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Adventure resort for Tinley Manor

Plans for an adventure resort next to Palm Lakes are coming to fruition, with a planned opening date of December 2013.

Numz Island, the brainchild of two North Coast families, will be built on a 30 hectare site next to Palm Lakes and opposite the new Trinity College.

The families, who have recently settled in Ballito from Pongola and Swaziland say that building work will start early next year.

Representatives of the families, Kim Blevin and Gerrie Scheepers, said the first component of the Island to open will be the water park and retail outlets.

The food stores will feature well-known brand names and the families will be selling their own clothing brand

Long term plans include cycling courses, Footy, obstacle courses, survivor courses, team building, dry tobogganing, paint ball, a BMX track, a skate board track, action cricket, golf academy, driving range, an Olympic standard white water course, a reptile park and aviary, conference and wedding centre and amphitheater, among others.

The resort will be built in phases and is planned to be finished in its entirety by 2018.

Blevin said that not long after they had moved to the North Coast they realised that there was a need for a venue with fun for everyone in the family.

“The adventure island has been very carefully thought out,” said Blevin.

http://www.northcoastcourier.co.za/2012/11/14/adventure-resort-for-tinley-manor/
 

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Minutes from the March TIKZN meeting:

NUMZ Adventure Island: TIKZN is facilitating the development of a water based adventure park in Tinley Manor. The total value of the project is estimated at R500 million, with Phase 1 valued at R120 million and will directly employ 230 people. The promoters have engaged the designers from Canada who had designed a similar attraction for Wild Coast Sun, while the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is looking at financing the project.
 

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Cable car and adventure theme park for KZN

2013-06-05 08:59

Thamsanqa Magubane, The Witness

Durban - KwaZulu-Natal is edging closer to having its own cable car in the mountains and adventure theme park at the coast.

Tabling his budget speech for 2013/14 at the Legislature yesterday, MEC for Economic Development and Tourism Mike Mabuyakhulu announced several plans to grow tourism in the province. These included the construction of the cable car in the Drakensberg and the building of a theme park at Tinley Manor on the North Coast.

The province has a reputation as a tourism destination of choice in the country and outside its borders. It has hosted several successful international events, including the Top Gear festival, which will be hosted in Durban again this year.

Mabuyakhulu said the province, through the Durban KwaZulu-Natal Tourism Convention Bureau, had attracted more than 30 conferences with an economic impact of more than R1 billion.

Although the development of a cable car was still in the planning phase, he said it was necessary. Mnweni Valley, between the Royal Natal National Park and Cathedral Peak sections of the World Heritage Site uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, had been suggested as the site for the cable car, with the base station situated near Woodstock Dam.

"The project will serve as a catalyst to attract more international visitors to the Drakensberg region and provide a magnet to a host of other experiences and attractions in the area," Mabuyakhulu said.

The concept, similar to the cable car at Table Mountain in Cape Town, aims to develop a 3 300m cable-way with an intermediate station, climbing 1 300m to the summit, which will be an elevation of 3 300m above sea level, offering views of KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho and the Free State.

He said the project would extend across the tourism value chain and explore opportunities to open a tourism gateway in the border area of KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho and the Free State.

Another tourist attraction announced yesterday was the development of a theme park called NUMZ Adventure Island on the North Coast. It is set to open early next year. "This new development will be comprised of world-class water slides, fast food outlets and family accommodation. It underscores our resolve of using tourism as one of the implements of driving economic growth in the province," said Mabuyakhulu.

He said they expect a huge economic spin-off from the development with about 230 full time jobs created in the initial phase and about 300 000 tourists in its first year of operation.

http://www.news24.com/Travel/South-Africa/Cable-car-and-adventure-theme-park-for-KZN-20130605
 

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More details of this project have come to light and are detailed in #18 (Autumn 2014) of Business in Durban.

Construction of this park is well underway. Phase 1, which is set to open by Dec 2014, is worth R150m and will include the following offerings:

- world-class waterpark attractions
- kiddies aqua play area
- golf driving range
- retail and food outlets
- country market (for micro local enterprises in the area)

The rides are being desiged by White Water West of Canana, who have been behind some of the mega water parks globally, such as Yas Island in Abu Dhabi and Atlantis in Dubai.

Future plans include a Rixen Cableways skiing sports water arena, mountain bike trails, high performance sports centre, a reptile park, and a 3 star hotel.

AECOM has been appointed project managers.

The developers are Marina and Gerrie Scheepers, and Roger and Kim Blevin [the Blevins own Shayamanzi Houseboats at Jozini Lake, which is the only tiger fishing and luxury boathouse destination in Africa]. They have set 2018 as a deadline to become "Africa's leading family-friendly park". The KZN MEC for Economic Development said that he expects 300,000 people to visit the park in its first year.
 

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This one seems to have progressed nicely. It is just what the north coast needs! It will be a big and diverse family focused attraction which is in fitting with the area. Let's hope for pics?
 

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Based on the Tinley Manor website it's under development. They attended Attractions Africa earlier this month and did a presentation there. I gather as this is a scaled development there is a lot of funding needing sourcing.
 

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