Hans, Robyn and I were super excited to take part in this canopy tour, to get harnessed up and enjoy the views and the adrenalin rush during this 2 hour tour.
We were taken to the very official looking briefing area along with three other adventure-seekers to be introduced to our guides and given the low-down on how long the tour would take, what equipment we’d be given, how to handle ourselves during each zip-line section, etc. Once the briefing was finished we were kitted up. I managed to get a very enthusiastic guide that, while tightening and securing the harness over my torso, lost his grip and connected his fist to my left cheek bone. It was hard enough for me to see stars but luckily soft enough that there was no swelling or a black eye later.
Once we were all kitted out and harnessed up (which added what felt like another 20kgs!) we walked down what seemed like a million steep steps to the first zip-line point. By the time we got here my legs were shaking from the extra weight and the nervous excitement of the adventure to come.
The canopy tour seemed to be over in a flash even though we passed through thirteen platforms. But I suppose time flies when you’re having fun!
Since what goes down must come up, we had to trek up another million steps from the last zip-line platform to the same level as the main reception building. Going down the steps was a lot easier than going up! It took all the remaining adrenalin energy to keep me putting one foot in front of the other! It was so hectic that I had stiff calf and thigh muscles for THREE days after the adventure. But I would totally do it all over again, and since we each got a “frequent flyer” card that allows us a discount on our next tour, I plan to do another zip-lining adventure at the Magaliesberg Canopy Tour and rope in Hans and Robyn.
This was one of the things on my list to do this year. See what else I’ve got up to or what I plan to get up to over here!