With Summer safely on its way and the mercury steadily rising across Gauteng, it’s time to get back into the great outdoors. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker, a weekend adrenaline-junkie or just looking for something adventurous for a family outing, we have a list of activities to keep you entertained.
Magaliesberg Canopy Tours
The Magaliesberg Canopy Tour is located in the Magaliesberg Biosphere Reserve – just one hour away from Pretoria. It takes you on a journey through the ecology and geology of one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world – which is estimated to be over 2,500 million years old. The tours are kept small and personal and are limited to group sizes of a maximum of nine people, with at least two guides accompanying each group. Eleven platforms are built against the cliff and rock faces of the spectacular Ysterhout Kloof, a beautiful gorge carved out of the mountainside, and are joined by steel cables that you slide along to reach the next platform. The canopy tour essentially involves zigzagging down the kloof while stopping at each platform to admire the expansive views and surrounding ecology.
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Kloofing with Mountain Adventures
Let Mountain Adventures take you on the ultimate adventure as you walk up the Magalies mountain slopes and then scramble down into a pristine gorge and follow it downstream. Guests meet at the parking area at 8:30 to receive the necessary kit before starting the walk up the slopes of the mountain, which takes about an hour – then the uphill is over! You then scramble down a gully into the 60m deep gorge (that’s more than 15 stories!) and follow the river down, walking, rock hopping, wading, swimming, jumping and abseiling along the way to make it to the exit point. If you’re not a confident swimmer advise the guides in advance, so they can provide you with a life jacket as there is a compulsory 20m swim along the route.
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Hot Air Ballooning with Bill Harrop’s Balloon Safaris
Whilst some find it romantic, others find the notion of travelling in a basket hovering below an inflated balloon downright terrifying – but either way, it’s one of those bucket list adventures we should all try once in our lives. Tea, coffee and muffins are served on arrival and as dawn breaks, the pilot fires up the burners and you’ll set off on a magical trip with views over the Magalies River Valley and the Magalies mountains. The flight is an hour in duration and upon landing, you’ll be taken for a champagne breakfast. Sounds pretty perfect if you ask us!
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