If you’re looking for adrenaline in superlatives, you should check out the world’s tallest swing, called Big Rush. Nope, it’s not in the adventure capital of the world, it’s in Durban, South Africa, at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
What is Big Rush Durban?
Big Rush is a rope swing over the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. It’s not just your regular big swing though, it’s the tallest swing in the world.
In order to get to the jump platform, you’ll need to conquer 352 steps and a short ladder. From there you’re left no time to think. “Ready? 3, 2, 1, big step!”
Before you know it, you’re in an 80 meter (~288 foot) free fall towards the soccer field in Moses Mabhida Stadium, with your scream stuck in your throat. Take it from me, Big Rush is an aptly chosen name for this big swing!
How does the Big Rush Swing work?
You’re asked to be at the Big Rush Stadium Shop about 20 minutes before the time slot you booked. That’ll give you enough time to sign an indemnity waiver form, be fitted with a full body harness, and go through an short briefing of what’s about to happen.
On the hour, you’ll be lead to the bottom of one of the arches over the Moses Mabhida Stadium. They’ll attach you to a safety line for the ascent of the 352 steps to the top of the arch. Hold tight to that bottle of water you got in the shop, ’cause you’ll need it.
A Jump Crew will be waiting for you at the top. The last one to arrive has to jump first. The rest can sit on the steps to catch their breath while waiting. Unfortunately you can’t really see the others jump, but you can enjoy the view over Durban!
When it’s your turn, make some funny faces for the camera before descending the short ladder to the jump platform. The Jump Master will be waiting there to attach you to the main jump line. He’ll ask you if you’re ready for the Big Rush and count you down.
If you didn’t change your mind (you still can), they’ll be pulling you back up to the jump platform a few seconds later. You go back down the way you came up, drop off your harness at the shop and wait for the after movie to make its way to your inbox. It’s over in no time, but it’s definitely a Big Rush!
Did you know? The Moses Mabhida Stadium was built for the FIFA World Cup in 2010. Its iconic “arch of triumph” (from which you’ll be swinging) makes it into a stunning landmark for Durban.
Big Rush Durban – Practical Information
We recommend booking a time slot for the Moses Mabhida Stadium Swing online through the Big Rush website, but you can just head to the Big Rush Stadium Shop as well. Do note they don’t accept cash in the shop. One time slot equals one hour, which can accommodate 10 people.
The tallest swing in the world costs R695 per person. If you want your personal video and photos as a souvenir from your Big Rush, you have to pay another R200. You can take a look at the preview before you decide.
You can leave your valuables and loose items in free lockers at the Big Rush Stadium Shop. You are however allowed to take your cell phone with you for a selfie at the top. The Jump Crew will hold onto it while you swing.
This marker marks the spot of the Big Rush Stadium Shop. You can park you car for free at the car park northeast of the stadium. You’ll be ascending the stairs to the top of one the stadium arches here.
Our Experience at Big Rush Durban
On a rainy morning in Kestell Brecht booked our Big Rush experience for 15:00 later that day. Durban was at that moment still 350 km (~217 miles) away, about a 4 hour drive.
An hour into the drive, we got a phone call from Big Rush, asking if we could come by earlier. They needed to clear the stadium at 15:00 because of a soccer practice for the big game tomorrow. We agreed to being there at 13:40, 20 minutes before the 14:00 time slot.
Not much later it became clear it would be a race against the clock to get at Big Rush in time. Due to road works and a car accident, traffic had come to a standstill on the N3. Juggling Waze and Google Maps for the quickest route, we barely made it in time.
The 8 others in our group were already more or less ready to jump when we came running in at the Big Rush Stadium Shop, so it all felt quite rushed. We only had time for a quick run to the toilet and signing of the “Big Rush is not responsible if I die today” forms.
On the way to the stairs it became clear to us that you were allowed to bring your phone, while we thought we had to leave all loose items in the lockers at the shop. Too bad, because now there was no selfie for us at the top, and no panoramas of the awesome view over Durban.
We were number 7 and 8 in line, so had a bit of a wait before it was our turn to jump. It was a nice sunny day, however, so we just enjoyed the view. Unfortunately we weren’t really able to see each other jump so we were pretty excited for the videos. The quality is a little bit disappointing though. Would have loved to brag about our jump in high definition!
Check out Birthe’s Big Rush video right here:
(the jump itself starts around 0:54)
However, despite all that it definitely was a Big Rush swinging from the arch over Moses Mabhida Stadium and we loved the urban adrenaline high! We had a great experience with the Big Rush staff as well.
If you’re an adrenaline junkie like us (or like Brecht at least), you’ll definitely enjoy this rope swing in Durban! If you’re in no rush for a Big Rush, the Moses Mabhida Stadium offers plenty of other wonderful activities. You can find more information on their website. Don’t worry though, you’re in safe hands. The staff is very friendly and competent!
Did you already receive a certificate for doing the Big Rush in Durban or any other adventure activities in South Africa or the world? We’d love to read about your experiences (and be inspired by them) in the comments!
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