Bloukrans Bridge – The World’s Highest Bungee Bridge Jump
It’s debatable if Bloukrans Bridge is a ‘you don’t travel all the way to South Africa and not jump off’ experience or just an adrenalin junkie kind of thing to spend your money on.
Regardless, we knew Bloukrans Bridge was a ‘for sure’ stop on our South African Road Trip and we gave everyone the chance to opt in. Or not.
Hannah and Emma opted in.
I’m fiercely proud of both of them. Emma for being completely fearless. And Hannah for her steadfast determination.
Emma loves roller coasters and speed. She relishes things that make others ill.
Hannah, not so much. But if you bet she won’t try something, you’ll lose.
Hannah – once the little girl Mom watched falter at the top of the staircase at the Museum of Nature in Ottawa. They made it up no problem. But when it was time to descend, Mom saw clearly how debilitating a fear of heights could be. She tried to coax Hannah down. Perhaps butt bumps would do. She clutched the banister paralyzed with fear. Fortunately there was an elevator.
These videos are worth the watch. I love them!
Hannah and Emma opted in to jump off Bloukrans Bridge – the highest bungee bridge jump in the world! This just so happened to be their first bungee jump experience ever!
Emma First to Go
Hannah Up Next
The Jump Is Over – Let’s do it again?
We are extremely proud of Hannah and Emma for having the courage and conviction to follow through on this crazy activity. Truthfully, Emma wanted to the jump as soon as Colleen (Mom) mentioned the possibility before we left Canada. Hannah, on the other hand, would not let her little sister get all the glory so she opted in as well. Rob (Dad) was happy to stay a back bencher on this one! And Ben says he’ll do it when he is old enough!
Difficult to Describe
Both Hannah and Emma have a difficult time describing their experience. It wasn’t a thrill like on a roller coaster. It was like flying. Free, incredibly peaceful, quiet, beautiful. Somehow timeless, yet not long enough.
Good to Know
Bloukrans Bridge was completed in 1983 and is 216 metres high. The bungee operation was started by Face Adrenalin and has been operating there since 1997 – without an accident.
The jump costs 1,000 rand ($100 CDN). Minimum age is 14. You can pre-book a time slot online but you have to show up one hour before your jump time. Drop ins are welcome but there could be delays trying to fit you in. There are no refunds for backing out on the bridge.
We dropped in at 1 p.m. without a booking because we were driving from Port Elizabeth to Knysna Quays and this was a stop enroute. It took 45 minutes to go through the registration/indemnity process, get kitted up and briefed, and before we knew it, Hannah, Rob and Emma were walking along a suspended corridor under the bridge. Family can walk the suspended walkway and live vicariously for 150 rand ($15 CDN). Ben and Colleen watched from a viewing point across from the bridge.
The site is clearly marked and has plenty of free parking. There is a snack bar with a good viewing area as well as a live video feed of the brave souls. It’s fun to watch.
Second jumps within one week of the first have a 20% discount!