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TThe Orlando Towers bungee in Soweto adds a whole new dimension to sightseeing in this famous Johannesburg township. Choose from one of the many adventures offered by the Soweto towers and enjoy one of Johannesburg’s most vibrant landmarks like never before. With 100m drop to the ground, bungee jump, swing or free fall your way to the bottom.
This is definitely one of the most exciting ways to see one of South Africa's biggest and most famous townships. Based around the Orlando Towers, part of the old Orlando Power Station and a major Soweto attraction, outdoor adventure activities are fast changing the way visitors experience this already vibrant place.
For starters, you now have the most awesome view of Soweto from the top of the towers. Then, of course, there's the adrenaline rush; never before could you enjoy such heart-pumping adventures in a genuine township setting.
A Soweto adventure experience includes the bungee jump, a tower swing (the world's first between two cooling towers), an internal tower swing and base jumping, all off the top of the west tower, some 100m up.
Once you're secured in your harness, an open-air lift transports you along the outside of the tower to a platform, 3m from the top. A quick walk along the floating staircase takes you to the tower's rim and to either the sky-bridge (between the two towers) for the bungee or the platform for the swing.
And then...you jump! The Soweto Bungee Jump sees you falling 33 storeys down, and the Power Swing offers a 40m freefall before the swing cables kick in. The ominously named Abyss, another world-first, is similar to the Power Swing but sees you jumping inside the tower, swinging across the width of its base. There's also a viewing platform for the slightly less adventurous.
The Orlando Towers played a significant role in Soweto's history. The towers were recently repainted by famous South African illustrator Karabo Poppy, whose uniquely South African style is instantly recognisable on the iconic landmark. The mural is a celebration of Soweto’s vibrant creativity and an excellent example of proudly South African art.
TTravel tips and planning info
Who to contact
Soweto Towers Vertical Adventure Centre
Tel: 071 674 4343 (Office hours 9:00 till 17:00)
064 681 8478 (Office hours Wednesday to Sunday)
How to get here
Fly direct from any of South Africa’s major cities to OR Tambo International Airport. If you're driving, from Durban take the N3 highway to Johannesburg, and from Cape Town, the N1. From Johannesburg, take the N1 south towards Bloemfontein. Take the M68 Soweto off-ramp, following the signs to the Orlando Towers.
Best time to visit
Soweto is an all-year-round destination due to its moderate climate. Winter (May to August) days are mild, but nights are cold. Summer days (October to February) usually bring afternoon thunderstorms. Please note that bookings are not accepted and activities run on a first come first serve basis.
Around the area
There are a number of tours of Soweto on offer including evening shebeen (tavern) tours; half-day and full-day township tours; The Nelson Mandela house tour; and the Hector Pietersen Memorial tour. Visit the website for more information on tours and prices.
What will it cost?
Costs vary depending on the activity you choose. Visit the website for up-to-date prices.
What to pack
The adventure centre does not accept cash payments so don’t forget your credit or debit card!
Where to stay
What to eat
Traditional African cuisine at venues across the township, corn on the cob straight off the fire from street vendors.