Few adventure sports in the world hold a candle to bungee jumping when it comes to an individual’s adrenaline rush and courage levels. You’re either someone who can do it in one go or someone who would never be able to step up to the challenge. But for the truly adventurous among us, there is a universal agreement that bungee jumping is something one must try at least once in life.
It is one of those itches you have to scratch to liberate yourself from constant nagging. More importantly, such an activity is done more for conquering one’s ow fears than anything else. Bungee jumping, after all, is a dangerous sport, an activity that puts your life on the line. But if you are up for it, there are many places in the world that can help you scratch that itch to contention, which is what this article is all about.
- Macau Tower, China.
This place tops the list for the simple fact that this is the tallest bungee jumping spot in the world, with a total height of the bungee jump at a staggering 233m, just shy of 765 ft. It’s easy to get there and the jump is cheap. But if you don’t get queasy looking down before the jump you’re not even human.
- Verzasca Dam, Ticino, Switzerland.
Bungee jump in the night? Check. View of the Swiss Alps? Check. It overlooks the Verzasca river, which is touted as the purest river on Earth. So, if you are done doing the 220m (721ft) high jump under an ocean of star, you can still be in the lap of Nature’s finest.
- Volcano Bungee, Pucon, Chile
Bungee jumping is one thing. Jumping right above an active volcano is another. If you want to take your bungee jumping experience to another level, the Villarrica Volcano is your go-to destination. It’s a shortfall from a helicopter above the volcano, so you get a real sense of peril and an equal dose of adrenaline rush.
- Bloukrans Bridge, Western Cape, South Africa
There are many places in South Africa that are absolutely picturesque, especially if you are near the ocean for that matter. The Bloukrans Bridge Bungee jump is one such example. You plunge head on to mother earth in a gorge that is upwards of 200m (>650ft) deep while savoring the views of the surrounding Nature’s tranquil.
- Victoria Falls Bridge, Zimbabwe
The Victoria Falls Bridge in Zimbabwe is another example where just a Bungee jump won’t satiate your adventure spirit. The Zambezi river, over which the bridge is situated, is what many crocodiles call home, and if it makes you remember some of your worst nightmares, you can be forgiven. This place is for the pure adventure heads then.
- Ponte Colossus, Italy
Above anything else, this bridge is known for its beautifully scenic location. Situated in the Biellese Alps, the height of the bridge is not noteworthy, but the blue waters, the beautiful greenery, and the giant lap of the colossal canyon (that’s where the name comes from) ensure that this bungee jump is well worth it.
- Kawarau Bridge, Queenstown, New Zealand
There is a legend about a certain AJ Hackett, who reportedly jumped off this bridge with a rope in 1986, and gave birth to Bungee jumping as we know it today. This bridge, therefore, proudly carries the sign “birthplace of Bungee Jumping”. It’s not a very high drop. But the experience and the lore is worth doing it once.
- Bungy Niouc Adventure Park, Switzerland
If you ever want to have a glimpse of the mighty Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps, while plunging to a 200m canyon of sheer awesomeness, you need to go no further than this adventure park. What’s more, it is a proper adventure park with many other attractions to satiate your need for speed, such as a colossal swing and a zipline. A must go if adventure and mother Nature go hand in hand in your travel book.
- The Last resort, Tatopani, Nepal
Any adventure article is incomplete without the mention of some weird or cool place in the Himalayas. The world’s greatest mountain range is replete with adventure opportunities and the Last Resort offers you a chance to Bungee jump into the wild waters along with many other attractions. Being in the lap of the best Nature has to offer, this is one adventure destination that can also double up as a tranquil getaway from the mad city life.
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