This week I was invited to try out the Segway Gliding Tour in Durban. For those that have never done it, it is a wonderful experience and something to put on your bucket list for people of Durban and for Tourists from South Africa and Worldwide.
Once you put your helmet on, you head off to the Segway Training at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban and you are given some tips on how to ride and do a few practice rides with the expert guides who are with you all the way along the ride. Once you get the basics it is pretty easy to glide around. Users lean forward to go forward, lean back to go backward and turn by using a ‘Lean Steer’ which is explained to you by the guides. It’s all in the hips and knees, that’s all I’m saying. The Segway can go up to 23km/h but it will slow down automatically to notify you that you are going fast.
When you have the basics down you are taken on a wonderful guided tour of the Moses Mabhida Stadium. Lovers of architecture and design will love this.
Next you are taken along the beachfront and you really get to appreciate the beauty of the Golden Mile from high up. You seem to whizz past everyone else.
You even experience a pier on a Segway and that is something else.
After that you take a long winding route back along the beachfront and past the sights which include coffee shops and of course Suncoast.
The last stretch is wonderful and you might even get to push to up to 20km/h and enjoy the breeze as you go.
There’s something called the Segway Smile, you will discover it along the way, you find yourself having so much fun you just have to Smile.
Before you know it you are back at the Stadium where the ride began and sadly you have to get off until the next time.
Interesting Segway Facts
The battery will last you for 40kms. That’s about 2 hours at max. speed.
They change the tyres around 3 or 4 times a year.
Final Verdict: Highly Recommended
Contact Details for Segway Gliding Tours
Address: Shop 16A Moses Mabhida Stadium, 44 Isaiah Ntshangase Avenue, Durban, South Africa
Tel: +27 (0) 31 303 4534 or +27 (0) 83 226 9334
Open 7 days a week.
Review and Pictures by Fred Felton