One of Africa’s longest and highest zip-lines reopens in the Mother City
The Cape Town Ziplines, a SA Forest Adventures initiative, re-opened in Silvermist Estate on Hout Bay Road. Following a two year closure, the site has been re-opened with GoPro partnering with Cape Town Ziplines. This partnership marks the first GoPro resort partnership in Africa.
The Provincial Minister of Transport and Public Works, Donald Grant, who was present to re-open the Zipline, commented, “Tourism has long been identified as a key driver of the Western Cape’s economy and forms part of our economic growth strategy, Project Khulisa. This zip-line, as an addition to our many tourist attractions, will not only expose visitors to this area’s natural beauty and distinctly South African topography, but will also offer a unique experience to our visitors, unlike that which they may have experienced elsewhere.”
The 2.3 km zip-line tour is one of Africa’s longest and highest situated in the heart of the Mother City, will be open no matter the weather and is also easily accessible from all major transport routes including the Hop-on, Hop-off City Sightseeing Cape Town Bus. The excursion starts with an exhilarating 4×4 trail up the mountain. Boasting views of the south side of Table Mountain as well as the Constantia Winelands stretching across to Muizenberg, the 240 metre-long cable suspended 70 metres above ground marks the start of the adventure. Cables range from 190 metres to just under 500 metres, with the tour lasting around two hours.
Silvermist Estate has a number of facilities including a restaurant, conference facilities and other team building options.
Commenting on the importance of attractions in the tourism offer, Judy Lain, Chief Marketing Officer, Wesgro, said, “SA Forest Adventures has taken a beautiful natural environment and created an experience that will attract local and international visitors, all within the guidelines of responsible tourism. Hiring staff from the community, the zip-line has created much needed permanent employment in the area.”
Clinton Lerm, owner of SA Forest Adventures added, “We are thrilled to reopen one of Cape Town’s top tourist attractions. Cape Town Ziplines forms an integral part of our South African product offering and within minutes of reopening our bookings, we were swamped with inquiries. Our Zipline Tour in Cape Town offers first time and seasoned thrill seekers the opportunity to experience a zip-line adventure in an environment unlike any other. Most of our staff have been unemployed since we closed, we were over the moon to welcome them back and two days after the go-ahead we were operational again in-part to the commitment from all our staff members.”
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