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Being a local travel enthusiast means digging a little deeper to find something that will perk up the interest in me. And after a few visits to uShaka Marine World watching a dolphin show and dining in an aquarium-style restaurant, I was surprised to find that one can take part in some shark cage diving there as well.
First up, you have to get kitted in a wetsuit, flippers, snorkel and mask. You are then given a pep talk on what to expect and some education about these so-called man-eaters.
Best of all, you don’t have to know how to swim; just how to breathe through your mouth. This is not as easy as it sounds because your brain is programmed to use the nose to inhale, which is the fastest way to drown yourself underwater.
After the talk, you enter a floating cage with two or three other people. This in turn is lowered into a rather flat body of water where about 10 or so shark species glide sedately about. The types that swim in this captivity are easy and like to keep to the rocks.
This is not an experience for hardcore adventure junkies because the sharks are sedate and the environment extremely controlled.
Adrenaline seekers, this one’s for you.
Three hundred and fifty. That is the number of concrete steps you you will have to climb to get to the top of the Moses Mabhida Stadium where the bungee swing takes place.
Big Rush Urban Adrenaline operates a tight professional gig here. You sign an indemnity form before being fitted with a full body harness. A short demonstration and practice run later, and you are huffing and puffing up those unforgiving steps while attached to a safety line. It’s literally a dizzying experience. After the last hurdle that is ladder rung 4” which you have to climb, the Jump Master attaches you to the main jump line and counts you down.
The 60m free fall, accelerating to a speed of over 120km/h, is heady and you will scream.
But the swing in a huge arc over the football pitch makes it all worthwhile. Now that’s a real big rush!
SA Tourism hosted Shota.