The Magaliesberg Canopy Tour® takes you on a journey through the ecology and geology of one of the oldest mountain ranges at the world – estimated to be 2,500 million years old.
The Magaliesberg Canopy Tour is located in the Magaliesberg Biosphere Reserve – 1 ½ hours from Joburg and 1 hour from Pretoria.
Eleven platforms have been built against the cliff and rock faces of the spectacular Ysterhout Kloof, a beautiful gorge carved out of the mountainside, and are joined by long steel cables that you slide along to reach the next platform. Much like a “foefie” slide, the canopy tour essentially involves zigzagging down the kloof while stopping at each platform to admire the expansive views and surrounding ecology.
The Magaliesberg mountains are home to a wide variety of plant, animal and birdlife – watch out for the shy klipspringer jumping from rock to rock below you or look up to spot an endangered black eagle circling above. Two trained canopy guides assure the safety of each participant while describing interesting facts about the indigenous plants, bird life, ecology and geology of the area.
What to Bring
You should wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe footwear. Slip-slops are not suitable as they will simply fall off. Shorts or long pants are fine but mini-skirts are not. Running shoes, takkies, and veldskoene are perfect and strap-on sandals will do.
Don’t forget to bring your camera as there are many excellent photo opportunities along the way and if you submit a photo to our “Photo of the Month” competition on our website you could win a free Canopy Tour.
- Safety briefing
- 4×4 return trip
- All equipment
- Fully guided 2½ hour tour (10 slides, 11 platforms)
- Light meal & refreshments
What to Expect
The Magaliesberg Canopy Tour® experience begins with a thorough safety briefing that covers all the do’s and don’ts of the tour. After the briefing, you will be kitted out with your sliding harness, safety helmet and sliding gloves. The guides check that harnesses are fitted properly and make final adjustments where necessary. To end the briefing, you are given an opportunity to ask questions.
You are now ready to mount the 4×4 vehicle that will transport you up the mountain, over a distance of approximately 2 kilometres, to the drop off zone near the first platform. Look out for the resident Impala, Blue Wildebeest, Zebra, Duiker and many other indigenous animal, bird, reptile and insect species along the way – it makes the trip so much more exciting and interesting. Disembark, follow your guides on a short walk to the first platform and “let the fun begin”!
The Magaliesberg range is home to a wide variety of plant, bird and animal life. With some luck, you may spot a Duiker or a shy Klipspringer jumping from rock to rock. Look up and you are likely to spot our breading pair of Black Eagles circling above. Rock Rabbits (Dassies) are abundant and, depending on the time of day, they may be running around playfully or lazing in the sun on an exposed rock. Bring your cameras along as you will find yourself in natural surrounds that you have never or seldom before experienced.
Corporate Events & Team Building
A growing number of schools, corporates and tour groups are discovering the fun and exciting team building qualities of the Magaliesberg Canopy Tour® – whether as a day outing or combined with a resident conference package at the Sparkling Waters Hotel & Spa where the tour starts.
The Magaliesberg Canopy Tour® is a safe and fun team building adventure activity for people of all ages, sizes and fitness levels with the most effort required being a short walk out at the end of the tour. If a client is nervous or requires assistance, our guides will happily go in tandem with them.
At the Sparkling Waters Hotel & Spa, we can offer a great venue for an end of year celebration or special company function with the option of overnight accommodation and meals included as part of the package. The hotel boasts 6 state of the art conference venues with seating for up to 200 delegates. It is recommended that you combine the adrenalin rush of the Canopy Tour with the total relaxation of a spa treatment or a delicious lamb on the spit lunch for the ultimate team build.
The Magaliesberg Canopy Tour® has been designed by a civil engineer and we have full public liability insurance cover in place. A film crew is also available to take photos and videos for you which is available as an additional purchase.
How to find us
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