Bungee Jumping, the Ultimate Challenge!
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The Practical Guide of the Activity.
- 1 A National Sport in New Zealand.
- 2 How Does a Bungee Jumping Take Place?
- 3 The Best Bungee Spots of the South Island.
- 4 The Best Bungee Spots of the North Island.
- 5 Three Funny Alternatives to Bungee Jumping.
- 6 Is It Dangerous to Practice Bungee Jumping?
- 7 Overcome Your Fear and Go Beyond Your Limits!
A National Sport in New Zealand.
Bungee jumping was invented in New Zealand.
Also known as “Bungee Jumping” and popularized in the 1980s by a few extreme sports fanatics, bungee jumping has become a true national sport in New Zealand.
For those who still do not know, the principle consists in throwing itself into the vacuum attached to an elastic.
The goal is to replicate the experience of a true free fall, although from the general point of view, bungee jumping provides even more intense sensations than skydiving.
The original idea was born in the Vanuatu Archipelago in the heart of the Pacific Ocean.
In the tribes, the rite of passage to adulthood consisted of throwing itself into the void hanging on a rope. The New Zealander A.J Hackett was inspired by this tradition to invent a modern version, but not less frightening, in the 1970s.
Jumping points are generally based on bridges.
Since then, it seems that Kiwis cannot pass near a precipice without considering practicing bungee jumping. All pretexts are good, and one jump as well from the top of a bridge, a construction cranes or a cable car cabin!
The price to pay for a powerful adrenaline discharge remains high, but bungee jumping is more affordable in New Zealand than anywhere else in the world.
The beauty of the landscapes even improves the whole experience, with jumps platforms installed in the heart of the most beautiful panoramas of the country.
The sensations are stronger than during a parachute jump.
Watch a bungee jump over the Kawarau River.
Filmed by Oscar Thomson
So if you are not afraid, and you are a candidate for the big thrill, I will present you how the jump takes place and the most spectacular jump spots of the country.
We will then talk about safety, and about some original variants you can try. You will realize that when it comes to getting scared, the Kiwis are not lacking imagination.
How Does a Bungee Jumping Take Place?
Once registered, the hardest part is to wait your turn.
This time your turn has arrived and you cannot escape! It’s time to be brave, so do not hesitate to scream to give yourself some courage, it is not the curious spectators who will mock you.
In the vast majority of cases, the elastic will be attached to your ankles.
There are variations, especially with the harness at the waist that allows greater freedom of movement, and wacky jumps to impress friends on holiday’s videos.
Confronted with void, the legs tremble a little, but hesitation is a natural attitude.
The instructor will lightly press on your back at the count of three if you need encouragement, but he will never push you if you don’t ask for it before.
One gets used to everything, even to bungee jumping.
Participants take an average of one minute to decide to jump, and canceled jumps are exceedingly rare. The more adventurous enjoy jumping by turning their backs to the void to get more sensation, but the leap of the angel is perfect to begin.
The fall is indescribable and provides an adrenaline discharge capable of waking the dead. Braced by elastic, the body transforms into yo-yo for a few moments. At this point, fear has already given way to euphoria and bursts of laughter.
The first jump is necessarily the most intense!
When you’ll be stabilized, you need to be detached from the elastic. You will be pull up slowly to the jump platform (or sometimes detached near the ground). A phase that presents no risk at all. I hope to have reassured you, and all you need to do now is to find the best jump spot for your first try!
The Best Bungee Spots of the South Island.
What if you were jumping from the top of a cable car?
The jump spots are usually installed in very touristic zones, and you will find your happiness on the South Island, except if you wait for the last minute. The activity is very popular and booking is imperative several weeks in advance. Always book your jumps on the Internet to save money.
Queenstown, the world’s capital of adventure, provides three breathtaking jumping points. You can defy gravity by jumping over heights between 49 and 134 meters (world record).
Here are the best jump spots of the South Island:
|Queenstown||Kawarau Bridge||43 m||$180|
|Queenstown||The Ledge||47 m||$180|
|Queenstown||The Nevis||134 m||$260|
|Hanmer Springs||Thrill Seekers||35 m||$169|
The bridge of the river Kawarau and its fall of 43 meters.
