How do you top the experience of bungee jumping 111 meters head first at Victoria Falls? You jump backwards off the highest bungee bridge in the world at a staggering 216 meters. They normally don’t let you jump backwards until you are an experienced jumper. Probably so you don’t instinctually try to grab back onto the edge. Since I had only been once before (at Vic Falls) I had to lie a little to go this way, thankfully one of the managers told me what I needed to say. I took the flying fox (zip line) over to the middle of the bridge for the big jump. As I was getting strapped up some of the experienced crew members were very excited about my backwards jump. A few of them felt it was a bigger rush and a totally different feeling than the other way. I wholeheartedly agree. I was excited and smiling big as I stood on the edge of the bridge preparing for the jump. For some reason I have always loved the sense of freefall and looked forward to it again. After I leapt off I intentionally let out a long yell of excitement, but as I turned onto my back and continued to freefall (almost 7 seconds) I had a whole new rush which I hadn’t felt before to which my fun yell unwillingly and uncharacteristically turned into an … “AHHHH SSSHHH#######TTTTTTT!” It was a new feeling and a huge adrenaline high. After the first slingshot I simply enjoyed the second drop, but it sure caught me off guard the first time. When I was done I was on a huge high and wanted to go again, but I will save it for another time. Leanne was watching me from the viewing platform with the camera out and as I stood out on the edge she found the whole thing to be shaking in her hands as her nervousness for me was getting the better of her.
In the afternoon we spent some time up close with saved elephants at a nearby sanctuary. It was a bit of a show though and we didn’t appreciate how structured it was. Unlike the sanctuaries we visited the day before here the animals were put to work for the tourists rather than roaming free and only approaching people if they wanted to.
Tomorrow we are off on a small group tour heading on our last safari this trip in Kruger. Photos from our last few days are added to the South Africa album. http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=104519&id=673382190&l=368cc01ac5