Hunt for the ultimate rush

2010-06-05 12:18

People often imagine having an adventure in natural surrounds means bundu bashing. But there are hidden gems in the city, as we found out on a little trip to the West Rand in Gauteng.

Mogale Bungee and Living on the Edge Adventures is tucked away in a quiet residential area in Krugersdorp West, where it nestles in the splendour of the Sterkfontein Heritage Lodge.

A team from 7 headed there for a much-needed adrenaline kick.

We put to the test the Burma bridge, the foofy slide, the bridge swing and, of course, the bungee.

Phaizel Rass, the site manager and jump master of Mogale Bungee, says it’s good for extreme sport ­beginners as it’s a mere 50m high. So like an army going to war we attacked the facilities – some with fear, but mostly with excitement.

Leon Sadiki, the photographer, was first to go on the Burma bridge.

It wasn’t kind to him, but he had the last laugh after conquering the 60m high bridge without losing his breakfast, even though it was shaken from side to side.

You would feel the same if you were to walk on a bridge that was really nothing more than a long metal pole attached to strings, with jagged rocks 60m below to break your fall should you plummet.

An unlikely occurrence, according to Rass, because you have a harness around your waist. Still ...

Next was the foofy. Editor of 7 Babalwa Shota was gung-ho. She thought the 320m long slide was “too short and easy” even though she screamed until she got to the other end. The short hike back to the site was more taxing.

It was time to swing off the bridge for Thapelo Manyokole as he headed to the edge.

He said the 50m high free-fall felt like flying and he enjoyed the rock climbing that came with it.

It wasn’t until I had to bungee that I got the shivers. My stomach twisted ­into knots as I stood on the edge. The first countdown began and I couldn’t let go.

Shouts of encouragement: “It’s a trust thing – just let go”, came from the editor.

Not willing to let fear conquer me I spread my arms out wide, took a bow, and Rass let me fall head first.

It was a head-rush, as the air and the ground raced up to meet me.

Then as the rope yanked me back up and swung me side to side, I felt like I’d been on the ultimate rollercoaster ride.

And so, we all took our first step ­on the wild side and are already ­plotting our next adventure.

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