature enthusiasts of ages 5 to 75!
We think about the SAFETY OF OUR GUESTS from the moment we start work until the last tour of the day. Every one of our Canopy Tours has been designed and constructed by a qualified civil engineer.
Daily course checks and an annual engineering inspection are carried out as part of our RIGOROUS SAFETY PROGRAMME.
All our guides complete a comprehensive training course and are assessed for every aspect of SAFE OPERATION and INDUSTRY BEST PRACTICE before they qualify to start guiding.
We are proud to have built Africa’s FIRST EVER Canopy Tour® at Tsitsikamma in 2001.
We are the original and the first Canopy Tour® operators in Africa, and nobody comes close to matching the QUALITY AND PASSION of the team behind Canopy Tour® SA.
In an increasingly busy world with kids glued to devices and parents worrying about screen time, we believe that everyone deserves to spend more TIME OUTDOORS EXPERIENCING NATURE.
And what better way to do it than a FUN AERIAL ADVENTURE through some of the most pristine wilderness areas our country has to offer? We hope you learn something new from our knowledgeable guides and encourage you to play a greater role in CONSERVING SOUTH AFRICA’s NATURAL HABITATS.
Local guides, a World Class Experience
We BELIEVE IN EMPOWERING local communities and only select and train GUIDES FROM THE AREAS where we operate. We strive to ensure that the beautiful scenery you encounter is matched by the quality of the professional guides who accompany you on the tour. We strongly believe that eco-tourism can be A KEY DRIVER FOR SOCIO-ECONOMIC UPLIFTMENT and will always invest in our LOCAL COMMUNITIES.
We keep our tours SMALL AND PERSONAL and limit group size to a maximum of 9 people, with at least 2 guides accompanying each group. Smaller numbers ensure a more personal and authentic experience, and allow you the FREEDOM AND SPACE to prove that YES YOU CAN do this! Canopy Tours® will always strive to PUSH YOUR BOUNDARIES and take you BEYOND THE CITY LIMITS.
We Love what we do
It goes without saying that we believe that we have the best job in the world. Our office is an AERIAL PLAYGROUND of giant trees, mountains and waterfalls. It’s where we find PEACE AND EXCITEMENT in equal measure. And every day we get to share and experience it with NEW PEOPLE FROM ALL CORNERS of the world.
Let us show you why we love it. A breathtaking eco-tourism activity that not only allowed people to enter and experience the upper realm of a rainforest, but raised awareness of the plight and beauty of the world’s endangered indigenous forests.
Construction of Canopy Tours® South Africa has been done in accordance with strict civil engineering standards. Each system has been designed and built by a Canopy Tours® engineer, starting with the canopy tour in the cloud forests of Costa Rica.
Strict environmental management plans have been adhered to and the construction of South Africa’s Canopy Tours® has been carried out with the approval of the Department of Water Affairs & Forestry as well as the Department of Environmental Affairs & Tourism.
At Canopy Tours® South Africa we are proud to work closely with the communities within which we operate. Each Canopy Tour® site is located in rural areas where we have helped to uplift local communities by training locals to become guides; thereby providing a vital source of income and employment.
Your group will then be transported in an open vehicle to the start of the canopy tour.
From the moment you launch off the first platform, a new world unfolds as you slide on a steel cable across to the next viewpoint. Once you arrive at the platform we encourage you to stop for a while and enjoy the view while your guide points out interesting features or facts about the surrounding ecology.
All groups are escorted by a lead guide and safety guide at all times.
Your safety is paramount and we have strict procedures in place to ensure that you are constantly connected to either the cable or the platform. Each tour lasts between 2 – 4 hours, depending which particular Canopy Tour it is and how many people there are in your group.
Upon returning to the office you will enjoy a well-deserved meal and refreshments.
Q. Is it scary?
Many people are nervous about the prospect of their first Canopy Tour® and some are just plain scared of heights. For those who don’t think they can do it on their own, we offer a tandem tour which allows you to take in the whole experience while safely attached to a guide who controls your speed and ensures your safety. Canopy Tours are certainly not a high adrenaline activity like bungy jumping and we find that most people, even those who are slightly nervous at the start, quickly adapt to the concept and have no problem at all on the slides.
Q. Who should go on a Canopy Tour?
Canopy Tours are ideal for the nature lovers, individual thrill seeker, family getaways, group or student excursions and corporate team building events.
Q. How many people in a group?
Maximum of 9 people per group. Bookings for 10 or more people will simply be split into smaller groups that follow one behind the other along the canopy tour. Larger group bookings of up to 150 people per day for corporate and team building events are available on request.
Q. When is it open?
In general Canopy Tours depart between 8am and 3pm, but these hours are often extended upon demand at summertime. Tours can depart every 30 minutes and are conducted in most weather conditions. Please book in advance to secure your place!
Q. How long does it take?
Each tour lasts between 2 – 4 hours, depending which particular Canopy Tour it is and how many people there are in your group. Have a look at the About page on the website to understand exactly what happens on a canopy tour.
Q. What do we need to wear or bring?
You should wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe footwear. Open sandals are not suitable as they will simply fall off. Shorts or long pants are fine but mini-skirts are not. Running shoes, takkies, and veldskoene are perfect and strap-on sandals will do. Don’t forget to bring your camera as there are many excellent photo opportunities along the way. And if it looks rainy we recommend you bring a raincoat and/or change of dry clothing.
Q. How safe is it?
All the Canopy Tours® have been designed and built by a qualified civil engineer. Each group is escorted by two guides with a lead guide and safety guide monitoring your progress at all times. Your safety is paramount and we have strict procedures in place to ensure that you are constantly connected to either the cable or the platform. We use full body harnesses and all our pulleys, carabineers and other equipment carry standard safety certification ratings. All that’s left for you to worry about is having a good time!
Q. How old or fit do I need to be?
Our brochures say that anyone between 7 and 70 is welcome on the canopy tour. However the current youngest and oldest client records stand with a 4 year old and an 85 year old! The Canopy Tour® is not very physically demanding and as long as you are able to walk out of the forest over uneven ground we will probably be able to provide you with the Canopy Tour® experience. Those who do not have the ability to regulate their speed on the slides will be able to go in tandem along each cable with one of our trained guides. If you have a medical condition or disability please enquire with our office staff before booking a tour.
Q. What if I’m scared of heights?
It is quite normal to be afraid of heights. Many of our clients arrive at the canopy tour a little nervous and are often quite anxious on the first slide. The experience may even be a bit scary. But for most of you by the end of the tour these fears will have disappeared and been replaced with an immensely rewarding sense of achievement. You can even take home your own Canopy Tour completion certificate if you need to prove it to your friends!
Q. What if I weigh 150kgs?
Then your nervous guide will probably suggest you take a short stroll around the forest instead. Our recommended weight limit is in fact 120kg.
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