Riding The Flightline At San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Flightline Safari is 2/3 mile long zip line at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The line soars as high as 160 feet above the ground with rhinos, deer and the people eating animals in the fields below. It’s one of the many attractions the zoo offers. It’s not cheap by any means. A single flight cost $112 per person. However, the zoo is a non-profit and the money goes to their conservation efforts so you shouldn’t feel too bad for getting gouged.

The Flightline experience includes gear, an orientation, and a “fledgling” line to practice taking off from a platform and successfully landing. This first Flightline run is 470 feet long and will reach a top speed of about 20MPH.

Once “fledged,” you board a truck for a ride to the upper launch area of the main Flightline. Once you learn the ropes, the guide hooks your harness onto the cable trolley and you’re ready to fly over a bunch of angry animals that would like nothing more than to take a bite out of you. You’ll reach a maximum speed of 50MPH during the flight.

You can choose to record your flight by renting a Flightline Go Pro Helmet Cam. I chose to record it with my iPhone instead. This made my flight a little more exciting since the guide kept telling me to keep both hands on the trolley. That’s kinda hard to do when you’re holding an iPhone. 😛

Another interesting thing about the Flightline is it seems to defy the laws of physics. Everyone should zip down the line at the same speed. However, I was able to catch up to and pass Ashley on the way down. Enjoy the videos.