Canopy Tours South Africa & Swaziland

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Canopy Tours in South Africa and Swaziland
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Who would have thought soaring from platform to platform attached with a harness and steel cables, overlooking pristine rivers and indigenous forests, which were previously inaccessible to humans, will be possible in the year 2000. Well, it is now and it is probably one of the best ways to have a birds eye view of these natural areas. These Canopy Tours have trained and knowledgeable guides that assist you throughout the tour.

Canopy tours are classified as an Eco-Adventure activity due to the very low impact on the environment which can also be used as a Team building event or a tourist day out who feels the urge to get closer to nature.

Canopy-Tour1The History
Canopy Tours originated in Costa Rica where adventurous biologists needed to study the upper diversity of the forests to gather specimens. They then constructed platforms and cables assisting them to explore and gather information about the previously inaccessible ecosystem. Not too long after this, Canopy Tours as we know them today was developed.

Description of South Africa & Swaziland’s Canopy Tours
The first Canopy Tour in South Africa was built or rather started operating in October 2001.  1. Storms River Adventures in Tsitsikamma , Eastern Cape –  “The area is covered in large tracts of indigenous forest, commercial plantation and Fynbos. Deep river gorges cleft the plateau as they make their way down to the sea, creating spectacular waterfalls and deep kloofs.” http://www.stormsriver.com

2. Magaliesberg Canopy Tour near Rustenburg in the North West Province –  “The Magaliesberg range is home to a wide variety of plant, bird and animal life. With some luck you may spot a Duiker or a shy Klipspringer jumping from rock to rock. Look up and you are likely to spot our breading pair of Black Eagles circling above. Rock Rabbits (Dassies) are abundant and, depending on the time of day, they may be running around playfully or lazing in the sun on an exposed rock. Bring your cameras along as you will find yourself in natural surrounds that you have never or seldom before experienced.” http://www.magaliescanopytour.co.za

3. Magoebaskloof Canopy Tour near Haenertsburg in Limpopo near a beautiful quaint little village in the mountains. – “Travel over thirteen platforms individually designed and built overlooking the spectacular Groot Letaba River. Journey through the ecology and geology of one of the most spectacular waterfall gorges in the province. The Letaba River gorge is home to a wide variety of plant, animal and bird life – watch out for the Giant Kingfisher.” http://www.magoebaskloofcanopytour.co.za

Karkloof Canopy Tour4. Karkloof Canopy tours located in the Karkloof Forest Reserve in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands – “The tour comprises nine platforms and eight slides that zig-zag down a pristine forested valley. The scenery and bird life is spectacular with a magnificent 20m waterfall, a clear sparkling forest stream sliding across the expansive Karkloof valley far below. The guides enthusiastically explain the ecology of the forest – pointing out different trees and the magnificent giant ferns. The bird life is incredible. This includes the opportunity of spotting Emerald Cuckoos, Knysna Loeries, a wide variety of raptors and if you are lucky, the elusive Narina Trogon or endangered Cape Parrots. The forest is also home to a variety of mammals, but it is the loud calls and fearsome tree swinging of the Samango monkeys that you will remember best.” http://www.karkloofcanopytour.co.za

5. Drakensberg Canopy Tour situated opposite Drakensberg Sun in the Central Drakensberg – “The Canopy Tour are located in the Blue Grotto Forest. Led by trained guides, as you glide between platforms perched in trees and on cliff faces, allow your senses to flood with the timeless atmosphere of the forest. The inspiring nature of the majestic Drakensberg, the ancient indigenous forest, waterfalls and the cascading stream make this an opportunity not to be missed.” http://www.drakensbergcanopytour.co.za

6. Malolotja Canopy Tour in Swaziland – Malolotja Canopy Tour are the first official of this sort in Swaziland. “Set within the forested Sihlotswane gorge, adjacent to the famous Malolotja Falls, the Malolotja Canopy Tour® consists of 11 elevated forest platforms, 10 slides and a 50 metre long suspension bridge that crosses the Majolomba River. The protected Malolotja Nature Reserve contains a wide variety of mammals and bird life including rare species such as the Forest Canary and Ground Woodpecker. The tour includes a long drive in an open game vehicle to the start of the Canopy Tour, where sightings of Blesbuck, Eland, Impala and Zebra are common.” http://www.malolotjacanopytour.com

To read more about these canopy tours in South Africa visit – http://www.canopytour.co.za/

Article By: Reinardt Gilfillan

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