Moses Mabhida Stadium
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Climbing to the top of the arch at Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium
It looks more daunting than it is. Five hundred steps will lead you to an observation deck at the very top of the arch at Durban's beautiful Moses Mabhida Stadium, built for the World Cup in 2010. It's like climbing stories, I reasoned — how bad can it be? But when you start filling out indemnity forms and finding yourself fitted for a harness, it can get pretty daunting. No worries, though — depending on your fitness level and propensity to stop and take pictures, it climb should take you anywhere from 20-50 minutes, and doesn't feel that steep when you're actually doing it. We scaled it in 25, and were rewarded by stunning 360-degree views over Durban's skyline and beach, glowing in the pre-sunset light.
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Jumping the Tallest Bungee Swing in the World
Located in the coastal city of Durban lies something unexpected; the highest bungee swing in the world. Located on top of Moses Mabhida Stadium sits the Big Rush. Different from a traditional bungee, the swing is just what it sounds like. Heavily harnessed, the jumper walks to the edge of the stadium, which is a terrifying 106 meters high, and then simply walks off the edge. The ensuing fall results in a 220-meter arc under the stadium’s famous arch. And it’s scary as hell. Even though it’s frightening, the Big Rush is a must-do experience for anyone who wants the thrill of a lifetime. Be sure to book in advance though as this is a popular activity for locals and tourists alike.
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