Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Treetops Canopy Tour

The Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour in Storms River on the Garden Route is a must do for any mild to wild adventurer. It became the first canopy tour in Africa and only the second in the world after a similar experience in Costa Rica. The whole experience takes place up to 30 meters above the ground in the canopy of what includes Outeniqua Yellowwood trees of up to 700 years old.
The whole experience is conducted with utmost safety in mind. A safety briefing was done before we were all kitted out in our harnesses. A short trip on the back of a Landrover took us to first platform and the start of our 10 slides. The worst past for me as somebody with a fear of heights was stepping off the first platform, but once you let go you realise that the exhilaration is far better than the fear. On each of the platforms the guides were telling us about the ecology of the forest as we stood preparing for the next slide. A plus was that one of our guides was a former Miss Tsitsikamma.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Firefly.
The experience was absolutely awesome and I can recommend it to anybody travelling down the Tsitsikamma.

6 comments:

  1. Elaine's boyfriend did that too - said "it was awesome"!
    Enjoyed looking at your photos which I missed while we were away in the Cape. Things to remember when we eventually get there!!

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  2. I like my feet planted firmly on the ground...I'll be the photographer, but you wont catch me ( told you I was a girl ) up there....*giggle*

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  3. What a dummy I was to blow this off. I got cheap and figured I didn't have the time. But it sure looks fun and I Will do it next time.
    You did good for having a fear of heights.
    That whole area around Storms River and the Tsitsikamma NP deserves lots of time to explore.

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  4. I have to do this the next time I am in that area Jonker. It looks like great fun. :)

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  5. Oh my word! Now that looks like a whole lot of fun! Pretty brave though - I know P would NEVER do it as he hates heights!

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  6. Oh how wonderful to be all the way up there!!! Very brave of you though ... me? scared of heights .. .well I think so anyway!!! hehe!
    Gena @ thinking Aloud

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