Sandton as you’ve never seen it before: on a segway

By Marika Sboros

Segway toursFancy seeing Sandton as you’ve never seen it before? An innovative new segway tour could be just up your street.

Kasi Tours and Imperial Green Mobility are running Segway Guided Tours of Sandton CBD during the Eco-Mobility Festival this October.

It’s an idea whose time has come. The only surprise is that it has taken so long for segways tours to take off.

When they were first launched onto the transportation scene in 2001, Segways were heralded as a “technological marvel”. That may have been overstating the case slightly, but fun and eco-friendly these odd-looking, two-wheeled, battery-powered vehicles certainly are.

You may have spotted one in the news recently at the World Championships in Beijing, of all places: a Japanese cameraman on a segway bumped into Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, while filming his victory lap after winning the gold in the 200m (that just happened to be in a time of 19.55 – the fastest since his Olympic win in 2012), and knocked the fastest man in the world right off his feet.

The cameraman was hugely embarrassed and apologetic. Bolt, as was to be expected, was hugely amused. The incident put the spotlight back onto segways.

Segways are enjoying a resurgence in popularity in the tourism industry globally. The advantages are clear: they take you closer to sights and attractions than bus tours or cars are able to take you, and you can cover more distance than on your two legs.

Most of all, you can have a whole lot of fun zipping around on these motorised scooters.

The Kasi Tours will be the first time that Jo’burgers can experience the fun and exhilaration of gliding on a segway through the streets of Sandton.   The organisers also say the tours are a way for companies to enjoy a team “fun-building” activity – or spoil top clients with a trip around Sandton.

According to a press release, the tours are available in two options:

  • Adventure Tour: Take the Segway X2, off-road model, on the trails of the Mushroom Park. This is a 45 minute tour that starts at the Eco-Mobility Festival’s Exhibition area, takes the glider on a short trip through some of Sandton’s busy streets and onto Mushroom Park, where gliders can experience the exhilaration of being on a segway in a safe environment. This is the ideal location to explore Segway’s capabilities whilst enjoying a few games in the park.
  • Sandton Sidewalk Tour: A 45 minute tour that explores Sandton CBD’s sidewalks, business’ and landscape. Along the way, you will learn about South Africa’s – and Africa’s – richest business district and visit some of the most predominant companies in the country.

For more information, visit www.kasitours.com