Durban’s Big Rush: The World’s Craziest Rope Swing!

Moses Mabhida South Africa
Moses Mabhida Stadium
Durban, South Africa

Three, two, one, jump. I stepped off the catwalk and into the void, falling 288 feet with my stomach in my throat. The world’s tallest rope swing is a big rush.

I seem to have an addiction to extreme heights lately. Hiking Spain’s Caminito del Rey, floating through the sky in a hot air balloon, and now leaping off the top of a soccer stadium.

That’s the problem with adrenaline junkies, we’re always searching for a more powerful high. Ziplines just don’t cut it anymore. I look forward to tasting fear and the challenge of overcoming it.

Durban’s Big Rush rope swing provided just what I was searching for.

Big Rush South Africa
The Big Rush Jump Crew
Big Rush Platform Durban
I’m Jumping From Where?!

Moses Mabhida Stadium

Moses Mabhida Stadium was built for the FIFA World Cup soccer games in 2010, and it’s really a work of art. Beautiful white arches rise 100 meters into the air over the city of Durban.

It can seat 54,000 people for soccer and cricket matches or concerts.

You can ride the Sky Car to the top for amazing 360-degree views of Durban. Or you can hike up 550 stairs and get the same. Only with one hell-of-a-ride back down — on the end of a rope. I chose the 2nd option.

After signing my life away and getting into a harness, we walk to the base of the stairs for a long climb attached to a safety line. Talk about anticipation! You have plenty of time to contemplate what you’re about to do on the long hike to the top of the stadium.

Crazy Rope Swing South Africa
This is Slightly Crazy
Rope Swing South Africa
Time to Jump!

Big Rush Durban

The jump crew secures me into another safety line at the top for the climb down a 10 foot ladder onto a catwalk. It’s very windy up here, which isn’t helping my nerves.

I’m then attached to a 3rd safety line and slowly walk across to the jump point. This is when reality hits you. I’m about to jump from the top of this stadium — 350 feet in the air!

Something that would normally kill a person.

Your brain says “Relax! Everything will be fine.” However your body is not so easily convinced. Many people get to this point, then change their minds.

Big Rush Durban
One Small Step for Man…

Just Do It

I step to the edge and marvel at the stadium workers below who look like ants crawling through the grass. The crew finally hooks me into the main line, made of heavy duty webbing.

They count down for me. 3. 2. 1…

Go. I hop off the edge and plummet through the sky with gravity pulling me down faster and faster until I reach 75mph, screaming the whole time.

The rope catches at about 288 feet, and I swing in a long and satisfying arc across the whole stadium with adrenaline coursing through my veins. Yelling in triumph to thousands of empty seats. It’s quick, but intense.

Durban’s Big Rush swing is a wild experience that shouldn’t be missed. ★

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Location: Durban, South Africa
Accommodation: Happy Hippo Backpackers
Company: Big Rush!
Cost: R695 (about $65 USD)

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39 thoughts on “Durban’s Big Rush: The World’s Craziest Rope Swing!”

  1. Looks like fun! BTW, what sandals are you wearing and why did you choose them? I noticed a minimal amount or strapping on them. Keep it up!!!

  2. I am confused why this is always referred to as the tallest. It isnt even close. There is a rope swing in Nepal my wife did that is double the height. 170m!

  3. wow man…my stomach churned just looking at you jump! Crazy, this need for adrenalin rush but awesome too

  4. What a great venue for a rope swing. It’s cool to see that people are getting creative in the adventure industry. Admittedly, I’m not sure I could pull it off. For me it’s easier to do a bungie jump (or rope swing, I am guessing, since I have never done the latter) over water. Seeing the exact spot on the ground where I would splat, freaks me out.

  5. That was just AMAZING ! I have put that on the list. Great camera work im amazed that the head mount managed to stay on hahaha. Loving the site mate very inspirational. Keep up the great work. Neal.

    • Thanks Neal! Yeah, as long as you remember to tighten everything down, the head-strap is pretty solid.

  6. It freaks me out just looking at the photos! Well done but that kind of thing is definitely not for me!

  7. Amazing, I got dizzy just watching as the video looked down from the platform. share some of that bravery, will ya…

  8. You are a MAD MAN. A MAD MAN I SAY! I don’t even think I could stand up there, let alone jump off. I couldn’t even manage a rope swing jump into a lake as a kid.

  9. That is totally insane! Made me nervous just watching the vid let alone being up there about to launch!

  10. Okay I want to comment before I watch the video: I have a terrible fear of heights and I’ve already read about this jump on another blog once, but it was without footage. Reading about it again makes me nauseous. Really nauseous. Now I’m going to watch the video. Because I’m brave like that.

  11. Oh my! This looks really crazy! There really is something about the southern hemisphere countries, inventing these crazy activities! This is another crazy activity to add to my list. :)

  12. OMG!! Even tho I did bungy jumping in South Africa this thing looks insane… I’d have died on the way there, looks so scary :D

  13. OH MY GOODNESS! I felt so nervous for you up there! That’s so crazy – congrats for actually going through with it! I’m a bit afraid of heights and I can push myself for a great view of something but I don’t know if I could ever go through with something like that! I’m glad you took that video so I can experience it without…you know, actually having to experience it ;)

  14. This is so crazy! How do you do it?! They’d be hard pushed to get me up the stairs into the stadium. Sharing this with adrenaline junkie friends right now.

  15. That’s insane, Matt! You seem very relaxed during the jump. And I love how your footwear never changes no matter the adventure.