Imagine winning R100 000 simply by completing a few “tasks” from a list, you’d do it, right? Well, if you think you can complete at least 4 of the following challenges in each heat, you have to enter the Mango Airline Bucket List competition:
Heat 1: 16 March 2012 – 31 May 2012
- Ride the Anaconda – Gold Reef City – JHB
- Uncover the Origins of Mankind – Cradle of Humankind – JHB
- Bungee Jump – Soweto Towers – JHB
- Explore the Dungeons – Castle of Good Hope – CPT
- Take a Hike – Lion’s Head – CPT
- Go to Jail – Tour Robben Island – CPT
- Take a Skycar Ride – Moses Mabhida Stadium – DBN
- Cage Dive with Sharks – Ushaka – DBN
- Rock Climb – Gateway – DBN
- Spot a Cheetah – Get spotted with a cheetah at the Bainsvlei Cheetah Experience – BFN
- Down a beer – Mystic Boer Pub – BFN
- Come Face to Face with a Mongoose – Take your picture with a mongoose while enjoying a day at the Free State National Botanical Gardens – BFN
Before you think you can complete all of them in your home town, look carefully at the list. You will notice that they have only picked 3 challenges from Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Bloemfontein. So you will have to fly somewhere to complete 4 tasks. This is of course a good thing, since your entry will only be valid if you have flown with Mango between the 2 heat dates.
To complete the first 4 challenges, you must have flown with Mango between 16 March 2012 and 31 May 2012. To complete the second 4 challenges, you must have flown with them between 17 August 2012 and 31 October 2012. You need to retain your ticket, so keep that in mind.
Let’s see, if I had to take part and money was no option, it is very likely that I would go for the more challenging tasks. I’d love to bungee jump off Soweto’s Orlando Towers! I’ve done the Gouritz Bridge, how scary can it be? Well….it actually looks pretty darn scary. At 100m high, this jump is about 30m higher and the fact that you are jumping from a building-like structure makes it even more interesting. No river to break your fall either, should something go wrong (which it won’t, of course!). Just some nice, cold, solid concrete to welcome you back to Earth. I’m totally up for it though, anyone want to sponsor a flight to Joburg? No?
Next up, I’d go and explore the Dungeons of the Castle of Good Hope. You might be thinking, how is that challenging in any way? Surely a hike up Lion’s Head is much more difficult physically; a visit to Robben Island will be very hard, emotionally, but a visit to the Dungeons will answer to your simplest child hood fears. Alone. In the dark. I promise you, you have never experienced darkness like this before and knowing about all the terrible suffering that took place here, well, I think I’ve pretty much set the mood for you.
For my next challenge, I will definitely go shark cage diving. I will be completely safe and there is no way that the sharks will even be able to have a tiny little bite. Maybe I’ll try poking one of them with a finger or a toe, to ramp up the danger factor; then again, that might not be such a good idea! Who wouldn’t want the chance to tell their grand children about the time they went swimming with huge sharks with row upon row of serrated teeth? Friends of mine did a shark cage dive near Kleinmond a while ago and to them it was a wonderful experience, more fascinating than scary.
The last challenge of the first heat will have to be a show down with a mongoose. Laugh if you want to, but if something is tough/stupid enough to catch and eat poisonous snakes, I’m afraid of it. Be careful when posing with one of these rascals, you might think he is cute as a button, but this tough little guy might just decide that you pose some kind of serious threat to its life and turn into a snake killing ninja, biting off the tip or your nose whilst trashing around like a crocodile! Oh, the humanity!
If you can’t afford to jet set across South Africa like this, you can always complete all 3 challenges in your home town and just fly to one other city to complete another one, it’s the perfect excuse to further explore our beautiful country. This competition is going to become very popular, Gareth Cliff (5fm) is doing it and you can follow his and the other entrants’ progress online.
Keep an eye out for Heat 2, which I will attempt to do on an imaginary, tight budget!