Number of Routes: 1 | Height: 165m | Max Speed: 120km/h | Duration: Just a couple of seconds but they're some of the best of your life!
by Graeme Lund
"If you are a thrill seeker looking for the adrenaline-rush of a lifetime, the Wild Gorge Swing in Oribi Gorge will offer you guaranteed over-the-edge excitement,” says Melanie Trytsman, one of the Wild Five crew.
The gorge swing, operated by Wild 5 Adventures, is rated as the highest on the planet. Think 55 storey building... In fact, if you can’t think that high, it’s no surprise because the highest building in Africa is just 50 stories high.
This magnificent jump means that you stand on the edge of Lehr’s Falls where it plummets into Oribi Gorge. You then fall with the water and plunge for an eternity, accelerating to 120 Km/h in just 2.5 seconds, before the rope catches you and swings you into the massive open space of the gorge itself.
Safety, of course, is very important to Wild 5 Adventures and it is taken very seriously. You can expect skilled guides and top of the range equipment, but you can also expect plenty of fun.
Apart from the Gorge Swing, Wild Five Adventures also offer a range of exhilarating adventures including a 110m abseil, a zipline, an 85m suspension bridge, white water rafting on the Umzimkhulu River, paintball and guided trails.
Melanie adds, “We are based at the Oribi Gorge Hotel and the setting is of phenomenal natural beauty. The fresh air and adrenaline does wonders for the appetite, and so why not round off the perfect day with a bite to eat at the Oribi Gorge Hotel’s Wild Fig Caf é .”
For more information, visit www.wild5adventures.co.za or call 082 566 7424.