Mpumalanga is the place to be this festive season, with yet another first-for-South Africa adventure tourism activity recently launched.
Adults and children over seven can experience a thrilling 10m freefall from a 13m jump tower, knowing that their landing will be gentle despite the rush of falling. The activity uses a revolutionary device called a Powerfan, which is driven by the jumper’s mass and requires no external power source. It is the latest addition to Skyway Trails, a Hazyview-based outdoor adventure park owned by tourism entrepreneur Campbell Scott, who says this is South Africa’s first Powerfan.
“When people jump, they free fall for a few metres before the device slows them down, using a rope connection between the device and the jumper,” says Scott.
Scott was also instrumental in bringing another ground-breaking adventure tourism activity to Mpumalanga in December 2017 – Graskop Gorge Lift Co’s famed glass-sided viewing lift that drops 51m into an indigenous forest. Fellow Graskop Gorge Lift Co director James Sheard and his wife Lisa were responsible for bringing another milestone tourism activity to the area in 2016 – the Long Tom Toboggan. This alpine coaster-styled ride was the first of its kind in South Africa.
Known for embracing innovative concepts that add value to South Africa’s tourism offering, Scott says the freefall jump offers a quick and fun activity for people who do not have the time to do the other, more time-consuming activities offered at Skyway Trails – the 1.2km Aerial Cable Trail in a breathtaking forest (around 2.5 hours); and the Rope Adventure Park, an elevated, high-ropes obstacle course (around 45 minutes).
Another quick activity recently opened at the centre is the 120m Perry’s Zipline that
lands halfway up the freefall jump’s 13m launch tower.