Acrobranch Garden Route brings loads of safe outdoors amusement

BY CANDRA NEILSON - MAY 31, 2016

Adrenaline-charged, fun, fast, challenging, safe and memorable! If your family has not tried this tree-top adventure that everybody is raving about, then it is time to get outdoors and head down to Acrobranch, which I suspect is a portmanteau from ‘acrobatics’ and ‘branch’.

Acrobranch Garden Route is situated on the grounds of the Timberlake Organic Village, just off the N2 highway, between Wilderness and Sedgefield and bordering the Wilderness Nature Reserve. The combination of a series of ropes, ladders, bridges, swings, nets, 78 different platforms connected by long ziplines create an adrenalin-filled aerial obstacle course that will challenge your claim to be a chest-pounding king of the jungle, Tarzan.

After enjoying drinks at one of the boutique coffee shops located at the village, our group of eight people made our way to Acrobranch Garden Route. Our tickets in hand, we headed to a platform for a ‘safety briefing’ with one of their guides who also assisted us with our safety gear. Every participant has gloves and two snap-link carabineers tied to their harness – so you don’t fall when you lose your grip.

All kitted up, we were taken to a ‘practice’ course where I soon realised that my pumps were the wrong shoes – as a heads up remember to bring sturdy shoes. However, our guide was gentle, knowledgeable and generally available without being too interfering. I also witnessed his colleagues helping climbers down from overwhelming situations and giving kind and clear instructions on how to tackle the obstacles.

There are three courses for adults and one for kids - all with varying difficulty and height from the ground. The adult courses can be tackled by anyone over 10 years.

We ended up doing a combined course called the Swinging Tarzan. This is made up of a long adventure course with 29 obstacles and then the signature Tarzan-swing to challenge the brave. The highest platform on this course is 8m up and the longest zipline is 75m. It’s pure adrenaline powered fun for 90 minutes!

In case you will need to backtrack from one difficult obstacle, there are short-cuts available. I, sadly, ended up utilising most of these but still had heaps of fun.

While some started off quite nervously, I saw kids easily getting the hang of their Monkey Moves course - pushing themselves through obstacles and testing their strength, stamina, agility, reflexes and confidence. Acrobranch Garden Route also hosts affordable kids and teen parties with fun-filled challenges in a beautiful outdoor environment.

Next time, before your kids or hubby pound their chest and yodel like Tarzan, ask them if they have ever successfully tackled a monkey bridge. To test them, call 086 999 0365 / 044 050 0592 or email [email protected] or visit www.acrobranch.co.za