Cool Runnings, Tygervalley, Cape Town
Cool Runnings offers Africa’s first Toboggan ride facility. Located in Tygervalley, Cape Town this amazing family entertainment facility is just of the N1 freeway and easily and quickly accessible from just about anywhere in Cape Town.
My trip from Sea Point to Cool Runnings took about 35 minutes even though part of the journey involved some heavy traffic.
Parking is plentiful and safe and the entry into the venue involves crossing a bridge over the toboggan track. Here you get your first glimpse of the stainless steel half tube and the winch system that takes riders to the top of the hill.
The toboggan ride
Everything about this venue is neat, professional and fun. Booking your rides is easy and there are big notices advising you on safety.
Once through the turnstiles you wait your turn to climb aboard the toboggan. The Cool Runnings team who manage the starting point are incredibly helpful and attentive. They provide clear instruction on how to manage your toboggan.
Essentially the toboggan is a plastic cart that fits all sizes of passengers and can accommodate an adult and a child. There are four wheels that fit perfectly into the steel tube. The speed of the toboggan is managed by a joystick that you push forward for speed and pull back to brake.
The first part of the journey involves being winched up the hill. This trip takes about three and a half minutes and gives you a chance to get accustomed to your toboggan and to admire the scenery and the many twists and turns of the down trip.
Once at the top another staff member advises you on when to go. And then you’re off. I am an adrenaline junky and I love speed. I was determined not to hit the brakes and race downhill as fast as I could go.
Man, what a rush. The course runs through 17 twists and turns. In my case, I had to lean into every turn and thoroughly enjoy the thrill of the g-force. Once at the bottom I just wanted to go again!
And so I did – again and again.
There is a large seating area that is partly covered for protection from the sun and rain. The café serves snacks as well as party food like burgers, boerie rolls and pizza. There are sweets, cool drinks and chips too.
There is also a bar with a big screen TV. Just remember that you can’t drink and slide!
The venue is fantastic for everything from kid’s parties to stag parties.
Top Reasons for visiting Cool Runnings
- Ideal for all ages
- Heaps and heaps of fun
- Great facilities
- An adrenalin rush of note but very safe.
- Relatively inexpensive
To book your next party click here or to just find out more call 021 949 4439.
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