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10 Awesome Things That You Probably Didn’t Know about Ratanga Junction in Cape Town

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 unique adventures and exciting things to do in and around Cape Town.  Tick off a few Cape Town must-dos with our bucket list. And if you're looking for a spot to host a great birthday party, here's our list of special and unusual birthday party venues.

Cape Town’s Century City district, which is about a 15-minute drive from the CBD, is home to the “Wildest Place in Africa” (it’s not the Canal Walk Shopping Centre after payday, just in case you were thinking that). It is, of course, Ratanga Junction, one of the Mother City’s most popular attractions.

The theme park, which boasts over 25 adrenaline- and happiness-inducing attractions like 23 rides, specialised kiddies activities and delicious grub, is well known for being a popular place to visit during the school holidays and as a go-to venue for corporate and private functions.

But we’ve taken it upon ourselves to delve a little deeper into the wonderland in order to uncover and highlight some lesser-known facts and interesting titbits about the place that is the antidote to boredom and stress.

10 Awesome Facts That You Probably Didn’t Know about Ratanga Junction in Cape Town

  1. After talk of the park being dismantled in 2005, the current owners - they acquired it in June that year - helped Ratanga Junction make a Mariah Carey-like comeback.  In just eight years Ratanga Junction has hosted more than 2.2 million visitors.  Basically, if Ratanga Junction was an album, it would be certified double platinum. 

  2. Ratanga Junction added new attractions in late 2014.  In addition to the log rides and rollercoasters visitors know and love, the popular destination also features two new zip lines, four new jumping castle for the little ones, 12 complimentary paddle boats at Skeleton Bay, a kiddies slide at the Croc Swamp and four new jungle gyms at Hippo Hollow and Souk Corridor.

  3. Ratanga Junction’s main attraction, the Cobra, allows you to travel at four times the force of gravity at a speed of 100 km/h.  Do note: This ride has more twists and turns than a Spanish soap opera.
      
  4. Ratanga boasts one of the largest movie theatres in the country.  The appropriately named MegaVu venue can seat 400 people, claims a theatrically curtained giant screen and is perfect for conferences and product launches.  Not to mention, Ratanga will screen kiddies’ movies in the theatre during the holiday season.

  5. An average of 32 700 boerewors rolls are consumed at Ratanga Junction every year.  This means that nearly four tons (roughly the weight of a female African elephant) of meat is eaten annually. Moreover, close to 90 000 cans of soda are gulped per annum at the park.

  6. Nearly all of the restaurants and eateries at Ratanga are halaal (with the exception of the Venom Bar, Croco Bites and Courtyard Cafe.)

  7. Ratanga’s website can give you an indication of how long you will queue for the big rides.  The info is updated every hour so you will always be in the loop before you get flung around in a loop or two.

  8. Want the “Wildest Place in Africa” all to yourself?  Well, the entire Ratanga Junction can be hired for a corporate family day, a fundraising event or, if you are looking for new ways to spend your cash, just for the fun of it.  The wonderland can accommodate 5000 guests at a time.

  9. By hosting various fundraisers and donating a portion of ticket sales, Ratanga Junction supports about 85 charities every year.  Examples include the JAG Foundation, which seeks to empower the youth, and the Tygerberg Pink and Blue Child Awareness Campaign, which aims to highlight the rights and needs of children. It also donates R150 000.00 a year to the Sinenjongo High School in Joe Slovo to help fund additional maths and science teachers.

  10. Due to popular demand, Ratanga Junction’s petting zoo will return for peak season only, and will feature animals like rabbits, puppies, ducklings, piglets, ducks, sheep and goats.  A maximum of 20 guests will be allowed to enter the enclosure for 10 minutes intervals.  The entry fee is included in the ticket price.

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On the lookout for more ways to keep your little ones entertained?  Have a squiz at our overview of cheap and free things to do with kids in Cape Town. When the weather is not so good, don't get gloomy, here's our list of fun things to do when it's rainy or windy. Host your child's next birthday party at one of our recommended venues.
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