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3 x Adrenaline in South Africa

27 May 2021
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I can surely say, that during my stay in South Africa I overcame a fear of jumping from a height, hitting rocks or, freezing in the cold water of the canyon. I’d never say that I’d be involved in such activities. What's more, I liked them so much that I would love to repeat them. Never say never! Now I know that when you hesitate you have to close your eyes, say in your mind “I can do it” and just have fun. 😁

Abseiling, ziplining in the canyon

Where: Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route, the south of South Africa

Price: ZAR 890 (approx. 60 USD)

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The word “canyon" does not evoke positive emotions in me. Maybe it’s because many years ago, during a canoeing trip in one of them (the Verdon canyon in the south of France) I had an accident. So now, wearing a tight, waterproof suit and helmet, I had mixed feelings. When my group and I reached the starting point and the instructor announced that we were starting with an abseiling from the rock, I panicked and wanted to quit. Now I know that if I did it, I’d make a big mistake and missed a chance to have real fun. The beginning was the biggest challenge for me, but with the help of the instructor, I was able to go down to the canyon. Then I jumped into the water and the adventure began. For three hours, we jumped off the rocks, ziplined in the middle of the canyon, and generally did a lot of swimming. When we overcame one "obstacle" there was another one behind the bend. To sum up, I felt like in a game where the enemies are rocks and cold water. When we got to the last stage, which was walking uphill (it was hard after such an effort), I felt that I won and definitely deserved a cold beer.😁

Ziplining – Cape Canopy Tour

Where: Hottentots Holland mountains, one hour from Cape Town

Price: ZAR895 (approx. 65USD)

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Cape Canopy Tour is an epic mountain-top zipline experience with 13 elevated platforms and 11 slides. The longest one is 320 meters long! This attraction is located in the Hottentots Holland Reserve, only an hour from Cape Town. The views are spectacular! The activity lasts 4.5 hours (+ time to reach the meeting point) and is available for nature enthusiasts of ages 5 to 75. Frankly speaking, this attraction was organized by one of my friends, and I didn't have time to visit the website to read about the details. I thought that since I had experienced zip lines in the canyon (description above), I easily would be able to handle a few similar ones in the mountains. Not really. First of all, during a short training session before going to the mountains, I found out that there are 11 descents! I was concerned. Wearing the whole equipment, we reached the place by an off-road car. After a short walk, I noticed a huge gorge and a rope, the end of which I couldn’t even see. The rest of the group, including my two friends, were delighted, I was less careful with enthusiasm. But there was a solution for it. Generally, If you have a problem with going downhill because, for example, you are afraid of heights or that you would die (I have such thoughts🤦‍♀️), the instructors will help you. I did most of the zip lines just going down with one of the staff. There were two of them and we had a lot of fun. They were using a walkie-talkie. When one of them was on the other side, he communicated with each other about the weather conditions (such as wind force). Then they decided whether I would be able to go down alone. It was really fun, even knowing that I’m the weakest one in the group. See the video.😁

Bungee Jumping

Where: Bloukrans Bridge, Garden Route, the south of South Africa

Price: ZAR1400 (approx. 100USD)

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The cherry on the cake. The most extreme thing I've ever done in my life. The Bloukrans Bridge is 216 meters high and is the tallest commercial bridge for bungee jumping in the world. When I was filling out the questionnaire before the jump, I was terrified and not quite sure if I would do it. What if this time, the rope breaks? I guess everyone has such thoughts. It didn't even help to reassure me by my team supervisor (Heina, best regards) that he had jumped many times and it was really safe. I went on the bridge. We had to walk a bit to the jump point. There was a metal mesh under my feet and the walk itself was a strange feeling because I realized how high it is. Looking at the bridge is one thing, but walking on it is another story. On shaky legs, I reached the point where I was supposed to jump, and surprisingly the small party was waiting for us. I have to admit that the atmosphere for calming us down was great. Thanks to music and small dances, I even chilled out. Unfortunately, the moment when I saw staff demonstrating how the jump looks like (in the version with somersaults) "broke" everything and I started to feel sick. I don't really remember the moment when I pulled myself together and decided “I can do it”. Certainly, a big impact on this decision was the fact that I arrived in Cape Town exactly a year earlier, and let's be honest this kind of occasion for such a crowning of the anniversary does not come too often. I also couldn't quit because I had a great support group. I was jumping as the only one in the group and that meant something! I will never forget this feeling afterward with hanging my head down and crying. I only appreciated the beauty of the bridge with the ocean on one side and the mountains on the other side when my emotions subsided (and I wiped my tears of happiness). Everything in the video below:

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