5 September 2010 by Roy Barford

Karkloof Canopy Tours: Travel through the trees

There are several ways of exploring a forest, but I would say it is hard to find a more interesting method that zip-lining through the trees and enjoying a birds-eye view of surrounds as you whizz through the air at speed.

At Karkloof Canopy Tours in the lush KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, groups of explorers can do just that. It’s a great 2-3 hour adventure for a group of mates, which includes some fantastic scenery, including a 20-metre waterfall, as well as a bit of adrenalin in certain sections.

You get harnessed to the zip line and control your speed by using your hand as a break. Instructors deliver a thorough briefing beforehand and are on hand throughout the tour to adjust equipment and ensure that all safety procedures are correctly followed.

It’s a great 2-3 hour adventure for a group of mates, which includes some fantastic scenery, including a 20-metre waterfall, as well as a bit of adrenalin in certain sections.

There are 8 different stages of the tour, the first of which is a rapid 170m descent that is a great icebreaker for anyone who is wary of heights, such as myself. The rest of the journey is largely relaxing, with plenty of time spent on wooden platforms, surveying the surrounds while the guides adjust equipment.

The tour lasts a few hours and lunch is provided afterward. Up to 7 people can be included per group and the cost is R450 per person. The tour is deemed suitable for anyone aged between 7 and 70.

For more information, phone Karkloof Canopy Tours on +27 (033) 3303415.

From Durban, take the N3 to Howick and then follow signs to the Karkloof Canopy Tours, which is just beyond the Umgeni Nature Reserve. The scenic drive takes around 2 hours.

Category: Adventure

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