Hip Zip Hooray for Canopy Tours

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We had our end-of-year office party yesterday, and, being CapeTownMagazine.com, we obviously weren’t going to do the usual drink wine, eat and be merry kind of thing. No, instead, we woke up at 5:30am and drove off to Elgin for a bit of early morning ziplining across seriously high cliffs – just the usual Wednesday really.

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We went with Cape Canopy Tours and had an absolute blast zipping from platform to platform. You wear a safety harness and get hooked up to a cable stretching between the two decks with three different cables, so you feel very safe. You just need to know how to ‘love your glove’ – it takes a little while to get used to breaking with your hand (which is encased in a thick glove), but once you’ve got the hang of that, it’s easy!

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The mountain views are absolutely spectacular – there’s fynbos everywhere hiding small pools and waterfalls sporting amber-coloured water. When you’re speeding along, you really do feel like you’re flying – the air rushes into your face, and on the fastest wire it’s possible to reach close to 60km/h.

I loved every minute of it, and, although I secretly judged a rather gormless-looking man ahead of our group who yelled freedom as he rushed along the wire, I kind of felt the same. The quietness and solitude of the mountains makes you feel isolated from the city, and the beauty of the area is refreshing.

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The guides were remarkably patient with us, and made us feel comfortable and safe at all times. They had great senses of humour and were very knowledgeable so it was a pleasure to chat to them about the area and fauna and flora occupying it. After we’d completed all 13 of the zig-zagging wires (the last zipline is the longest at 330m), we had a short hike back to the car and then drove back to the main headquarters for a delicious braai and some homemade (and seriously competitive) Thirty Seconds. It was a wonderful morning and afternoon out and something I’d like to do again one day.

 

 

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