The Big Rush: The World’s Tallest Bungee Swing!

Big Rush Urban Adrenaline - World's Tallest Bungee Swing

Are you ready for the BIG RUSH?

The Big Rush

It was our last day in South Africa and we had just left the Victoria Street Market with bags of newly purchased goods in hand. We had just one more stop to make before heading back to the Oyster Box Hotel.

We knew that South Africa Tourism had something awesome up their sleeves for us before we said our goodbye to South Africa, but we really weren’t sure what our last surprise would be.

How could they possibly top our first surprise? I mean, seriously, a helicopter tour over Cape Town. C’mon!

Our driver was making all sorts of lefts and rights but as soon as we started to get closer to Moses Mabhida Stadium, I had a weird feeling that we might be doing something extreme.

It turns out I was dead on. We were here at Moses Mabhida Stadium to take the leap and experience the ride of our lives on the BIG RUSH!

What is the Big Rush?

The Big Rush Urban Adrenaline Swing is not only the world’s only stadium swing. It’s also the Guinness Book of World Records Tallest Swing in the World at a staggering 347 ft!

If that wasn’t enough to excite you adrenaline junkies out there, then how about this cool fact. The initial drop is an insanity-laced 196 ft free fall before swinging across the World Cup Stadium field in a 721-foot arc!

Let’s Get Suited Up!

Once you sign your life away, it’s time to empty out those pockets of yours. Nobody wants their valuables spread across the Stadium, so lock them up! Next, it’s time to slip in your harness.

Big Rush Urban Adrenaline Swing - Durban, South Africa

Rob & I ready to rock n’ roll!

We all know that practice makes perfect, but is it really necessary that we jump off this two foot stage?

Big Rush Urban Adrenaline Swing - Durban, South Africa

The Practice Run – 3…2…1… JUMP!

Moses Mabhida Stadium

After two mock jumps, we head on outside and get our first look at the absolutely astonishing Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Moses Mabhida Stadium - Durban, South Africa

In case you didn’t know, this stadium was built solely for the FIFA World Cup games that were hosted here in South Africa back in 2010. Now a days,  the stadium is used for both local soccer and cricket matches as well as concerts and other major live events.

The arch above the stadium is home to both the Big Rush Adrenaline Swing and the Sky Car.

Experiencing The Rush

After taking in the view from inside Moses Mabhida Stadium, it was time for us to start our ascent to the top of the arch. Three hundred and fifty stairs later, we had arrived at the launch point. It was time for us to choose who was going to jump first before anyone could answer, I immediately raised my hand and waved it around like a child. I didn’t come all the way up for here nothing, I’m here to find out what this swing is all about!

Walking out on to the launch platform was something else. I’m 350 feet in the air looking over the entire stadium thinking… “Is this for real?

Big Rush Adrenaline Swing - Durban, South Africa

What? Huh? I can’t hear you…

The staffs instructions were mumbled as the wind was blowing and it was extremely hard to understand what they were saying. Thank god we did those “mock jumps” earlier or I would have been screwed!

I didn’t have much time to think about the jump, nor did I want it. It was time to take the leap.

Big Rush Adrenaline Swing - Durban, South Africa

3… 2… 1… GO!

Big Rush Adrenaline Swing - Durban, South Africa

I’m three inches from the platform and I’m already starting to scream at the top of my lungs.

Big Rush Adrenaline Swing - Durban, South Africa

The Death Scream!

Big Rush Adrenaline Swing - Durban, South Africa

Big Rush Adrenaline Swing - Durban, South Africa

Big Rush Adrenaline Swing - Durban, South Africa


Okay so the photos really don’t do it justice. If you want to really experience what it’s like to take the leap, don’t miss the video below!


I’ve been skydiving, zip-lining, cliff jumping, volcano boarding, and I’ve even raced dune buggies through the desertStill, I have to admit, The Big Rush was hands down one of the craziest things I’ve ever done.

