Q: Ziplines – What are they?
A: Zipline/Canopy tours started about 20 years ago. Originating in Costa Rica, it introduced tourists to a unique way of communing with nature by traveling through the forest canopy on cables strung from anchor to anchor. Combining the excitement of the ride high in the trees with education regarding habitat, wildlife and history of the area, Canopy Tours became an instant success. Out of this forest adventure, in the past two years has sprung a new hybrid of this concept called Ziplining.
Basically, it has been adapted for the world market to allow the thrilling experience of flying through the trees, over streams and valleys with higher speeds and greater elevation changes.
Q: Does Sky Safari Tours operate year round?
A: Yes, Sky Safari operates year around and in all weather conditions except thunder storms. No experience is necessary and all equipment is provided.
Q: Is it safe?
A: The Skyline zipline system used is fully engineered and certified. Sky Safari is the safest cable ride system in the world because it utilizes a permanent rock anchor system rather than anchoring cables into trees. The cables used are also 3 times the thickness of conventional zip line systems.
Q: What should I wear?
A: Please dress weather appropriate. We recommend you use insect repellent, sunscreen, a hat and a camera. You must wear closed toe shoes.
Q: How high is the cable?
A: Highest point is 250 feet and the lowest is 10 feet. The lower cables give a greater sense of speed.
Q: How fast is it?
A: Guests can reach up to 80 km/hr. This speed will vary depending on the weight of the individual.
Q: How long is the Tour?
A: Our full Skyline tour runs 2 to 3 hours. This includes the shuttle from Basseterre to our Wingfield Estate Base, harnessing in, a safety orientation and the activity.
Q: What if I am afraid of heights?
A: Not to worry! Each take-off and landing area is at ground level or just slightly elevated. The maximum height of each platform is 20 feet.
Q: What are the age limits?
A: Our age limit is 6yrs of age incorporated with a weight minimum of 60 lbs to partake. Our maximum weight capacity is 275 lbs.
Q: How do you stop?
A: Sky Safari uses a leading edge brake system. Using a spring break system that allows you to come to a stop automatically. The Spring-bank braking system is a series of springs with differing compressions held together with ‘Spacer’ blocks and headed with a ‘Catch’ Block which allows for the flyers impact speed to be absorbed and intimately slowed smoothly to a stop.
Q: What type of harness do you wear?
A: Our harness used at our St Kitts location provides a 3-point connection. Two connections to our trolley used to fly our main cable and one conection is attached to our saftey cable that follows each main cable. The harness system being used for Skyline systems was specially designed for Skyline. The design is based off of traditional paragliding harnesses, which are made to be sat in comfortably for hours at a time. The stark contrast between our Skyline Harnesses and the climbing harnesses used in other Zipline systems is highlighted by the comfortable leg and back supports as well as a chest strap to ensure rider security. This new system allows guests to stay in a comfortable seated position throughout their flight.
Q: Are there any rules or restrictions?
A: Tour Rules and Restrictions
Described When Tour Arrives
- Follow Guide instructions
- No smoking during tour
- No drugs or alcohol
- No flying upside down
- No littering
- Use designated trails
- Do not cross the yellow line without a Guide’s permission
Described At Time of Booking
- Cannot fly if pregnant, have a heart condition, or a serious medical condition
- Highly recommended not to participate if any previous neck or back injuries
- Must wear closed toe shoes
- Minimum weight: 60 lbs
- Maximum weight: 275 lbs
Q: What is the refund policy?
A: Sky Safari does not provide a refund for any cancellations made within 24hrs of the tour time. Any cancellations made 48 – 24hrs before the tour time, guest will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations made prior to 48hrs of tour time will receive 80% refund. A 100% refund will only be issued if the tour has been cancelled by the tour operators.