KZN’s record zipline may soon bow to Cape

2014-10-08 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Cape adrenaline junkies can circle November 1 in red on their calendars.

For that is when Clinton Lerm of SA Forest Adventures plans to open Africa’s longest zipline, superseding the 4,5 km zipline tour at the Lake Eland Game Reserve in near Margate.

On the Mamba platform , which has a cable that is 450 metres long, zipline riders in KZN can reach speeds of between 60 and 80 kilometres and hour.

This is less than half the speed of the word’s longest continous zipline, the Volo dell’ angelo, (Flight of the Angels) which is 2 213 metres long and reaches a speed of 140 km/h. It is located in Rocca Massima, Italy, according to the website

The Cape’s new zipline tour will be very close to the Volo’s length, with a 2,2 km span that will take the riders about two hours and 30 minutes to complete.

Lerm said the zip­line tour will start at the top of the mountain with a 240 metre cable that has been stretched up to 70 metres above the ground. Other cables are shorter, with one “just” 190 metres long.

A post on the company’s Facebook page states the last cable of 2,5 km anchored in the mountain this week.

Lake Eland’s zipline comprises 14 cables that traverse a deep ravine.

Lerm said the location of the Cape’s contender is still a secret, only admitting that it is on private land.

SA Forest Adventures already manages zipline tours in Hermanus, Caledon and Citrusdal. Lerm said the location will soon be made public, and hinted “when we say Cape Town, we mean Cape Town”.

He said clients will access the cables from a base camp, travelling on a game viewing vehicle for some two kilometres into the mountains with a view over Cape Town, according to the website.

Tours will be offered seven days a week.

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