There is so much to explore and do in South Africa that a lifetime is not enough.
By Annika Majak
Annika Majak gives you five attractions that are guaranteed to make your heart beat faster and the rush of adrenaline flow through your body. Let South Africa Pump Your Adrenaline.
Bloukrans Bridge has the worlds highest commercial bridge bungee at 216 metres. Just getting out to the jump-site is an adrenaline rush by itself. But you will need to take a big leap (of both faith and trust) when you step of the ledge. Do not worry – you are supposed to be scared and while you wait for your turn you will ask yourself why you are doing it and what made you think of doing it in the first place.
Once you jump, the adrenaline of this adventure will stay with you for a long time and it is a proud moment when you let everybody know that you did the world’s highest bungee jump!
Table Mountain Abseil
Visiting Table Mountain and walking around it is a must for everyone visiting Cape Town. For some people the cable ride up to the top is a adrenaline rush by itself but if you are looking for a more daring adventure, opt to abseil down the mountain.
Get strapped in a harness and lean over the ledge, 1000 meters above sea level. Your adventure starts as you swing from the mountain. And one more thing… halfway down, a surprise awaits you.
Great White Shark Cage Diving
There are a lot of different operators in Gansbaai (outside of Cape Town) that offer cage diving with great white sharks. Shark Diving Unlimited is a operator that has the famous “shark man”, Mike Rutzen, who is famous for free diving with great white sharks. His company offers tours to see these majestic animals in their own environment.
A boat takes you out to where the sharks usually are and chum is thrown into the water to attract the sharks. When the sharks arrive you get your wet-suit on (that makes you look like a seal by the way) and get into the cage. It is an unreal experience to be this close to the sharks and the adrenaline helps to warm your blood in the cold water.
Cango Cave Adventure Tour
Cave guides around the world will tell you that you either need a helmet because the cave may be low in some places or that you may get claustrophobic if you are afraid of small places. Never has that information been so true than when it comes to the Adventure Tour in the Cango Caves.
Before you sign up, you can see some of the spaces in life size – they are carved out of wood to show you what to expect and to be honest it is hard to believe that you would fit through the small cracks that are shown. Some of the spaces are truly very cramped, small and you literately need to squeeze your body through. To give you an example – there is one place in the cave where you first need to press your head through a crack and then wiggle in your body (with the fear of getting stuck) and then slide on your stomach from the so called letterbox.
Adrenaline pumping for sure!
Big Rush Big Swing – Moses Mabhiba Stadium
Another South African world record – this time as the world’s tallest swing where you jump out into a 220 meter arch inside the stadium. Adrenaline starts pumping as you’re on your way up – you’ll quickly realize how high you will be going. Once you reach the arch you take a small ladder down to the jumping point.
It takes a lot of bravery to actually take the leap and at first you are just falling, falling for what feels like forever. Then the swing catches you and you realize that you survived and you start to enjoy the rush. Fill your lungs with air and scream out the adrenaline as you soar in a huge swing with the impressive Stadium beneath you.
About the author: Annika Majak is a freelance journalist. Born in Sweden but calls the whole world her home. (Shares her travel on her website www.bringblingtoeverything.com.