Sunday, 31 August 2008

Zorbing or Sphereing

We at do regularly get enquiries from travellers looking to take part in a specific activity and wanting to know the availability of it in South Africa. It is rare that we are unable to assist, yet every now then one does come along that we don’t have listed as it hasn’t thus far reached our shores, or if it has, it hasn’t yet come across our radar.

One such enquiry came through pertaining to Zorbing.

The Wikipedia Explanation: Sphereing (or Zorbing) is the practice of humans travelling in a sphere, generally made of transparent plastic, usually for fun. Sphereing or globe-riding is generally performed on a gentle slope, allowing the rider to roll downhill, but can also be done on a level surface, as well as on water, permitting more rider control. In the absence of hills, at least one vendor has begun constructing metal ramps. Most spheres are constructed for a single rider, but some hold two or three. The longer runs are approximately half a mile. Globe-riding is very popular in New Zealand and the very first Zorb site was Zorb Rotorua.

Interestingly if you do a South African page search for the term Zorbing on, what you get is: "This domain is already in use The domain is being held by Flatspin for Zorbing"

What this hopefully means, as opposed to it being a speculative domain, is that it won’t be to long before we have Zorbing in SA.

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