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TThe Orlando Towers bungee in Soweto adds a whole new dimension to sightseeing in this famous Johannesburg township. Bridging the gap between adventure and township tourism, you can enjoy one of Johannesburg’s most vibrant landmarks like never before. With a 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 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.

FFor 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.

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OOnce you're secured in your harness, an open-air lift transports you along the outside of the tower to a platform, three metres 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.

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CConstruction of the Orlando Power Station began in 1935 and was only completed in 1955, due to delays caused by the Second World War.

OOnce you're secured in your harness, an open-air lift transports you along the outside of the tower to a platform, three metres 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.

TThe Orlando Towers played a significant role in Soweto's history. To mark this, the west tower has been painted to reflect the famous sons and daughters of Soweto as well as traditional township scenes. It's believed to be the biggest mural in South Africa and adds a creative edge to this historic landmark while providing a great backdrop to your plunge to the bottom.

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