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For the ultimate ride of your life the ‘Big Rush Big Swing’ at the Moses Mabhida stadium is a must on anyone’s to do list. Apart from being recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “World’s Tallest Swing” it is also the World’s Only stadium swing because of it’s unique design. Jump into the void above the world cup football pitch and swing out in a huge 220 meter arc under the iconic arch.

All equipment and instruction is provided by our qualified staff.
Spectators are seated in the stadium where they can watch you take on the big kids version of a swing.

Jump Procedure

On arrival at the Big Rush Stadium Shop, you will first be asked to sign an indemnity waiver form. You will then be fitted with a full body harness, and taken to the practice area, for a demonstration of correct technique. Thereafter you will be accompanied to the base of the stadium arch, where you will be attached to a safety line for the ascent.
At “ladder rung 4”, a member of the Jump Crew will assist you to descend a ladder to the jump platform, and introduce you to the Jump Master, who will confirm that you have clearly understood jump procedure, and make sure you are ready for the leap of a lifetime!

He will attach you to the main jump line and count you down “3-2-1, Big Step”. After a 60 metre free-fall, accelerating to a speed of over 120kph, you will swing in a huge arc over the football pitch.

THIS IS URBAN ADRENALINE!!!
When the swinging finally stops a recovery winch will bring you smoothly back to the jump platform, where you will be re-attached to the safety line, and guided back down the arch. All jumps are relayed live to the Base Café in the Big Rush Stadium Shop, and you will be able to watch your jump on video within a few minutes of your return. Videos are available for purchase.

Book online here: http://www.bigrush.co.za/index.php/book-online

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WIN WIN WIN!!!

We are giving away x1 Big Rush Swing experience to one lucky Durbanite.

To enter all you have to do is give the Big Rush Facebook page a like here: https://www.facebook.com/BigRushDurban and leave a comment below, telling us why you should win.

Competition ends midday 17 October 2014

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18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. keoma barker

    10 Oct 2014 at 12:40 pm

    I am a adventurous person… and very daring…

  2. Lyle

    10 Oct 2014 at 1:03 pm

    I should win because my wife is Polish and she would love to do something like this when we visit wonderful Durbs in December for my best mate’s (and his beautiful fiance’s) wedding… 🙂

  3. Didier

    10 Oct 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Just say I mean I dont want to win but felt I should try it out as proudly Deaf Durbanites in Daredevil 🙂

  4. Shannon

    10 Oct 2014 at 1:29 pm

    I should win because I am an adrenaline junkie 🙂 I haven’t had an opportunity to jump off there yet.

  5. Terri

    10 Oct 2014 at 1:31 pm

    As a newbie Durbanite, Big Rush Swing is top of my ‘explore my new city’ list.

  6. Tarryn

    10 Oct 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Oh my soul.. just looking at the picture and my heart skips a beat! I think the experience is something amazing and a must do!!

  7. stephanie millar

    10 Oct 2014 at 2:32 pm

    I’d love to give to my new hubby. His expression when he jumps will be PRICELESS!

  8. Leanne

    10 Oct 2014 at 4:09 pm

    I would simply lovve to win because I really love the adrenaline rush I haven’t experienced that Big Rush yet:)

  9. Megan Hunter

    10 Oct 2014 at 7:03 pm

    I would love to win this for my husband! He is a real adrenaline junkie-but I am the biggest wimp ever so he often misses out on opportunities. He deserves something amazing to make him smile & free him completely from the stress that has been 2014.

  10. Ashleigh

    11 Oct 2014 at 7:50 am

    Would love to celebrate on my last day of exams for honors with a epic rush and my new gopro needs to start off with a bang!!!

  11. shante'

    12 Oct 2014 at 6:58 am

    The reason I should clearly win is because I’ve earged for a bit of adventure and truly think that the big swing would be perfect I’m not a whimp when it comes to heights so they crew will love me although I may get a bit nervous but I’m only human also I see it as a great way to explore durban because yes although I’m a durbanite I haven’t been in the stadium #shocker get over it now as I was saying even if I do win this which I’m quite confident I will I plan on giving the prize to my sister because it would be a great way for her to let loose with all the challenges she’s had to over come(boy has there been a lot) and also for dealing with me and doing so much for people around her #sister_love so fingers crossed that I do win thank you so much for giving people the chance to win such a great experience and also for reading this long comment
    kind regards
    Shante’ #durban_rocks

  12. shante'

    12 Oct 2014 at 12:12 pm

    The reason I should clearly win is because I’ve earged for a bit of adventure and truly think that the big swing would be perfect I mean a 60 metre free-fall of awesome I’m not a whimp when it comes to heights so the crew will love me although I may get a bit nervous but I’m only human also I see it as a great way to explore durban because yes although I’m a durbanite I haven’t been in the stadium #shocker get over it now as I was saying although if I do win this which I’m quite confident I will I plan on giving the prize to my sister because it would be a great way for her to let loose and have some fun especially with all the challenges she’s had to over come(boy has there been a lot) and also for dealing with me and doing so much for people around her #sister_love so fingers crossed that I do win a thank you to durbanite for giving people the chance to win such a great experience and also for reading this long comment good luck to all entrants
    kind regards
    Shante’ #durban_rocks

