Archive | January, 2012

Bungee Jumping Bloukraans – ‘Fear is temporary, regret is permanent’

16 Jan

Its not everyday that we decide to do crazy things, bungee jumping the Bloukraans bridge was one of those things for me. I first visited the beautiful area of Stormsriver in 2008, I was on holiday in Knysna on the famous Garden Route, one day while i was bored I decide to take 120km drive to Stormsriver and Tsitsikamma, places that I had never seen before. I also wanted to see the famous Bloukraans bridge is 219m high and its the officially the highest Bungee jump in the world according Guinness World Records.

Unfortunately when i got there I chickened out from jumping despite seeing 16 years old boys and girls jump, they tried to pursue me but i did not budge instead I opted for lousy ‘flying spider’ a simple swing from one side of the bridge to the other, its still scary though. I made some silly excuse not to jump, my boy was one year old and I am not prepared to leave him alone, I did not see other black people jump, what if i was bewitched, blah blah blah.

Driving back I could not stand the regret for not jumping the slogan for company managing the bungee ‘ FEAR IS TEMPORARY AND REGRET IS PERMANENT became all true for my entire holiday, actually for my entire year. Whenever I spoke about my holidays, memories and regret of not jumping haunted me. I vowed to do it again.

Following year my brothers and I took a camping trip to Tsitsikamma and i had nothing in mind but to bungee jump, I drove from Jo’burg to Tsitsikamma with one clear objective BUNGEE JUMPING BLOUKRAANS BRIDGE. My sleep was not easy, firstly because of rough storms considering I was sleeping in a tent and secondly I was apprehensive about the morning jump, small batches of sleep I got where interrupted by bad dreams about the jump.

In the morning it was cloudy, I was not sure if they operate the bungee when the weather is bad, we took our chances and drove to the bridge, I had recruited two of my brother to jump with me, the story of my year regret had convinced them its something they had to so. When we got the there the bungee was operational despite what seamed like a bad weather. My two brothers upon checking the visitors view site of the bridge chickened out immediately and I was left to jump alone. This time around i had no doubt about jumping, I signed indemnities without even reading them, though prior to the jump I got worried about clauses in my life insurance.

Despite psyching my self for the year, nothing prepared me for the jump, you cannot stop thinking that it might be your last day on planet earth. The view of the Gorge and Indian ocean from the bridge its so beautiful and somehow gives you comfort that should you die, you would have died at one of the most beautiful places in South Africa.

5-4-3-2-1 Bungeeeeeeeeee