Abseiling, also known as rappelling by many mountaineers, is sliding down a rope under controlled conditions with an opportunity to pause and immerse yourself in the surroundings as you descend. This adrenaline activity has arrived in Plett.
Robberg Nature Reserve in Plettenberg Bay is best known for panoramic views across the bay to the Tsitsikamma Mountains and open ocean with dramatic cliffs, caves, stretches of sandy beach, and the vibrant colony of Cape fur seals. It’s a popular destination for nature lovers, hikers and trail runners with sightings of whales, seals, dolphins and even sharks not uncommon.
To add to its already-plentiful attractions, CapeNature – curators of the nature reserve – has partnered with South African adventure company Adventure Zone to bring an all-new dimension to Robberg: an extremely thrilling and breathtaking abseil down the cliffs of Robberg.
This is Adventure Zone’s third and newest site in South Africa and they are very excited about Plett’s newest adventure offering: “This is an activity not to be missed, this is absolutely your next bucket list activity. Our highly trained and qualified guides will make sure you not only enjoy your activity but feel safe and secure at all times. We can’t wait to meet you and provide you with a world-class abseil,” says Carlien Davel of Adventure Zone. “ You can’t visit Robberg without experiencing it from all angles, we give you the opportunity to do just that. Oh boy, don’t forget the incredible view!”
The 12-storey, 35m abseil will offer breathtaking views across Robberg to The Island, along the coastline and beyond to provide never-before-seen angles of the iconic peninsula. Additionally, Robberg, home to Nelson Bay Cave and part of the Cradle of Human Culture Route, provides a fascinating insight into the past with rocks dating back 120 million years with evidence of Middle and Later Stone Age inhabitation found along the peninsula. The abseil will provide a unique look at these ancient rock formations.
Plett Tourism Association CEO, Patty Butterworth welcomed the addition to Plettenberg Bay’s nature and adventure offerings: “We are delighted to welcome such a unique attraction to one of our most iconic conservation tourism flagships: CapeNature’s Robberg Nature Reserve. The installation will encourage visitors to see Plett from a very different perspective and to have an exhilarating experience at the same time. Initiatives like this one are important, as they contribute to the revival of our tourism industry and to the economic vitality of Plettenberg Bay and the Garden Route.”
- Restrictions: Age restriction: 12 years and older.
- Group size: 2 people per session.
- Duration: 45 min.
- What to wear: Comfortable walking shoes. Hat and sunblock.
- Price: R850pp all safety and protective gear supplied
- Operating times: Monday – Sunday 8:00 – 17:00. Last activity goes out at 17:00