Good Green Fun

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Claire Smith

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Diversions: All Talk

Food: Season to Taste

Outdoors: Comfy Camping

If Tarzan and Jane had honeymooned in South Africa, the Tsitsikamma Forestor “place of much water”would have been their favorite bit (after his leopard-print underwear, of course). Stretching for 80 km along the Garden Route coastline is a verdant carpet of fynbos (Afrikaans for fine bush) and towering hard pear and Outeniqua yellow wood trees. It’s also the perfect setting for those who like their outdoor experiences spiked with adrenaline: harnessed and helmeted nature lovers can whiz through the Tsitsikamma’s treetops by strapping themselves onto a web of steel cables threaded through the forest canopy. Biologists studying the flora and fauna in the Costa Rican cloud- and rain-forest canopies invented the system in the 1980s. It’s an adventure that is eco-friendlynot one nail or bolt is drilled into a tree, as the whole system is held together with tension and leverage forces. The highest point is 30 m above the ground, and you can reach speeds of up to 50 km/h. And if you’re after a bit of wildlife to go with your whooping and swooping, head out early in the mornings for the best sightings of baboons, Samago monkeys and the many birds that nest here, including the shy, cuckoo-like knysna loerie, the black-headed oriole and the forest buzzard. Tarzan and Jane never had it so good.

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