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!

Conclusion:

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!

Video

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Ryan Gargiulo is a location independent blogger, world traveler, and adventure enthusiast who loves nothing more than to share his stories from the road with his followers via blogs, photos, videos and more. When he's not out wandering the world, you can likely find him Instagramming his current paradisiacal location or hunched over his laptop, typing away, somewhere in the tropics.

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31 Comments

  1. 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

    1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

    1. 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!

  4. 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.

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