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The first commercial jumps took place from the top of this bridge in 1983. The 43-meter drop even allows you to dive your head into the water of the Kawarau River or touch it with your fingertips. A boat collects you on arrival: it is perhaps the most famous jump in New Zealand, a great classic.
The Ledge in Queenstown and its 43 meter drop!
Some more crazy jumps- at The Ledge (Queenstown).
A promotional video of AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand
One of the best jump spots in the country, if not the most terrifying, offers a fall of 47 meters above Queenstown.
The Ledge can be practiced by night, for tenfold sensations (the perception of distances is distorted).
The attachment of the elastic to the waist offers a total freedom of movement which allows to imitate superman.
The Nevis and its fall of 134 meters!
Presentation of different jumps with AJ Hacket Bungy Jumping.
A video from MustDoNewZealand
The highest jump of Oceania! A dizzying fall of 134 meters for the bravest among you. The jump takes place from a cable car cabin, and it takes nine seconds (an eternity) before the elastic stops your fall. Undoubtedly the scariest bungee jumping from New Zealand.
Thrill Seekers and his fall of 35 meters.
One and a half hours from Christchurch, Hanmer Spring is a mountain resort mostly known for its geothermal activity and its hot pools. The area has many bridges and one of the oldest built in 1880 allows bungee jumping. The 35-meter fall proposed by Thrill Seekers remains “modest” but is high enough to scare beginners.
The Best Bungee Spots of the North Island.
Bungee jumping is practiced throughout New Zealand.
The North Island is indeed one of the best bungee jumping location in the entire world, although it cannot compete with the incredible spots of the South Island. But you will nevertheless have the opportunity to go beyond your limits in exceptional landscapes.
Here are the best jump spots of the North Island:
|Auckland||AJ Hackett Bungy NZ, Auckland||35 m||$150|
|Taupo||Water Touch Bungy||47 m||$169|
AJ Hackett Bungy NZ – Harbour bridge
The Harbor Bridge and its fall of 35 meters.
The AJ Hackett Bungy NZ company offered itself the luxury of setting up its fourth jumping point from the Harbor Bridge, an emblematic bridge in the city of Auckland.
A funny revenge, because the inventor of the bungee jump was arrested by the police during his first attempt at the very same place a long time ago.
It is up to you to reproduce the feat, and to jump the 35 meters that bring you closer to the sea.
Water Touch Bungy
The Water Touch Bungy and it 47 meters fall.
A 47-meter jump to get your hair wet in the Waikato River. With the rare opportunity in New Zealand to jump in tandem with the love of your life. A poisoned wedding gift, or a real proof of love, it is up to you to see.
The Swoop (agrodome) of Rotorua and its 43 meters.
A somewhat artificial jump, practiced from the top of a 43-meter platform in the Rotorua’s Agrodome Leisure Park. A park landscape is certainly less impressive, but the fear remains the same. Good news, this bungee spot (the cheapest in New Zealand) allows tandem jumping.
Mokai Gravity Canyon
The landscape scrolls at full speed in the Mokai Gravity Canyon.
Experience the terrifying leap of Mokai Gravity Canyon.
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Close to Taihape, the Mokai Canyon allows jumping from the top of a bridge with an impressive fall of 80 meters (the North Island record).
A surprise awaits you at the end, because you will not be detached down as usual, but pulled up to the jump platform!
Mokai Gravity Canyon closed in 2018, but might reopen.
Three Funny Alternatives to Bungee Jumping.
A bungee jump that ends in the water.
If you have already practiced bungee jumping, or if you are looking for a similar activity to impress your friends, there are three alternatives that should delight you (and give yourself good fright at the same time).
Attention, if these three variants are perhaps a little less frightening than bungee jumping, they nevertheless require a good dose of courage.
The Sky Jump
Jump from the top of the 192 meters of the Auckland Sky Tower.
The Sky Jump lets you jump from the top of the Sky Tower of Auckland (192 m).
A Sky Jump promo video
A frightening jump from the top of the emblematic Auckland’s Sky Tower! Instead of an elastic, two steel ropes slow down your fall and you will touch the ground on a platform at the very foot of the tower. The urban environment and the skyscrapers which run at 85 km / h over practically 200 meters gives an incredible feeling of speed.
