Hip Zip Hooray for Canopy Tours


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.


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!


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.


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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