Jump off of a perfectly good bridge, why not right? Bungee jumping has always been on the top of my list of things I must do. In London bungee jumping was on the itinerary but got taken off due to availability. So when looking for things to do I knew Jumping off of the tallest bungee bridge was something I had no choice but to do.
Now some people told me I was crazy and most just shook their heads. The main theme was that I should definitely do it now while I have the guts because as you get older the more fear and reality set in. As time got closer to go to Africa that became more than true.
There were several times I may have text Jen (more than likely drunk) and made her reassure me I wasn’t going to snap my neck. My biggest fear was not the jumping, the equipment, the possible lax standards in another country, no my one thought was that my clumsy awkward self would somehow move the wrong way and snap my tiny little neck. Jen being the trooper that she is reassured me that I would not die and we were ABSOLUTELY not backing out of this as we had told waaay too many people.
Fast Forward to South Africa the night before we were booked to go bungee jumping. We stayed at a treehouse in the forest. The treehouse was everything we wanted it to be….had we been honeymooners who enjoyed spiders the size of my head watching me shower. When we booked this beautiful Tree House with amazing views, baboons outside your window, and spiders the size of your head we weren’t completely aware how far off the path we would be and that our treehouse was 100% glamping which means there isn’t any food within an hour of the main cabin. We arrived at said treehouse starving, tired, and completely out of clean clothes.
That night we ate peanut butter crackers, ostrich jerky, and protein bars. During “dinner” at the main cabin we realized with our shotty internet connection that it would take about 2 hours to get to the Bloukrans Bridge at 8am. Meaning we would have to wake up at 5am. At this point I was willing to give up. I would sacrifice bungee jumping to get a few precious hours of sleep. Jen however would have none of this plan. We found a way to rearrange our plans so we could go shark cage diving and she was going to get me to the Bloukrans Bridge even if she had to drag my grumpy butt out of the spider infected tree house before sunrise.
We managed to survive the night after jen bravely made sure all the huge spiders were outside the treehouse safe and sound. She even broke her “no spider left alive” rule and got the spiders out with a strainer and a pot. The next morning we woke up at 5am tired and grumpy (ok maybe that was just me) and drove 2 hours to get to our bungee appointment.
We arrived at the bridge right on time with empty stomachs. The problem with waking up at 5am is nothing is open to eat. So I ate the remaining peanut butter crackers and Jen refused to eat anything in fear of throwing up during the jump.
When we arrived FACE Adrenaline got us all suited up and ready to jump. The scariest part of the jump for most is walking across the bridge. The jumping point is on the second tier of the bridge. They have a DJ and equipment on the bottom part underneath the actual road. It was surprisingly a nice set up. I basked in the walk underneath the bridge looking below and jen threatened to push me off if I didn’t stop talking to her.
Somehow I managed to be jumper number 1. Not exactly my favorite idea but a theme Jen and I have is that I pretend to be the brave one when it comes to heights. I try to avoid acting scared so Jen can panic alone in silence. Being jumper number 1 left me no time to freak out or think of all the ways I could snap my neck.
I had decided weeks before jumping that I was going to make my jump emotional. As cheesy as it may sound I wanted to turn my fear of letting go and literally jumping off of a bridge into a moment of truth for me. I was going to think of all the things that hold me back, get me down, or things that have happened that are out of my control. I was going to leave them on the bridge. Jumping off of that bridge would be a moment of pure freedom and bliss. It would be my own moment.
Jumping was everything I wanted it to be. As you can see in the video I hesitated at the beginning, not out of fear but rather I had not been given the chance to clear my head and leave it all behind. Once I was able to do that, I gladly jumped off that bridge and free fell toward the river below. In that moment, I had never done anything better in my life.
I highly recommend Face Adrenalin bungee jumping. They made sure we were completely at ease and had no questions. Most of all they kept us alive.
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Bloukrans River Bridge, Tsitsikamma, Plettenberg Bay, 6600, South Africa
Journeying on a Safari was surprisingly not on the top of my list when planning for my roadtrip across the Garden Route in South Africa. For my travel buddy Jen it was a high priority along with Shark Cage Diving. I of course obliged mainly because who doesn’t like animals, and secondly because she agreed to bungee jump with me. What I didn’t expect was how much I would enjoy the safari and how it would amaze me so to see such incredible wild animals.
Schotia Private Game Reserve has been ran by the same family for around 25 years and are dedicated to a true safari experience. They are about 45 minutes away from Port Elizabeth which was at the tail end of our road trip. We opted for the two day one night package at Schotia Farms which cost around $250 a piece. We stayed in a “Honeymoon suite” which was more akin to “glamping”. We had a super comfortable bed with a tent surrounding it ensuring that no bugs were making it in to disrupt our sleep. They even provided a nice bottle of red wine which we were unfortunately too sleepy to drink.
