We didn’t waste any time after arriving in St. Kitts a week and a half ago—we hit the ground running from the first morning, and immediately set out to up our heart rates by doing a little ziplining through the lush rainforest at Wingfield Estate.
Can we just talk for a second about how fun ziplining truly is? I’ve gone in so many different places—from Vancouver to Barbados, Cuba to Montana—and never fail to have a blast. This trip with Sky Safaris was no different.
To start, all the equipment seems brand new and state of the art. This is not always the case with zipline outfitters on tropical islands. I don’t know about you, but I definitely don’t want to be zipping 250 feet above the forest floor on a janky rope secured by questionable caribiners. Sky Safaris uses the trolley system, which you carry from line to line and allows you to lounge backward in a comfortable seat (others simply use a harness rig). I also feel much more secure ziplining with this method.
Once there, you’ll ride four very long lines down, ranging from 500 to 1,350 (nearly a third of a mile!) long. I loved that the most about this course: the length of the ziplines was enough that you could really enjoy your surrounds. And each implements a spring-bank brake system, meaning even when you hit 40mph, you don’t have whiplash when you swoop in for your landing.
The Sky Safaris team is super personable (read: funny!), but also efficient. Because they get so many visitors from cruise ships—at least eight of which come through the nearby port town of Basseterre each week—they have the flow down to a science. As soon as one zipliner is getting helped down, the next one is sent across. That way, it took us just over an hour to complete the course despite us being a group of 15.