Zipping from one platform to another via steel cables bolted to the sides of mountains and tall trees is a unique way to experience the stunning natural scenery of Southern Africa.
With the wide variety of ziplining and canopy tours in South Africa there's sure to be one that gets your blood pumping! With safety of paramount importance, this is a fun activity for the whole family.
Choose to experience the mountains of the Drakensberg, the forests of the Tsitsikamma or the gorges of the Helderberg via a different vantage point...
Here is our round up of the best ziplining experiences in South Africa and Swaziland.
1. Zip 2000 in Sun City
Zip 2000, located at Sun City, is the world’s original extreme zip slide. From when it opened in 2004 it held the title of the world’s longest, highest and fastest zip slide for over 6 years. It is still one of the world’s longest zip slides and with an average speed of 120 km/h over two kilometres and reaching speeds up to 160km/h, one of the more extreme in the world! There is only a higher zip slide in Alaska and a longer zip slide in South America. The combination of speed, distance and varying heights above ground makes Zip 2000 an ultimate adrenaline experience for the very brave.
Best for: The ulimate adrenaline rush - this is the longest and fastest zipline in Africa!
Tel: +27 (0) 14 557 1544/ 3382
2. Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour in the Garden Route
The Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour© is a unique eco-wilderness adventure that takes place in the magnificent Tsitsikamma indigenous rainforest on the Garden Route. The first of its kind in Africa, the canopy tour involves traversing from one platform to another along a steel cable suspended up to 30 meters above the forest floor. Most platforms are located in giant Outeniqua Yellowwood trees giving you a unique vantage point over the forest canopy and a chance to view the amazing bird life up close. Professional guides provide interesting facts about the forest ecology along the route. This slide is fun for the whole family, and even 5 year olds have been known to swing solo along the slides!
Best for: Kids and first-timers
Tel: +27 (0) 42 281 1836
3. Karkloof Canopy Tour in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands
This Zipline Canopy Tour® takes you on an unforgettable adventure amongst magnificent natural surroundings in the KZN Midlands, just 1 hour 20 mins from Durban. The 2 hour tour takes place in the second largest indigenous forest in Southern Africa and consists of 8 forest ziplines ranging from 40m up to 180m long. Set high up within the forest canopy you will enjoy spectacular views of waterfalls far below you as you tap into your inner Tarzan!
Best for: Tarzan wannabe's
Tel: +27 (0) 33 330 3415
4. Drakensberg Canopy Tour in Drakensberg
The Drakensberg Canopy Tour® is a fun and safe eco-adventure for the whole family. Enjoy a unique birds-eye view of the world around you while zipping along amidst the magnificent natural beauty of the Drakensberg mountains. Tours operate whatever the weather and this zipline is sure to be an experience of a lifetime.
Best for: The spectacular setting in a World Heritage site
Tel: +27 (0) 36 468 1981 / +27 (0) 83 661 5691
5. Magoebaskloof Canopy Tour in Limpopo
Magoebaskloof Canopy Tours Zip lines will take you into a previously inaccessible realm of nature where you will slide between platforms located high within the upper level of indigenous forests and ancient mountain cliffs. Each platform is joined by a spectacular zip line, high above rushing rivers, waterfalls and the forest floor. Enjoy the tranquility of your natural surroundings while trained guides ensure the safety of each group and describing facts about the fauna, flora and ecology of the surrounding environment. Suitable for anyone between 7 and 70 this is great fun for the whole family!
Best for: Getting closer to nature
Tel: +27 (0) 83 866 1546
6. Magaliesberg Canopy Tour in Magaliesberg
Situated in the heart of the Magaliesberg Mountains, just 1½ hours drive from Gauteng, this is a unique eco-adventure that takes you on a journey through the ecology and geology of the second oldest mountain range in the world, estimated to be 2,400 million years old. 11 platforms have been constructed high against the rock faces of the spectacular Ysterhout Kloof and are joined by 10 cabled slides up to 140 metres long and in places 30 metres above the canopy floor. Zig-zag across the lines and stop at each platform to admire the expansive views. Two trained guides accompany each tour, ensuring your safety while also keeping you entertained with interesting facts about the history of the area and its protected fauna and flora.
Best for: Team building and groups
Tel: +27 (0) 14 535 0150
7. Cape Canopy Tour in Elgin
Soar with the eagles in this extreme zipline high up in the mountains behind Elgin where you can enjoy breathtaking panoramas and a 4x4 drive to the starting point - just an hour from Cape Town. Listed as the second hottest tourism experience in the world for 2015 by Lonely Planet, this is the one to beat your fear of heights!
Best for: The dizzying heights
Tel: +27 (0) 21 3000 501
8. SA Forest Adventures in Cape Town
Conveniently located right in the heart of Cape Town in the mountains above the privately owned “Silvermist Estate” in Hout Bay. This zipline is accessible from all major transport routes including the Hop-on, Hop-off City Sightseeing Cape Town Bus. There are a number of facilities including a restaurant, conference facilities and other team building options at the starting point for this Cape Town zipline - one of Africas longest and highest zipline tours.
Best for: The convenient location - right in the heart of the city
Tel: +27 (0) 83 517 3635 / +27 (0) 79 495 3987
9. Malolotja Canopy Tour in Swaziland
Experience the thrill of gliding through the forest canopy in one of the last mountain wilderness areas left in Swaziland. Set within the forested Sihlotswane gorge, adjacent to the famous Malolotja Falls, the Malolotja Canopy Tour® consists of 11 elevated forest platforms, 10 slides and a 50 metre long suspension bridge that crosses the Majolomba River. The protected Malolotja Nature Reserve contains a wide variety of mammals and birdlife including rare species such as the Forest Canary and Ground Woodpecker. The tour includes a long drive in an open game vehicle to the start of the Canopy Tour, where sightings of blesbuck, eland, impala and zebra are common.
Best for: The 50m suspension bridge
Tel: +268 2444 3048
There you have it! Our top ziplines around Southern Africa. We hope you feel inspired to head out for some vertigo tinged fun with your family and friends soon!
And of course let us know if we've left any must-do zipline tours off this list. We'd love to hear from you in the comments below...