The Karkloof Canopy Tour Overview
The Karkloof canopy tour Howick involves traversing from one platform to another along a steel cable suspended up to 30m above the woods floor.
Safety is paramount, and the Karkloof Canopy Tour® uses state of the art climbing and security equipment. Concept to completion has seen eight months of ducking vines, climbing large trees and carrying bulky cables through the forest.
The Karkloof Canopy Tour is a unique eco-experience that takes people on a 3-hr adventure through the magnificent Karkloof indigenous forest.
The tour comprises seven platforms and eight slides that zig-zag down a pristine forested valley. The scenery and birdlife are spectacular and professional guides provide interesting facts about the forest ecology during the tour. The tour begins with a detailed safety briefing followed by a 'kitting up' session where full-body harness, pulleys and climbing equipment is put on and safety-checked. A short scenic drive to the top of the Karkloof Valley and it is time to monkey around.
From the start, on the launch platform, a new world unfolds as one gently glides on a steel cable to the first platform. All groups are escorted through the forest canopy by a lead guide and a follow guide to ensure your safety as you slide from tree to tree. The platforms are built high up in the forest canopy, and all offer different views of the surrounding forest, a magnificent 20m waterfall, clear sparkling forest stream and across the expansive Karkloof valley far below.
This includes the opportunity of spotting Emerald Cuckoos, Knysna Loeries, a wide variety of raptors and if you are lucky, the elusive Narina Trogon or endangered Cape Parrots. The forest is also home to a variety of mammals, but it is the loud calls and fearsome tree swinging of the Saramago monkeys that you will remember best.
The Karkloof Canopy Tour® consists of seven platforms and eight 'foes' slides, the longest of which is over 170m! A tour lasts approximately three hours, is suitable for most people between the ages of seven and seventy and includes a delicious Midlands meal served once your group is safely back on the ground.
The Karkloof Canopy Tour:
- Canopy tour lasts between 2 - 2.5 hours
- 4 x 4 trip to the first platform
- Guides - the option to go tandem with a guide is open to anyone
- Refreshments - snack while on the tour, fruit juice and water served with the meal
- Light Meal: toasted ham, cheese & tomato sandwich with two side servings of salad