WATCH: Fly over Constantia's hills with this 2.3 km zipline tour

2018-07-06 06:30 - Saara Mowlana
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man on a zipline over a green valley with mountain

Zip overe the Constantia's hills with Cape Town Zipline with SA Forest Adventures. (Photo: Cape Town Ziplines)

Grab your jackets and some courage and get a healthy dose of Cape thrills and chills just twenty minutes from the city's centre.

Cape Town Ziplines, an SA Forest Adventures initiative, have relaunched their 2.3 km zipline tour that takes you swinging through the scenic Constantia valley. 

The tour, located in Silvermist Estate off of Hout Bay Road, takes you on an adventure city break escape for when you need a quick switch from the urban city life.

This isn't the first time the ziplines have made an appearance. They initially opened back in 2014, but due to city zoning regulations and neighbouring complaints, had to shut down operations for two years until they had municipal approval.

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Now Cape Town Ziplines are swinging once more after relaunching last month - this time in partnership with GoPro.

Provincial Minister of Transport and Public Works, Minister Donald Grant, joined the team at the relaunch and highlighted the key role that tourism plays as a driver of the Western Cape economy and its pivotal role in promoting economic growth as part of Project Khulisa - the province's targeted tourism strategy. 

"This zipline, as an addition to our many tourist attractions, will not only expose visitors to this area’s natural beauty and distinctly South African topography, but will also offer a unique experience to our visitors, unlike that which they may have experienced elsewhere," Grant concluded.

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Clinton Lerm, the owner of SA Forest Adventures, is thrilled to reopen 'one of Cape Town's top tourism attractions'. 

"Cape Town Ziplines forms an integral part of our South African product offering and within minutes of reopening our bookings we were swamped with inquiries. 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," Lerm added.

Most of the staff, Lerm went on, were unemployed during their closure and reopening was exciting for both the owners and returning staff.

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The ziplines tour

The ziplines are open no matter the weather - the only time they do close down is when there is a high risk of injury. And a word to the wise: you need a light weatherproof jacket - even on the sunny days - to fend off the Cape Town gusts. Especially when trekking across one of Africa's longest and highest zipline tours. 

The tour consists of seven cables that zig and zag for a full 2.3km and reaches a height of about 155m - the longest cable extending to nearly 500 m. The location makes it ideal for thrill seekers who are looking for a quick fix of adrenaline without having to drive too far as it is nestled perfectly in the pulsing heart of our Mother City.

It is also accessible from the blazing red Hop-on, Hop-off City Sightseeing Cape Town Bus.

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The journey up to the cables is an adventure all their own. You can be sure to soak up the breathtaking views while laughing off pre-zip jitters with your fellow contenders on the bumpy 4x4 drive up the mountain.

You should definitely have your camera ready for the views, which include the southern face of Table Mountain and the iconic Constantia Winelands that stretch down to Muizenberg. 

Be sure to follow the instructions of your guide to ensure smooth sailing during the tour. The warnings are there for a reason - don't be foolish and enjoy the ride.

You can even reward yourself and replenish lost electrolytes over at one of the two restaurants on Silvermist Estate or perhaps try out a wine tasting to calm the nerves.