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Adrenaline Junkies! Explore The Best Places To Bungee Jump In South Africa

Enjoy bungee jumping in South Africa
Bungee jumping in South Africa [Image by bungeeinternational from Pixabay]
As summer draws to a close in the northern hemisphere, South Africa is heading for the warmer months and exciting vacation options. Anyone seeking adrenaline sports has a treat in store when it comes to this country. Its coasts and inland areas offer a good selection of adventure and water sports. However, for those without a fear of heights, bungee jumping is one of the most exciting experiences and South Africa offers at least three locations for the wildest jump. Read on to find out more about the unique Soweto Towers bungee jump, the highest bridge jump in the world, and “The Big Swing” bungee jump in Mpumalanga

Soweto Towers Bungee Jump, Soweto

Bungee jump the Soweto Towers in Soweto, Johannesburg
Bungee jump Soweto Towers [Image South African Tourism/Flickr]
While the Soweto Towers bungee jump isn’t the highest in the world, it is definitely among the most unusual and unique. Set in Soweto near Johannesburg, Soweto Towers form part of the former Orlando Power Station, a decommissioned coal-fired power station.

As you get close to the former cooling towers, you will already experience a great vibe, with lively music almost always adding color. Speaking of color, the cooling towers have been painted with images relating to the township. While the art is often updated, you are likely to see art representing everything from former South African president Nelson Mandela and musicians, to the Black Madonna of Regina Mundi. In fact, for those scared of heights, it is worth heading here for the colorful art alone. Don’t just take our word on it, have a look at a daredevil bungee jumping the Soweto Towers below.

Meanwhile, the Soweto Towers don’t just offer a bungee jumping experience, as here adventure seekers can enjoy rock climbing, paintballing, power and internal swings, abseiling, and base jumping. In fact, this former power station has something for every adrenaline junkie.

Bungee jump the Bloukrans Bridge in Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa

Bloukrans Bridge, Nature's Valley, Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa
Bloukrans Bridge in Nature’s Valley [Image Allan Watt/Flickr]
The Bloukrans Bridge in Nature’s Valley in the Tsitsikamma National Park is officially the highest bungee jump in the world. Anyone exploring South Africa’s magnificent Garden Route should take time out to go bungee jumping, or just enjoy the spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.

Meanwhile, this bungee jumping experience has a 100 percent safety record and has hosted some famous people. Here, Jack Osbourne and Prince Harry have experienced the bridge jump, along with some of the best bungee jumpers in the world.

World's highest bridge bungee jump on the Bloukrans Bridge, South Africa
Bungee jump the Bloukrans Bridge [Image wanderlasss/Flickr]
One of the best ways to access the jump point is to head there by zipline from the banks of the river to the bridge’s arch. There, you will first be kitted out in a full-body harness, and your feet will be secured in specialized equipment.

Once you are ready, you will take a leap out into the valley and will experience the thrill of falling and rebounding. Meanwhile, to get back up to the bridge, take a fun winch ride while taking in the spectacular views of the surrounding national park. Once there, stroll the 216 m (709 ft) SkyWalk back to solid ground. Find out more on the website of Face Adrenalin Bungy.

Graskop Gorge Lift Company, Bungee Jumping, Mpumalanga

Graskop Gorge Lift Company - Graskop bungee jump
[Image Graskop Gorge Lift Company/YouTube]
For the next adrenaline experience, we head to the small town of Graskop in South Africa’s Mpumalanga Province. Here, Graskop Gorge offers an amazing selection of adrenaline experiences. These include the adrenaline-pumping bungee jump, known as The Big Swing, where you throw yourself backwards from the top of a 70 m (230 ft) cliff, descending at 140 m/h (0.9 mi) in just three seconds.

Besides The Big Swing, Graskop offers ziplining across the Graskop Gorge, which takes you 130 m (40 ft) above a spectacular landscape. Moreover, the Graskop Gorge Lift takes you on an unforgettable trip into the heart of the forest and is the only of its kind in the southern hemisphere. You start at the top of a grassy cliff by entering a custom-designed 26-passenger viewing elevator. Meanwhile, the lift takes passengers down from the cliff face into the lush forest below. But that isn’t all, as here you can enjoy exploring a network of elevated walkways and suspension bridges, accompanied by interactive exhibits in the forest.

Meanwhile, this beautiful location also offers archery, abseiling, river rafting, quad biking and fly fishing. For those unadventurous souls, they can seek out their riches by gold panning in the river or enjoying a great round of golf. Get an idea of what Graskop Gorge Lift Company offers in the video included here.

Head to South Africa this year to get your adrenaline flowing, with bungee jumping and other exciting adventure sports.

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