Watch Divers Jump 100 Feet Off Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls is awe-inspiring on an average day. It's next level when Orlando Duque leaps off it.
By Gunther Geist

Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and for good reason. Every second, nearly 300,000 gallons of water spill over its ledge, making it the largest waterfall in the world. It's only logical, then, that Orlando Duque – who has leapt off the Statue of Liberty and sprung from the branches of giant trees in the Amazon – jumped off it.

Twice the height of Niagara Falls and a stunning 5,604 feet across, the massive falling sheet of water is an impressive backdrop for a dive. Duque knew better than to leap from the top (an insane and impossible 355 foot jump), so he and partner Jonathan Paredes dove from an equally crazy 100 foot ledge – about the height of a 10-story building. Paredes had never jumped from such a height before, and Duque hadn’t done it in a decade.

But before they could jump, they'd have to climb to the ledge.

It was no walk in in the park. With the rock wet and slippery from the waterfall mist, one poorly placed step could have meant disaster. But Duque and Paredes carefully made their way to the jump exit and prepared for the big jump.

Did we mention they landed in a rushing river full of swift currents, foaming rapids and 10-foot crocodiles? Yes, crocodiles. Watch the video above to see more and stay tuned for the upcoming documentary on Red Bull TV, debuting April 26.

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