Well hello friends,
Last week I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with the Magaliesberg Canopy Tour team, learning about the incredible Magaliesberg biosphere while zipping above flora filled canyons and unsuccessfully learning how to brake whilst hurtling towards a menacing rock.
What To Expect
With 10 slides ranging from short, quick journeys to deep, lightning speed drops as well as a leisurely journey through the sky on the longest zipline measuring 140m. The ones that I found not so enjoyable were right at the end where you had to brake yourself if you were going too fast. Don’t worry, there is a brake at the end of the line like all the other swings have in order to stop you from imprinting your pretty face on the rocks and believe me you will flinch the first time you find yourself hurtling towards a rock (I did and there’s a video to prove it) but if you don’t slow yourself down you will find yourself doing half a backflip and then having to crawl to the other side while trying not to jam your fingers in the pulley (also something that I experienced along with an intense front wedgie 😂) Other than that, it was an amazing experience and not as scary as I thought it would be!
Who Should Zip-Line?
I think zip lining is for everyone really provided you have no serious health concerns.
There was a 6 year old on my tour and she was loving it. She did go tandem a few times with the guide on the steeper ones where you had to brake for yourself but she did absolutely amazing.
My dad who has had 3 back surgeries, has fibromyalgia and has a morphine pump implanted coped great with it all. The hardest part of it all is walking out the canyon at the end of the adventure. It’s about a 10 minute walk that starts of flat and then inclines for the last 5 minutes or so. It’s the most difficult part of the whole tour.
The Overall Experience
The guides certainly make the experience. Michael and Ishmael had us laughing for most of the tour with their quirky personalities and comedic timing. Their knowledge and interesting facts about the surrounding fauna and flora was well received.
Is My Adventure Documented?
Yes it is. Our cameraman called Khuli stayed with us for 5 out of the 10 slides before he had to leave to edit the footage. The footage is on a small usb and contains video of everyone on the tour as well as video stills. As a photographer, the quality isn’t so great in my opinion so if you’re really looking for that adventure vlog I would suggest bring along a GoPro.
Where Can I Eat/Drink?
The Magaliesberg Canopy Tour reception is situated on the grounds of the Sparkling Waters Hotel and Spa so there is a restaurant and bar area where you can relax before and after your tour. A light lunch is included in your tour package which you select before departing for your tour. The food could do with an improvement however as it was dry and lukewarm when served to us. The “restaurant” I believe is just used for the canopy tours therefore the food sits under a salamander until you arrive so I think your best bet is to stick with a toasted sandwich.
What’s It Going To Cost Me?
The tour will cost you R595.00 for a 2.5 hour tour, snacks and a light lunch.
How Do I Get There?
Even though it’s called Magaliesberg Canopy Tour it’s a lot closer to Rustenburg in a place called Buffelspoort. I suggest using the coordinates and then following the signs once you make it off the highway.
GPS Coordinates: S 25°49’51”, E 27°24’43”
Is It Worth It?
It’s 100% worth it! One for the bucket list indeed!
Make sure you keep an eye on the Magaliesberg Canopy Tour promotions page as there is some fantastic combo specials on offer!
A special thank you to everyone at Magaliesberg Canopy Tours for the opportunity to come an enjoy an afternoon with you and thanks for letting my dad tag along!
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