Trees of South Africa – canopy tour

During a recent visit to South Africa part of my trip took in the Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour – zip lining through the canopy of trees along ten high suspension wires, one up to sixty meters long…

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Many of the platforms are built around giant Outeniqua Yellowwood trees that are up to 700 years old! Standing within the crown of these giants and looking down at the lush forest floor thirty meters below was an experience of a lifetime.


We learnt a lot about the flora and fauna that live in the forest during the tour. Having made artworks inspired by one of the oldest trees in Trinity College Dublin (The Oregon Maple, now sadly fallen). One important fact that we learnt as we zipped along was that the reason that it was feasible to attach platforms and cables to these trees without damaging them was that their root structure was so shallow allowing the trees to be flexible and resilient to the many visitors who chose to see the trees from this height.

Tsitsikamma canopy tour

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