Monday, 22 September 2008

Rap Jumping

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Rap Jumping, also know as Australian Rappelling, is the act of descending a fixed rope in a standing position, while facing the ground. Originally used by special forces as a military assault technique, Rap Jumping has now developed into a popular Adventure Sport.

There are a number of Rap Jumping operators in South Africa and the operations are based at two distinctly different types of locations. The first is off the side of a cliff or a mountain face and is usually in a fairly remote location. The perks of Rap Jumping here is that you get to admire the spectacular countryside from a birds-eye view.

The second type of location, is a tall building, usually in the heart of the 'Urban Jungle'. The advantage of this type of location is that it is easily accessible and quick to get to for an afternoon/weekend adventure.

South Africa provides plenty of perfect Rap Jumping spots for both types of locations. The three biggest cities, Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg, all have tall buildings in the CBD. Whilst most could not be described as Skyscapers, some are over 300m high, which is amble for a good Rap Jump.

Alternatively, you could head out into the country, where you will find perfect spots for abseiling down a cliff/mountain in Kwazulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, The Eastern Cape and the Western Cape. One of the most scenic Rap Jumps is offered by Over the Top Adventures in Kwazulu Natal. Their base of operations is at the spectacular Howick Falls in the Natal Midlands, where you descend over 100m next to a roaring waterfall.

For a list of other Rap Jumping operators, check out the Rap Jumping page on - if you have a fear of heights, this is the best way to conquer it!!

1 comment:

Poppa-D said...

What a great concept. I didn't know much about rappelling until recently. My passion for lifestyle photography caused me to meet a guy that was Rap Jumping (I didn't even know there was a name for this) and he was also rappelling upside down - is there a name for that too?