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Sunday World - - Life & Style -

Be­ing a lo­cal travel en­thu­si­ast means dig­ging a lit­tle deeper to find some­thing that will perk up the in­ter­est in me. And af­ter a few vis­its to uShaka Ma­rine World watch­ing a dol­phin show and din­ing in an aquar­ium-style restau­rant, I was sur­prised to find that one can take part in some shark cage div­ing there as well.

First up, you have to get kit­ted in a wet­suit, flip­pers, snorkel and mask. You are then given a pep talk on what to ex­pect and some ed­u­ca­tion about th­ese so-called man-eaters.

Best of all, you don’t have to know how to swim; just how to breathe through your mouth. This is not as easy as it sounds be­cause your brain is pro­grammed to use the nose to in­hale, which is the fastest way to drown your­self un­der­wa­ter.

Af­ter the talk, you en­ter a float­ing cage with two or three other peo­ple. This in turn is low­ered into a rather flat body of wa­ter where about 10 or so shark species glide se­dately about. The types that swim in this cap­tiv­ity are easy and like to keep to the rocks.

This is not an ex­pe­ri­ence for hard­core ad­ven­ture junkies be­cause the sharks are se­date and the en­vi­ron­ment ex­tremely con­trolled.

Adren­a­line seek­ers, this one’s for you.

Three hun­dred and fifty. That is the num­ber of con­crete steps you you will have to climb to get to the top of the Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium where the bungee swing takes place.

Big Rush Ur­ban Adren­a­line op­er­ates a tight pro­fes­sional gig here. You sign an in­dem­nity form be­fore be­ing fit­ted with a full body harness. A short demon­stra­tion and prac­tice run later, and you are huff­ing and puff­ing up those un­for­giv­ing steps while at­tached to a safety line. It’s lit­er­ally a dizzy­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Af­ter the last hur­dle that is lad­der rung 4” which you have to climb, the Jump Mas­ter at­taches you to the main jump line and counts you down.

The 60m free fall, ac­cel­er­at­ing to a speed of over 120km/h, is heady and you will scream.

But the swing in a huge arc over the foot­ball pitch makes it all worth­while. Now that’s a real big rush!

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