Did you know?
The Blue Grotto forest shelters over 150 species of birds including the uncommon Bush Blackcap.
The Drakensberg Canopy Tour is South Africa's fifth treetop tour, and the second KwaZulu-Natal canopy tour (the other is in the Karkloof forest in the Midlands).
It's the longest in the Canopy Tour franchise, and an exciting activity in the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg, an area well known for its walks, hikes, outdoor pursuits and stunning mountain scenery.
The tour takes place in the indigenous Blue Grotto forest located on the property of the Drakensberg Sun Lifestyle Resort in the Central Drakensberg's Cathkin Valley. Comprising 12 slides that zigzag above, below and even through the indigenous forest canopy, it's a breezy escapade for thrill-seekers aged seven to 70.
The tour's first slide – aptly named the Rabbit Hole – eases you into the activity via a short, easy ride. When you experience your first swift charge down the reinforced steel cable (capable of taking the weight of a small car) you'll be literally and metaphorically hooked.
From then on it's approximately three hours of sliding from platform to platform, whooping delightedly, yelling encouragement to your fellow speedsters, and pausing only to admire the lush beauty of the valley's waterfall, yellowwood, red pear, pink-foliaged Cape chestnut trees, and a variety of birdlife.
Every slide and platform on this treetop tour provides a different view and experience, from slide four, perched like an eagle's eyrie 60m above the forest floor, to slide five, a full-throttle 170m-long speedway.
You're never unharnessed at any point on the tour, and always under supervision by trained, qualified guides, so just relax and enjoy the ride. If you're nervous or afraid of heights, a guide will tandem slide with you. Your tour includes the option of a professional video and photos of your adventure, which will make you the envy of friends and family.