Paragliding

Paragliding is one of the best ways to simulate free-flying like a bird and many paragliders liken the experience to being in a state of nirvana – a feeling of pure peace, absolute freedom and complete silence aside from the wind whispering through your wing!

South Africa offers plenty of world class flyable sites with great weather, amazing thermals and phenomenal, eye-popping scenery. Like any extreme adventure sport, lessons provided by a qualified and experienced trainer are…

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Paragliding South Africa
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Paragliding is one of the best ways to simulate free-flying like a bird and many paragliders liken the experience to being in a state of nirvana – a feeling of pure peace, absolute freedom and complete silence aside from the wind whispering through your wing!

South Africa offers plenty of world class flyable sites with great weather, amazing thermals and phenomenal, eye-popping scenery. Like any extreme adventure sport, lessons provided by a qualified and experienced trainer are necessary for solo paragliding but, fortunately, tandem paragliding makes this awe-inspiring and rather addictive leisure activity accessible to everyone!

The paragliding wing is composed of many interconnected cells between two layers of high-performance fabric and the pilot is supported in a seated position below the wing by a harness and network of strong webbing. Paragliders used for tandem flights are specially designed to carry a tandem-trained pilot and one passenger. Takeoffs on foot are either forward or reverse launches, and towed launches are also possible. By making use of good thermal lifts or air currents, skilled paragliding pilots have been known to fly continuously for several hours, covering hundreds of kilometres and reaching altitudes of a few thousand metres.

Paragliding has a number of great advantages. The equipment, which includes a reserve parachute, is lightweight and easily portable and can be carried in a backpack to suitable launching sites. Another big bonus is that paragliding is one of the most eco-friendly aerial sports with no fuel usage or negative impact on the landscape.

So, if you are ready to soar like a bird and ride the wind-kissed skies of South Africa browse Dirty Boots’ selection of reputable paragliding operators throughout the country. Newcomers with no experience can choose from tandem flights and short introductory courses, and training sessions for the more experienced include advanced thermalling techniques and cross-country flying.

Takeoff locations around Cape Town include Lion’s Head, Signal Hill, Hermanus and Sir Lowry’s Pass. Porterville on the West Coast is also a popular paragliding location, and take to the air along the Garden Route for spectacular views of the coastline around Wilderness.

In the Eastern Cape, learn the basics of paragliding on a sand dune near Port Elizabeth. Oubos near Storms River is a prime thermic site and tandem flights launch at Lady Slipper and Maitlands.

Durban’s Bluff and Kloof Gorge offer stunning views of the rolling hills of KwaZulu-Natal and Amahaqwa or Bulwer Mountain in the Natal Midlands is famous for its first rate thermal and ridge soaring conditions.

De Aar in the Northern Cape is a world-renowned paragliding region especially in early summer, with conditions often ideal for record-breaking distance flights.

Paragliding in Gauteng offers ground school training near Hartebeespoort Dam followed up by mountain launches near Dullstroom in Mpumalanga. The Drakensberg escarpment, also in Mpumalanga, offers breathtaking paragliding sites including God’s Window and Long Tom Pass.

Paragliding South Africa Operators

Airventures Paragliding - Eastern Cape & Wild Coast

Paragliding courses are offered throughout the year. Learn to fly on your own on our safe training dune just outside Port Elizabeth. We have 20 km of coastal ridge only 10 minutes outside Port Elizabeth. For the more experienced, we have thermic sites. Oubos is our prime site with a ridge that runs for over 50 km. Tandem flights are also available for those not wanting to fly solo. We have a for...

Attitude 4 Altitude - Paragliding Academy - Mpumalanga|Gauteng|North West

Attitude-4-Altitude has the answer to one of our deepest desires – learning to fly! You can experience the magic of free flight under an African sky with a tandem paraglider (or hang glider). This is a highly addictive activity so before you know it, you will have signed up for a lifelong love affair with the skies. Leonardo da Vinci was probably the first person who tried to find a to By...

Cape Town Tandem Paragliding - Cape Town

To truly experience the beauty for which Cape Town is famed, take to the air with a tandem paragliding flight. Fully-certified pilots from Cape Town Tandem Paragliding have years of experience and they have done thousands of tandem flights. They will take you soaring whether you are young or old, able-bodied, paraplegic or wearing prosthetics - as long as you weigh less than 120 kilograms. Most...

Cloudbase Paragliding - Garden Route

Local SAHPA registered instructors at Cloudbase Paragliding, Jan and Khobi, offer the perfect mix of knowledge, experience and adventure for those who want to take to the skies. Fly as a passenger on a tandem paragliding flight or learn new skills and fly yourself on a one-day introduction course. No experience needed. Ladies, if you want to try paragliding, fly with Khobi, SA’s first female a...

Lowveld Slope Soaring Club (LSSC) - Mpumalanga

The Lowveld Soaring Club (LSSC) is located where the Drakensberg escarpment divides Mpumalanga into high altitude grasslands, known as the highveld and the lower lying savannah habitat, the lowveld. This is the ultimate location for offering one of the world’s most addictive activities – paragliding! Experience the magic of free flight under an African sky with a tandem paraglider or sign a...

Skyguide Paragliding - KwaZulu-Natal North Coast

Come dance on the winds and perhaps even touch the clouds. The time has come to live your dream of flight. Tandem paragliding is the perfect introduction to free flight; no training or previous experience needed. With a licensed paragliding pilot, you can enjoy the experience of a lifetime. Although flights are 15 – 20 minutes, plan at least half a day for flying conditions and pre-flight on...

Wild Sky Paragliding - KwaZulu-Natal North Coast|Drakensberg

Wild Sky Paragiding School is run by Hans and Ria Fokkens. We offer tandem flights, courses and guiding. With our vast experience and good safety record you will be in great hands learning to fly here. The backpackers’ lodge is set at the foot of Amahaqwa (Bulwer) Mountain, which is a world-famous flying site, with both thermic and smooth ridge soaring conditions. It is a perfect training...