  13. Aarti

    13 Oct 2014 at 10:39 am

    Lets just say the excitement of fear is what drives me to push all limits, this would be a heart pumping moment, just thinking about it has me racing! #YOLO

  14. shante'

    13 Oct 2014 at 9:40 pm

    The reason I should clearly win is because I’ve earged for a bit of adventure and truly think that the big swing would be perfect I mean a 60 metre free-fall of awesome I’m not a whimp when it comes to heights so the crew will love me although I may get a bit nervous but I’m only human also I see it as a great way to explore durban because yes although I’m a durbanite I haven’t been in the stadium #shocker get over it now as I was saying although if I do win this which I’m quite confident I will I plan on giving the prize to my sister because it would be a great way for her to let loose and have some fun especially with all the challenges she’s had to over come(boy has there been a lot) and also for dealing with me and doing so much for people around her #sister_love so fingers crossed that I do win a thank you to durbanite for giving people the chance to win such a great experience and also for reading this long comment good luck to all entrants
    kind regards
    Shante’ #durban_rocks

  15. Shante'

    14 Oct 2014 at 7:35 pm

    3 more days until the winner gets announced really hoping I win would be absolutely great giving back something to my sister and an experience she’ll never forget I can already hear her scream fill the stadium as she swings with her eyes shut probably kick boxing the air too lol goodluck to myself and also to all entrants #durban_rocks

  16. Carmen

    15 Oct 2014 at 9:38 am

    I think I should win because my family always says that I am not adventurous enough and if I win then I can prove them wrong 🙂

  17. shante'

    16 Oct 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Hope I win fingers crossed

  18. Catherine Schmuhl

    17 Oct 2014 at 9:51 pm

    I should win because I vowed I would never do anything like this…. but I’ve recently decided that I need to up my game and start doing things that terrify me!

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The Beauty of Brahman Hills, Midlands

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Our Durbanite contributors, Shelley and her mother, Carmen were invited to experience Brahman Hills, their spa as well as the Midlands Kitchen.

Read more on what they had to say about it.

“I had been to Brahman Hills back in March with two of my friends, and I absolutely loved it! So you can imagine my delight when I would be returning, but this time with my mom.

We left our busy little city of Umhlanga and made our way towards Brahman Hills. The drive there is fairly quick and accessible, taking only an hour and a half.

THE MIDLANDS KITCHEN

Before arriving at Brahman Hills, we decided to try out The Midlands Kitchen.

The Midlands Kitchen is an eating area which hosts 15 kitchens, including Mexican, Mediterranean, Burgers, Chicken, Pizza, Indian and Vegan dishes. There’s also a harvest table for instant artisan fresh meals.

We loved the fact that is is both kid and pet-friendly!

We sat down and our waitress promptly greeted us while handing us menus to browse through. We were given a card with a table number on it. This is for The Midlands Kitchen to keep track of our orders throughout our visit.

I ordered a vegan dish which was a Cauliflower-based burger, while my mom opted for the spring-chicken burger. We added on two cappuccinos to go with our order.

The food was DELICIOUS! We were both delighted to have made the right choice, but I’m sure with any one of their options, it would never be a disappointment.

We ended off our meal with an ice cream cone each from their gelato station. Oh, and can we make a note that this was undoubtably the yummiest gelato? I mean, they had Nutella flavoured ice cream!

On our way out, we grabbed two chocolate croissants for later indulgence, because… why not?

BRAHMAN HILLS SPA

After our lunch at The Midlands Kitchen, we arrived at Brahman Hills to check into our room. We were seated in the lounge area and offered tea/coffee while our room and key was being organised.

We checked in to the most beautiful little hotel with a private garden all to ourselves!

After a quick power nap, we headed out to the much talked about spa. We were excited to experience our treatments in the countryside.

At the spa, we both had a full body massage with an exfoliation and soak off in a bath. Beforehand, we got to choose which essential oils we would like. We both opted for lavender which helps with stress and sleep.

After our massages, we headed upstairs to get a mani & pedi done. There’s nothing quite like getting a mani while watching the cows roam around outside in the open. So incredibly relaxing!

My perfect mani from Brahman Hills spa

89 ON COPPER

For dinner we had the pleasure of dining at the incredibly beautiful 89 on Copper restaurant which is underground in a cellar-like environment.

We had the two-course dinner. Both of us chose the rib wing for mains, and had the cheesecake & brownie for dessert.

Can we talk about how pretty this restaurant is?
We loved the holes in the walls where different bottles of wine was stored!

