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Situated on a farm side village, the Pretoria North Acrobranch is one of our flagship branches, offering so much more than first meets the eye. Visitors of all ages can slide, crawl and balance their way along some of the most challenging, yet thrilling courses that Acrobranch has to offer. At the helm of the Pretoria North branch sits our manager, Cornelia Brits. Her job revolves around establishing a fun, safe and exciting adventure and we caught up with her to find out what exactly is going down at her branch.
What makes your branch special?
WOW, there are so many awesome things that makes my branch special, but I will give you a few of the many indicators!
1. My branch has the first specialised continue safety line system that was imported from France which enables the customers to be safer on the course than at any of our other parks. This system allows the customer to hook onto the safety line before the start, climbing up the ladders and remaining on the safety line until they are back on the ground.
2. My branch has the longest zipline ever built at Acrobranch. It is 300m long and it also starts at the highest platform ever build by Acrobranch, which is 14m high.
3. One of our courses has a zipline of 150m that is extended over a beautiful wetland that gives you the feeling of freedom and relaxation as you zipline your way across it.
4. The obstacles on our courses are more advanced, new and even more challenging, yet everyone will be able to complete the courses, from the young ones to the elder and less adventurous people.
5. The courses are situated in a lush forest with the most beautiful trees and various birdlife that gives you a great calmness and a break from the stress of the everyday city life.
Tell us about the new additions to your park
We have just launched a kiddies course (Acro-twigs course) that is suitable for the 3-6-year-old kids. This course is perfect for kids’ birthday parties together with the restaurant we have on the premises that cater for all your birthday party requirements. We started operating of this course in the first week in July 2016.
We are also in the process of developing a mountain biking trail that will be operated by Musaiek. There will another mountain biking trail for the little one’s so that while mom and dad are having their outing on the advanced track, the kids are in a save designated area also busy practising their skills for one day when they can join mom and dad.
We have made a few changes to the structure of our park. While we initially had an overall fee for a course, we realised that this might not be viable for the everyday household, so we decided to split this course up into 3 different courses, offering packages to suit your budget. We have the option of the Tree Hugger course (R120, green course), the Swinging Tarzan course (R180, blue course) and the High Flying course (R260, red course). Also, on top of the course we have for the kids, we are going to build a big zipline just for the kids that they can go on if they only want to do to the ziplining.
At the moment our big zipline is incorporated into the red course, which mean people are unable to do only a slide down the big zipline like at the other parks. So we are also going to split this so that one can simply just pay and do a slide down the 300m long zipline.
Who would you recommend Acrobranch to?
I would recommend Acrobranch to almost anyone. Since all the different courses are designed specifically for each different age group, you can bring the whole family and there will be something to do for everyone. I would also suggest it as the best way to get your corporate team to work better together by building trust, co-operation, teamwork, team spirit and motivation within your team through our courses.
It is also the perfect place for children’s birthday parties as you get to leave them in the hands of our experienced guides who will keep them busy for 2 hours and make sure that they have a good night’s rest.
Tell us about your experience as a manager at Acrobranch
Before I start telling you about my experience as a manager at Acrobranch, I think I must first tell you that it was a big dream of mine to be working in an environment where I can balance my love for the outdoors with my organising and managerial skills inside an office and this a dream come true for me when working at Acrobranch, because I am able to do just that and I love it!
I have been the manager at the Pretoria park since February 2015 and the best part about this is that I am the first manager of this park and I grew with the park to where it is now. I was also part of the last part of the construction section of the park and that makes it even more special and exciting for me. Since I started working at Acrobranch I met so many different types of people from all over the world. Meeting new and different people every day and seeing how people change throughout their time at Acrobranch while enjoying our courses is the most rewarding part of my job for me. I have a passion for making a difference in people’s life’s and I can do just that here.
What has been your favourite experience at your branch?
One of my favourite experiences was when I had a young boy at my park with an arm that was amputated at his elbow and he wasn’t scared to do anything. He just went through it all without any help from anyone or any guide. He finished the entire course and even climbed up the net to get to the big zipline at the end. I was so inspired by this little boy that it made me realise that it doesn’t matter what life throws at you, you have the decision to let it take you down or let you stand out even higher and do what you want to do.
With all the excitement and thrills coming up at Acrobranch, Pretoria North, why not join us for a day of fun in the trees? We offer the perfect spot for birthday parties, team building events and even bachelor/ette parties. Make your booking today to avoid disappointment.
Everything you need to know about Acrobranch, Pretoria North
Calling all kids, adults, nature enthusiasts and adrenaline seekers! We have the ultimate weekend activity for the entire family and it just so happens to be conveniently located in the beautiful farm side of Pretoria North.
