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in the trees at tsitsikamma
on the garden route

Ziplining at Tsitsikamma

Hooked to the trees at Tsitsikamma

South Africa has no shortage of adrenaline activities.  If you want to dive off the highest bridge in the world or swim in frigid waters with sharks and whales, you can.  We did a bit of scuba diving in Sodwana Bay, but didn't see much in the very murky, turbulent waters, and I'm not a huge fan of bridges anyhow.  So, we opted for canopy swinging at Tsitsikamma.  It was a wonderful day amidst the trees.


Gorge near Tsitsikamma

Yellow flowers

Yellow flowers near Tsitsikamma

Bark from tree

Bark scraped by elephant at Tsitsikamma

Canopy lines at Tsitsikamma

Canopy swinging lines

Tsitsikamma tree Tsitsikamma tree
Canopy lines Swinging down lines at Tsitsikamma

Trees and swinging down the tree

Purple flowers at Tsitsikamma

Purple flowers

Me canopy swinging

Me filming while swinging


We went on the canopy tour with Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours at Storms River.  Personally, we found it on the mild side of adventure activities --- especially compared to canyon swinging and ATV riding --- but still a lot of fun.  It's quite easy to do and you don't need particularly great fitness, meaning that it's an excellent adventure for children. 

08/04/2011 20:16
Lakshmi Sankar
Great picture, Akila, of you swinging!! Love, Mom
08/05/2011 08:15
How much fun! I've done this now in Cuba and Mexico and each time I enjoy it more and more.
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08/07/2011 07:24
Andi, It was our first time doing it and we LOVED it! I can't wait to do it again elsewhere in the world.
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08/05/2011 11:25
I'm impressed that you filmed while on the ropes! I'd be scared of dropping the camera or falling to my death. One might be worse than the other, but I won't say which.
08/07/2011 07:26
Christy, They hooked the video camera to my belt buckle and I kept a solid grip on it with one hand and used my other to swing. You're hooked onto the ropes quite securely so I don't think there's much of a chance of either the camera or you falling!
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08/05/2011 17:25
I can't believe you're shooting while swining -- I always hold on for dear life!
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08/07/2011 07:28
I'm either suffering from insanity or too much interest in vlogging/blogging! Then again, the two might not be all that far from each other.
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08/06/2011 01:25
I wouild love to see the video of this. Where can we find it?
08/07/2011 15:44
I've done ziplining in (I think) five different countries now, but I REALLY wanted to do this one while in ZA last year. I think it's supposed to be one of the longest in the world?

Also, I've taken my camera on pretty much every zip I've done, so you're not alone!
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08/09/2011 09:22
It is supposed to be one of the longest in the world and I think that the one we went on said it had some of the longest foofi slides (?). Either way, it was fun!
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