Adventure

#CapeCanopyTour

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.

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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.

Cape Canopy Tours - #CPTBucketList

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!

Cape Canopy Tours - #CPTBucketList

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.

#UltimateX

This is a call for all Adrenaline Junkies, Extreme Stunt Enthusiasts and Action Sports Fanatics. Ultimate X 2015 is set to take the backflips, tail whips and superman seat grabs to a whole new level as it lifts the roof off their new playground at the Grand Arena (GrandWest Casino)  this weekend – 27th and 28th February. Cape Town, are you ready for South Africa’s Premiere Action Sport Festival to blow your mind? (more…)

#CPTBucketList on #TravelChatSA

I have the privilege of co-hosting #TravelChatSA every Wednesday evening from 7pm – 8pm on the Twittersphere where 4 questions are posted every 15 minutes with a bonus question. I was lucky enough to have #CPTBucketList as the topic, enthusiasts all over South Africa took part in the conversation with fantastic suggestions with what they would like to tick off their #CPTBucketList.

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#MoonlightMass

#Moonlightmass has made riding bikes in Cape Town cool since 2012. Starting out as a social experiment, creators Daniel Graham and Elad Kirshenbaum had no idea that their initial tweet proposing the idea, would lead to up to a thousand Capetonians gathering at the Green Point Circle every full moon, for a night bike ride through the streets of the Mother City.

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#RhodesMemorial

One of my favourite places in Cape Town has to be Rhodes Memorial, located on the lower slopes of Devil’s Peak in the Table Mountain National Park. There are spectacular view points which overlook the panoramic vistas of the Mother City. On a clear day, as far as the Helderberg and Hottentots Holland Mountain range can be seen.

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#OudeboschEcoCabins

Last weekend, I had the privilege of staying in the Oudebosch eco-cabins, nestled in the Kogelberg Nature Reserve which can be found in the southern stretch of the rugged Boland Mountain Range in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom. The Kogelberg Nature Reserve is managed in compliance with the international standards set out for a biosphere reserve, therefore retaining its abundant floral wealth with minimal human disturbance. All this is a mere 100 km from the Mother City

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#SnowHunt

Our Mother City is known for her beautiful, yet temperamental weather.  Capetonians are more accustomed to the heat rather than the cold; however over the last few years Cape Town has experienced snow.  The iconic Table Mountain was covered by a powdery, white blanket of snow. Many braved the cold and made their way to the top, to experience these unusual  icy conditions.

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#KirstenboschTreeCanopyWalkway

Cape Town’s majestic Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens is celebrating their 101st birthday today. The Kirstenbosch Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway was launched in May to celebrate the 100 years of the Gardens existence. This walkway weaves in between 400 trees above the Arboretum. The panoramic views on the 130 meter long structure are exquisite. Otherwise known as the “boomslang”, it meanders amongst trees overlooking Cape Town with views of Table Mountain and the Hottentot Holland in the far distance.

Kirstenbosch View #CPTBucketList

The 5 million rand project had been planned over several years and was carefully designed so that the structure would blend in with the natural surroundings. Mark Thomas, a renowned South African architect, known for creating the “legendary treehouses” seen at Cape Town music festivals and  the inflammable structures at AfrikaBurn, was inspired by the skeletal-like appearance of a snake when designing the walkway. When on it, there is the sensation of walking through a rib cage with the rails protecting you on either side, leaving you feel safe and secure despite being 11 meters above the ground.

Kirstenbsoch #CPTBucketList

This aerial forest boardwalk is definitely worth the scenic 15 minute walk to get there; the picturesque vistas are incredible. The direction I took on the walkway led towards the Summer Concerts Venue where there is a path that leads down to the left which is worth strolling through. This fairy tale-like route meanders over and around the incredible root systems of the trees that were seen from above when on the Canopy Walk.

Kirstenbosch #CPTBucketList

The Kirstenbosch Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway is free but the admission fee to enter Kirstenbosch still applies. With the celebration of their 101st birthday today, 1 July,  free entry is given to all visitors. This is the perfect opportunity to explore Cape Town’s botanical gardens. This #CPTBucketList activity is suitable for all Capetonians. Adventures lie on our doorstep, go explore them!

#LionsHeadWalk

I knew that one of my first posts on #CPTBucketList would have to inspire my fellow Capetonians to climb Lions Head. When I saw that @CityOfCapeTown posted that there will be an InstaWalk on Monday, 16 June – I knew that it was the perfect opportunity!

A few brave members of Cape Town’s Instagramming community met at the foot of Lions Head on a cold, misty morning on Youth Day. Shortly after 7am we started the 2195 ft. journey, leading us 669 meters above sea level with the hopes seeing sunrise through the clouds at 7:49.

We made our way up the fairly steep dirt track; luckily we were still able to see the beautiful city lights through the thick mist. The track later turns into a narrow trail which circles around the mountainside before the rocky section which is a steeper climb to the top. Around half way up there is an option to climb the rock face using chains and handles or to take the contour route around. After 45 minutes of brisk walking and many #InstaMoments later we reached the top of Lions Head.

With smiles on our faces, we had reached the summit – it is hard for all Capetonians not to have a patriotic moment with having a 360 degree view of the entire peninsula, with views of Cape Town CBD, Table Bay and the Atlantic Seaboard horizon extending as far as the eye can see. Submerged in the mist, the sunrise made a late but an impressive appearance, peeking is way through the heavy clouds with the rays of sunrise cast over the Mother City.

Lions Head #CPTBucketList

In true Capetonian fashion, selfies were taken, friends were made and views were captured.  My choice of weapon for mass production is without a doubt a GoPro, Hero 3. Watch the time-lapse taken below of the mist passing over clouded Table Mountain taken by Craig Rhodes-Harrison.

The community of Instagrammers gathered at the top for a picture with an incredible backdrop of Table Mountain. The picture was taken by the talented Brendon Wainwright.

Lions Head

We then made our way down, caution had to be observed due to the slippery rocks but otherwise the descent was an easy 30 minutes to the bottom. Due to the fog bank clearing, we were able to see breathtaking views of the Twelve Apostles; Camps Bay; Sea Point and Robben Island.

Lions Head

I strongly encourage the people of Cape Town to get involved in the next #LionsHeadWalk hosted by @CityOfCapeTown. I urge you to add climbing Lions Head to your #CPTBucketList – you won’t be disappointed!