The swing is a variant of the bungee jumping.
Derived from the bungee jumping, the swing allows to realize an immense circle arc in the void. The activity invented by AJ. Hackkett (pioneer in extreme sports) is available in Queenstown (South Island) with “The Ledge Swing” and the even fearsome “Nevis Swing”.
On the North Island, you’ll find the best swing experience in Taupo and Rotorua.
The zip line is less scary but very fun.
With a zipline, you can reach a mad speed of 160 km / h in the air and the flight over the Kawarau River Gorge stretches for nearly one kilometer!
An intense experience a little less scary than bungee jumping but lasting longer.
Is It Dangerous to Practice Bungee Jumping?
Will you have the courage to try bungee jumping?
Watching the instructors walking around with no apprehension at the edge of the void, one might think that bungee jumping involves no risk. But this Zen attitude reflects a long practice: most professionals have several hundred jumps to their credit.
Bungee jumping is an extreme sport that leaves no room for error. The relaxed “redbull” atmosphere serves essentially to reassure participants who are never treated lightly. Every detail is reviewed by two different experts.
Contrary to the what most people imagine, the elastic used is actually made up of hundreds of elastics grouped in a sheath. The set must be changed every 150 jumps. So if one of the elastic breaks, hundreds of others remain intact to carry your weight!
Your equipment will be checked several times.
Most of the serious accidents occur in the bungee jumping amateur world where participants do not always evaluate distances correctly. Rest assured, the companies recommended on this page are not likely to make you jump with an elastic longer than required!
The jumps that take place over a river are calculated so that the participant gets lightly wet. It goes without saying that the distance has been carefully studied and participants must weigh between 90 and 285 lb (40 and 130 kg) to participate. Even so, a good safety margin is taken into account.
The bungee jumping will be the most memorable souvenir of the stay.
Before the jump, you will be shown clearly where the double fasteners are, and you will see that the carabiners are screwed to avoid any accidents. According to the company, an additional harness sometimes completes the equipment. Checked twice, padding prevents the elastic from wrapping around the legs during the jump.
It is normal to be scared before jumping.
You can be reassured, it is statistically twenty times more risky to drive a car than to practice bungee jumping. With a mortality rate of 1/500000, this sport is even less risky than skydiving. If you have a black sense of humor, you will be delighted to learn that 450 people die each year by falling from their beds, while bungee jumping has known only a few fatalities since its invention.
Overcome Your Fear and Go Beyond Your Limits!
In reality, the presence of the public gives courage to the jumper.
Bungee jumping is the most incredible souvenir you may bring from a stay in New Zealand. But if you are petrified at the simple idea of jumping, or if your dizziness is far too strong, you can pass your turn. The spectacle of the participants who rush into the void should be enough to frighten you.
The first jump reveals people to themselves and beginners often become addicted immediately.
However, you’ll need time before beating the world record of 158 consecutive jumps made in 24 hours by Beau Rettalick.
Some people, however, do not consider bungee jumping as a sport because it doesn’t require any physical preparation. A point of view that is not shared in New Zealand: the heart that beats at top speed in the chest exhaust you more than a long mountain hike!
Bungee jumping is a unique experience in the world.
To immortalize your fall, ask a friend to film you, or simply break your piggy bank to buy the high-quality videos filmed by the organizer. The close-ups on your terrified face, and your last step before jumping deserve a few extra dollars.
Few seconds before your jump, you will probably curse me for having given you the idea to practice bungee jumping in New Zealand. But if you have the courage to shout “Kiwipal” while jumping, I promise to include your video here!
Do not think too much and jump into the void!
Our friend Ben is jumping for more than fifteen years. Feel free to ask him any questions about bungee jumping in New Zealand, he will be happy to help you.
Questions & Answers.
What can I do for you? I could explain to you how bungee jumping is fantastic for hours . but nobody can jump in your place. That said, I would be happy to answer your questions on the subject!
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- Vertigo 4 answers
- Organizing a Bungee Jumping 2 answers
- Budget for Bungee Jumping 2 answers
- Safety Instructions 2 answers
- Is the jump really scary?
