Are you someone who seeks thrills and chills? How about a turbo-charged shot of adrenaline as you nosedive through the air just a few metres short of reaching the bottom? Bungee jumping is one of the most nerve-racking and terrifying adventure sport that’s sure to scare anyone to death. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, so if you’re faint-hearted, then you may choose to just stay as a spectator. For those of you who have already had a go at it earlier, or wish to directly take on the world’s most challenging jumps of them all, we bring to you the 5 scariest bungee jumping places that will get your pulse racing and your heart pounding.
1. Macau Tower
The Macau Tower, from its deck on level 61, at a towering height of 764 ft offers the world’s highest commercial bungee jumping spot. This is equivalent to jumping off the terrace of a 75 storeyed skyscraper. The very thought of this can make anyone stiff with fear and develop cold feet, but if it excites you, then go here to get a taste of the ultimate free-falling experience at 200 km/hr. What also makes this place unique is the Night Bungee experience that it offers. From 6 pm in winters and 7.40 pm in summers, one can take the plunge under the moon and the stars. Call it a leap of faith or extreme daredevilry. This place is open all through the year. The Minimum age criteria is 10 years but it’s entirely dependent on the participant fitting into the harness. The nearest airport is Macau. To make sure you continue to enjoy an uplifting experience, choose to stay at the Altira, or the Holiday Inn.
2. Bloukrans Bridge, Western Cape
Bloukrans Bridge in South Africa is regarded to be one of the world’s scariest bungee jumping spots. Free falling from a height of 718 ft. right into the river valley will surely send shivers down your spine. On an average, 2 out of every 10 people who gather the courage to set foot on this bridge chicken out. Remember, you don’t get your money back if you turn your back to it. You’ll need to sign an indemnity form covering the authorities against any injury you may sustain. The minimum age criteria for a jump here is 14 years. The best time to visit this place is when you make up your mind to take the plunge as this place operates all year round. The nearest airport is the Plettenberg Bay. Don’t forget to book your hotels in advance! Our top suggestions: Whalesong Hotel & Hydro, and the Southern Cross Beach House.
3. The Nevis, Queenstown
A jump from The Nevis requires tons of courage but promises an exhilarating experience. The Nevis is not only the most famous swing of New Zealand; it has earned a reputation in the entire world. Jumping from a height of 439 ft. right in middle of two rocky mountains you’ll find yourself at the mercy of the winds. Dress warmly even on the warmest of winter days. The breath-taking view of the river Nevis greets you as you nosedive. If you’re under 14 years of age, you’ll need an adult to go with you. They have a minimum weight criteria of 45 kgs.
The Nearest airport is Queenstown.
4. Rio Grande Bridge Bungee
On this 680 ft. long bridge you will find the highest bungee jumping spot in the United States. Be ready to experience a never-before thrill, but at the same time be prepared to be set back by a neat sum of money, as this is one of the most expensive bungee jumping spots. This drop will make you realise what it really means to be free and brave. If you’re above 14 years of age and your weight is at least 40 kgs, you’re eligible for the jump. This bridge is open just once a year, typically during fall. So plan your vacation accordingly. What’s more, this place offers a hiking trail for all adventure enthusiasts. The nearest airport is Mc Allen Miller International Airport.
Cool places to stay: Nel Inn And Suites McAllen and Courtyard by Marriott.
5. Victoria Falls Bridge
Border of Zimbabwe and Zambia
The Victoria Falls Bridge is one of the deadliest bungee jumping spots in the world, one that will force you to think twice before venturing here. Simply because this 364 ft fall ends just a few metres above the gurgling Zambezi River, that’s teeming with crocodiles. If your hair stands on end thinking of the frightful possibility of ending up as a crocodile’s meal, you have the option to take a tandem jump with a buddy. The minimum age criteria is 14 years and the minimum weight required is 40 kgs. The ideal time to visit is from March to June so plan your vacation accordingly. The nearest airport location is Livingstone, Zambia. Wondering where you will stay here? May we suggest The Victoria Falls Hotel, and the Elephant Hills Resort.
Bungee jumping definitely needs nerves of steel and a reasonably fit physique. When you share your experience with others, be prepared to be looked up to with awe.