There’s a higher zip slide in Alaska, there’s a longer zip slide in South America, but to get the total thrill of speed, distance and varying heights above ground, Zip 2000 is the ultimate experience. With an average speed of 120 kilometres per hour (and reaching speeds of up to 160 kilometres per hour), over two kilometres of breath taking views, Zip 2000 has held the title of the world’s longest, highest and fastest zip slide. Also, unlike many other great adventure activities, this one is open to young ones from the age of 12, making it a fun family activity.
One of the world’s richest platinum reserves is also home to the glamorous Sun City gaming and entertainment resort, an enormous range of leisure options, a wonder of premier wildlife destinations and two UNESCO World Heritage Sites! There's plenty to see, do and explore. Welcome to what is also known as the heritage destination of SA!
The team that built the Zip 2000 zip slide also built the rope bridge and the Maze of the Lost City (located close to the Sun City Entertainment Area).
Mountain Sanctuary Park & Tonquani Rock Pools
This privately owned nature reserve, nestled in the ancient Magaliesberg Mountains, is enveloped by the most magnificent crystal clear mountain pools and extraordinary rock formations. The walks are exquisite and you can swim in the crystal clear rock pools. Embrace your inner child and spend time playing at the natural 'slide pools' where you literally slide down smooth algae-covered rocks splashing into spring water - but be careful, the rocks are very slippery! Pack a picnic and prepare to waste away some well-deserved lazy hours in the beating sun.
This environment is perfectly suited if you’re looking for a relaxing weekend getaway where the emphasis is on the peace and quiet of nature, and it sure will suck you in with its beauty and tranquillity. There is also a strict ‘no noise’ policy after 9pm, to assure a wonderful quiet break.
The Magaliesburg Express
From the moment you stand on the platform ready to board, to the moment she chuffs you breathily back to the station before sunset, you’re in for an unforgettable rail adventure! The Magaliesburg Express, operated by a voluntary group of rail enthusiasts (Reef Steamers), will rekindle the romance of rail travel.
The rhythmic clickety-clack ride will take you to the original Krugersdorp station building (built in 1896), and an hour later you arrive at your choice of destination - either the Magaliesburg Country Hotel, or the Swallows Inn, in the town of Magaliesburg.
You’ll have just under four hours to explore the quaint village’s craft shops, enjoy a leisurely lunch, or swim, braai, or picnic. Then it’s all aboard once more for a scenic trip back to Johannesburg, as the countryside steams by. It’s a great and unusual way to spend a day.
The train departs from different stations at different times, so consult www.reefsteamers.com for exact times and to book! The cost is R250 per adult, R165 per child (3-12). Magaliesburg Express trains sell refreshments, snacks and sweets on a cash-only basis. Bring your own picnic, book a buffet lunch at the Magaliesburg Country Hotel (approximately R120 pp, half-price for children under 12), or bring-and-braai at the Swallows Inn (R20 p/p). There are also fast food franchises in town.
Nirox Sculpture Park
For a great way to spend a Sunday, art lovers must visit the Nirox Foundation complex and become immersed in a fascinating world of sculpture. The scenery alone is enough to get you there! It’s a 15ha lush expanse of land that was once a commercial trout farm, and is now a serene atmosphere of walkways and water features.
As you stroll through the garden, you are met by wonderful creations from giant kneeling figures to steel mesh heads that appear to be emerging from the earth. But, perhaps the most fascinating aspect of the garden is that none of the works are permanent fixtures. Works are continuously replaced by the works of other artists, which means that each trip to the park is certain to be a new and unpredictable experience.
There’s also an amphitheatre, where jazz concerts and poetry readings are held regularly.
Did You Know?
The North West Province is home to two of the eight UNESCO World Heritage sites in South Africa: The Taung Skull Fossil Site (where the Taung Skull was found in 1924) and the Vredefort Dome (the oldest meteorite impact structure on Earth), estimated to date back over 2 million years!
The North West Province is also known as the Platinum Province because of its abundance of platinum. Most of the platinum around the world comes from North West’s Merensky Reef.