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Posts Tagged ‘adrenaline’

Livingstone, Zambia – Stunning to the Senses

  • Lindy Nauta
  • 20 June 2012

As soon as we get to the plane door, it hits us: dry heat mixed with the smell of the bush. It is instantly recognisable, our senses confirming what our minds already know. We are in the middle of Africa! Specifically, Livingstone, Zambia. A few kilometres away, the ‘Smoke That Thunders’ drifts up to heights of over 400 metres, a plume clearly visible from the air signalling the start of an incredible trip.

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Photo of the Week: Big Induna Mountain Bike Race, Western Kruger, South Africa

  • Andre and Erna Meintjies (Photo) Jaco Lubbe (Text)
  • 21 August 2011

The annual Big Induna Mountain bike race – hosted in Hazyview, Mpumalanga, on the edge of South Africa’s Kruger National Park – is now over for another year, but has once again left all participants with memories of a life-changing experience. Famous amongst MTB riders, this race take riders through some of the most picturesque and scenic indigenous forests in all of South Africa.

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Cycling in Iceland: Rain, Bright Nights, Stunning Views and Unbeatable Adventures

  • Thomas Marvin
  • 12 August 2011

Back in 2006, my friend Legs and I packed our bags and bikes and headed to Iceland for a six-week pootle round the island. The cycling trip ended up being some of the most amazing six weeks of my life – howling gales that lasted days, thoroughly pot-holed dirt tracks, stunning views and the invention of tuna tikka-massala.

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Raw Nature Revealed in Montenegro: Podgorica Ecotourism

  • Samantha Libby
  • 12 July 2011

Set against the deep blue waters of the Adriatic Sea, Podgorica, Montenegro, is home to some of the most stunning gorges, peaks, rivers and valleys in Europe, if not the world. Even better, thanks to its relative distance from the tourist track, its centuries-old culture and traditions have remained largely intact.

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Extreme Sports: Diving from Great Heights at the Orlando Towers in Soweto, South Africa

  • Sam Goodwin
  • 10 June 2011

At first we waited at the foot of the tower, watching the group before us throw themselves into gravity’s embrace from 100 metres above. This increased the anticipation, and perhaps the apprehension too, but given past experiences and my love of bungee I was desperate to give it my go.

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Cycling in the High Passes of Georgia

  • Ia Kverghelidze
  • 27 January 2011

This unprecedented and challenging trip is led by none other than Jumber Lezhava, a bicycle world traveller, multiple Guinness World Record holder and UNESCO World Sportsman and Citizen. Lezhava has put together an ideal route for visiting cyclists. Time on tough roads is combined with visits to cultural and historic sites, and opportunities to meet the locals in isolated, mountainous villages.

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Biking the World’s Most Dangerous Road in Bolivia

  • Alan Smithee
  • 14 January 2011

Originating at the 4,650-metre La Cumbra pass, the World’s Most Dangerous Road connects La Paz to northern Bolivia’s Amazon, descending through 69 kilometres (43 miles) of awe-inspiring rainforest scenery to arrive at the sleepy town of Coroico. The road itself is no wider than 3.2 metres at any stage and the lack of guardrails covering the 600-metre precipitous drops means that there is no room for error when negotiating its hairpin bends.

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Just Jump! Bungee in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

  • Charlotte Moroney
  • 13 January 2011

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, has long been referred to as the adventure capital of the world, a place where adrenaline is served right alongside an ice-cold Zambezi lager. Fittingly, in addition to the classic sampling of active stunts like whitewater rafting and the adrenaline high-wire thrills, this playground for daredevils also lays claim to one of the most heart-pounding bungee jumps in the world.

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Top Five Travel Picks for Adrenaline Rushes

  • WHL Group
  • 12 January 2011

Some adventure travellers like to distinguish between ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ experiences. Hard adventure tours are a little more extreme and often involve a heightened sense of risk and danger, with adrenaline as a necessary and obviously exciting part of the ride. Here is our pick of five tours guaranteed to give you your fix. Travellers beware – adrenaline is known to be highly addictive!

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Balloons and Boulders: Adrenaline Rushes in Vang Vieng, Laos

  • Miranda Siu
  • 10 January 2011

Vang Vieng has gained a reputation as the adventure sports capital of Laos. There is no end in sight to its high-intensity fun and games, including 10-metre jumps from swings into the Nam Song River, cycling, kayaking, rafting and much more. My two greatest experiences here have been hot-air ballooning and rock climbing.

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