Ratanga Junction photos added to ThemeParks.ie

Posted Monday, April 18, 2005 10:27 AM | Contributed by Richard Bannister

Thirty nine pictures of Ratanga Junction in Cape Town, scheduled to close in about a month, have been posted to ThemeParks.ie.

Link: ThemeParks.ie

Tuesday, April 19, 2005 10:36 AM
It's too bad that this park is closing. It was the biggest park in South Africa, and has only been open a few years. According to my brother (who lives in Cape Town), the main issue was the marketing of the park - they never seemed to appeal to any particular target audience.

The only other substantial park left in South Africa is in Johannesburg (Gold Reef City).

Tuesday, April 19, 2005 1:48 PM
Pictures of that will follow when I get a bit of time... :)
Tuesday, April 19, 2005 5:04 PM
I rode the Golden Loop there about 10 years ago - gravity powered Schwarkop shuttle. Awesome ride!

Now that Ratanga is closing, I could kick myself - I must have been past there 20 times, but each time I was in Cape Town I was just too busy to make it. Sucks.....

Tuesday, April 19, 2005 6:01 PM
So...what US park is the SLC going to? ;)
Tuesday, April 19, 2005 10:27 PM
I was there, god, 5 years ago, where has the time gone, and thought it was a good little park.

The slc was very enjoyable for me- was my first SLC and was in good condition, no q's at all, so front row all the way!! Had real live snakes in the q'line which was a nice touch.

I dont remember the bushwacker but the Mine train was a good example of the genre- with 2 lift hills i seem to remember right next to each other.

The log flume was excellent- especially compared to the old ones i was used to in England.

A huge shame it is closing, could have easily been a good tourist attraction and perhaps with a kind pricing structure for the locals (take lots of money from the tourists) they could have made it financially viable.

The best thing about this park was watching- and hearing the reactions off the Africans when the were on and coming off the 2 coasters. Obviously their first time- and my god were they pumped. Too funny.
*** This post was edited by gyjdnb 4/19/2005 10:29:45 PM ***

Wednesday, April 20, 2005 12:07 AM
Maybe SFA could pick up the Minetrain. It would add to our collection of Vekoma coasters.
Wednesday, April 20, 2005 2:15 AM
The mine train is a good ride. The SLC, though, is quite possibly the worst of the breed I've ridden.
Wednesday, April 20, 2005 7:36 AM
There was a rumour going around at one point that the SLC was going to stay in South Africa, and possibly be relocated to somewhere on or near Table Mountain in Cape Town.

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