Adventure-seekers visiting the Magaliesberg experience a Magaliesberg Canopy Tour of the impressive Ysterhout Kloof. The Magaliesberg region that straddles Gauteng and North West Province is a popular weekend leisure area that is rich in archaeological, natural and geological heritage sites.
Eleven platforms connected by steel cables have been constructed in the gorge, where visitors can zigzag from one point to another and enjoy the spectacular views while learning about environmental science.
Two trained guides attach you to zip lines, enabling you to foefie slide (zip slide) in safety while they point out klipspringer, black eagles, indigenous plant life, and the ecology and geology of the area. There are 10 slides of differing length, speed and height – the longest is 140m (460ft) and the highest 55m to 60m (180ft to 195ft). If you are fearful of being above the valley alone, you can take a tandem tour with a guide.
The Magaliesberg Canopy Tour operates from the Sparkling Waters Hotel and Spa. The tour takes about two and a half hours which includes transport to and from Ysterhout Kloof, a safety briefing, and lunch.
Booking is essential, with a minimum of two and a maximum of eight people per tour. Comfortable clothing with closed shoes should be worn. Helmets are supplied by the tour operators.
The town of Magaliesburg is close to the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site where early hominid species lived at least 2-million years ago. Hartbeespoort Dam, in a valley of the Magaliesberg mountain range, is a picturesque getaway while the heart of the Magaliesberg is a proclaimed Protected Natural Environment; the deep kloofs (“ravines”) of the 2.5-billion-year-old range make for excellent rock climbing.
Caonpy tours are for adults only. Costs from R595. Discounted rates for hotel residents and groups of 10 or more.
Group discounts are available on enquiry
Tours are conducted daily and depart at 30-minute intervals between 06:30-16:30 in summer and 07:00-15:00 in winter.
From the N1, take the R511/William Nicol Drive, headed north. After crossing the N14, turn left to stay on the R511. Cross the N4 and continue on the R104/R27. Turn left at the second three-way stop (towards Buffelspoort Dam). The Sparkling Waters Hotel and Spa is on the left about 11km from the turn-off.