Saturday, November 8, 2008

Bloukrantz Bridge Bungy Jump

The Garden Route is not just a very scenic area but also an adventure junkie's playground with near countless activities to be done by thrill seekers of all shapes and sizes.

The ultimate adventure activity can be done at the Bloukrantz River Bridge in the Tsitsikamma. The river is also the boundary between the provinces of the Eastern Cape and the Western Cape. Here you will find one of the highest commercial bungy jump sites in the world.

Measured at 216 metres high and 400 metres long, the bridge is the 10th highest bridge in the world. Jumpers get into their harnesses after signing in and then get a safety briefing. They then follow a path down to a catwalk attached to the side of the bridge that will take them the 200 metres to the middle of the bridge. Here they are met by the jumping personnel who will attach jumpers to the bungy cord before doing the count down. 5...4...3...2...1...BUNGY!!!!!

The leap must be death defying. I wouldn't know because I have this little issue with heights. The only way that you will ever get me leaping off would be if I got into a South African version of The Amazing Race and there is no such thing at the moment. Anyway, I'm digressing. The first rebound is as much as the previous highest jump at the Victoria Falls. On the middle photo you will see the jumper below the bridge while the rope to the right has several windsocks on it for measuring purposes.

5 comments:

  1. I hear you. I have a BIG issue with height - can't even convince myself to go up Table Mountain. And crossing that bridge always gives me the creeps, let alone jumping from it!! I suppose it takes all kinds...

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  2. My God, thats not for the faint hearted, amazing ! there is no way I could contemplate doing anything like that.....EVER.
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  3. I also have an issue with heights. I get goose bumps just thinking about that jump. Nice shots though.

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  4. Omigosh, that bridge doesn't look like it has much of a guard rail on it. I think I would be nervous to drive across it, let alone bungee jump off it. Do people ever drive off that bridge into the ravine below?

    Holy doodle!

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  5. Just looking at these pictures puts my heart in my throat. I really think people must be crazy to do this.
    I am here from Faye's Photos and really enjoyed looking at your blog.

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