WATCH: SA extreme adventurers set Vic Falls bungee record

2016-08-19 16:30 - Selene Brophy
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Cape Town - For some people bungee jumping is most definitely a bucket list item.  And as South Africans we're certainly have a few epic ones to choose from, from Bloukrans to Soweto.

However, two South African adventurers have taken it a step further by completing a world first as they jumped off the Vic Falls bungee . 

Derrick Fourie and Gareth Pickering decided to take on the challenge with a twist, they bungee-jumped off the Victoria Falls Bridge on Qhubeka Buffalo Bicycles.

“I have never seen someone bungee jump on a bicycle before but knew it could be done; however, these bicycles are a lot heavier than I expected. Safety is important to us so we made sure that the cyclists were properly secured on the bicycles and gave them a full briefing to ensure their jump was successful,” says Garth Fowler from Shearwater Bungee.     
 
“In our effort to raise awareness for Qhubeka, the opportunity to do something crazy, like jump off a bridge with a bicycle somehow seemed like the right thing to do,” comments Gareth Pickering, founder of TheFreedomFighter.net.

“Qhubeka is all about changing lives with bicycles. Having not been an avid cyclist before joining this expedition, I can honestly say that my life has changed for the better since getting my Qhubeka Buffalo bicycle. Jumping off a bridge on my bicycle was one of the most thrilling and best experiences of my life,” says Derrick Fourie.

Both Derrick and Gareth are two of the four cyclists currently taking part in the Joburg2Kili Expedition.

The expedition took off on 30 July and also includes Warrick and Camilla Kernes, and together the group is aiming to make their way to Moshi, Tanzania covering 4 630km over a 10 week period, where they will climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

, whereby they are cycling from Johannesburg to Moshi in Tanzania before climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

They are doing this expedition to raise funds for the Qhubeka charity, which provides bicycles to children to enable them to get to school thus improving their attendance and overall performance at school.  The goal is to raise R100 000 for the Qhubeka charity, which delivers specially designed, locally assembled bicycles to people in need.

You can follow their adventure on Instagram here.



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