Adventurous activities at Soweto Towers in Johannesburg

The Soweto Towers in Johannesburg, also known as Orlando Towers, was originally the site of a coal fired power station in 1955 and became one of the most distinctive landmarks in Soweto which the largest informal settlement (or township) in South Africa. In 1998 the power station was shut down and it was transformed into an adventurous sport and entertainment area in 2008.

Today, the cooling towers are completely covered in bright colours which display images from the township cultures incorporated with business branding such as FNB Bank.

Orlando Towers Activities

There are many things to do at the Soweto Towers. This is the site of the world’s first bungee jump between two cooling towers and offers other adventurous sports such as SCAD Freefalling, base jump and paintball.

For those who are not adrenaline junkies can try the 25 meter climbing wall to challenge your abilities or travel to the top of the cooling tower to get a 360 degree view of Soweto.

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Image by Christo Ras from Pixabay

Soweto Towers Bungee Jumping

Bungee jumping is what the towers are most famous for. If you have the guts then do the 100m jump from the suspension bridge with a rubber cord around your feet.

Soweto Towers SCAD Freefall

This is the world’s highest SCAD freefall that takes place inside the Western Orlando Tower. I was fortunate and brave enough to do this and it was totally worth the nerves!

Orlando Towers Height

The height of the Soweto Towers are a 100 meters above the ground. If this is too much for you then you can safely plummet from 70m freefall inside the Western Tower.

Orlando Towers Prices

  • Bungee Jump – R630 per person
  • SCAD Freefall – R400 per person
  • Paintball – R160 per person
  • Base Jump – R200 per person
  • Straightjacket Bungee- R1030 per person
  • Climb – R48 per person
  • View – R80 per person

Prices at 1 April 2020. Please see their updated price list here. They do offer discounts to bigger groups of people. Make sure to get there early to avoid a wait!