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This is Your Last Chance to Ride the Cobra at Ratanga Junction
Ratanga Junction is now closed but there are lots of amazing adventures to be experienced in and around Cape Town
Last update 20 July 2018
Now closed, but that doesn't mean the fun is over, far from it, in fact. There are still many adventures and exciting things to do in and around Cape Town with your kids. Whether its indoor or outdoor activities you looking for, there is a wide choice of places to go and things to do. And if you're looking for a spot to host a great birthday party, here's our list of top birthday party venues.
Ratanga Junction, which has brought many laughs and screams of glee to visitors, announced that it was closing a few months ago. John Chapman, director of the Rabie Property Group that bought the entertainment venue in 2005, says that keeping it open is not making business sense. “The oversized facility, lack of consistent demand for a theme park, seasonal weather, expensive maintenance and running cost, as well as the ageing equipment, (have) contributed to an unprofitable facility.”
Hop on the Cobra to get your pulse racing and your body shaking! The roller coaster will push your hair back as you loop up and down, and wind all around at speeds close to 100km/h. The Slingshot will catapult you up into the air and give you the true Icarus experience. Swing up, up and away on the Congo Queen swing boat or take on the Monkey Falls, one of the highest log rides in the world.
Those wanting tamer rides, and parents visiting with smaller children, needn’t worry. There are carousel rides, paddle boat trips, and lady bug-themed ferris wheel adventures that cater to all ages. Ratanga even features a Foam Castle, a blow-up castle with foam inside, just right for little ones.
The theme park will be open over the weekend of 21 and 22 April, and then finally from 27 April to 1 May 2018.
So what happens to the site after closing? A mixed-use development that will “embrace the existing canals, island and public open space” will be born in the space previously occupied by Ratanga Junction.
We'll keep you posted as the new development progresses.
On a budget? Here are free and cheap things to do with the kids.
When the weather isn't at it's sunshine best, there are still plenty of indoor activities to keep the children entertained.
And, don't let the children moan about being bored during the school holidays when there's a host of cool family stuff to do during the school holidays.
Or tick a few Cape Town must-dos in our Bucket List overview.
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