“I always don’t want to do it right before I do it, you know what I mean?”
There is no denying that the excitement of doing something fast-paced, and out of your comfort zone, is good for the soul.
The thing is, spending most of the year sitting at a desk, writing, living in a virtual world, is tiring. It’s boring. And yes, your joints can quickly stiffen up, causing you to stumble ungracefully when standing up after a long enough period.
So, when one of the companies I work with, who I have come to consider a great group of friends, invited me to partake in their exciting yearend function up in Kaapsehoop, I jumped at it…well, slowly stood up what with those joints I just mentioned.
Kaapsehoop Scootours became the theme on which to end a truly trying 2018, and I instantly pictured myself tumbling down the mountain like some kind of ungraceful forest ballerina who’s had too much to drink. But I was too quick to judge.
Scootours is a relatively new company (in our part of the world at least) and what they have to offer is unique to the Lowveld. While most of us know that Kaapsehoop is a hikers paradise, Scootours gives adventurers a faster way to cover the ground, get the heart pumping and see things that most visitors to the town would not otherwise see.
6 km to be exact. And it can be done at any pace that pleases you. If you are with a group of action-packed people, you can fly down that mountain. If you are enjoying a family day out with small kids, you can tackle the trail at a family-friendly pace. It’s no race and either way it’s guaranteed to be loads of fun.
We arrived in Kaapsehoop at around 10:30, a full 45 minutes before we needed to be there, but whoever spends “enough time” in Kaapsehoop? It had just rained in Nelspruit, so we were expecting mist and possibly even mud, but were surprised to see it hadn’t rained a drop (surprised and relieved, I was worried about what a muddy track would do to this unbalanced ballerina).
At around 11:15 am, after signing paperwork and collecting a trusty helmet and gloves, we climbed aboard a safari vehicle and headed into the Berlin Plantations, stopping at the Vodacom tower. The scooters were unloaded and given out before we were given the lowdown about what to expect and how to manhandle these monster scooters.
Then it was just us, the mountain forests and our awesome guide. We zipped through the trees (I say zipped, but those first few meters were a bit of a wobble for me) and met up again at the side of the road. We had our scooter legs by then, and the 6 km of sandy, rocky, pine needle filled trails lay waiting. The path switched back and forward and plunged down in certain places. It cut quickly along plantation roads and we passed forestry workers who probably wondered “What madness is this?!”
You are truly in great company with Kaapsehoop Scootours. The guide is knowledgeable and totally laidback. He has a groovy personality and stops the group all along the way to give people time to catch their breaths while he shares some interesting information.
After making our way down the trail we stopped off a scenic lookout point. What is really amazing is that even after living a lifetime in the area, we got to see things we wouldn’t have otherwise seen!
We had about a 10-minute break before setting off once again, stopping only for a drink of pure mountain water from a trickling stream. And it was at this point that I slipped and splashed into the water, bottom first. Trust my fall to be from slipping while walking rather than crashing while speeding, that’s just my style!
From there it was the final downhill ride.
A Swiss Innovation
The whole Scootours concept was initiated in Switzerland as a way to give those wanting to enjoy the skiing experience in summer the opportunity to do something similar. Unique scooters were created to handle the rugged mountain landscapes. It’s no surprise then that the concept has taken off in Kaapsehoop, our own mountainous retreat, and is fast becoming a must do activity!
The scooters, with their tough wheels and rugged build, are made to handle the rocky terrain. Although you might feel as though every bump is going to send you flying, these scooters are remarkably stable. You don’t even need scooter experience, but it does help to have at least mastered the bicycle!