On the first day we arrived around 2 in the evening and got to head straight to our Safari. Our park ranger happened to be a super intelligent *cough hot cough* 20 something who’s dog Janga was his partner in crime. One of our first animals to see was the elephant, who could have cared less about us and instead was more concerned about the rough bush he was intent on eating.
Our Ranger made sure everyone in our group got to see all the animals we so desired. This included the white rhino. As you can see the Rhino’s horn is not fully grown. This was due to a poacher who drugged the rhinos and cut off their horns. The saddest part is the rhino horn is used to cure many ailments which has been scientifically proven to be completely false. Meaning these innocent animals are tortured for a myth.
After the Rhino’s we headed off to see what else we could find. We saw giraffe, zebra’s and African antelope (my way of saying I don’t remember their names). The Giraffe was a mother of twins who according to a ranger did not actually care about her babies. This was not her first set of babies and she didn’t mind if they got eaten by a lion. A big fan of the circle of life I suppose.
Right as the sun was setting we found the lions. Steve the alpha with the beautiful ombre, his lioness, and his son are all pictured below. The lioness was on the hunt that night looking for some dinner for Steve and Simba. The rangers were actually at a point that they were worried about Steve since you could see his ribs and he hadn’t eaten in several weeks.
We sat there for at least 20 minutes watching the sun set while the lion pack soaked up the last bit of the sun. The lions didn’t seem to mind nor care that we were only yards away. Steve yawned, Simba laid next to his father and the lioness paced back and forth looking for a possible hunt to feed her family.
That night after a delicious all inclusive dinner we searched all night looking for the lioness on the hunt. Our ranger Ryan knew she was out hunting and was hoping to catch her in the act. Unfortunately cold and tired we went to bed unsure whether the lioness was successful in feeding her pack.
During our morning drive Ryan quickly found Steve and his lionesses bounty. See in the Lion kingdom the lioness hunts for her pack and then the male gets the first pick. We found the lioness and her son eating the leftover tail a few yards away. Seems like a raw deal to me but I guess that’s just the feminist in me talking
After a delicious hot breakfast and a ride back to the main center we headed off to Addo Elephant Sanctuary. Now this is something both Jen and I really wanted to do. Unfortunately this means we did not heed the advice of others. The sanctuary is beautiful and a really great experience, however it is much different than the safari. The sanctuary is toured in a van versus an uncovered safari vehicle. We still got to see some beautiful elephants and even a lion however I wouldn’t suggest doing it the way we did. If you do not have time for the Safari I suggest the elephant park as you can drive your own car through and take your time. However if you are doing the Safari I would not necessarily suggest doing Addo since you can see elephants at Schotia.
Despite all this I was still able to get some amazing shots of some beautiful animals.
One last look before we headed off to our next adventure in South Africa….
During my time in South Africa I had many adventures; shark cage diving, Ostrich Riding, Bungee Jumping and even a Safari. My favorite of all my activities was the very first thing we got to do in South Africa, Table Mountain.
Table Mountain is all over Facebook, Pinterest and even Twitter. Pictures of it are adorning with inspiring quotes and rightly so. Any mountain top so beautiful must be visited if given the opportunity. So we set out to go to table mountain and discovered not only could you check out her beautiful views but you could abseil down the super tall mountain while you were at it.
Although my friend Jen is deathly afraid of heights (yes she is just as scared as you are) she agreed to do it. See something I greatly admire about Jen is that no matter how scared she is, she never lets fear stop her from an adventure. So she agreed to slowly climb down a mountain by what we hope were state of the art ropes and harnesses.
When going to table mountain if you are not going to hike then make sure and purchase tickets in advance online for the cable car. You can skip a line of 3 hours just by having the tickets on your phone.
The Abseiling team from Abseil Africa was already at the top of the mountain when we arrived and it appears they are there most weekends. It is best to schedule an appointment ahead of time but look for them just in case you decide you want to take a stab at danger once you get to the top. The Abseil Africa team is very professional and helps you feel entirely comfortable during your abseil experience.
First while climbing down you have to climb backwards which is not the best feeling. You have to learn to trust that the rope holding you is not going to let you fall to your death. After that it is a matter of learning to have some fun by trying some jumps while you climb down.
Overall I absolutely loved the feeling of abseiling the mountain and getting to see the Table Mountain view from a different perspective. Just a tip if you decide to go abseiling, you do have to hike back up! It’s about a 20 minute hike and there are some beautiful views. If there is a way to bring your camera, do it!! Also don’t forget to tip the Abseil Team!