The Magaliesberg Canopy Tour® is located at the Sparkling Waters Hotel & Spa - 1½ hours drive from Johannesburg and 1 hour from Pretoria. Situated in the heart of the majestic Magaliesberg Mountains, the Magaliesberg Canopy Tour® is a unique eco-adventure that takes you on a journey through the ecology and geology of the second oldest mountain range in the world - estimated to be 2,400 million years old. 11 platforms have been constructed high against the rock faces of the spectacular Ysterhout Kloof (a nature wonderland carved out of the mountainside over millions of years), joined by 10 cabled slides up to 140 metres long and in places 30 metres above the canopy floor.
The Magaliesberg Canopy Tour® is ideal for the individual thrill seeker, family getaways, group or student excursions and corporate team building events. Two trained guides accompany each tour ensuring your safety while, at the same time, keeping you entertained with interesting facts about the history of the range and its protected Fauna and Flora.
The Canopy Tour concept originated in the lush rainforests of Costa Rica where adventurous biologists devised a system of cables and platforms in order to study the diversity of wildlife that habituates the upper canopy level of this previously inaccessible eco-system. It wasn't long before this developed into a breath-taking eco-tourism activity that not only allowed people to enter and experience the upper realm of a rainforest, but raised awareness of the plight and beauty of the world's endangered indigenous forests.
The first Canopy Tour in South Africa was built in the Tsitsikamma Forest at Storms River over 10 years ago. This popular eco-tourism activity has now expanded to include 7 diverse locations across the country including the Cape, Tsitsikamma, Karkloof, Drakensberg, Magoebaskloof and even Malalotja in Swaziland.
At 2,400 million years of age, the Magaliesberg mountains are the second oldest in the world. There is simply no eco friendlier way to explore the magnificence of this ancient wonderland than the Magaliesberg Canopy Tour®.