The Karkloof is a stunning area in the north of the Natal Midlands, filled with mist-belt grasslands, wetlands and huge tracts of mist-belt forest. What better way to experience this incredible place than by zip-lining through the dense forest canopy, soaking up amazing views over the Midlands?
The concept of a canopy tour was developed in Costa Rica when biologists needed to research the animals in the upper canopies of the forests. They built a system of pulleys and cables to move between the trees with ease. The biologists had so much fun zipping around in the air that it evolved into the popular tourist adventure today.
The Karkloof Canopy Tour is part of Canopy Tours South Africa which was started by an engineer who worked on the zip-lines in Costa Rica. In 2001 the first canopy tour in Africa opened in the Tsitsikama forest in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. The Karkloof canopy tour opened in 2004.
The Karkloof Canopy tour offers 10 breathtaking zip-lines of varying length, the longest slide is 200m long. There are 12 platforms offering many views of the surrounding beauty and the guides can point out the local trees and animals along the way. The entire tour takes around 2 hours and is suitable for ages from 5 to 80+. Light refreshments are served during the trip and the tour includes a breakfast or lunch when you arrive back at the start.
For any tourist interested in ethical travel as well as adrenaline inducing activities then the Karfloof canopy tours is perfect. Strict environmental impact studies are made before any construction to ensure that the environment is not harmed. Local communities are brought on board, hiring locals as guides, so money is going back to the right places. Safety is also a top priority and any visitors are well looked after.
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