Paragliding in Cape Town
There are so many ways to see the city of Cape Town from any angle. You can take a walking tour, hop on a bus, take a helicopter flip, hire a bike, head for the heights of Table Mountain or book a trip on a microlight. However, if you want to get to grips with an aerial view of the city and feel the wind in your hair while you’re at it, paragliding is a Cape Town activity you have to try.
Paragliders are not just a big kite that someone dreamed up in their backyard one day. These aerodynamic inventions were designed and named by NASA way back in 1961. Little did they know that the ‘sail wing’ would take off all over the world and become one of the most popular airborne sports today.
What to expect
This immersive experience may sound dangerous and complicated, but it really isn’t any of that. You’re in safe hands when you book your flight of fantasy over the Mother City, and you don’t need any experience at all to enjoy the experience.
It’s a great way to get a feel for the city if you have limited time and it’s a lot cheaper than hiring an aircraft to do the work for you. Wind-power is the way to go to get a gander at what’s going on below and provides an entirely different perspective on this beautiful destination.
How Does Paragliding in Cape Town Work?
In basic terms, what happens in paragliding is that the pilot jumps off of a mountain into the wind attached to an inflatable pair of wings. Before this leap of faith, the glider is expertly positioned into the prevailing wind.
The pilot is attached to the glider by means of a super-secure harness made of up to 30 lines with the highest possible breaking strain. After that, it’s plain sailing. The pilot walks down the slope and, just like a kite, the wind fills the paraglider and lifts it into the air, along with the pilot.
You’ll be carried aloft until gravity gets the better of the air currents. It’s a gentle transition, so you don’t need to worry about plummeting directly and suddenly to earth. Paragliding landings are gradual, graceful and smooth.
Naturally, as an inexperienced paraglider, you won’t be expected to do any of this yourself. You’ll be attached in tandem to an experienced instructor. All you have to do is hang tight and enjoy the views. The duration of this experience is totally dependent on the wind speed and direction and it can last from anything between 5 minutes and 30 minutes.
Where to Go Paragliding in Cape Town and Surrounds
There’s no shortage of jumping off points in Cape Town, but the most popular ones are:
- Lion’s Head
- Signal Hill
- Sir Lowry’s Pass, Somerset West
- Paarl Rock, Paarl
- Fernkloof Nature Reserve, Hermanus
Try one or try them all, as each provides unique and exceptional opportunities to see the city in a new light.
What to Bring Along:
There’s not much you need to remember to take with you on a paragliding jaunt. Take only what you can carry with you on your epic journey downward. Some essentials include:
- cash to pay for the activity
- comfortable hiking clothes and shoes (long pants are best)
- a jacket
- a hat and water for the hike to your starting point
Everything else is provided. You’ll be given a safety helmet and you can arrange for your instructor to video the whole experience on a Go-Pro if you want to. Full safety training is provided before you set off, so you’ll know exactly how to orchestrate an expert take-off and landing.
Take to the Skies Above the Mother City
Cape Town is known as one of the most scenic and safe places to paraglide in the world.
If you want to experience this thrilling activity, get in touch and we’ll point you in the right direction.
Paragliding is just one of the activities in Cape Town’s vast portfolio of things to see and do. Take a look at our regularly updated activities page for more.
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