Integrated tourism group Tourvest has developed in partnership with Chimp & Zee a new rope adventure park at the Valley of the Waves in one of many new tourism activities the group is offering through its Sun City-based Mankwe-GAMETRACKERS business.
Scheduled to open on 25 November this year, the 45-minute long Chimp & Zee Rope Adventure Park will comprise individual elevated obstacles and challenges, interconnected to form an exciting aerial adventure course, and will include high balancing beams, zip lines, hanging spider nets and jungle rope bridges. It will have two access points to allow day visitors outside the Valley of the Waves to enjoy the facility too.
Mankwe-GAMETRACKERS chief executive Peter Dlamini says the introduction of a rope adventure park will greatly enhance the Valley of the Waves by introducing an additional activity to swimming and the waterslides. “The rope adventure park will add considerable value to Sun City’s value proposition as a sought-after leisure and entertainment destination,” he says. “We feel that while guests enjoy the slides and the waves, their interest will be piqued by the activities above them and we expect the Valley of the Waves to draw larger numbers of people,” he says.
According to Dlamini, it is a double lane which will meet the demand and will allow guests to enjoy the experience alongside each other to the finish. “Safety will be a crucial aspect of this new activity and highly trained personnel will be stationed at the beginning and end of the rope park’s circuit to ensure the integrity of the cables and related equipment,” he says.
In another development, Tourvest says the first stage of its mountain biking track within the neighbouring Letsatsing Game Reserve has been completed and will also be opened to the public in November this year. The next stage is already underway and will add an additional 10 kilometres to the mountain biking track when complete. The reserve already has a quad biking track and the inclusion of a cycling track will offer guests the opportunity to experience a game viewing bike ride.
The track is 9.7 kilometres and has been divided into a beginner’s and experienced cyclists lane and offers spectacular views of Sun City, the Pilanesberg National Park, neighbouring communities and, on a clear day, Rustenburg. “The track has been built to international standards with a view to attracting international cycling events as the route is extended in the coming months,” Dlamini says. “Guests can bring their own bikes or rent them from our new Activity Hub, located at the old cultural village.”
The Activity Hub will serve as a central reservations point for all activities at Sun City, allowing guests to peruse, book and pay in one place. Activity combos will also be made available at a special discounted rate, Dlamini says, and guests can prebook and plan their days using Mankwe-GAMETRACKERS online booking portal. The hub is also home to Sun City’s Shebeen Restaurant, which offers light meals and refreshing drinks.
“All our new staff have been sourced within the surrounding community and will be taken through an extensive training programme as part of our skills development programme,” Dlamini says.