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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Bungee jumping in Kenya

Bungee jumping is an extreme sport and it involves jumping from a tall structure while being held around your torso using a body harness.  When the person jumps, the cord stretches and the jumper flies upwards again as the code snaps back, and continues to oscillate up and down until all the energy is dissipated.

Site location
In Kenya bungee jumping is done at Tana River near Sagana. A steel tower erected on the banks of the river provides a 60 meters (196 feet) platform from where the plunge is done.  Sagana is 98 km from Nairobi on the Nyeri road. Fountain Safaris can provide a tour van to the site or you can self-drive to Sagana.

Weight restrictions
For safety reasons, participants are weighed before climbing on the tower. Minimum and maximum weight is 40kg and 100kg respectively. 

Other activities

Tana River is also a white water rafting destination, with an opportunity to hone your paddling skills and see the birds and swim.