There are two types of people in this world- adventurous souls and non-adventurous beings. Some think that as soon as you reach the 20's more people try more and more daring activities. Others say it's something that happens when you realise life is passing you by and there's so much to still experience. It's a debatable subject and opinions differ. When thinking of an adventurous activity to try, one of the first things that jump to mind is bungee jumping. In South Africa, there are two popular bungee jumping bridges that attract hundreds of adventurous souls throughout the year- Gourits bridge and the Bloukrans Bridge.
Gourits bridge has been around since as early as 1989 and offers jumpers a 65m bridge. Not only can you expect to do normal bungee jumping, you can also make use of the Bridge Swing. Think of an exciting way to get off the platform and just do it! Whether you jump nose first, crawl off the platform or get pushed off, you will experience something out of the ordinary. As your breath gets caught in your throat and adrenaline sings in your veins, you will swing to the opposite side of the bridge. You definitely can't compare this experience to your playground swing now can you? If you want to do the traditional bungee jumping and feel the true feel of the plunge, try bungee jumping off the 65m bridge. Not in your wildest dreams could you have ever imagined approaching water at this speed! Say hey to the Gourits River as your cord stretches and pulls while all your senses sizzle.
The other bungee jumping bridge is situated at the Tsitsikamma Forest Village Market, roundabout 40km from Plettenberg Bay- where you will find the "highest commercially operating Bungee in the World". The Gourits bungee jumping bridge is a gob-smacking 216-meter high! Yes, you heard right! You will have to get all your nerves together and make sure your heart is in a good condition, because this bridge will certainly test that adventurous soul of yours. Because of the height of this bridge, they offer a few different options as to things to definitely try once you get to this bridge.
Obviously, they offer you a bungee jumping experience that you will never forget! Imagine what Zorro felt like when jumping off a moving train, now multiply that with 400 and you might just be able to compare the thrill of bungee jumping. Apart from this, the Bloukrans bridge group also offers an activity called the "Flying Fox". Now, don't think just because this isn't bungee, it's not as exciting. You will rocket off a platform and swing / fly / soar for 200m to the archway of the bridge. Expect to feel feelings you've never experienced before! If you are one of those who believe you haven't lived till you've tried at least everything once, then the "Double Rush Adventure Combo" is just the thing for you! The Double Rush Adventure Combo is a combination of the flying fox and the bungee jump.
You will soar through the sky for 200m, preparing you for the 216m bungee jump. Can you even imagine how you will feel after experiencing two pumping experiences after one another? For those that can't get the courage together, there's the much easier on the heart Bridge Walking Tours. You can walk along the catwalk to the top of the arch where the adventurous jump from and you can watch as they plunge down. Are you feeling excited yet? Do you want to look back one day and say that you really lived? Then bungee jumping is definitely something that should get jotted down on your to-do list!.
Dee works for a booking agency in Cape Town who specialises in fun and adventurous things to do in and around Cape Town. If you think life should be lived to the fullest, then bungee jumping might just be the next thing to do on your list!