Article by Rachel Greenberg, originally written for NileGuide
Craving a rush of air, adrenaline and great views? Check out these stunning jump-off spots that will leave you breathless in more ways than one.
1. Bungee jumping at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Located between Zambia and Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in the world – so it should go without saying it is an ideal place to fall 111 meters with a cord attached to your ankles. We wonder if the fall’s namesake Queen Victoria ever felt the rush of plummeting off this waterfall? We guess not.
Image: On The Go Tours/Flickr
2. Sky diving over Mount Everest, Nepal
Sky diving over Mount Everest isn’t easy for most because there are only four diving trips a year and they are all pretty pricey. However, if you are raking in the big bucks and don’t mind a little cold, perhaps this dive is in your budget. Divers have to fork down $1,000 to hold their reservation 6 months prior to the dive and then $14,000 3 months before to get the chance to dive above the highest peak in the world.
3. Base jumping from the Sky Tower, New Zealand
People from all over congregate to the 328m Sky Tower, distinguished as one of the tallest free-standing structures in the Southern hemisphere. Feeling the need for speed? This base jumping spot is the place for you – jumpers reach up to 85km/hr while on their way down. On top of this fast and extremely high fall, you also have to worry about wind entering your equation. Fortunately, base jumpers use a guide-cable-controlled to avert the jumper from bumping into the building.
4. Skydiving over Lake Taupo, New Zealand
Take skydiving to the next level by flying above one of the last active volcano regions in New Zealand. It is very popular for people to experience one minute of freefalling in this 15,000 feet drop. Also, if you are a skydiver on a budget, skydiving over Lake Taupo is known for low-cost jumps. We’re not sure if this is a good thing or not.
Image: Antoine Hurbert/Flickr
5. Base jumping the New River Gorge Bridge, USA
If base jumping from the 876 foot tall New River Gorge bridge in West Virginia sounds appealing, then you better launch yourself between 9am and 3pm. If you don’t, be prepared to pay a large fine or face jail time (which we would imagine was not the kind of rush you intended on experiencing.) The New River Gorge Bridge holds the record for having the second longest single arch and is a particularly scenic place to launch yourself – it’s directly above a river and within the Appalachian Mountains.
Image: Rory Finneren/Flickr
6. Hang gliding the mountains of Bariloche, Argentina
Hang gliding in Bariloche, Argentina is said to be an incredible experience any time of the year, but summer has been recognized as the truly best time.
Image: patrícia soransso /Flickr
7. Bungee jumping at Graskop Gorge, South Africa
Bungee jumping at Graskop Gorge provides the jumper with a scenic site as they plummet pass the waterfall from a height of 19 stories. Take the leap of 262 feet and embrace this first-class bungee jump experience.
Image: delayed gratification/Flickr
8. Zip lining the treetops of Durango, USA
If you are an adrenaline junkie jonsing for the great outdoors, then it is time for you to zip line through the treetops of Durango, Colorado. As you travel high up amongst the trees, you can spot reptiles and birds from an incredible vantage point. Sounds like an ideal day to us.
Video: Gary Gaurdreau/Vimeo
9. Hang gliding the Sierra Nevada mountains in Granada, Spain
Gliding above Granada seems like one of the most breathtaking views imaginable. Looking to make your trip even more memorable? Prior to this exciting hang gliding adventure in the summer time you have the ability to give your legs some last minute action by hiking up the Sierra Mountains.
10. Paragliding Babadag Mountain, Turkey
In October the small resort town of Oludeniz hosts an annual Air Games week for all the air lovers around the world. Located at the foot of Babadag mountain, be one with nature as you paraglide through the mountains, cedar forests and shores of the Mediterranean.