As you all probably know, I am a huge fan of Gold Reef City theme park and make sure I visit the complex multiple times a year. So, when I was invited to the launch of their exciting new thrill ride, The High-Flying Maverick, I was eager to see what they had up their sleeve – and they didn’t disappoint.
The ride is beautiful and is the first of it’s kind on the African continent. The ride replicates the experiences and sensations of an acrobatic aeroplane flight, with banks, loops, dives and weightlessness that will test even the most experienced thrill seekers and with a 9/10 fear factor, I was nervous to say the least.
As soon as the throttle is opened the plane wastes no time climbing to altitude. While ascending, passengers immediately start to pull a hard right, chasing the craft seen in front. Behind them is another aeroplane bearing down on their ‘six’ (otherwise known as your tail) and tailing the plane hard. This only means one thing, the pilot must take evasive manoeuvres. The aircraft swings into a series of awesome barrel rolls, pushing everyone on-board to the extreme, with G-forces anywhere between +4g (according to the manufacturer, depending on the speed and momentum gained, that’s where the 4g is estimated) to -1,8g. Numerous outlandish moves are seamlessly executed in a sequence that would put pilots of the famous Red Arrow Aerobatic Team to shame.
The ride is scary and perfect for any adrenaline junkie. Riders need to be 1.3m and taller and be ready to prepare for the ride of their lives!
“Gold Reef City is constantly evolving to ensure that we remain relevant, adding new and exciting forms of entertainment into the mix, including Jump City Trampoline Park, new restaurants, the Movies@ cinemas, 10-pin bowling and the Golden Wave kiddie’s ride,” says Kiran Singh, Director of Operations and Complex General Manager at Gold Reef City. “We’re delighted to launch this new thrill ride, which is undoubtedly going to get adrenalin-junkies into the front row seats of this extreme aerobatic show.”
The High-Flying Maverick joins Gold Reef City’s already popular thrill rides such as the famous Anaconda, Tower Of Terror, Miners Revenge and Jozi Express. The ride is now open to all theme park goers and is a blast. A trip to Gold Reef City won’t be complete without a ride on this exciting new attraction.
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