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Face your fear - 12 months ago, 20 Apr 16:05

Liz Ng'ang'a

One February afternoon, 3pm, finds me seated facepalmed on a wooden staircase, 20 or so metres above ground.

Below me, the Nile river flows majestically. Bungee jumping, a sport said to have originated in New Zealand, involves free falling from a tall structure while suspended on a large elastic cord.

Considering that I am not generally a thrill seeker, I’m not sure how the idea to engage in such a risky, wild adventure became entrenched in my mind.

I can only blame my interest in Africa’s natural wonders, and, in this case, my goal to encounter the mighty River Nile.

My chosen jumping spot is the Nile High Bungee in Jinja, Uganda. The bungee is attached to a restaurant, and jumpers are cheered on by customers enjoying their meals or drinks on the balcony.

The cantilevered bungee tower hangs on top of a cliff over the deep, fast-flowing river. I did not know that the ...
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