SA Epic Tour: Falling from bridges and swinging from trees

Zipping through the treetops in the tsitsikamma

This has to have been one of the most active days of our trip so far. We woke up in Plett and set off in the morning for Bloukrans Bridge. For those of you who don’t yet know what Bloukrans Bridge is, it the place with the bravest (some might say craziest) people throw themselves from a bridge in the world’s highest bridge bungee jump.

Now, if you’re like us, who were either not able to jump or just too scared too, you can do one of the other activities. You can be zipped along on the “flying fox”, a kind of zip line which runs you from the ground on the side of the valley to the middle of the arch of the bridge. You can also opt for what we did, the bridge walk, where you trundle along the cage bridge walk-way from the ground to the middle of the bridge. Although there’s no risk in this activity, the funny feeling you get in your feet as you walk over the long grid of the bridge, looking down at the river miles away below you, makes for an extreme experience in itself.

From there we went on to the Tsitsikamma forest at Stormsriver Village. Here is where we did the canopy tree-top tour of the forest. This is such an amazing experience! You walk into the forest and are attached to harness and clipped on to a cable and whizz from the mountainside to a nearby yellow-wood or cape pear. On these trees a platform has been fitted without the use of nails (there are no nails or screws in the tree at all), it’s all held together by tension, the trees are left unharmed. The trips between the trees get longer and longer until your zipping about 100m between trees covered in lichens and birdlife with the forest floor, far, far below! Our guides were so awesome, a lot of fun and made for an incredible experience!

Check them out on their website, they do some awesome work for their community too. Your some pics on our experiences, please check out our Flickr page!

Tomorrow watch out for some info on Jeffrey’s Bay (Jay Bay)!

Our Readers Comments

  1. This looks like loads of fun!

  2. Wow guys!Thanks for sharing – thanks to your experience report – I almost feel as if I was there with you! Keep them coming!!!

  3. You guys are doing a fab job! Look’s like fun too!

  4. WOW, this look really awesome!! total awesomeness

  5. You should have done the bungy jump – it is an awesome experience!!!

  6. WOW guys,it looks so amazing,keep up the good work and really proud of you.

    get home safe.

    love kat

  7. That looks so cool – I wish I was there!

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