Having recovered from the previous day of white water rafting, the prospect of the bungee jump loomed.
|Nile High Bungee|
The bungee platform overlooked the dining area. I sat having breakfast, thinking of my previous bungee jump four years ago. I remember the speed of the fall. There is no “I can fly!” feeling, you plummet like a stone. It is terrifying but the thrill is incredible.
I climbed up the steps to the platform. I remember thinking Why is my heart beating so hard? Have I really become so unfit in Uganda that I cannot walk up a flight of stairs? My palms were sweating and my legs were shaking. Despite this, I believe that part of the thrill of a bungee jump is conquering your fear.
I was instructed to sit down and a towel was wrapped around my ankles to prevent friction burn. I was given a harness, where the bungee guy explained that the bungee was tied on the feet and clipped at the waist as a back-up system.
He asked me where I was from. I replied “Thailand”. He pauses and says “they sent me to jail when I was there”. I thought…shit, I’ve pissed him off, now he’s remembering some bitter memory associated with Thailand and he’ll avenge it with my bungee death”.
Defying any sense of rationality, I got up as instructed and hopped over to the open platform with my feet tied tightly together. He told me to hold onto the bar above my head, and shuffle forward until my toes hang over the edge. It was here the fear trebled tenfold, and his instructions blurred into meaningless jargon.
Before I could gather my thoughts, 3, 2, 1…..BUNGEE! was shouted from behind and ignoring any sense of self preservation, I leapt.
|3, 2, 1….BUNGEE!!!!|
Free-falling is a terrifying yet brilliant thrill. I remember feeling a crazy sense of relief when I felt the bungee cord catch me, so much so that I started laughing hysterically whilst bouncing around in the air (hopefully the spectators didn’t think I was crazy).
I was lowered onto a waiting raft, where the guys joke “you’re alive”. Overall, Bungee Jumping is a huge, huge rush. The fear factor, the jump and the after feeling all make up a memory of a lifetime.
- Company: Adrift (Nile High Bungee)
- Cost: $70 (£40 – £45)
- Height: 150 feet (45m)
- Tips: I opted for the water touch. Although I fell to around a inch above the water, I just missed it with my finger-tips. The guide said to never look at the water and make sure your arms/hands break the water first.
- The bungee is incredibly fun! The worse part of the jump is the build up and leaping off, the actual fall and the rebound is an experience like no other.