But the one we did was the Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour, about a 2-hour drive from Wilderness, where we recently spent a long weekend.
Will you just look at that flimsy platform, and how high it is off the ground? I'm telling you, I was a nervous wreck. However, the professionalism with which the tour was conducted did inspire some level of trust.
There was always a guide on the platform you departed from as well as on the next one you were heading to. When you got there, the first order of business was to unclip you from the zipline and hook you onto a steel rope that was wound around the tree, so that you were hooked into something at all times. Still, it looked like a long way down from there! Oddly enough, I only get jittery when I'm standing on something tall. When I'm hanging from a rope and swinging in space, I don't mind.
We spent a lot of time being briefed on where to put our hands. You get these leather gloves, one of them with a big extra flap for additional padding. That's the one you break with, by pressing down on the rope. But NOT IN FRONT OF THE PULLEY! Yes, I can see how that would be a problem.
|Our romantic weekend for two turned into an adrenalin-fest for eight!|
And it wouldn't have been a truly African experience if we didn't have to ride at least briefly in a game drive vehicle, or rather bounce up and down in one during the short ride to our first tree.
Sunshine always stretched her arms and legs full out every time, making me extra nervous, although of course the pulley is what holds you up, and there is also a safety cord. But since she is so small, Sunshine didn't need to use her hands to break - she already came up short as it was and had to be pulled up to the platform.
|I had no choice but to trust this construction|
|Yep, that's me happy to be moving along like a sack of flour|
|Ready to launch...|
But little did I know how benign a measly platform in a tree is compared to the Bloukrans Bungy Bridge. Stay tuned!