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Bikes and Bungee Jumps

19th October 2018 - 5:15pm

Donna Ward (WTC) getting her hands washed before lunch at Lebo’s Backpackers, Soweto

Donna Ward (WTC) getting her hands washed before lunch at Lebo’s Backpackers, Soweto

Bikes and Bungee Jumps From The World’s Highest SCAD Freefall - Turkish Airlines / South Africa Tourism Fam to South Africa.

Soon after landing in Johannesburg we were on our way to Soweto where we enjoyed a lunch prepared by locals before departing on a guided two-hour cycle tour of the infamous township which is home to over 1 million, only one of whom is white, we were told. Our entertaining and knowledgeable guide Rambo told us Soweto was at the centre of campaigns to overthrow the apartheid regime. Both Nelson Mandela and Bishop Desmond Tutu once lived in Vilakazi Street in Orlando West, Soweto. Mandela’s house is now a museum.

 

Dominating the Soweto skyline are two colourful decommissioned coal-fired power station cooling towers which are now home to a vertical adventure centre which includes bungee jumping, free falling, wall climbing, abseiling, base jumping and other extreme sports. The adrenalin junkies in our group opted for the Suspended Catch Air Device (SCAD) Freefall. The SCAD Freefall takes place inside one of the cooling towers and ‘divers’ jump, without a bungee cord, from a cage suspended about 30 stories in the air into a net below. I know South Africa Tourism wants to let us know about all there is to do in Johannesburg but this is a bit extreme. Get it?


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Donna Ward (WTC) getting her hands washed before lunch at Lebo’s Backpackers, Soweto
On your bike Deco! Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz) at Lebo’s Backpackers, Soweto
Cycle tour of Soweto with our guide Rambo
Cycle tour of Soweto with our guide Rambo
Lunch is served to Gearoid Mannion (Travel Counsellors), Jacklyn Joyce (Travel Focus) and Mary McCormack (Sunway)
Preparing lunch at Lebo’s Backpackers, Soweto
Greeting from the local kids.
At least if we die on the freefall jump, we will get a deal on the tombstones.
Alper Sean Kanburoglu (Turkish Airlines) outside Mandela House.
The fearless free-falling thrill seekers Donna Ward (WTC), Chanelle Gallipo (Trailfinders), Shane Coburn (Donabate Travel), Rachel Lewis (South Africa Tourism), Susanne Power (CTM) and Gearoid Mannion (Travel Counsellors)
Hope that’s one of ours!

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