Paragliding has got to be one of the world’s most amazing adventure activities. And where better to experience this incredible pursuit than above the beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton with the city of Cape Town,Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles as a backdrop? Lion’s Head offers the most accessible takeoff but there are numerous other options available around the Western Cape of South Africa.
Passengers are more than welcome to take along their own cameras and video.
Our expert, fully-qualified guides are there to ensure that this breathtaking flight is carried out with all the necessary safety measures in place so that you can concentrate on taking in the views as you float effortlessly on the moving air currents.
Tandem Paragliding uses an oversized, specially designed tandem glider and two harnesses. Now individuals who don’t want to learn how to paraglide on their own, but wish to explore the skies and soar amongst the mountain, can also enjoy the sport.
Tandem Paragliding passengers require no previous knowledge of the sport at all. The pilot will brief you on takeoff and landing shortly before the flight. Two of the most important thing to remember: listen to the instructions of the pilot, and have total confidence in his experience. Takeoffs are easy and landings are soft as we mostly land on large fields with no obstacles or dangers.
Each and every flight, even for us pilots, is different every time – but the exhilarating feeling is always incredible. The one thing you won’t feel, is the sensation of falling just after takeoff. This is a general misconception of most individuals who fly with us. Once you are securely strapped into the passenger harness in front of the pilot, the paraglider is laid out on the takeoff site facing into the wind. With a gentle tug the glider is pulled upward into the wind and begins inflating. Only once fully inflated, and after a quick line check has been done, will the pilot instruct the passenger to begin running forward. In a few seconds both pilot and passenger will be lifted from the ground and swept off their feet by the flying paraglider. Once the flight is underway, the pilot will help you get comfortable in your harness. The passenger has the benefit of being in front with a fantastic view of the mountains and earth below.
All pilots hold officially recognised Tandem licenses (CAA and SAHPA) and operate on a commercial level on a daily basis. Our Pilots are also internationally qualified. During the winter months here in Cape Town, some of our pilots travel to Europe and fly tandems professionally in Austria, Switzerland, France and the Czech Republic.
All Paragliding equipment complies with AFNOR, DHV & SHV international standards and is regularly checked before and after each flight. Our paragliding harnesses are fitted with impact protection and the pilot’s harness is equipped with a reserve parachute for emergencies. Both pilot and passenger are required by SAHPA (South African Hang-gliding Paragliding Association) to wear helmets. The use of a full flying suit for cooler days and winter flying is an option.
We are able to fly almost anywhere where the wind direction and wind speed fall within our safety requirements.
However, we only use SAHPA recognised flying sites, some of which have been tailored for safe paragliding and hang gliding takeoff. We have placed a camouflage shade net on the takeoff area to prevent erosion and lessen the environmental impact.
Weather: Paragliding is weather reliant but we can fly almost 200 days a year, throughout summer and winter. We do not specifically need any wind to get airborne but most suitable conditions range from 10kms per hour to a max of 30kms per hour to launch safely. The direction of the wind is also a deciding factor. The wind should be blowing directly up the slope or launching site, with a tolerance of 15 degrees off centre being acceptable. Days where the weather is beautiful and clear (with no clouds and good temperatures) are not necessarily the most suitable conditions for paragliding – but mostly they are.
- Fun & Exciting Experience
- Great Views of Cape Town
- Fly Over Camps Bay or Sea Point
- 5 People Can Fly at the Same Time
- Experienced & Knowledgeable Guides
- Guarantee on a Safe and Easy Landing
- Take off from Signal Hill or Lion’s Head
- Flight Can Vary between 15 – 30 minutes Depending on Wind Conditions
- Highly Experienced TFI (Tandem Flight Instructor) Certified by SAHPA (South African Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association)