3..2..1.. Bunjee! l Highest bungee jumping locations in the world

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When I did my first sky dive, I thought nothing could be more adventurous than this but then, I bunjee jumped ☺!

I remember having a casual discussion with my brother about his bunjee jump at South Africa and while we were talking, all I could think in my head was what’s like jumping off the tallest bridge in the world? There was only one way to find out. How? By jumping off the bridge by myself!

Source: Face Adrenalin featured image

Photo of South Africa by Khyati Thaker

My story

Bloukrans Bungy is recognized as the world’s highest “commercial bridge” bunjee jump, at 216 meters (709 feet) free fall above Bloukrans River. I booked myself for a bunjee jump with Face Adrenalin. Bloukrans bridge is highest in Africa and bungee jump from "this bridge" ranks highest in the world. It is situated on N2 highway at the Border between Eastern cape and the Western Cape in the Tsitsikamma area of South Africa's beautiful Garden Route

To reach the jump point, one has to walk across the arch span bridge. We were advised to not to look down while we are on the walkway bridge and I so am glad I obeyed!

Source: Face Bridgewalk

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The moment I reached the jump point, I was told that I would be the “first” to jump off amongst the group of people. My anxiety level just shot up! To be honest, I wanted to ask him if I could go back! But then, I thought if I do not jump now, I would never be able to do it

The best thing about this place is that the team at Face Adrenalin keeps your spirits high from the time you reach there. They welcome you with broad smiles and lots of positive energies! The loud music that plays in the background while you wait for your turn, definitely make you tap your boots.

What next? My name was shouted. I was secured with full body harness with ankle connection and the team member tied Velcro around my legs. I then moved to the next seat wherein the team member tied my both legs together.

Trying to pretend how unafraid I am ☺

Photo of Face Adrenalin, Tsitsikamma, Plettenberg Bay, South Africa by Khyati Thaker

Thereafter, I stood out on the edge of the bridge! At that moment, I asked myself why am I doing this? But now there was no turning back. The adrenaline in my vein had started flowing.

Before I could realise, it was the time for that vital leap of faith! The team members screamed “5..4..3..2..1… Bunjee!!” and I were pushed off the bridge!

Off I go!

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Earlier, I assumed that I am not among those who scream during the fall, but hell no! I think I must have screamed the loudest and for all you know, may be my scream would have reached the infinite!

I felt I was flying and all this felt surreal. My body hurled with such a speed towards the ground. The rope stopped the fall just short of the ground and gave the ultimate thrill. Bloukran bunjee uses pendulum bunjee technology so when I jumped, the cord attached pulled me out of free-fall into a smooth pendulum.

Upon hitting the bottom, you grasp the amazing view of mountain and river. An unexpected calmness keyed into my body while I was hanging upside down. At that moment, I spread my hands out and let go of everything without thinking too much. This was the best feeling on Earth.

Best feeling ever!

Photo of 3..2..1.. Bunjee! l Highest bungee jumping locations in the world by Khyati Thaker

While I was still enjoying the scenic beauty, my “rescuer” came to buckle me up and take me back to the top.

My “Rescuer”!!

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So how does one feel post bunjee jumping adventure?

After my jump, I felt a remarkable sense of accomplishment. Returning back from the same "walkway Bridge" felt like a piece of cakewalk. The confidence that I gained was at a different level altogether and guess what? I “looked down” while walking on the bridge and I wasn’t scared this time!

Post your jump, I would recommend you to visit “The Cliffhanger” Pub, adjacent to Bloukrans bridge to tantalize your taste buds. You get to sit, relax and watch live feed of bunjee jumps of other enthusiasts, which are played on the big screen. You basically re-live your bunjee jump while sipping coffee or drinking beer!

I must admit that this is the most terrifying experience but I haven’t met a single person who has done bunjee jump and not loved it!

So, do you also fancy a rush, you will never forget? Let us see some of the highest jumps in the world.

Top 5 highest Jumps in the World

1. Macau Tower, China

This is presently the highest bunjee jumps open to public. The jumpers take off from the platform at the top of the AJ Hackett Macau Tower and free fall over 764 feet.

Source: www.easytourchina.com

Photo of Macau Tower, Macau by Khyati Thaker

2. Varzasca Dam- Ticino, Switzerland

This is one of the popular destinations in the world. Actually, 1995 Bond movie sparked an interest of the dam. The jumpers take off the plunge from the dam and free fall over 720 feet. The location also offers night jumps.

Source: https//www.travangelo.co.uk/blog/2017/03/07/thrill-seekers-beware-worlds-biggest-bungee-jumps/

Photo of Verzasca, Switzerland by Khyati Thaker

3. Bloukrans Bridge South Africa

This is the tallest commercial bridge in the world. The jumpers take off the plunge from the bridge and free fall over 709 feet.

Photo of Bloukrans Bridge, South Africa by Khyati Thaker

4. EuropabrÜck Bridge, Innsbruck, Austria

This bridge is known for its stunning views of forest, mountains in Europe. The jumpers take off the plunge from the bridge and free fall over more 630 feet.

5. Niouc Bridge, Switzerland

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Photo of Austria by Khyati Thaker

This is the highest suspended bridge in Europe offering stunning views. This is swaying bridge which means that jumpers will swing in different directions. The jumpers take off the plunge from the bridge and free fall over more 623 feet.

Source: http://p2.trrsf.com.br/image/fget/cf/619/464/img.terra.com.br/i/2012/03/10/2260043-7427-rec.jpg

Photo of Switzerland by Khyati Thaker

I suppose that it is very difficult to articulate in words and may be there aren’t enough adjectives to describe the joy, fear and confidence, I felt after jumping off.

For my fellow adventure junkies out there- Be on the edge, take a leap of faith by bungee jumping and introduce more excitement and adventure into your life!

So, are you ready to jump? Don’t forget to smile for the camera!☺

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