A Journey through the Treetops

A Journey through the Treetops

by Julia Amaral

Looking to add a dash of excitement to your Midlands Meander visit. Look no further than a canopy tour zip line at Karkloof Canopy Tour!

Karkloof Canopy Tour is a thrilling two-hour activity that allows participants to traverse through the spectacular valley of the mistbelt podocarpus Karkloof Forest Reserve, using a series of zip lines and platforms, with experienced and friendly guides.

I was thrilled when I got the opportunity to join a group that had come out from the UK on holiday, to experience a new way of exploring nature’s wonders from a unique perspective. From the moment I arrived, my adrenaline was pumping, but being greeted by such friendly and confident staff, Daniel and Noku, “who have earned their wings”, I was immediately put at ease.

Don’t worry if you’re new to zip lining or have never tried any adventure activity before. Karkloof Canopy Tour has been in existence for 20 years and is designed to be accessible to participants of varying ages and fitness levels, from as young at 6 years old all the way to 80+ years can enjoy this experience.

Safety is of the utmost importance, with all groups escorted by a lead guide and safety guide. Before we embarked up the steep hill for our zip line journey, the trained guides took us through a comprehensive safety instruction talk and equipped us with the necessary gear, suitable for all shapes and sizes, which included helmets, gloves, and harnesses. The expertise of our two guides was incredible, they made us feel confident and safe, allowing us to enjoy the adventure to the fullest.

The first platform was in sight, and we knew we had reached our destination. There was no turning back now. Each platform is uniquely named, from the Rabbit Hole and Last Chance, at the beginning, to Waterfall and Squeeze towards the end, you will enjoy the appropriateness of each name as the guide comically talks you through the story behind each platform. Once again, our guides took us through a rigorous safety instruction briefing and explained how the different cables work and where to place our hands, and after much debating as to whom was the bravest to go first, we were off in full swing. Suspended as high as 35m above the ground, we glided effortlessly along steel cables, zipping from platform one all the way to platform 12, granting us a bird’s-eye view of the stunning surroundings of the mistbelt Podocarpus Karkloof Forest Reserve. If you’re an adventure enthusiast seeking an adrenaline rush, Karkloof Canopy Tour won’t disappoint. The sheer excitement of launching yourself into the air and gliding through the forest reserve at high speeds is an unmatched sensation. The 10 zip-line slides span to a considerable distance of 200m, allowing you to reach thrilling velocities and experience an adrenaline surge that will leave you buzzing with excitement.

One of the most remarkable aspects of the experience was the opportunity it provided me to immerse myself in the beauty of nature. As I soared through the treetops, I witnessed breathtaking vistas, dense foliage, incredible birdlife, and part of the beautiful Karkloof waterfall. It’s an awe-inspiring experience that not only gets your heart racing but also leaves you with a profound appreciation for the wonders of the natural world.

I was very impressed by the emphasises that Karkloof Canopy Tour places on environmental conservation and sustainability of their area. When you land on each different platform there are educational information signs providing valuable insights into the local ecosystem and the importance of preserving it. The guides impart their knowledge of the eco-friendly practices they follow, which makes you realise that by participating in the canopy tour, you’re not only indulging in an adventure but also contributing to the protection of the natural environment.

Beyond the adrenaline and the stunning views, Karkloof Canopy Tour is an activity that creates lasting memories. It’s an experience that pushes you out of your comfort zone, fostering a sense of accomplishment and empowerment. The thrill of conquering your fears and embracing the unknown will leave an indelible mark, ensuring that you reminisce about your canopy tour for years to come.

Karkloof Canopy Tour is a captivating adventure that combines heart-pounding thrills, breathtaking scenery, and an immersive experience in nature. It offers an opportunity to break free from the ordinary and step into a world where excitement and awe converge. So, if you’re seeking a memorable outdoor adventure that pushes your limits and allows you to connect with nature in a unique way, be sure to add the Karkloof Canopy Tour to your bucket list. Get ready to soar through the treetops and create memories that will stay with you forever! #FlyAirNature