Around 200 km to the west of Port Elizabeth, South Africa lies an attraction without comparison – the world’s highest commercial bungy jump at Bloukrans bridge. ‘Adrenaline pumping’ and ‘exhilarating’ are two expressions often used to describe the ultimate in bungy experiences, along with a few understandable choice expletives when conquering this monster of a dive.
Situated on the border of the Eastern and Western Cape, Bloukrans has played host to bungy jumping since 1997 and can boast an impressive list of people who have taken the plunge into the depths below – Prince Harry and Jack Osbourne to name a few, along with inserts on well known TV shows such as ‘The Amazing Race’ and ‘I’m a celebrity, get me out of here’. Visitors venture onto the bridge walkway before being guided through what lies ahead of them by the experienced staff who will assure you of their 100% safety record before strapping you in for the 216 metre dive into the tree and river filled gorge below.
While this may not be everybody’s cup of tea, the company operating the facility at Storm’s river boast of the guest who recently counted 1, 2, 3 bungy at the ripe old age of 97!
The surrounding coastal areas of Plettenberg bay, Knysna and Jeffrey’s Bay are superb locations to base yourself on the visit to Storm’s River and with the world renowned Tsitsikama Forest on the doorstep , this beautiful Garden Route area of South Africa is often mentioned as one of the top parts of this vast country to visit.
Justin Smith is CEO of Nights-Away.