WATCH: World's longest city zipline opens in London

2018-05-23 15:30 - Kavitha Pillay
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Ziplining through unique natural habitats are common inclusions on a travel itinerary. But have you heard of, or ever been on, a city zipline?

Zip Now, the world’s longest and fastest city zipline, made a welcome return to London’s skyline on 22 May, following its launch in 2017.

The 225 metre-long and 35 metre-high zipline in central London allows users to zoom past the city's skyline, providing the opportunity to spot iconic landmarks such as the London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, the Gherkin, Lambeth Palace and The Shard – if you dare keep your eyes open!

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According to Lonely Planet, a third wire was added in 2018 so that more people can experience the ride at the same time.

Zip Now founder Barry Shaverin says the zipline, which can reach speeds of up to 30mph, is suitable for families and first-timers.

He says that a new feature called the “Mega Drop” has been added this year that allows riders to get a free-fall experience before they land.

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Zip through nature

SA boasts a number of zipline opportunities, of which whizzing through the forest in KwaZulu-Natal’s Karkloof or soaring over waterfalls from mountain to mountain with the Cape Canopy Tour are just two experiences.

While these ziplines each provide breathtaking views of SA’s natural heritage, they remain pretty small in size when compared to the United Arab Emirates’ record-holding “world's longest zipline”.

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Guinness World Records officials certified the 2.83 kilometre-long zipline in Ras al-Khaima with the whopping title.

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