Zip across Sun City, one of th

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Zip across Sun City, one of the world’s fastest and longest zip slides

One of the world’s fastest, longest, and highest zip slides is ready for passengers to enjoy breath-taking views of Sun City.

Zip across Sun City, one of th

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One of the world’s fastest, longest, and highest zip slides is ready and waiting for passengers to enjoy a breath-taking view of all that Sun City has to offer, at super speeds usually achieved on a freeway.

Ziplines in South Africa

The South African previously reported that the Western Cape will soon become the proud host of a thrilling 3-kilometre zipline, which will be extended to 5km next year. At 500m above the ground at its highest point, the K3 zipline will offer exceptional views and thrilling experiences which rival those offered by ziplines in other parts of the world.

But, until then, adrenaline junkies can enjoy Sun City’s zipline that boasts an average speed of 120 km/h over two kilometres.

Having held records for six consecutive years, the Zip 2000 is still one of the world’s longest zip slides. There is a higher zip slide in Alaska, there’s a longer zip slide in South America. But to get the total thrill of speed, distance and varying heights above ground Zip 2000 is believed to be “the ultimate and original experience”.

The Zip 2000

Zip 2000 has been in operation since 2004 at Sun City, South Africa’s kingdom of pleasure, just two hours from Johannesburg and adjoining the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. The Zip 2000 was designed and constructed by Unreal CEO Tim Dawson.

The Sun City zipline adheres to all necessary safety standards and is certified by South Africa’s Department of Labour. ‘Flyers’ are secured in two separate harnesses and suspended below a free running trolley that is attached to a steel cable.

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For adventure junkies

Solo and tandem slides are available, so this ride has an appeal for even the most amateur adventure junkie. Unlike many other adventure activities, this experience is open to young ones from the age of 12, making it a fun activity for the whole family. (So far, the oldest person to go down the slide has been a Scottish lady of 84!).

The Zip 2000 is more agreeable to some people than, for example, bungee jumping, because there is no ‘free fall’ and no ‘jerk’ involved. “It is a flying feeling, not a falling feeling,” says Dawson.

“The Zip 2000 is an ideal activity for the adventurous at heart – everyone from bungee jumpers to parachutists, water skiers to golfers, horse-riders to housewives, in fact – anyone! It can, and has, been used for marriage proposals, birthday, or anniversary gifts.”

If, however, you are keen on a more relaxed experience, the team that built the Zip 2000 also built the rope bridge and The Maze of the Lost City, a fun adventure for all, located close to the Sun City Entertainment Area.

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