If you’re ever in Durban, do yourself a favor and give this adrenaline rush a shot. You won’t regret it!

If the photos in this article don’t do this swing justice, this video below sure will. Watch and listen to me scream!


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  1. Yvonne

    Mar 30, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    OMG! That looks like so much funnnnn!!!! Cool video! :D

    • Ryan

      Mar 30, 2012 at 10:48 PM

      Thanks a lot Yvonne. It was so much fun!

  2. Someday I'll Be There - Mina

    Apr 3, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    This. Is. Amazing!! I would definitely do this when in SA! how much did it cost though? :D damn my African trip is looking more and more expensive with time! Lots of adrenaline shots to be taken, its a shame they cost much :D

    • Ryan

      Apr 3, 2012 at 9:42 AM

      Thanks Mina! I was fortunate enough to do it for free thanks to South Africa Tourism but the cost is approx. $80 USD which really isn’t too bad. Check out the prices here: Enjoy!

  3. Wanderplex

    Apr 5, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    OMG this looks insane!!!!! I don’t know if I could go through with it but it looks absolutely wild!

    • Ryan

      Apr 5, 2012 at 3:58 PM

      Haha it was definitely insane! You could do it, just have to forget about how high you are in the air before taking the leap!

  4. Cam

    Apr 6, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Holy Shitballs that looks awesome!

    • Ryan

      Apr 6, 2012 at 2:36 PM

      Haha! Thanks Cam. It was off the hook!

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  6. Tom

    Nov 20, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Im doing this on christmas day :O gonna be sick

    • Ryan

      Nov 20, 2012 at 8:53 PM

      Awesome Tom! I’m jealous. You’re going to have such a great time. Hope you have a GoPro to strap on your head! ;)

  7. Tom

    Nov 22, 2012 at 6:40 AM

    hha i hope so ryan, i dont actually have one, do they give one to you? they film you anyway right??

    • Ryan

      Nov 22, 2012 at 11:50 AM

      They do not give you one. Videos/photos are available for purchase after the jump. Either way, enjoy! You’re going to love it!

  8. Tom

    Nov 23, 2012 at 5:44 AM

    ah okay, i hope i do :) it looks so high, but i know i can do it. haha, and on christmas day as well

    • Ryan

      Dec 11, 2012 at 4:27 PM

      It is high, trust me! You’ll have a blast. Merry Christmas!

  9. Elliot B.

    Feb 12, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    That. Looks. Awesome! I would do that without hesitation. If/when I make it to South Africa, you can bet that will be on my list of something to do. Great post!

  10. Matthew Karsten

    Feb 13, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    That initial step is nuts! Really should have tried this while I was in Durban…

    • Ryan

      Feb 13, 2013 at 10:28 AM

      Hell yeah. You would have loved it Matt. 350ft in the air, and you swing across the entire stadium. It was so crazy!

  11. Noel | Stories On Travel

    Sep 10, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    This jump was fearless! Breathtakingly superb!

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  14. Jungle Jane

    Apr 2, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    I’m thinking about doing this and what to know what it feels like physically – Is it jerky and does everyone puke afterward? It looks pretty nauseating… but seriously fun.

    • Ryan Gargiulo

      Apr 3, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      Hey Jane, it’s not jerky at all. It’s actually a pretty smooth swing. The only jerking part is when you reach the end of the free fall and then you swing across the stadium. You should totally do it. I didn’t find it to be nauseating at all. ENJOY!

      • Jungle Jane

        Apr 6, 2014 at 2:22 PM

        Thank you. That’s what I needed to hear!

  15. H Beck

    May 15, 2014 at 2:24 AM

    I’ve done the Oribi Gorge swing and that was awesome (165m) obove gorge floor. Think I’m going to do this when i have time, seems crazy.

  16. Yolanda

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    AWESUM! Doing it in 2 weeks. WOW…..That is high!

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