New Knysna zipline set to boost Southern Cape tourism

Reading Time: 2 minutes

SANParks has launched yet another thrill-seeking product aimed at boosting tourism in the Southern Cape.

The Knysna Zipline, situated in the indigenous Harkerville Forest between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna on the Garden Route, is the longest zipline in the region.

The launch coincides with tourism month and the re-opening of the tourism industry following the COVID-19 lockdown.

Those who have the guts will zipline 250 metres above the forest for 2.2 kilometres in the Kranshoek gorge.

Adrenalin junkies Zolani Sixo and Sanzo Gulwa ticked this experience off their bucket list.

“It was my first time. It was such an adventure. It was really thrilling. At first, I was nervous but as soon as I was airborne, there were butterflies in my stomach but it was enjoyable”.

I’ve done quite a few adventures but this one is unique. You definitely have to come and try it for yourself. At first, I was a bit nervous but I was like I’ve done this before so I can do it.”

The area offers breathtaking views of the sea and the forest.

The zipline project was put on hold following the 2017 Knysna fires, but after rehabilitation of the area and the Kranshoek gorge, it is now ready to welcome adventure and thrill-seekers.

Tourism partners hope the project will give the region a much-needed boost.

With the zipline barely off the ground, it is already fully booked until December.

Sanparks hopes relaxed lockdown levels will bring more tourists to the park.