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Get your adren­a­line pump­ing on the Ama Zwing Zwing zi­pline tour near Broed­er­stroom.

AMA ZWING ZWING ZI­PLINE TOUR, BROED­ER­STROOM Af­ter five days of Gaut­eng traf­fic, you’ll be crav­ing fresh air and ad­ven­ture when the week­end rolls around. But noth­ing too crazy – your com­mute is al­ready bad for your blood pres­sure! How about a zi­pline tour? Not just any zi­pline tour, one where you can glide through the air for 1,3 km… Zi­plin­ing has its ori­gins in the 1990s, when botanists used cables to tra­verse the tree canopies in the rain­forests of Cen­tral Amer­ica to con­duct their re­search. Be­fore long, tourists and ad­ven­ture seek­ers caught on and now there are zi­pline tours all over the world. Gaut­eng has one right in its back­yard. At Ama Zwing Zwing, about 40 km from Pre­to­ria, you can fly from plat­form to plat­form in the shadow of the Magaliesberg. When you ar­rive at the re­cep­tion of­fice you’ll be kit­ted out with safety gear. In your hel­met and har­ness, you’ll look like one of those win­dow wash­ers who clean skyscrap­ers… At the first plat­form, in­struc­tors will show you how to hold on, use the brake and lift your legs when you reach the next plat­form at speed. I was too busy tak­ing pho­tos to lis­ten prop­erly and ended up bruis­ing my shins. That’s what you get for not pay­ing at­ten­tion! Next you’ll be clipped onto the cable and then it’s time for take-off. At first I was too scared to look down, but half­way along the first cable I re­laxed enough to ap­pre­ci­ate the views of the val­ley and the Croc­o­dile River in the dis­tance. I even saw some ze­bra be­low. The tour con­sists of seven cables. You walk a few me­tres be­tween the dif­fer­ent plat­forms and you’ll be clipped in again at each cable. At the high­est plat­form there’s time for a breather with a KitKat and a bot­tle of wa­ter. Once you reach the bot­tom of the val­ley, a bakkie will be wait­ing to take you back to your ve­hi­cle. On Mon­day morn­ing, you’ll wish there was a zi­pline to take you to work! Cost: R450 per adult; R350 per school-go­ing child. Rate in­cludes a coupon for a R50 dis­count at the Amanz­ingwe Lodge restau­rant. Chil­dren have to be seven years and older. Open­ing times: Daily from 8.30 am to 3 pm. Tours de­part ev­ery half hour. Two to eight peo­ple per group. The tour takes about 45 min­utes, de­pend­ing on group size. Where? About a kilo­me­tre east of Broed­er­stroom on the R512, at Amanz­ingwe Lodge. Con­tact: 082 803 7731; amazwingzwing.co.za

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