South Africa Bungee jumping has earned a global reputation for its claim to having the highest commercial bungee jump in the world. It is located along the gorgeous Garden Route, the Bloukrans Bungee Jump will send you plummeting 216m, headfirst, towards the bottom.
Despite the extreme height of this bungee jump, a full body harness is used, instead of the traditional ankle harness. The tackle combined with a technique called ‘pendulum bungee technology’, makes for a very comfortable jump – considering the fact that you’re jumping off a 216m high bridge.
Bungee jumping in South Africa:
1.Bungee Mogale, Krugersdorp
At the Kings Kloof Bridge in Krugersdorp / Mogale City, you can have a nerve-tingling experience of bungee jumping 50m toward the undergrowth; and catch the scent of fresh foliage. This bungee area has been open since 2005 and various paraphernalia can be purchased as part of a bungee package, such as branded t-shirts, caps, and even footage of your jump. Other activities available here include a Foofy-Slide and a Bridge Swing. Bookings are only required if you are part of a group with ten or more people; no tandem jumping is allowed.
2.Bloukrans Bridge, Storms River
Known as the highest bungee in the world from a man-made structure, also noted as such in the Guinness Book of Records, the head-first fall from the Bloukrans Bridge is sure to get your adrenal gland pumping. The height is 216m drop towards the Storms River, so the full body harness goes a long way in making you feel secure. The organizers are qualified professionals, and although they may joke, they won’t let you down.
3.Gouritz Bridge, Gouritz
The bungee jump in Gouritz Bridge is 65m, and once you’re at the top you’ll be staring down at the swirling, cold waters of the Gouritz river. Here, you have plenty of time to take a deep breath before diving off the edge, and will have a few exhilarating seconds of laughing, crying, or screaming, before the bungee cord snaps you back up. If you prefer it, a bridge swing is also available. There are a number of tour operators that offer to jump at the Gourtiz, but be sure to look out for those that offer add-on packages in conjunction with your bungee jump, such as shark cage diving.
People who have certain medical conditions should not attempt to bungee jump. Bungee jumping companies make you sign a release that includes a list of these conditions. You should get clearance from your doctor if you have blood pressure that is too low or too high, back problems, breathing issues such as asthma, circulatory diseases, heart problems or head injuries. Pregnant ladies should also avoid bungee jumping.
Travel Tips – Tips
(1) Book ticket in advance as it is usually packed.
(2) Reach before the time so that you have less waiting time.
(3) You should wear comfortable clothes and don’t carry anything with you. Remove any piece of jewellery, watches, specs, etc from your body. All pockets should be empty.
(4) In the cafeteria, where your fellow mates can sit and watch you jump on the big screen.
(5) If you have a heart condition, epilepsy, high blood pressure, diabetes, or a neurological disorder, or are pregnant, it is advised that you don’t attempt the jump.
With beautiful and diverse landscapes, welcoming locals, and outdoor-orientated activities, South Africa is a first-class destination. This is specifically true for the crazy adrenaline-junkies of this world. If you Standing at the edge of an incredibly high structure with the ground blurring below evokes you get mixed feelings. If you don’t jump then you never fly!!