09 July 2012 by Kate Els

How to get to the top of Durban

With an almost-always warm climate, Durban is a city that offers many outdoor activities and plenty of sunshine on well-kept beaches

The viewing platform at the top of the skycar journey at Moses Mabhida Stadium. Image: Kate Els

Thinking of Durban, or Durbs as us South Africans refer to the seaside city affectionately, has always brought back happy holiday memories for me. The city has always been a December favourite for South Africans, and after the 2010 FIFA World Cup two years ago, it’s received a lot more attention from international visitors.

With an almost-always warm climate, Durban is a city that offers many outdoor activities and plenty of sunshine on well-kept beaches.

I had the chance to visit this weekend past and finally got to do what I’ve been promising myself for two years: stand on top of the city’s beautiful Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Giddy in the sunlight on top of Durban!

Now as unlikely as it sounds, the stadium has a great steel arch than runs over its open top. At first glance, it looks like an architect’s fantasy come true, but the arch has also proven a popular attraction for Durban. There is a Skycar that will take you to the top for about R50 where you’ll probably get one of the best views of Durban accessible to a tourist.

Alternatively, for the active, you can walk up the arch with all the safety paraphernalia connected to your person. And for the bravest of visitors, you can even jump off the arch and whoosh towards the pitch to be pulled back in time by the safety ropes.

Either which way you choose to get up (or down), the stadium really is a testament to how a public space can be utilised in a number of sustainable ways

Either which way you choose to get up (or down), the stadium really is a testament to how a public space can be utilised in a number of sustainable ways. Set aside an entire afternoon and enjoy the restaurants and grassy areas surrounding the stadium while you’re there, I personally promise it will be time well-spent.

The view from the top

Category: Adventure


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