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Fancy Tarzan like adventure? Try Karkloof canopy ride (IANS Travelogue)
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Fancy Tarzan like adventure? Try Karkloof canopy ride (IANS Travelogue)

Oct 13 2013, 3:38am CDT | by IANS

Durban, Oct 13 (IANS) Do you fancy swinging from one tree to another in a deep forest a la Tarzan? Plan a trip to Durban to fulfil your dream and experience a new thrill with Karkloof Canopy Tour, which makes you slide through steel ropes from one platform to another above the forest and gives an adrenaline rush in the true sense.

Durban, Oct 13 — Do you fancy swinging from one tree to another in a deep forest a la Tarzan? Plan a trip to Durban to fulfil your dream and experience a new thrill with Karkloof Canopy Tour, which...

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Fancy Tarzan like adventure? Try Karkloof canopy ride (IANS Travelogue)

Oct 13 2013, 3:38am CDT | by IANS

Durban, Oct 13 (IANS) Do you fancy swinging from one tree to another in a deep forest a la Tarzan? Plan a trip to Durban to fulfil your dream and experience a new thrill with Karkloof Canopy Tour, which makes you slide through steel ropes from one platform to another above the forest and gives an adrenaline rush in the true sense.

Durban, Oct 13 — Do you fancy swinging from one tree to another in a deep forest a la Tarzan? Plan a trip to Durban to fulfil your dream and experience a new thrill with Karkloof Canopy Tour, which makes you slide through steel ropes from one platform to another above the forest and gives an adrenaline rush in the true sense.

If a visit to Mahama Gandhi's Phoenix Settlement and a ride in Sky Car that takes you to the top of the arch and allows you a 360º view of the city at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in the city leaves you wanting for more, go for the canopy ride in the Karkloof Forest Reserve, about 150 km from Durban.

The adventure sport awaits you to add a thrill to your trip and the best part is that once you start, you have to finish it and this is a challenge in itself.

"I really I liked it. It's non-commercial and not stereotypical," Bollywod actor Bobby Deol, who experienced the ride, told IANS.

The Canopy Tour is the creation of Mark Brown, a civil engineer who started it in 2001 in collaboration with Ashley Wentworth in the Tsitsikamma National Park. Today, there is a total of five such rides in South Africa, the others being at Magoebaskloof, Drakensberg, Magaliesberg.

Open throughout the year, except on Dec 25, Karkloof gets about 50-60 visitors every day and is an alternative to experience thrills if bungee jumping is too extreme for you, and is a great option for groups and families.

Every slide is full of surprises and in between them are packed not too difficult activities.

But make sure that you do not weigh more than 130 kg and that you have made an advance booking through karkloofcanopytour.co.za.

From seven-year-olds to 70-year-olds, everyone can enjoy the ride, which is about three hours long.

Photographs and post ride snacks are taken care of, Gordon Stuart, operations manager of Karkloof Canopy Tours, told IANS.

"The cables are checked every morning. Once in a month we have a detailed check and once in six months, Mark Brown personally checks every detail of the system," said Stuart when asked about the safety measures. Thus far, there have been no casualties, he added.

All the guards are trained in first aid and for emergencies, there is a tie up with Mountain Club of South Africa and for ambulances with Berg Medical Services, a 10-minute drive from the spot.

"It is a must for every guest to sign indemnity form," said Stuart.

Still having doubts?

Worry not as trained guards will accompany you and in a situation where a guest gets too nervous to go on his or her own, the guard comes along and make the ride enjoyable for them.

Bollywood filmmaker Sanjay Gupta, known for making action thrillers like "Shootout At Wadal", took the plunge despite having vertigo issues.

"The best part is that it is completely safe and there have been no casualties so far," Gupta told IANS.

But once you start, you can't go back.

"It looks dangerous and when you do it, it feels risky but it's 100 percent safe. Personally, I have vertigo issues ... so it was a very big thing and the only reason I did it was for my son. And the best part about it is that you can't give it up, you have to complete it," he added.

Stuart said that 60 percent of the visitors are international tourists.

While experiencing this excitement of pure adventure in the lap of nature, you are fed well and also if you are daring enough, try to drink pure water coming down from the streams.

There is five-star and four-star accommodation in the area, where you can stop over and enjoy the hospitality.

