If you’re an experienced abseiler, you’ll know that descending a drop is a definite way to inject some adrenaline into your bloodstream. However if you’re a newbie to the world of rappelling off sheer surfaces – Welcome! You’ll very soon come to love the feeling of sliding off high heights and then shimmying your way down a rope. In the interim, marvel at some of the amazing places around the world where you are able to abseil! And don’t worry, we’ve included a lot of awesome spots for beginners as well!
Table Mountain – Cape Town, South Africa
Without a doubt, Table Mountain is by far one of the world’s most popular abseiling spots and it’s quite easy to see why. This magnificent rock towers 1,085m above sea level, providing stunning views over Cape Town towards the South Atlantic Ocean. Thousands and thousands of tourists flock each and every single year to the mountain to make descending the world’s longest commercial abseil, 112 meters down the cliffs which ring the top of the mountain.
Victoria Waterfall, Costa Rica
Costa Rica is the world’s waterfall abseiling capital. It is one of Costa Rica’s most popular extreme sports and there are a lot of destinations to select from. However, one of the absolute best is the Victoria Waterfall, which is in Guanacaste and the North Pacific. As an entire experience, the Victoria Waterfall is unbelievable – participants go on a 45-minute horseback ride prior to reaching the waterfall, where they climb down the craggy cliff face.
Waitomo Caves – Waitomo, New Zealand
Learn about the Lost World of Waitomo, which is an apparently magical place where glow worms dot the walls almost like stars and lush natural bridges trickle beads of water into underground rivers.
If the fairy-tale scenes that grace Waitomo aren’t enough, do like Tom Cruise (yes, he abseiled Waitomo!) and go down through a huge crack in the ground. This 30-minute abseil is as enthralling as Australian sports betting online and will see you making a 100m descent past alien looking plants that cling to the walls.
The vertical rainforest which surrounds you transforms into a misty gorge, with birds flying beneath you and the mighty Mangapu river that echoes up from below. The unique prehistoric setting and sensory overload make Waitomo Abseil a must-see.
The Stratosphere Hotel – Las Vegas, USA
Standing 350.2 m tall, the Stratosphere Hotel Tower is by far the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States. Luckily for all abseiling fans it’s also home to Skyjump, which is the world’s premier commercial decelerator descent.
Decelerators are ingenious devices that regulate the speed of your abseil for you, meaning that all you need to do is jump out and enjoy the view. At Skyjump the whole experience takes less than 20 seconds. This makes it one of the fastest descents you’re likely to experience as the Las Vegas skyline shoots past at approximately 50 ft per second. If you’re looking for an additional twist try out abseiling at night when the lights from the Strip will make your jump footage look even more epic.