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Land Adventures -- Bungy Jumping & Big Swings
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Bungy Jumping & Big Swings: 8 listings
Orlando Towers - Vertical Adventure Centre
Johannesburg, GAU
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Wild Five
South Coast, KZN
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Face Adrenalin, Gourits Bungy & Big Swing
Garden Route, WC
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Face Adrenalin, Bloukrans Bridge Bungy
Garden Route, WC
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Big Swing & Highwire Graskop
Graskop, MPU
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Sabie Backpackers & Extreme Adventures
Kruger Park, MPU
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The Big Swing and Highwire
Graskop, MPU
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Big Rush
Durban, KZN
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Orlando Towers Big Swing: A World First - Swing between two Cooling Towers
Orlando Towers Big Swing:
A World First - Swing between two Cooling Towers
Bungee Jumping and Bridge Swinging, must rank up there with the most exhilarating Adventure Experiences on the planet. Commercial Bungee Jumping first took off in New Zealand and it wasn't long before the Kiwis brought the sport to South Africa.

The mountainous South African topography lends itself to some Word-Class Bungee Jumping and Bridge Swing sites. Two of the sites are run by Face Adrenalin on the Garden Route in the Western Cape and are both based from towering bridges which cross over huge gorges. One of these, the Bloukrans Bungee Jump, in fact holds the title of the Highest Commercially operated Bungee jump in the World and tourists to the area should not miss the opportunity to put his one under their belt.

If you happen to be in Johannesburg, then fear not! Just to the South of Johannesburg is the suburb of Soweto and home to an unused Power Station. The huge cooling towers have been turned into an Adventure Playground and now offer the only Big Swing between two Cooling Towers. This unique experience is a must for the Adrenalin Junkies and plans are afoot to add a Bungee Jump platform between the two towers.

For those travelling to Kwazulu-Natal, you need to head on down to the South Coast to get your kicks. Wild Five offer one of the most picturesque Big Swings in South Africa, over the Oribi Gorge. These guys really rock as they offer a host of other activities in the area as well.

And if you are playing with the Wildlife in Mpumalanga, then you need to go to Graskop, another awesome Big Swing.

So if you only have time for one quick Adrenalin Soaring Activity on your travels, throw away your fear and head on off to one of these locations for an experience of a lifetime. In case you are wondering if you would actually be able to jump off the platform - don't worry. The teams at each of these venues are experienced and professional and will guide you through the process and soothe those nerves.

It is interesting to note that many people have said that doing a Bungy Jump or Bridge Swing has enabled them to conquer their fear of heights!!! So what are you waiting for.....
A word on Bungy Jumping & Big Swings:
  "A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step." Lao Tsu  


Equipment:

As with all extreme sports, good equipment is absolutely essential in bungy jumping.

The first & original bungy cords developed and used were 100% natural latex. It was only much later in the play that the American system with a braided outer sheath was developed. The braided cord does not provide significant durability benefits and also results in considerably higher shock loading on the body of the jumper.

In bungy cords used in South Africa, the latex is not exposed, but is protected with an all latex outer covering. Retrieval methods vary according to the site used. Mobile cranes provide the greatest recovery speed and flexibility, the jumper being lowered rapidly to ground level and detached. Many other mechanisms have been devised according to the nature of the jump platform and the need for a rapid turn-around.
: Highest Commercial Bungee Jump
Bloukrans Bungee | Face Adrenalin:
Highest Commercial Bungee Jump


Safety:

There are strict rules governing the operation of this activity and South African operators have a 100% safety record, since the sport was launched in the Eighties.

Professionalism and attention to detail are seldom more evident than in this sport. The operators are all highly trained and treat safety as a non-negotiable.

The Equipment is checked regularly and like an Building designed by a Professional Engineer, the Bungee Cord and Harness are designed to take an enourmous amount of extra weight and stress. So don't worry if you have over-indulged on your holiday - that extra Doughnut won't put you in jeopardy!

Given the level of Professionalism at every step of the experience, you will be immediately reassured and you can enjoy your experience with absolute peace of mind.

Interesting Facts:

  • The word bungee (pronounced bunjie) first appeared around 1930 and was the name for a rubber eraser. The word bungy, as used by A J Hackett, is said to be "Kiwi slang for an Elastic Strap"
  • The first modern bungy jump was made on 1 April 1979 from the 250ft Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol in the UK, and was made by four members of the Dangerous Sports Club (who were promptly arrested!)
  • The first operator of a commercial bungy jumping concern was New Zealander, A J Hackett, who made his first jump from Auckland’s Greenhithe Bridge in 1986.
  • The Bloukrans bungy jump in South Africa is recognised by the Guiness Book of Records as being the World’s Highest Commercial Bungy Jump at a spine tingling, mind blowing 216m high!
: A view from the top down
Gouritz River Bungee | Face Adrenalin:
A view from the top down


History:

In the 1950s David Attenborough and a BBC film crew had brought back footage of the "land divers" of Pentecost Island in Vanuatu, young men who jumped from tall wooden platforms with vines tied to their ankles as a test of courage. This film inspired Chris Baker of Bristol, England to use elastic rope in a kind of urban vine jumping.

The first modern bungee jump was made on 1 April 1979 from the 250ft Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol, and was made by four members of the Dangerous Sports Club. The jumpers, led by David Kirke, were arrested shortly after, but continued with jumps in the US from the Golden Gate and Royal Gorge bridges, spreading the concept worldwide. By 1982 they were jumping from mobile cranes and hot air balloons, and putting on commercial displays.

The first operator of a commercial bungee jumping concern was New Zealander, A J Hackett, who made his first jump from Auckland's Greenhithe Bridge in 1986. During the following years Hackett performed a number of jumps from bridges and other structures (including the Eiffel Tower), building public interest in the sport.

Several million successful jumps have taken place since 1980. This is attributable to bungee operators rigorously conforming to standards and guidelines governing jumps, such as double checking calculations and fittings for every jump.

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Credit: Face Adrenalin: A view from the bottom
Credit: Face Adrenalin
A view from the bottom
Oribi Gorge - Decision Time: Credit Ernest Roper
Oribi Gorge - Decision Time
Credit Ernest Roper
Oribi Gorge - Take Off: Credit Ernest Roper
Oribi Gorge - Take Off
Credit Ernest Roper
Credit Face Adrenalin: Bungee Jumping along the Garden Route
Credit Face Adrenalin
Bungee Jumping along the Garden Route
Credit: Face Adrenalin: On the Edge
Credit: Face Adrenalin
On the Edge
Credit: Face Adrenalin: No Turning Back!!
Credit: Face Adrenalin
No Turning Back!!
Credit: Face Adrenalin: Two's Company - Three is a Crowd.
Credit: Face Adrenalin
Two's Company - Three is a Crowd.
Credit: Face Adrenalin: Perfect Silhouette of Bungee Jumper
Credit: Face Adrenalin
Perfect Silhouette of Bungee Jumper
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