Seeing South Africa from above - Karkloof Canopy Tour


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. 

Karkloof Canopy Tour

Number of Slides: 10 | Longest Slide: 200m

Highest Slide: 35m | Max Speed: Varies person to person

Duration: 2 hours

Want to get the kids off the sofa and out into the fresh air, where they can enjoy some fun outdoor time surrounded by nature? Then why not try ziplining? Ziplining is a thrilling experience and is good, wholesome entertainment for the whole family.

The perfect spot for family ziplining is definitely the Karkloof Canopy Tour, located in the beautiful, Karkloof Forest in KwaZulu Natal. The forest, which is the second largest indigenous forest in Southern Africa, is home to the endangered Samango monkey as well as the elusive Narina Trogon, an exotic green, red and blue feathered bird. The forest itself is a haven for nature lovers and the perfect spot for an adventure zipline tour.

At Karkloof guests can enjoy a unique experience of ziplining through misty and sometimes rainy forest canopies. The Karkloof tour is well-known for its fast slides and its longest slide, which is 200 metres long, one of the longest forest slides in the world. With this zipline tour, guests can experience the forest from below, under its lush, green canopy or from above, where you can view the vastness of the forest.

Karkloof canopy tour takes nature conservation very seriously and promotes conservation of natural habitats in South Africa. The guides are also very knowledgeable and love their job. Small groups of up to a maximum of nine people are taken on the forest tour at one time, as this ensures that the zipline experience is authentic and personalised. Karkloof also offers team building tours for companies who want their staff to have a unique team building experience.

For an unforgettable adventure ziplining through a dense unspoilt forest with lush green trees, contact Karkloof Canopy Tours on 076 241 2888 or 033 330 3415 or visit:

If you enjoyed this article and would like to know more about the other Canopy Tour adventures we reviewed, read more about Lake Eland Zip Line Tours

Contact Franchisee Alison Kirk
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