You might really end up singing just like R. Kelly with his song, “I Believe I Can Fly” once you get to experience the best urban ziplines. Here’s the list for those of you daring souls out there.
Sun City, South Africa’s ZIP 2000
If you think that wilderness and safari tours are the only thing worth trying in South Africa, it’s because you haven’t tried its pride. Thrill-seekers’ high expectations may just be achieved by the Zip 2000. Being the world’s fastest adult zip line, its crew assures you of an experience of a lifetime taking flight with an average speed of 120 km/hr. that builds up until 160 km/hr. This 1.25-mile-long of a ride is for those 12 years of age and above since its oldest rider, an 84-year-old Scottish woman had set the record already. So, there’s no excuse for you not to seal your experience of Sun City, South Africa with ZIP 2000.
Auckland, New Zealand’s EcoZip Flying Fox Adventures
Not only is New Zealand known for the famous Hobbiton, picturesque landscape, and Maori culture for EcoZip has something to show along its 656-feet long zipline. Divided into three parts, this course allows you to experience not just the flight but keeps you grounded with its impressive stretch of flora and fauna, 2000 vines of Syrah, and olive groves through a short guided tour by the EcoZip team. You’ll never look at bushwalk the same way ever again as the team makes you understand Kuranui, a Maori word. Located at the heart of the Waiheke Island, EcoZip had been awarded by TripAdvisor with the Certificate of Excellence which requires a consistent 4-5 stars rating by those who have experienced it. The beauty of this is that, besides the experience the EcoZip team can assure you with, it gives you Maori legends and stories through the tour. And what makes it different from the other zip lining locations? You can do it side-by-side with a friend. Admire the scenery together, document the experience for one another, and race if you must. A hint goes, the higher your starting point is, the faster your flight downwards would be.
Pokhara Nepal’s Zipflyer Kathmandu
To those who dare to dive beyond flying, Zipflyer Kathmandu offers an adventurous 5,400-feet high glide which assures you of over a mile long of fun. Because of the 2,000 ft. jaw-dropping vertical drop, the Zipflyer Kathmandu was known to be the most extreme in the world. It was also ranked as one of the longest ziplines on the planet. With an initial inclination of 56 degrees, it was also hailed the steepest of all. If that doesn’t amuse you much, maybe the lush green forests would. Being located at the heart of the Himalayas, you may want to include the view of the Nepalese mountains and a 180-degree panoramic view of the Annapurna range while indulging ziplining down on a 70-100 plus mph flight. This, on top of their high regard with safety, fulfils their record of 250,000 people who have had an incredible experience with ZipFlyer. From having built from the ground up, the ZipFlyer stands on an 8+ magnitude strong Engineering standards and design. A full-lock coil cable, the kind that is used in installing gondolas and large cable cars, is what’s used to ensure maximum safety for the flyers together with a custom-designed and patented braking system.
These top 3, among many others, hold a great reputation because of the location they were built in. Some come with spectacular sceneries. Some hold great legends. But the most exhilarating of what this experience could give is what our souls long for. It’s the ability to fly even for just a minute.