Our #CPTBucketList has gone to new heights – having ticked off the incredible experience of zip-lining with Cape Canopy Tours through the Hottentot Holland Mountains in the Elgin Valley.
Only an hour from Cape Town, this adventure will leave you in awe of the mountainous panoramas the Overberg has to offer. It’s not hard to believe that it placed second on Lonely Planet’s list of world’s hottest new tourism experiences for 2015 and number one on adrenaline adventure’s to do in and around the Mother City on #CPTBucketList 😉
The experience starts with smiling faces and a friendly greeting from the Cape Canopy Tour team upon arrival at the base camp. From there, we grabbed a quick hot chocolate from the in-house coffee shop before our 15 minute safety-briefing. We then geared up – the team even had GoPro mounted helmets for us enthusiasts! Organised much? Wow – I was taken aback at how well prepared the Cape Canopy Tour is!
We then hopped into the open-top Land Cruiser where we ascended further into the mountains of the picturesque country side. The rough and rocky climb took us roughly 30 minutes and the vistas only seemed to get better and better as we rose above the incredible fynbos-filled Overberg Valley.
After a brisk walk to the first cliff-side platform, we had another short briefing before it was time to #FlyAirNature, getting a real eagle-eye’s view of the Hottentot Mountains. One of guides went ahead to receive us on the other side whilst the other stayed behind to attach our harness and safety cables to the steel zip-line. This girl loves thrilling adventures so I was in my happy place as the adrenaline built before my turn.
Being in good hands, fully secured and suspended a couple hundred metres above the valley floor led to nothing but excitement and exhilaration as we zoomed from one escarpment to the next. The feeling of weightlessness, the air filling my ears and the ability to control speed through the padded glove made for one incredible adventure!
There are a total of 13 elevated platforms, 11 zip-lines and the most spectacular suspended bridge which overlooks two gushing waterfalls which flow heavily in the rainy season. Adventurers in the winter months are sometimes even lucky enough to zip-line from one snow-capped mountain to the next! Where else in South Africa would you be lucky enough to experience such icy adventures? Pretty cool – I’d say!
Some of the zip-lines are over 300 metres long, leaving more than enough time to appreciate the breath-taking views. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and informative about the area – having lived in the Vuurberg region their whole life. Jerry, our safety guide, even spent 12 months building the zip-lines, as a part of the construction team. He truly does knows the ins and outs, ups and downs like no other.
Upon completing the zip-lining course, we met up with the Land Cruiser again and promptly made our way back down to base camp. On arrival, there was fresh fruit juice and possibly the most delicious homemade springbok pie, accompanied by two salads.
The Cape Canopy Tour exceeded all expectations and the combination of the magnificent views and adrenaline fuelled zip-lining really made for mind-blowing memories. I was thoroughly impressed with how professional and well-organised every aspect of the tour was. With safety a top priority at all times, the team were jacked-up, informative and a made a concerted effort to ensure that the best possible time was had. Hanging around with Cape Canopy Tour proves to be special all-year-round with each season being special and unique from the next.
On that note, for all you winter #CPTBucketList adventurers, our friends at Cape Canopy Tours are currently hosting an awesome winter special where you pay for three and the fourth flies for free. Rumour has it that some snow is on the way so book now so you can catch if before the amazing offer melts away.
To give you a better idea of the experience we had, check out the video Craig Rhodes-Harrison and I made of our Cape Canopy Tour adventure.