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Arguably the most extreme sport around, skydiving provides the ultimate adrenaline rush. What really makes a skydiving experience is the view, and there’s no better place to do it than Victoria falls. A jump form 15,000 feet allows you to take in stunning views of the largest waterfall in the world.
Ice climbing isn’t for the faint at heart, but those with a true adventurous spirit are guaranteed to enjoy this truly rewarding experience. Eidfjord in Norway is probably the best kept ice climbing secret in the world, considering the huge possibilities for doing first ascents, the number of climbed and unclimbed ice routes and relatively reliable conditions. This Norwegian ice climbing mekka is considered to be the best in the world with endless unclimbed routes and a stunning combination of sea and mountains. So if you are thinking of dusting off the crampons we urge you to consider Eidjord but please don’t tell the masses.
Finding a better place to go shark cage diving than in Gansbaai South Africa would be a tough ask, with its dense population of great white sharks. The stretch of water between Gansbaai and Dyer Island is otherwise known as “shark alley” and is a feeding ground for the endangered Great White Shark. Getting up close and personal to these fantastic creatures is truly one of the most breath-taking adventure activities you will ever live to remember. Sharks are curious by nature and often like to take a closer look at the diver. A personal, eye-to-eye encounter with this awesome animal is guaranteed to get the adrenaline going.
White water rafting is a great way to get a different perspective on a country. It’s also a thrilling adrenaline pumping experience which leaves you ready to tackle the most challenging things in life. Magpie river flows untouched through hundreds of miles of lake, accessed only by float plan you get a real sense of the wilderness. Trips normally take around 7 days and take in remote glacial-gorged lakes the chance to see bear and culminate with the challenge of class 5 rapids downriver from the Spectacular Magpie Falls.
New Zealand was brought to the forefront of adventure sport when in 1988 AJ Hackett opened the first commercial bungee jump from the Kawarau Bridge, 43 metres (141 feet), over the Kawarau River. This site is still very much alive and kicking today so where better to throw yourself off a bridge attached to some rope than the original site over the beautiful Kawarau river in Queenstown. By no means the highest bungee jump this is the arguably the most famous with tens of thousands of bungee jumpers descending to one of the worlds best loved bungee sites each year. Nestled into a rock face overlooking the stunning Kawarau River, this site along with its place in history boasts ‘must see’ picturesque views so make sure you keep your eyes open on the way down.
Heli Skiing in Kamchatka in the far east of Russia is Heli-Skiing with a difference. Although not necessarily the best snow in the world, this remote and isolated land situated between the Okhotsk Sea to the West and the Bering Sea to the east offers scenery like nothing else on earth. At close to 5,000 meters (who’s counting) Kljutschevskayay is the highest of the peninsula’s with 200 volcanoes, 29 of which are active. With scenes so dramatic you will find it impossible not to stop every couple of turns to take everything in. Taking to the slopes of Kamchatka is an awe-inspiring experience, offering everything you could want from a Heli-Skiing trip and so much more besides.
Having the chance to experience some of the most breathtaking views across Africa comes in at number 10 on our list. Kilimanjaro stands tall at 5,900m and whilst it doesn’t require any technical ability it is seriously tough, a third of all trekkers fail to reach Uhuru Peak (the highest point). The most popular route up to the summit is the Machame route as it gives trekkers the change to experience a variety of habitats. Unlike the gradual incline found on some of the easier routes the Machame trek is for the more seasoned trekker.