Our Pretoria North Acrobranch Park is growing into one of our biggest attractions nationwide. With unbelievable courses already attracting hundreds of excited thrill seekers every month, we are excited to announce that there will be new courses for the littlest of the adventurers coming in the near future. That means more heart-stopping excitement for kids and adults of all ages!
While you wait for the new course additions, why not come and enjoy our brand new attractions? We have already introduced some seriously exciting activities aimed at the kids, as well as restaurants and attractions that will entertain the entire family and encourage a full day of fun.
Try one of our exciting obstacle courses
Come on, be daring and try one of courses! Toddlers can focus on the brand new Acro-twigs course (age 3 to 6) while little people above the age of 9 can all get in on the fun with adventure courses that include the Tree Hugger, Swinging Tarzan and High Flying courses. If you are a beginner, we suggest going for the Tree Hugger, a course designed for ages 9 and up and set to test your abilities. Rest assured, this course is no casual walk in the park! There are 14 obstacles to make your way through and each one is more challenging than the next.
Feeling brave? Try the Swinging Tarzan with 27 obstacles, or brace yourself for the ultimate challenge – the High Flying course. Here, you will face our 300m long zipline (which happens to be the longest in Gauteng) that will certainly test your nerves.
No matter your age or level of expertise, we can assure you that the courses are safe, yet filled to the brim with excitement!
Enjoy a delicious meal at Musaiek Restaurant
We all know that the excitement of a treetop adventure can work up quite an appetite and what better way to reward yourself, than with a delicious meal at Musaiek Restaurant. This quaint coffee shop is located right next door to the Acrobranch Adventure Park and is geared up for hungry visitors looking for a hearty, home cooked treat. With live music to enjoy, we are sure you will want to stay a while.
If you would prefer to spend your lunch outdoors, pre-order a delicious picnic at Musaiek Restaurant. The beautiful farm encourages visitors to take a stroll along the winding bush trails where you will find many perfect picnic spots along the way.
Let the kids loose!
Though you may think you have exhausted the kids after their adventure at Acrobranch, the many activities available at the park will have them entertained for the rest of the day. The playground with fully-equipped jungle gym is just the beginning of the fun. Kids can now also go on pony rides, pedal car rides and, if they are looking for something more competitive, they can take on the Daisy Shooting Range with pellet guns. These activities are all monitored by professional and friendly staff, so parents can sit back and relax.
Hold on tight kids! You can spend your birthday or your next school outing at Acrobranch, Pretoria North. With 2 kids courses equipped to handle the little ones, as well as 2 tougher courses for ages 9 years and up, Acrobranch has something to offer for every keen adventurer. Our expert guides will make sure that every child has a harness and is prepared for the course before leading them through the obstacles. With so much to learn about balance, strength and teamwork, kids will have an absolute blast while going home having learnt new skills.
Team building experience in Pretoria
Bring your team closer together with a bonding experience at Acrobranch for your next team building. With unbelievable courses that will have your heart pumping as you climb and navigate your way along, nothing will get everyone through like the support of an encouraging team. Many big companies have chosen to spend their event at Acrobranch with great success. Not only will your staff learn to work as a team, they will also enjoy the thrill of our challenging courses. From the tough climb on the cargo nets, to the rush of riding the zipline, your staff will have many memories to take home. Spots do fill up fast towards the end of the year, so we suggest getting your booking in early to avoid disappointment.
Once you have tested the team on the courses, we suggest arranging a delicious meal at Musaiek Restaurant to round off the day. The staff can sit back and relax after an exhausting day of fun in the trees.
So what are you waiting for? Make your next booking for Acrobranch, Pretoria North and get hooked!
How long have you been working at Acrobranch for?
I have been working at Acrobranch for over a year.
What was your previous work experience ?
I was a facilitator at various school camp facilities, where I facilitated the activities with the kids in order for them to gain learning experiences through outdoor activities. These types of camps ranged from leader identification to leader development, team buildings to fun camps. I also had to conduct programs with various activities to meet the outcomes of the group’s needs.
Why did you want to work for Acrobranch and what does the brand mean to you?
It has always been a dream of mine to work for a place where I can balance my love for the outdoors, along with my managerial and organising skills – working at Acrobranch has made my dream come true!
I am part of a growing business that allows me to build relationships with various people and learn more about myself every day. Come and experience Acrobranch Tree Top Adventures and “Get Hooked!”
What are your hobbies and interests?
I grew up in very sporty household, so one of my greatest interests is sports, especially rugby (I support the Blue Bulls). I am very fond of photos, so whenever I get a chance I will always find ways to make collages of my favourite photos to be put somewhere in my home.