Top 5 Thrill Seeker Destinations

Thrill seekers are ever on the lookout for the best and most spectacular of locations for new and exciting adventures. Indeed, extreme sports tourism is more prevalent than ever. Every year millions of thrill seekers set off around the globe in search of new and exciting trip to a locations in far corners of the world. Here’s a run down of some top destinations to mix the amazing combination of travel and adrenalin:

Bungee Jumping: Bloukrans River Bridge, South Africa

The Guinness Book of Records rates this as the highest commercially operated bungee jumping site, at a height of 216 metres. Located in Western Cape, the jump is not from the bridge itself but from a small platform just below. This spectacular location has attracted the most extreme thrill seekers, intent on breaking records at the site. In 2008 Veronica Dean jumped 19 times in one hour, whilst Bill Boshoff performed 101 jumps over a 24 hour period. Think you can rival this? Book that flight to South Africa now!

Skydiving: Taupo, New Zealand

Around 30,000 people are attracted to this spot annually, making it one of the most popular destinations for a truly epic skydive. Skydiving over the island of Taupo allows for amazing views spanning the whole coast of the isle. The site is home to Tongariru National Park, with its mountains and lakes providing breathtaking scenery on your descent. Jumping from 15,000 through snow-capped mountains and finally resting on sunny shores really is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Whitewater Rafting: Zambezi River, Zimbabwe

Those who like watersports will love the thrill of whitewater rafting on this mighty African river, close to Victoria Falls. Choose a multi-day adventure to make the most of the trip and visit between July and mid-February when water conditions allow for the best rafting. Commercial rafting began on the river in 1981 and numbers have been increasing steadily ever since. The river lines the basin of a basalt gorge and is up to 60m deep in places. The area offers a real challenge, as nearly half of the rapids here are classified as Grade 5 – with Grade 6 being ‘unrunnable.’ Oh, and did we mention that crocodiles also lurk beneath these waters!?

BASE Jumping: El Capitan, California

This imposing granite formation is located in California’s Yosemite National Park, and attracts those with an interest in BASE jumping, keen to glimpse this famous spot. The cliff face is almost vertical, with a height of 3,000 feet and the first jumps were made back in 1966 by brave sportsmen Michael Pelkey and Brian Schubert. Both men were injured, but conditions and equipment have improved since then. El Capitan, however, is a hugely controversial BASE jumping location and the Park has effectively banned the practice, as it stopped giving out permits to jumpers over a decade ago. Visit the amazing Yosemite Park, and hike El Capitan, though perhaps choose a surrounding (and legal!) location for your jump.

Extreme Hiking/Climbing: Mount Huashan, China

Last but by no means least we go to China. The Shaanxi Province, to be exact, and this death defying and thrill seeking activity some 2,160 metres above sea level. Sketchy trails along cliff faces give you some of the most spectacular views but it’s the wooden cross sections where you need a harness for safety that bring this into the mix. A unique setting this, and one that shouldn’t be missed by thrill seeking travellers.

It is of course important to keep safety at the forefront of your travel planning, as well as doing your homework on the best locations for thrill seeking adventures. Experienced extreme sports enthusiasts will know the ropes, though novices may be unsure of the guidelines to follow. Accidents can result in long-term damages to both your health and your finances. Although it is possible to make a head injury claim or similar after an accident, these can be often prevented by taking the necessary precautions. These spots offer breathtaking sites and the most adrenaline-fuelled of experiences. Just make sure you can continue your extreme passion well into the future by taking the correct safety measures and doing your research on foreign set ups.

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