All the activity is scary. You will be nervous as soon as you take your ticket, worried while waiting for your turn, terrorized before jumping, and deeply relieved and cheerful during and after the jump.
Some say it’s when in the cabin while waiting for your turn. But nothing can equal the first moments of the fall.
It depends on the individual, but be aware that most organizers do not accept participants who are intoxicated. Nothing prevents you from drinking a blow to give you courage, but it is better to take a drink after to celebrate the jump.
It happens that some candidates take several minutes before jumping, but nobody laughs at them. Those who wait their turn are all the more frightened, and the simple spectators incapable of jumping are admiring.
Organizing a Bungee Jumping
- Can one become addicted to bungee jumping?
Yes, but it is a passion that is expensive, so you would do well to book this type of activity to celebrate birthdays.
And if you want to repeat the feat in another country, A.J Hackett, a pioneer of bungee jumping, is also based in Normandy, France and all around the world.AJ Hackett in France
Budget for Bungee Jumping
- Should we spend money on such a short activity?
I have never seen anyone ask for a refund or regret the money spent. It is a question of overcoming its own limits: this deserves a few sacrifices.
Ask to view the videos before buying, the result is sometimes disappointing. Those proposed by A. J. Hackett are of good quality.
- Will I get tangled in the elastic?
The elastic is never in your legs, and does not drag on the ground, but in a small slot provided for this purpose.
Stress is not beneficial in itself because the human body does not like to be hung upside down. Difficult to measure the impact of a bungee jump, but the pride of having exceeded its limits accompanies you the rest of your life, which is very positive.
Ask Questions to William .
Will you dare to jump? The simple fact of looking at the candidates ready to jump justifies the displacement.
What if it was your turn? If you visit this page, it is probably because the idea is already in your head.
If you need some advice, I would be glad to help, but bungee jumping is above all a matter of courage, and at this game, girls are often more brave than men when it’s time to jumping into the void !
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Get An Epic Thrill At These Top Bungee Jumping Spots In Africa
Adrenaline levels don’t get much higher than when you’re bungee jumping from over 100 meters up. If you’ve had bungee (or bungy) jumping on your bucket list for awhile, you might as well take on the challenge while you’re traveling across Africa — it just so happens that the continent has some of the most epic spots in the world to try it. From the Garden Route of South Africa to the Nile River in Uganda, here are the best places for bungee jumping in Africa.
Victoria Falls Bridge (Shutterstock)
Victoria Falls Bridge – Zambia and Zimbabwe
This is arguably the most scenic place in the world to go bungee jumping, and for good reason. The bridge spans the Batoka Gorge next to the gorgeous Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world. The drop is 111 meters and lasts about four seconds (but seems much longer when you’re doing it). If the thought of jumping alone is too scary, the site is equipped for tandem jumps as well. Costs for the jump are US$160 and can be booked through several tour operators, including Shear Water Victoria Falls.
Bloukrans Bridge, South Africa (Shutterstock)
Bloukrans Bridge – Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
Is 111 meters not high enough for you? Then you should definitely head to Bloukrans Bridge on South Africa’s Garden Route. The bridge is a whopping 216m high, and like Victoria Falls Bridge, is located in an incredibly scenic area. The bridge itself is the largest concrete arch bridge in the world, which for most is impressive in and of itself. If you aren’t up for the bungee jump, you can try the 200m Flying Fox (a cable slide that sends guests flying across the gorge below the bridge). To book, visit the Face Adrenalin website.
Orlando Towers – Soweto, South Africa
After a township tour, you’ll probably be in the mood to jump off a pair of old cooling towers, right? Well, regardless of your mood, you should take the time to bungee jump off the top of these historic towers for a view like no other. You’ll get a fantastic aerial view Soweto and see how large the township really is. The towers are 100m high, so you’ll be able to freefall for awhile before bouncing up from the bottom. You can also swing from the towers, or go inside and swing across the interior.
Nile River – Jinja, Uganda
Did you know that the Nile River flows all the way to Uganda? Not only can you see the river here, you can also bungee jump straight into it from high above. Nile High Bungee is 44m above the water and drops you close enough to the river so that you can touch it on the first bounce. To see what the experience is like, take a look at this video. Contact Adrift to book.
