It's all Downhill at Cool Runnings - Cape Town's First Downhill Tobogganing Track

Whoosh down the slopes of Bellville on a custom-made toboggan - No snow required!


Last Updated: November, 3rd 2016

South Africa, and especially Cape Town, isn’t known for its icy winters and it goes without saying that we don’t get to experience the wonderful winter sports that come with snowy mountains tops. Until now! Enter Cool-Runnings tobogganing.

Cool-Runnings Cape Town is Africa's first Downhill Tobogganing Track. Wondering how tobogganing can be possible in Cape Town? So were we! We went to down to Cool-Runnings in Bellville Cape Town to get the low-down on this winter sport.

When you arrive at the Bellville Cool-Runnings’ the first thing that catches your eye is the distinct lack of snow or even ice. In its place is an intricate series of track steel tracks that seem to disappear up the never ending hills of Bellville.

The toboggans run up and down these steel tracks to provide a thrilling ride you won’t soon forget. Starting at the foot of the hill you, and your toboggan, are hauled up the mountain by re-enforced steel cables. This 5 minute calm before the storm is a great time to reflect on your impending hurtle down the slopes.

Once at the top, its ready set go! One the way down, with the wind in your hair and one hand on the gear lever and brake, there’s only one speed ... high-speed! With a top speed of 40km per hour the 1.25 kilometre ride is over before you know, but luckily that means you can do it all over again.

Cool-Runnings in Cape Town is a fun outing for the whole family and the best bit is it’s open Monday to Friday from 11pm to 6pm and Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 6pm. Tobogganing is the perfect outing for a cool winter’s day or sunny summer afternoon and at R40 per ride for children (under 14 years) and R50 per ride for adults, it won’t break the bank either. Unlimited day passes are also available at R280  for both children and adults; Happy Hours Working Day Passes are available for week days (except holidays) at R180 for both children and adults; and Happy Family Combos are available for R400. 

Cool Runnings is located off Carl Cronje Drive opposite the Bellville Velodrome.

Cape Town is a great place to try out new things and look at the world from a different perspective. Be sure to give Cool-Runnings Tobogganing in Cape Town a go.

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