In only four months, I’ll be off work for a month to go back home to South Africa. I am so excited and thought I’d share this great video with you all. It’s a creative guide on how to sing the national anthem of South Africa which has five (yes, five!) of the eleven official languages of SA in it.
Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika (God Bless Africa) is a true representation of our Rainbow Nation and I hope you enjoy it 🙂
What: Highest Bunjy Jump in the WORLD!!! 216 metres (709 feet)…
Where: Face Adrenalin, Bloukrans Bridge, Garden Route, South Africa
When: 27 December 2009
Who: Me 🙂
Why: Because I can!!!
It began with my mom and I signing a form which basically said: You could die doing this.
I was 2 weeks away from commencing my final year of high school… So doing this made it an interesting start. But (having no real choice) my mom shakily signed the form as I went to get geared up by a guide, who gave me an uncomfortable wedgie and successfully psyched me up for an event which would last a total of roughly 3 minutes. After mocking my Spongebob Squarepants t-shirt, the guide then led the nervous group down a rocky path to the bridge entrance.
We all had 2 options to get onto the bridge platform: walk across in a metal cage, attached to the underside of the bridge that shook with fury every time a car drove past, or the Flying Fox. I had already braved the cage, when my sister did the jump 8 years ago, so I opted for the Flying Fox – a “foofie slide”, aka zipline… Little did my mom know that this, of course, would cost her extra money. Joy :).
We were welcomed with blankets and pumping music. Then the jumpers started questioning themselves, asking “Why the (beep) did I pay to jump off a (beep) bridge?!!!!” I was pretty chilled at that time, until my name started creeping to the top of the screen. I felt my heart beating in my tummy (ba-boomp, ba-boomp, ba-boomp….): part adrenaline/ part no breakfast.
Next thing I knew, my feet were being strapped together and I was being given some instructions. I was floating in and out of reality, with a big smile spread across my “I dunno what’s going on” face. I asked the guys if I could look over the edge and that’s when my smile faded momentarily and was replaced by a feeling that can only be described as… AWESOME!!!!
Then… 3… 2… 1…
I bent my knees, kept my eyes open and without hesitation,performed a perfect Pocahontas dive off a 216m bridge- attached only to a bunch of elastic bands tied together :O Normal right?!!
My expected screams were in fact turned into “WHOOOO HOOO’s”, where I heard, felt and saw nothing while plummeting to the ground… pure bliss. A healthy form of ecstasy. My “high” increased when the adrenaline rushed to my head while I was hanging upside down, waiting for the “recovery”.
I was lifted back onto the platform where I was asked by the cameraman how that felt: “WHOOO HOOO!! AWESOME!!!” was my answer (no surprise). All I could do afterwards was grin like a Cheshire cat and shake my head. Did I really just do THAT??!! HELL YEAH !!
This was: A great moment in my life.
Bunjy jumping is an absolutely incredible experience that I would highly recommend to everyone. Got what it takes? Take a look at Face Adrenalin’s website. They’re open 365 days a year!
p.s. Remember to buy the DVD afterwards 🙂
p.p.s Face Adrenalin has a 100% safety record.