Getting there:

Karkloof is about a one-and-a-half hour enjoyable drive from Durban.

Fees: Rand 400 (Rs.2,500) per person, including toasted sandwhiches, side salad and soft drinks

Group discounts are also available

(Arpana can be contacted at arpana.s@ians.in)

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3 weeks ago

People: Jennifer Lawrence & Chris Martin ‘are still very much together’

Nov 4 2014 10:00am CST | Source: Celebitchy.com

I’m sorry, but this story is just funny now. This is a photo of Jennifer Lawrence leaving a West Hollywood eatery around the time she and Chris Martin broke up. People magazine told the world that JLaw did the deed. We heard all sorts of theories about how Jennifer was weirded out by watching Chris and Goop “play happy families.” I adore JLaw, but I don’t know what she expected by dating a still-married man. Everyone assumed a Goop victory, including Goop. She made smu ...
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6 weeks ago

Gwyneth Paltrow got weird, gushy & tongue-tied in Pres. Obama’s presence

Oct 10 2014 10:40am CDT | Source: Celebitchy.com

First, let me make my big political statement: I don’t have any strong feelings about Pres. Obama fundraising for the Democratic Party and for congressional candidates. He’s worried that the Dems will lose control of the Senate, which is a very real and likely possibility. I’m worried about it too, because I think the current political situation in Washington will get even worse if the Dems lose the Senate. Just my two ce ...
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Gwyneth Paltrow & Jennifer Lawrence: Possible Pals?!

Oct 9 2014 6:33pm CDT | Source: GossipCenter

They’ve both shared intimate moments with Chris Martin and now Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lawrence are on the road to becoming friends. According to an Us Weekly report, the Coldplay singer’s ex and his current flame are planning out some time to get to know each other, per Gwyn’s request. An inside source reveals, "[Paltrow would] like to spend a little time with her and thinks they'd probably get along.” "Gwyneth want ...
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6 weeks ago

Rebound Ready! Cameron Diaz May Be Playing Cupid For Pal Gwyneth Paltrow!

Oct 8 2014 2:56pm CDT | Source: OKMagazine.com

Cameron Diaz may be playing cupid for good friend Gwyneth Paltrow! OKmagazine.com has learned Diaz, 42, is searching for a new man to move the Goop goddess, 42, on from her failed marriage to Chris Martin who has moved on with Jennifer Lawrence. “Gwyneth’s had her share of rebounds but unlike Chris, who’s head over heels with Jennifer, she’s had a tough time committing to anything beyond a fling,” a source tol ...
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7 weeks ago

Chris Martin pulls a Taylor Swift, buys house across from ex Gwyneth Paltrow

Oct 7 2014 6:08pm CDT | Source: Oh No They Didn't!

He announced his 'conscious uncoupling' along with Gwyneth Paltrow in March after 10 years of marriage.But perhaps Chris Martin couldn't bear the thought of being too far from his estranged wife and kids.According to a Monday report from Us Weekly, the 37-year-old Coldplay singer purchased a home in the Brentwood neighbourhood of Los Angeles across the street from his former ladylove.As Chris's new property sits directly across th ...
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7 weeks ago

Chris Martin & Jennifer Lawrence Are 'Definitely Getting More Serious'!

Oct 3 2014 6:15pm CDT | Source: Just Jared

Chris Martin keeps his head down while exiting a medical building on Friday (October 3) in Beverly Hills, Calif. The 37-year-old Coldplay front man has been getting much more media attention since his new relationship with Jennifer Lawrence was made public. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Chris Martin “It seems they are definitely getting more serious,” a close source recently shared to People about the couple. “Whenever Chris is not spending time with Appl ...
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8 weeks ago

Gwyneth Paltrow Keeps Chris Martin's Last Name on Monogrammed Goop Underwear

Sep 29 2014 1:10am CDT | Source: Oh No They Didn't!

Jennifer Lawrence might be dating Chris Martin, but it's Gwyneth Paltrow who still has his last name—and a monogrammed "M" on her underwear!No need to get your panties in a wad! It was the Goop goddess herself who pointed this out Thursday when she unveiled a line of "everyday undies [that] are well-priced, flattering, and have the added charm of a monogram" on her famed lifestyle blog.As Gawker and Vanity Fa ...
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