On the last day of our Easter Holiday, we drove to the Tsitsikama forest, where we were booked to partake in a Canopy Tour at 12:30 noon. We had some time to kill on the way, so we stopped off at the Bloukrans bridge to watch in awe as brave people took the plunge to do the world’s highest commercial bungee jump. I’m not completely averse to thrill-seeking, adrenalin pumping adventures, but bungee jumping has that tug when you reach the lowest point, which really freaks me out. Maybe I am a bit of a sissy, so…
When we arrived at the Tsitsikama Forest, we parked in front of the departure point for the canopy tour and sat down at one of the nearby restaurants to have lunch. Lunch was good (old-fashioned fish n’ chips), but we somewhat regretted it, because we were served sandwiches when we returned from the tour.
At 12:30, we were introduced to our tour guide, who had us watch a safety video, sign indemnity forms and then assisted us in wearing our safety gear. Once we were all kitted-up, he led us to a safari vehicle, in which we travelled for about 10 minutes to the starting point of the tour.
What the Canopy Tour involves, is starting on one elevated platform and sliding to the next, while you are attached to a cable. What I really enjoyed about this tour was that it gave me an intense adrenalin rush, but I also felt incredibly safe. You are attached to 2 cables for all of the time, except when you switch from one platform to the next. Even then, you are attached to one cable.
I really enjoyed learning about the different flora in the forest and looking at the plants from up above. I was also pleased to discover that in the setting up of the platforms and preparations for the tour, none of the trees were damaged. There were ten slides and I believe I screamed really loud on 3 of them ;)
Please excuse the poor quality of my pictures. I forgot to carry my camera along on this holiday, so I used a mobile phone for all of my pictures in this series of blog posts, and you can really tell with this one.