a beautiful place to throw yourself off the edge

“This week, let’s keep our angles sharp and heart rate fast”, the man says…

In the first photo my daughter still looks brave despite knowing she is going to fall 68 meters straight down. In the second photo she is over the edge and any signs of braveness or self control is out of the door, uh correction, over the edge. Under normal circumstances it is comforting to know that there are no strings attached, but it is certainly not an option at the Big Swing in the town of Graskop, which is in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa.

In the fourth photo the end destination is visible (barely) and gazing at the fifth photo, it certainly appears to be a pirate ship with its gangplanks extended. But this pirate ship is travelling right on the the edge of the world – if you walk off these you tumble into the abyss!

The Big Swing Graskop Mpumalanga

The Big Swing Graskop Mpumalanga

The Big Swing Graskop Mpumalanga

The Big Swing Graskop Mpumalanga

The Big Swing Graskop Mpumalanga

But don’t worry it is a breeze, see I am all smiles and confident (no you are not allowed to ask my daughter what happened when I walked the plank)! At the bottom I felt dizzy, only because of the beauty of the scenery naturally!

Mpumalanga is a beautiful area in the north-east of South Africa. The Kruger National Park is within its borders as well as what is known as the Panorama route, which includes exquisite views over the Blyderivier canyon and many waterfalls. Blyderivier means River of Joy. A group of farmers who moved to this area in the 1800’s was under the impression that their leader and his party had died. But they met again at the river and and the joy inspired the name.

For more photos of this area you can access another post of mine by clicking here  and to go to my other contributions of the WordPress weekly photo challenge,  you can click on the link under the smiling dude.

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64 thoughts on “a beautiful place to throw yourself off the edge

      1. Die zip line ja, want dis glo asemrowend mooi van daar bo af – jy kan die wild daar onder sien rondloop. Die reksprong sal nie waarde vir geld wees nie, want dit sal verby wees voordat ek my oë oopgemaak het. Jou post het my ‘n idee gegee vir myne; ek het mooi fotos geneem van Bourke’s Luck Potholes daar bo van die tralies op die rand van die afgrond af ‘n paar jaar gelede. Ek sal jou benoem as my inspirasie!

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      1. O ja, toevallig het ek nou net amper so iets geskryf. Maar ek belowe jou, ek sal NOOIT die moed hê om van ‘n brug af te spring nie. Regtig nie. Ek sterf sommer by die gedagte daaraan! Ja, in hierdie jaar het ek REUSE treë buite my gemaksone betree, wat baie moed geverg het. Ons almal het moed, op verskillende maniere. 🙂

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    1. Well Hugh there is not much difference between bridge jumping on this scale and bungee. Regardless of the elasticity of the rope the first 68 meters you fall straight down. Thanks for the visit

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    1. Hi Ineke hieronder is ‘n link wat ek voorheen oor die Big Swing spesifiek gedoen het het. Daar is ook ‘n zip line wat stadig beweeg en waaraan net hang. Enigiemans kan dit doen. My vrou en jonger kind het dit ook gedoen ek ek het fotos van hulle geneem en hulle van my. Jy sal sien almal glimlag – dit is glad nie ‘n adrenalien rush nie. Tydens die sprong is dit egter onmoontlik om te glimlag. Ek wel met ‘n aksie kamera wat aan my vas ‘n video geneem toe ek gespring het. Ek het screen dumps daarvan wel hierop gesit maar die beeldkwaliteit is nie so goed soos my kamera nie. Op die post is daar nog ‘n link na verskeie fotos.
      https://abriejoubert.wordpress.com/2015/08/06/the-big-swing-graskop-mpumalanga/

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    1. When I went over the edge (after I jumped) I honestly didn”t know what I was doing. It was only when I felt the rope tagging on me that I realized I was doing the big swing. It was a surreal feeling!

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    1. Baie dankie Maree dat jy ‘n paar gedagtes hier koms los en het en baie dankie day jy my volg!! Sal daar by jou gaan loer. Ja Mpumalanga is ;n pratigtige plek – die Kaap het nie alles nie ! Ek plaas later vanoggend nog ‘n paar fotos van daardie vakansie

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