BREAKFAST AT BRAHMAN CAFE

We woke up early to start off the day with breakfast Brahman cafe.
We had the choice of choosing which breakfast we wanted.


Never in my life have I had such a good start to the day with their breakfast!

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If you’re ever in the Midlands, do yourself a favour and pop into the Midlands Kitchen and of course, Brahman Hills!

Phone: +27 (0)33 266 6965
Mobile: +27 (0) 81 370 9478
Email: reservations@brahmanhills.co.za
Address: Old Curry’s Post Road, Mount West, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa

www.brahmanhills.co.za

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REVIEW: Shayamanzi House Boats, Jozini

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Experience the first Houseboats in South Africa – the only ones of their kind: Shayamanzi Houseboats.

Soak up the stunning scenery of the Lebombo Mountains and superb wildlife of the Pongola Game Reserve on the shores of Lake Jozini (also known as Pongolapoort Dam). Enjoy the calm serenity of the open Lake Jozini waters, the thrill of Tiger Fishing or the adventure of Mountain Biking in the heart of the Zululand bushveld! Shayamanzi is about taking time out to appreciate Africa’s special wonders.

We were recently invited to experience a stay on the Shayamanzi Houseboat.

“Shayamanzi Houseboats are based in Jozini Dam and has for some time offered a cruise with a difference onboard their houseboats.

We took the 3 and a half hour drive from Durban and made our way to Jozini Tiger Lodge where we met our host and the rest of the guests.
We then boarded the Shayamanzi II Houseboat where we were given a welcoming drink and set off on our journey with our very able and competent captain, Alan at the helm.

John our host, made everyone feel so welcome with his warm and hospitable nature as he got everyone relaxed and looking forward to the adventure that lay ahead.

We moored at our first stop where 2 small tender boats were used to take us to view wildlife and also to try our luck at tiger fishing.

Lucky and Bheki, the 2 crew members that were assigned to each tender boat were so helpful as they baited up and helped everyone. After a fun afternoon out, we made our way back to Shayamanzi for a rewarding hot shower and then all met up in the dining area to have drinks and wait for our supper. We were all served a delicious 3-course meal.

After dinner we all settled in the lounge, partying and exchanging stories, getting to know the other guests.

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View from our cabin

With the following morning being overcast, it didn’t damper our spirits and so we went on the tender boats again! But not before we finished a scrumptious  breakfast.
On our boat trip, we were blessed to have seen hippos, elephants, crocodiles and fish eagles. Truly a remarkable sight, and not something you get to see everyday all in one place!

For the rest of the day, we relaxed in the jacuzzi while the men caught tiger fish off the back of the boat. Words cannot describe the wonderful feeling one gets whilst viewing the game in their natural environment from the comfort of a houseboat, whilst still being able to fish for tiger fish at the same time.

The last day we were all so sad to leave as we had 4 incredible days of fishing, game watching, laughing, dancing, eating glorious food and getting to know new people.

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The wonderful, helpful crew at Shayamanzi

We would highly recommend this unique cruise if you would like to get close to wildlife and still have some luxury thrown in for measure.”

To book a Shayamanzi Cruise:

Tel: +27 (0) 34 413 2299
Fax: +27 (0) 34 413 2396

Address: P.O. Box 1070, Pongola, 3170, South Africa
E-mail: shayamanzi@saol.com

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Review: Goldfish Live in Durban

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Durban has a history of attracting rain when big live events happen, and thankfully on Friday night at Botanic Gardens, this did not deter the few thousand people that turned up to see Goldfish in the slightest.

Knowing it was going to be a bigger event they made the smart move of having the concert on the field next to the actual gardens, and thankfully so because of the wet conditions. It is lovely seeing bands perform amongst the trees next to the lake, but when you know you are going to have a huge crowd that Goldfish pull it’s an all round better experience that means everybody who comes gets a great view of the performance.

Jono Greenway Photography

The rain was always going to be a feature of the event, but thankfully it only rained as Goldfish started and then stayed dry for most of their performance, with most people happily dancing in the rain barely even noticing it. Some of my most memorable concerts I have been to are actually the ones where it has rained, maybe the performers put in a bit extra effort knowing that the people really want to be there and see them, even if it is raining.

And a performance it was. Goldfish never disappoint. They are masters of getting a crowd going, even if it is a cold rainy night in Durban. Despite being at it for many years now they thrive on the crowd interaction and still do such a great job of ensuring everybody who comes to watch them has a great time.

Jono Greenway Photography

Their second song “We Come Together” really summed up the night, the lyrics really rang true:
Oh, oh, when we come together
No matter the weather
We gonna love each other till the end of time (whoa, oh, oh)

If we all went through life with this attitude we might always have a good time, rain or shine.

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Photo Credit: Jono Greenway

Want to get to know the duo better? Check out the short Q&A sesh we did with Goldfish a few years ago.

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