In a giant transparent ball, Alberto and I strapped ourselves onto our harnesses – one to the waist, another to the feet – and held on to the handle bars. And then, as though the operator had pressed the ‘start engine’ button on an amusement ride, I watched the world swirl around us in 360 degrees. I could see that we were rolling down the constructed ramp but all I could feel was blood rushing to my head, my hair flipping in all directions, and adrenaline kicking in. It wasn’t quite as big as a rush on a bungee jump or even a rollercoaster ride for that matter, but it was way more fun than anything I’d done.
This was our first zorbing experience and definitely not going to be our last one. It was five years ago when I first stumbled upon zorbing while writing about some unique transport modes around the world. I’ve been fascinated by it since but never imagined I would one day be able to try it out for myself.
For those who are wondering, zorbing is the sport of rolling down a hill inside an orb, which is a giant inflatable ball cushioned by a thick layer of air. This wacky sport is also known as globe-riding, sphereing, or orbing, and it was first invented in New Zealand. There’s a range of rides to choose from – from wet to dry, individual to multi-person or zigzag rides.
Just this week, we had the chance to experience zorbing for the first time with Fun Turist in Bled, the adventure capital of Slovenia. It was short, intense, and extremely fun – a perfect activity for a family or adventure-seeking youngsters! We both highly recommend trying out zorbing if you ever get the chance. Don’t be afraid to unleash the inner child in you!
Here’s a video that we took inside the orb, take a look and see how our world spinned:
Besides zorbing on land, we also had a go at water zorbing and it turned out to be an amusing experience especially since balancing on water was almost an impossible task. Even six-year-old children had more patience than us at trying to maintain their equilibrium in there. In fact, balancing was so difficult in the orb that Fun Turist goes so far to declare that anyone who manages to keep their balance for more than two seconds gets the ride for free!
The water zorbing experience allows you to stay within the orb for five to ten minutes. It is not advisable to stay longer due to health concerns. It’s priced at €5 for 10 minutes.
Zorbing on land costs €18 for each run and it only takes less than 10 seconds.
Both activities are held in and around Camp Šobec, one of the biggest campsites in Bled. They can be booked directly with Fun Turist through their website www.funrafting.com.
Disclaimer: Our trip was made possible by Fun Turist, but all opinions expressed are our own.