If you’ve got lofty ambitions for your visit to South Africa, you’ll find a wealth of places to take to the skies while staying in self-catering accommodation in Cape Town. Planes, helicopters and hot air balloons are all standing by to whisk you away, but if you’d like a more daring adventure, take off to one of these top 5 places to go paragliding in the Cape.
- Lions Head
This is the obvious choice for enthusiasts who like to get airborne during their holidays. Tandem paragliding sessions from Lions Head depend on the way the wind blows and are sometimes moved to Signal Hill to ensure you get the most air-time possible.
Flights can last anywhere from 5 minutes to half an hour, and stunning views of Camps Bay and the Twelve Apostles are guaranteed.
If you’re looking for something a little more ‘out-there’, take the 140km drive to Porterville, where you can run off the top of a high plateau at Pampoenfontein (Pumpkin Fountain). Wonderful updrafts ensure a lengthy flight over the fields and farms of this rural area and you’ll get to enjoy some down-home country hospitality before and after touch-down.
Porterville is not suitable for winter flights, so plan your trip between October and April if you want to enjoy this adventure.
- Sir Lowry’s Pass
A little closer to home, Sir Lowry’s Pass is a scenic and convenient spot to indulge your paragliding obsession. It’s just over 30 minutes’ drive from the city centre on the way to the Garden Route, located 420m above sea level on the Hottentot’s Holland Mountain Range.
After Lion’s Head, this spectacular pass is one of the most popular sites around, with incredible views over the Overberg area.
While it’s better known for its unbeatable land-based whale watching, Hermanus is also an ideal spot to indulge in exhilarating paragliding excursions from the Olifants outside town.
If you venture here during spring, there’s a chance you’ll also see whales at play in the ocean far below.
- Table Mountain Paragliding in Cape Town
Towering 1000ft over the city, Table Mountain may seem like the most obvious place to launch your paragliding aspirations. However, it’s not a site for first-timers, requiring a fairly technical approach which is rewarded with amazing views over the Cape Peninsula.
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