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Bungee Jumping The Nile



 

Bungee Jumping over the Nile.

Thrills and Spills

Just outside Jinja (a couple of hours drive by taxi from Kampala) is the source of the River Nile, a location that spawned many an epic voyage of discovery by 18th and 19th century explorers.

Today the source of the Nile can be visited with ease, but where old style epic adventures have vanished, new ones are now on offer.

Not far from Jinja, near the famous Bujagali Falls, is the Adrift Rafting Base. It is here that you can experience the thrill of a few seconds of free fall as you plunge towards the waters of the Nile. Whether you pull up short and dry, or go for touch down is entirely up to you, but either way, a fall equivalent to a drop from an 11 story building is an experience you are not going to forget in a hurry.

The Nile High Camp, equipped with good accommodation, food, bar, kayaking, wild white water rafting and the Nile's only bungee jump, is a popular spot for would be daredevils and 'both feet on the ground' spectators.

The Nile High Bungee , run by Adrift, offers a 44m (145 ft) drop over the river Nile, with a choice in the way you plunge towards Earth. You can be conventional and just drop off on your own, go down with a friend, or ever ride your bike off the top! All you need to do is discuss your ideas with the bungee Master and you will get an 'OK' if its safe and sensible.

The sport of bungee jumping originated in New Zealand and, putting it simply, involves throwing yourself off a high place such as a cliff or bridge. You are saved from otherwise certain death by a thick latex rope that acts like a massive elastic band, gently slowing your fall and then pinging you back up into the air. After a few ups and down, you settle down and are gently lowered to the ground, pulse racing, adrenalin pumping and throat sore from screaming (though the screaming seems to be a girlie thing more than the blokes).

 

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