Seeing South Africa from above - Adrenalin Addo


Essentially, think of a zipline or canopy tour as a twenty-first century foefie slide. However, it is faster, safer, longer and a lot scarier than the old wire-across-the-river-and-jump-before-you-hit-the-pole type of fun!

What, you may ask, is the difference between a canopy tour and a zipline? Well, on the basics they are very similar. There is a long steel cable that slopes from one end to the other and the adventurer, using a well-oiled pulley, rides the length of the wire while attached to the pulley by a harness. Yip, upper body strength is no longer required.

Also, in both cases, a huge amount of attention is given to safety and to the location of the cabling. The scenery in every one of the canopy tours and ziplines featured in our article is beautiful.

The big differentiator is that canopy tours are part of an international association that focus on environmental sustainability. This does not mean that other zipline operators are not environmentally aware, in fact far from it, but canopy tour operators have a very strict code of conduct that they follow. 

Canopy tours are also found in forests and, particularly in the canopy of the forest.

We have found a zipline tour in almost every part of the country. It’s now up to you to try them out. 

Adrenalin Addo

Number of Routes: 2 | Longest Route: 500m | Highest Route: 70m

Max Speed: 60 - 80km/h | Duration: 1 hour

When you think of thrilling adventure in the Eastern Cape, you cannot overlook Adrenalin Addo. Nestled in the heart of the Sundays River Valley in the Greater Addo area, Adrenalin Addo has a number of activities to get the adrenalin pumping, but it is their famous Zipline or Giant Swing that everyone must to try.

Situated halfway between Kirkwood and Port Elizabeth, Adrenalin Addo is also just 20 minutes away from Addo Elephant Park.

Rated the number one thrill in the Greater Addo area, Adrenalin Addo boasts the highest, longest and fastest Double-Zipline in South Africa, reaching heights of 70 meters, and a length of 500 meters.

You can reach the departure tower for the Zipline by taking a short raft ride along the Sundays River; just another fun activity to add to the experience. Once you disembark from the raft, it’s just a ten minute hike through the bush to the Zipline.

When you get to the top, you will find yourself standing in awe of the amazing view of the Sundays River Valley with the scent of citrus trees in the air allowing you to totally immerse yourself in the peace and tranquillity of the area - just the thing you need before taking the plunge on the Zipline!

The Adrenalin Addo Zipline is the closest way of flying without wings out there! On this hands-free Zipline, you can reach speeds of up to 60 or even 80km/h; the heavier you are, the faster you will go…

For optimum safety, the Zipline has an automated built-in brake system that was brought in from America, making sure that when you need to stop, it will be smooth and exhilarating.

Food and drinks can be bought at the Snack Deck, which offers delicious meals for amazing prices. This is the perfect place to relax at before or after your Zipline.

Adrenalin Addo also offers teambuilding activities and school packages. For more information, call 078 911 1619 or email or visit  

If you enjoyed this article and would like to know more about the other Canopy Tour adventures we reviewed, read more about Cape Canopy Tours.

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Contact Franchisee Liandé Barnard
Eastern Cape contact number 086 163 6845
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