My birthday is normally disappointing and uneventful, but not this year, this year would be different. My cousin Hamza and I decided we would go bungee jumping on the weekend before my birthday and nothing was going to stop us.
So this Saturday, my brother Shiraz, my sister Shaista, cousins Yuraaz and Hamza and I set off for the mysterious Oribi Gorge. We had vague directions, basically 12kms from Port Shepstone, and despite several opportunities to get lost we managed to get there eventually.
We had to pay an entrance fee to get into the trails where the swing is situated so we ventured into a curios shop which had a TV showing previous jumpers. This was enough to scare the crap out of Yuraaz and my brother and sister. So we drove to the jump site with them trying to scare Hamza and I, Hamza started to look nervous.
We arrived at the jump site, and go to reception and sign our indemnity forms which looked like we were playing fruit & veg. They gave us harnesses and we watched as one guy plummeted the 100m into the gorge. They led me to rickety metal ladder and by this time I felt a mixture of fear, excitement and anticipation.
Standing in front of the edge of the cliff, the seconds counting down, instinct drives you and adrenaline courses through your veins. I jumped out of pure instinct and watched as the ground rushed towards me. I was tugged away at what seemed like the last minute and swung into the trees. The most exhilirating 3 seconds of my life came to a standstill and the only thought that went through my mind was I have to do this again.
Til next time in Waseem world