The Highest Bungee Jumps in The World
Bungee jumping is the one activity where you may not want to pay any attention to the old adage of “look before you leap”. Gazing down from a huge height before leaping off a fixed object attached by only a piece of elasticised rubber is enough to have anyone quaking in their boots. Some of the world’s highest bungee jumps are located in the most picturesque of locations. The scenery alone might be enough to tempt even the faint hearted to open their eyes on the way down.
It was a New Zealand entrepreneur A. J. Hackett who was the first to make bungee jumping a commercial activity in the late eighties. Since then bungee jumping has become more than just stepping off a tall crane at a theme park. The top five bungee jumps may be in different time zones but they are all guaranteed to get the heart racing.
The Europabrrcke Bridge supports the Brenner Autobahn that links Austria and Italy across the Alps. It also hosts a 630 foot (192 metres) high bungee that will have daredevils whipping down to the Wipp Valley. With the majestic Alps as a background, the hills may be alive with the sound of screaming.
Like Clock Work
Nicknamed “the beast” the Bloukrans Bridge in South Africa is also a beauty.
It boasts a pendulum bungee system that apparently gives the smoothest, most comfortable jump possible at 708 feet (216 metres). Mohr Keet at 96 years of age set a Guinness World Record as the oldest person to bungee jump when he made the dive from the Bloukrans Bridge in 2010.
The Ultimate Sky Fall
If you feel like a stunt double from an action movie on this bungee jump that could well be because Switzerland’s Versazca Dam bungee features in the opening sequence of the Bond movie Goldeneye. At 720 feet (220 metres), jumpers will be shaken and stirred.
Escape from the City
Some people book online weekend escapes from the city. With the Macau Tower bungee jump in China, people may just be looking to book life insurance online instead. Jumping towards the bustling city at 760 feet (233 metres) from this towering edifice, it is a lot quicker than taking the lift!
Top of the Class
Recognised as one of the highest suspension bridges in the world at 1,053 feet (321 metres), the Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado USA is also the world’s highest commercial bungee jump. Ironically though bungee jumping is banned off it for most of the year! For those who want to take on this challenge there are competitions that take place at various times, giving people the opportunity to take the plunge.
Bungee jumping has been described as the ultimate adrenaline rush. Across the continents the world’s most extreme bungee experiences all offer the same challenge. Taking the step off the platform and diving into the unknown. However the sites and scenes of each of these locations cannot be replicated. Ample reward for who dares wins.