I have driven past the entrance to the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve multiple times, as it sits conveniently close to Elgin, Franschhoek and Theewaters Dam, but sheepishly I have to admit that I had never been into the reserve itself. That was until I got invited to the opening of the Cape Canopy Tour.
You may have heard of, or even had the change to experience, the “foofie-slide” experience amongst the trees at Tsitsikamma, the Drakensberg or Karkloof and now the same experience is available just an hour or so out of Cape Town.
The canopy tour is constructed in such a way that it has no environmental impact on the environment and so allows you to appreciate a lesser known part of the Cape from an utterly unique vantage point. A 4×4 vehicle took us to the top of the mountains from where we began our descend on the eleven slides.
The slides take you between seemingly floating platforms nestled on the fynbos covered rock-faces at the top of the breathtaking Riviersondered George in the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve.
We arrived at the canopy tour the day after a serious rain storm in Cape Town, meaning that as we glided from platform to platform we discovered a myriad of little waterfalls that had popped up overnight. A bouncy suspension bridge also took us over a coffee-coloured waterfall about mid-way through the tour, after which we were treated to some hot chocolate and biscuits – a welcome reprieve from the chilly wind at the top of those mountains.
Its as close as one could come to flying and I couldn’t think of a more beautiful place from which to take off.
The Cape Canopy Tour is open to guests from just 5 years of age (small children will slide in tandem with a guide) and costs R595 per person, including a light lunch, while guests with a Wild Card receive a R40 discount.