Last week myself and a friend did something a little different and headed into the mountains in Elgin to put our fear of heights to the test! We joined Cape Canopy Tour for one of their adrenaline filled zipline adventures and had an unforgettable experience.
Situated in the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, they’ve partnered with CapeNature to take you into a previously inaccessible and pristine part of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. Getting there takes less than an hour from Cape Town so this makes for an ideal day trip. The adventure starts with a safety briefing at the base camp and then you’re taken on a 4×4 drive up into the mountains. After a short walk through breathtaking surroundings and endless fynbos, you arrive at the first platform and slide.
Putting our nerves aside was more difficult than we imagined and for someone who has a mild fear of heights… well it was pretty scary! Each slide is an absolute thrill and mix of emotions, from being scared to death and too fearful to set off, to the high of flying through the air at top speed and arriving safely on the other side albeit a bit shaky! And then psyching yourself up for the next slide!
We had two fantastic guides who were incredibly patient with us and coached us along the way. There are 11 slides that will whisk you through the valley past waterfalls and dramatic scenery. Crossing the suspension bridge almost had me in tears but after that we took time out and had a refreshment break in the sunshine, enjoying the incredible views. With only a few slides to go, I finally got into the zone and started enjoying the thrill and rush of each one.
Our adventure ended with a rustic light lunch back at their café where we tucked into homemade pies from Peregrine Farm Stall.
If you’re wanting an adventurous day out and to experience nature in a unique way then I highly recommend you book a trip! And why not turn it into an overnight stay so that you can experience more of the Elgin magic.
Take a buff or cap (otherwise you’ll have be given a hair net to wear under your helmet. Not so good for photo opportunities!)
Take something warm, in can get chilly up in the mountains.
You’ll want to take photos so I recommend wearing something with a zip which is easily accessible so you can pop your phone in and out (or take a backpack)
Wear comfy shoes, there’s a short walk involved.
You need to book! Keep your group small.
Disclosure: My zipline adventure with Cape Canopy Tour was complimentary. As always, the opinions and thoughts herein are my own.