I was invited to Acrobranch Constantia and didn’t hesitate to say “YES!”. I was keen to check out the obstacle course as it looked physically demanding and included some zip-lining (my favourite!).
The day arrived with a mix of terror and excitement. Acrobranch Constantia is situated opposite to the entrance of the Constantia Nek hike. We parked at the restaurant that was being refurbished at the time. The place didn’t look as scary as I imagined – the obstacles in the trees didn’t seem that high off the ground.
I needed to use the loo and I was traumatised by the port-a-loo. Try to avoid using it (if you can).
We booked the “Swinging Tarzan” course (*R200p/p) which is for people 1.4m or taller. This course consists of 32 obstacles. We signed indemnity forms and were fitted with harnesses. We had a brief safety talk to highlight the fact that we always need to be strapped in. Seemed simple enough.
We were excited to get started and our guide took our group along most of the way. He was nice enough to take photos of us throughout the course. Very quickly you realise that the course is very safe – you are harnessed in and there is no way you will fall to the ground (if you follow the instructions of course).
The course consisted mostly of balancing challenges. I felt like I was in the circus, balancing on a tight rope and other interesting things (planks, bits of wood, etc). There were a few zip-lining parts that struck terror as well as joy into my heart. Some of us were better at landing than others!!
There were some parts that I found very challenging but doable – such as climbing the rope wall. My upper body strength is weaker than a 5-year-old child. However, I did the climb at a pace I could manage and had sore shoulders the next day.
We were having so much fun, cheering each other on and laughing at each others’ slip-ups and facial expressions when coming to certain parts (“oh sh*t!!” was heard often).
It took about an hour and a half to finish the course.
We had a blast. I’d recommend it to anyone. It’s not half as scary as I thought it would be, just a journey filled with lots of laughs. A serious, daredevil adventurer may find this place a snooze. If you’re looking to zip-line in Cape Town, this is a good place to start.
Make sure that you request gloves as your hands can get quite sore from the rope!
Birthday/teambuilding/celebration specials are available.
9am to 5pm, Wednesday to Sunday, school holidays and public holidays
*please note: Prices reflected as at September 2016. Prices may vary. Please refer to Acrobranch Website for updated prices and specials
** Please note: The park is a cash free zone so please book online or pay via credit card