Cape Town - Thrill seekers will be delighted to know that the Valley of Waves has re-opened after its annual winter maintenance with yet another heart stopping, adrenalin pumping ride to try.
WhiteWater, the new slide manufactured by a leading US-based water rides company, forms part of the R1-billion revamp underway at the resort and set to be completed by 2017.
The slide which sees visitors now have the ultimate 17m plummet body slide adventure in a capsule opened on 25 June. It sends riders sliding at 40mph or 65km/h before being swept upwards into a near-vertical loop. G-forces pins the riders as they slide up, over and then down before crashing into the splashdown lane.
“The slide is an exhilarating experience, from the moment you stand in the launch capsule, facing forward and arms crossed. Anticipation peaks as you wait for the trap door to open below, sending you into an intense vertical free-fall into the loop with speeds that will leave you breathless,” says Colin Jonkers, spokesperson for Sun International.
The slide is the second new slide to be installed in the past 12 months and forms part of the upgrade of Sun City’s Valley of Waves which has included the opening of the popular gastro-pub, The Brew Monkey, as well as the new fast food arena with the Food Factory.
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There are now seven exciting slides to try, with a ride for every comfort level, from an easygoing tubing experience to semi-submerged waterslides that spiral downhill.
One of the popular attractions at Valley of Waves is the Roaring Lagoon – a 6 500 square metre wave pool with hydraulic mechanisms that generates waves of nearly 2 metres high.
The Lazy River offers a gentle, non-stop tube ride around an island while The Royal Baths, an adult swimming pool beside the Amphitheatre offers a place to soak up some warm sun rays, cocktail in hand.
There are also a number of walkways through tropical forests surrounding Valley of Waves where visitors can explore the Spider Web Sway Bridge, hidden cave waterfalls, rare plant varieties and more. The Bridge of Time erupts every hour in an exciting, theatrical display of vibrations, rumbling volcanic sounds and smoke.
The Valley of Waves is open to both resort guests and day visitors from 09:00 to 18:00 daily in summer (September to April) and 10:00 to 17:00 in winter (May to August).
For those outside of Gauteng, looking to visit this iconic North West province tourist attraction, accessibility has been improved via the North West Department of Tourism's initiative to raise more awareness the province.
As a result, SA Express has launched flight to Pilanesberg from OR Tambo International Airport three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and from Cape Town International Airport twice a week on Mondays and Fridays.
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