"Are you mad enough to bungee jumping in Soweto?" Top 5 Page for this destination Soweto Tip by CatherineReichardt

Soweto, Johannesburg: 20 reviews and 31 photos

  Of course you want to bungeejump into one of these
by CatherineReichardt

The overly cautious have long (and incorrectly) maintained that it is not safe for visitors to venture into the townships, even as part of a tour - however, they probably never envisaged a scenario under which that danger would be entirely self-inflicted!

Yes, you can bungee jump in Soweto! The venue is one of the two disused cooling towers which loom over the township, whose exteriors have been brilliantly revamped from 'threatening' to 'funky' with some creative artwork (in one case, they have even been clever enough to get a bank to sponsor this so that they can plaster the structure with their logo!). The tower in question is 100m high and you can jump outwards or - more (more unusually) into the cavernous interior - apparently the only place in the world where you can do this!

Why you would want to is quite beyond me, and given that I pride myself on still retaining some modicum of sanity and respect for the fine art of self-preservation, I have not done this myself (and have no intention of ever doing so). However, I have met people who have been crazy enough to risk life and limb and live to rave about it, so if you'd like to add a whole new dimension to your township experience, this is not to be missed!

See the website below for more details (and needless to say, this will in all probability negate any travel insurance you have paid an arm and a leg for)

Note that the bungee jumping is open Friday - Sunday only.

Address: Soweto Township, Gauteng, Johannesburg
Phone: 012 345 5114 or 071 674 4343
Website: http://www.southafrica.net/za/en/articles/entry/article-take-a-tour-of-soweto

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  • Updated Feb 9, 2012
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