Kings Kloof Bridge – Krugersdorp, South Africa
The Kings Kloof Bridge is another popular place to go bungee jumping just outside of Johannesburg. While it isn’t nearly as high as Bloukrans Bridge or Orlando Towers, the site allows adrenaline seekers to jump 50m off the top. There’s also a swing that takes you sailing through the air. Jumps cost R350 each, which is quite a bit cheaper than some other options. It’s also an easy drive from points in Johannesburg and can easily be done as a day trip.
Tana River – Kenya
Located in the small town of Sanga, the Tana River bridge is one of the best (and only) places to go bungee jumping in east Africa. It is located about an hour and a half north of Nairobi, making it a quick getaway from the city. You’ll jump off a 60m riverside tower which affords great views of the surrounding area. To see what the thrill entails, check out this video. To book, contact Cheza Breaks.
Victoria Falls bungee jump – Price, what, why, & tips
Hurtling towards the Zambezi River the world is a blur of adrenaline and chaos. And then it’s over. The bungee cord pings back and you bounce up and down like a pogo stick.
This isn’t just any bungee. Victoria Falls bungee jump is located in the no man’s land between Zimbabwe and Zambia. You have to show your passport just to reach the platform. Oh, and there was that one time when the cord snapped, and a woman was left swimming with crocodiles in the Zambezi.
It’s become arguably the world’s most iconic jump, a test of nerve in the most sublime surroundings. The falls rumble and clouds of spray fill the air. 3-2-1…wait, wait, wait, can I really do this?
About Victoria Falls
The local Kololo tribe call it Mosi-oa-Tunya, which means “The Smoke That Thunders.” This name will make perfect sense when you stand near the thundering falls, as the water assaults your ears in the most awesome way possible.
It would be hard to imagine something so majestic without a legend attached to its name. The River God Nyami Nyami, a creature with the head of a fish and the body of a snake, created the falls in a fit of rage.
The Victoria Falls bungee jump is just one activity in a town that markets itself as Africa’s adrenaline capital. Others include superb white-water rafting, canoeing with hippos, and walking with rhinos.
Read more with this complete guide to Victoria Falls, including when to go, how to get there, and what to do.
Victoria Falls Bungee Jump Height
The jump itself is 111 meters. That’s a long way off one of the world’s highest bungee jumps – 216 meters at Bloukrans in South Africa. Still, look down from the platform and it feels like you’re a thousand meters above the Zambezi River.
The slightly more moderate Victoria Falls Bridge height also makes it better suited to first-time jumpers, as it isn’t quite as scary as Bloukrans. Though it is every bit as thrilling.
Bungee Jumping Victoria Falls: How It Works
Choosing from the different bungee activities
Besides the classic jump, there’s also the Victoria Falls bungee swing. Which is just as fun but not quite as scary, making it ideal for those that don’t feel up to the big jump.
With this Zambia bungee jump, the cord is attached to your feet. You dive outwards and travel headfirst towards the river. Some people are unafraid and actually dive, as if this was a casual jump from the side of a swimming pool.
Most people end up being pushed and start descending feet first. Regardless of the starting point, the cord whips you around and you go head first towards the Zambezi.
For a bungee swing, you’re harnessed in a kind of seat and step off the platform feet first. Then you also fall feet first, which certainly feels more natural than the other way around. It’s easier to jump when looking out rather than down. It’s also certainly less scary. Rather than pogo up and down you swing back and forth.
This is a good option if you want adrenaline and the iconicity of jumping in no man’s land, yet feel sick at the thought of a bungee jump. Also, consider a tandem bungee swing. This is a hilarious experience, jumping off and swinging above the Zambezi with a friend.
To get people spending even more money they also offer a Bridge Slide. This is a pretty tepid zipline and it’s really not worth the USD 45 price tag. Even more overpriced is the Bridge Tour, USD 65 for a guide to narrate something about the bridge that can be read on Wikipedia.
One thing that all of these experiences have in common is the wonderful surroundings. The beauty of this no man’s land really adds to the fun, even as you swing or bounce.
Booking a jump
Thrill-seekers on a Victoria Falls bungee jump have a number of options.
