The main attraction is the viewing lift that takes visitors 51 metres down the face of the gorge and into the forest below, where a wooden walkway, rising and falling and crossing suspension bridges, will take visitors along a 500 metre interpretation trail through the indigenous forest. Privately developed by three locals with a passion for conscientiously sharing the beauty of the Panorama Route, the gorge development includes a restaurant and bar with spectacular views, shops and curios.
Now incorporated into the Graskop Gorge Lift Centre, the Big Swing is the world’s highest cable gorge swing.
The experience is very different to a bungee-jump because participants are strapped in an upright position in a full safety harness. Being upright enables them to enjoy the magnificent views – that is if they can keep their eyes open as they do a 70-metre freefall at 140km/h in under three seconds.
If participants need to hold someone’s hand when they jump, they can choose the tandem option.
Once their hearts have stopped racing after their jump, participants get to immerse themselves further in the spectacular scenery of the gorge, waterfall and forest as they climb over 400 stairs back to the top.
Visitors to the centre who still want to get their hearts racing but who think the Big Swing is too extreme for them, can fly across the gorge on a 130m high-wire zipline.