Sky Car and viewing platform: We then headed to Moses Mabhida stadium for Sky Car and city viewing platform. The Sky Car gives you the chance to discover Durban from a 106m-high vantage point. Mounted on an undercarriage, the Sky Car is a single cabin that runs up steel tracks on the northern arch of the stadium. It is designed to roll down the arch under its own gravity – this enables it to return to the lower station, even in the event of a power failure.
The Sky Car is operated by a single driver. The ascent and descent are started by the press of a button. The opening and closing of the automated doors are also controlled by the driver. The braking of the Sky Car at the lower and upper station is automated. The release of the emergency brake system is also automated, but can also be manually applied by the driver.
The Sky Car is pulled up the arch by a wire rope. The rope is wound around a drum situated in the engine room below the lower station. The drum is driven by a motor. The cable runs from the drum along the centre of the tracks to the top of the arch, where it is returned to run back down the arch by a return wheel. The lower end is fixed to the Sky Car. In this manner the Sky Car is pulled up the arch by winding the rope around the motorized drum in the engine room.
Segway ride: A Segway tour of Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium combines the fun and freedom of a ride on one of these uber-cool mobility transporters with a comprehensive overview of one of South Africa’s top sporting attractions.
Within minutes of stepping onto a Segway, you will get an intuitive feel how to operate it. With proper training and a little practice you’ll soon be riding like a pro (a short training session of about seven or eight minutes is included in the tour). Although mastery of a Segway is fairly simple, for safety reasons children under 10 are not permitted to ride.
Experienced and knowledgeable tour guides lead the way as riders effortlessly glide to every corner of the stadium. Guides share interesting and historic facts about the city of Durban, the stadium, and the Sky Car.
A choice of tours ranges from short 45-minute glides around the stadium or along the beachfront to two-hour rides along the promenade to uShaka Marine World – plus a couple of combination options that offer the best of both worlds. Booking is essential and tours are weather-dependent.
Big Swing: The Moses Mabhida’s arch also offers an adventure of the largest Big Swing in the world with the length of 220 metres. The big swing only takes one person at a time and people are advised to put on comfortable, closed walking shoes. It is the world’s only stadium swing and the largest swing of any kind anywhere.
Adventure Walk: The southern part of the arch is used for adventure walks. These walks are guided by qualified instructors who provide participants with the safety equipment required for the walk. The walk up and back down the arch consists of roughly 550 steps. The Adventure walk is usually in groups of 10 and people are advised to wear closed shoes.
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