1) Book a trip online and collect a voucher from the Shearwater Town Office. This voucher includes a complimentary bus ride from Shearwater Café – a central meeting spot. This may not be necessary as many hotels offer a free transfer service to the falls anyway.
2) Every hotel and hostel in Victoria Falls or Livingstone can book the jump. They make a small commission on this. If you are planning many adventure activities it’s worth booking them all at the same time. This way you can ask for a discount and the hotel or hostel may happily take a few dollars off their commission.
3) It’s easy to turn up at the bridge and book a jump. The staff will take you to a cafe overlooking the bridge to complete a payment by card or cash. They do discourage this because many people who intend to jump chicken out when they see what’s involved. Watching a frightened jumper dropping off the edge can be off-putting.
Bungee jumping Victoria Falls price
As of 2021, bungee jumping Zambia prices are USD 160. The Victoria Falls bungee swing is USD 160 for a solo jump and USD 240 for tandem (so USD 120 each).
They do a special deal – and this is where they get you – of USD 220 for the bungee jump, bungee swing, and zip line. If you’re wanting to spend all day adventuring, this might be a good option. But once you do the bungee jump, the swing is not really necessary.
Getting to no man’s land
Before jumping you must leave the country. Take your passport and make your way to the border. Ask for a bridge pass rather than getting stamped out of Zambia or Zimbabwe. Sometimes a passport isn’t necessary but when traveling in no man’s land it’s always advisable to carry ID.
The best visa strategy for most visitors to Zambia or Zimbabwe is the KAZA Univisa. This single visa is valid for 30 days and allows multiple entries in Zimbabwe and Zambia, as well as day trips to Botswana. It costs the same as an individual single entry Zambia or Zimbabwe visa.
With a KAZA Univisa you can do the bungee jump, then continue onto the other side of the border (either Zambia or Zimbabwe) and visit the falls from the other side.
Getting ready for the jump
Participants are first weighed so the cord can be adjusted accordingly. The crew then ties a harness to your ankles, which is what you will be swinging from.
After a quick briefing and a few safety checks you move to the edge of the ledge. It’s here that you are advised to focus on the horizon. Don’t look down, or else you might chicken out. And keep in mind that this has been done thousands of times before, and is safe, even if it doesn’t feel like it.
Participants are advised to raise their arms at shoulder length to keep the cord from twisting around their neck during the jump. They are advised to jump out, not down. But really, when the countdown begins it’s impossible to choose how to jump. You’ll have to just leave that to your body, or the guy behind you.
Once ready there’s a quick 3-2-1 BUNGEE. It’s over in a flash. You’re off the edge, screaming as you plunge down the colossal 111-meter drop.
Before jumping the crew practically holds you on the edge. If there’s any brief hesitation then they will probably push you. Only an intense cry of WAITTTTTT. is likely to stop the jump. Even then the crew are experts at talking you back into it and there’s no refund. Who pays USD 160 to stand on a platform and not jump?
Many people jump because somebody else did it and they have FOMO (“fear of missing out”). If that’s you then ask the crew to push you. It’s more like 3-2-AHHHHHHHH. They don’t even wait. Which may be for the best.
To put the speed in perspective Usain Bolt takes 9.6 seconds to cover 100 m. The bungee jump over Victoria Falls is 111 m high and takes just 4 seconds. That is even faster than the fastest animal of them all, the speedy cheetah.
While the descent doesn’t last long there’s a good minute of bouncing up and down as the crew members are lowered down to retrieve you.
This is the fun part.
It isn’t scary because by then you know that the cord can hold your weight. After the adrenaline comes the elation, and you walk in the clouds for the rest of the day.
Ready to Bungee Jump Victoria Falls?
Bungee jumping at Victoria Falls is not for the faint of heart. Rather than book online it’s probably best to visit the bridge and check it out first. But don’t chicken out after you do!
Watching jumpers is a premier tourist attraction in Victoria Falls. Even if you don’t plan to actually jump it’s worth spending 30 minutes watching people fall towards the Zambezi.
After jumping, the feeling of certain death is soon replaced with that of weightlessness. And it is quite a story – that time you did a 111-meter bungee jump over a crocodile-infested river in Africa’s no man’s land.
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