Cape-Town-Ziplines bookJANE MAYNE

As a first-timer suiting up for a ziplining tour in Cape Town one has the obvious nagging safety doubts. Okay sure, so Cape Town Ziplines excursion company SA Forest Adventures is taking extra care kitting out everyone in their overall, straps and helmet, but hurtling off a cliff face has its obvious risks.

This year was my first canoe expedition down the Orange River, and I got a close-up look at Grade 3 rapids dubbed ‘sjambok’ and ‘snotklap’ – and lived to tell the tale. So surely I wouldn’t snuff it shooting the breeze in the beautiful Constantiaberg mountains?

Turns out Cape Town ziplining at Silvermist Estate above Hout Bay is actually suitable for families. Following a two-year closure, the site has re-opened with GoPro partnering with Cape Town Ziplines, and it’s structured to cater for those of average fitness level with no prior skill needed.

How it works

On arrival, guides give a safety briefing and more on what you can expect. After kitting out, a short ride by Landy gets you up to platforms offering a range of lines. As our group gathered for instructions on our first propulsion point out into the abyss, there were clearly a few fleeting seconds of ‘nerves’ about the correct way to brake, or reel yourself in if you stop short of safety. But all-in-all, once you’re airborne after a helpful little push by staff, ziplining doesn’t really seem like such a mad thing to do.

Truth is, there’s an obvious thrill about orbiting into thin air, plus that of overcoming limiting ideas about participating in adventure sports – and before you know it, you’re back on terra firma on the other side.

Africa’s longest Zipline

SA Forest Adventures offers one of Africa’s longest and highest ziplines – all in the Mother City. Open no matter the weather, the 2.3km zipline tour is easily accessible from all major transport routes including the Hop-on, Hop-off City Sightseeing Cape Town Bus. The excursion starts with the 4×4 trail up the mountain, offering views of the southern side of Table Mountain and Constantia Winelands stretching to Muizenberg.

A 240-metre-long cable suspended 70 metres above ground marks the start of the adventure. Cables range from 190 metres to just under 500 metres, and the tour lasts around two hours.

Cape Town Ziplines is proving to be one of Cape Town’s top tourism attractions. Clinton Lerm, owner of SA Forest Adventures, adds: “Our Zipline Tour in Cape Town offers first time and seasoned thrill seekers the opportunity to experience a zipline adventure in an environment unlike any other.”

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11 platforms, 7 long cables 

The tour itself consists of 7 cables totalling one of Africa’s longest Zipline Tours with +- 2.3 kms in total. The highest cable from the ground in the canyon is 155 meters from the canyon floor. The first of 11 platforms and 7 long cables tower high in the mountain overlooking Cape Town – from this bird’s eye view you start your journey down a large canyon on a shorter cables (270 meters) in between the Cape Floral kingdom.

What: Cape Town Zipline Table Mountain
Cape Town Ziplines Silvermist duration: 1.30 to 2 hours
Cape Town Ziplines SA Forest Adventures Tickets: From R580
Where: Silvermist Estate, 2 Hout Bay Road, Cape Town, South Africa
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