- Closed shoes, preferably lace up shoes like sports shoes (required)
- Long pants (recommended)
- Light jacket or wind breaker (recommended)
- Suncream, hat and sunglasses (recommended)
What should I wear?
How long can I expect the flight to last?
Anything from 5 to 30 minutes.
“5 minutes! That’s really short!”
We know and we agree. We like to have long flights as much as you do. However, paragliding is weather dependent and the duration of the flight depends on the amount of lift available at the time. This is constantly changing and flight durations vary throughout the day and from day to day.
If you want a guaranteed flight time then gliding is not for you.
Do I get a discount if my flight is short?
If you feel that your flight was too short and you would like to do it again we may offer you a discounted flight the second time around.
Can I take my own camera on the flight?
Yes! But at your own risk. We take no responsibility for any loss or damage to your personal possessions.
Our pilots will offer you photos and video at a small extra cost which allows you to sit back and just enjoy the flight. We use the awesome GoPro cameras to capture high quality video and photos of your whole flight.
You can view the photos and video after the flight without any obligation to purchase them.
Ask your pilot.
Is the transfer back to my car included in the price?
Yes! After you land, our dedicated shuttle will collect you and your pilot and take you back up to where you started from. Our vehicles are comfortable, spacious and air-conditioned.
You can also leave from where we land.
We can call you a taxi if you would like to head off somewhere else.
What is a paraglider?
A paraglider is a free-flying, foot-launched aircraft. The pilot sits in a harness suspended below a fabric wing, whose shape is formed by the pressure of air entering cell openings in the front. Paragliders are light and fold up fairly small, making them compact and portable.
They are awesome!
What is paragliding?
Paragliding is a form of unpowered flight in which rising air is needed to keep the glider aloft. This rising air can come from two main sources:
- when the sun heats features on the ground, columns of rising air known as thermals are generated
- when wind encounters a ridge in the landscape, the air is forced upwards, providing ridge lift.
In mountainous environments, flying is mostly based around thermals, which can be used to stay aloft before heading for a landing field below the launch site. In hill environments, ridge lift is used for ridge soaring, and landing can be done either back at the launch site, or at a landing field at the bottom of the ridge. In either case, more experienced pilots can use thermals to go ‘cross country’.
Is paragliding dangerous?
Our tandem pilots have years of experience behind them and we use only the latest and safest paragliding equipment. Pilots make decisions based on their own safety as well as yours. Paragliding is not risk free – but then neither is driving a car.
Who can paraglide?
Anyone can fly! We can fly with disabled people too! If you have a disability of any kind but you would like to come paragliding, ask us! Chances are we can take you. We have a lot of experience flying people with all kinds of different disabilities.
Children under the age of 18 must be signed off by a parent or legal guardian.
If you have a medical condition that you think may affect your ability to come paragliding then please consult with your doctor beforehand.
You must weigh less than 120kg.
Who can fly a tandem paraglider?
Tandem paragliding for reward can only be done by SAHPA (South African Hang and Paragliding Association) approved Tandem Instructor Pilots. Professional tandem paragliding can only be done on the basis that the flight is an instructional flight and therefore the pilot must either be a certified paragliding instructor or an assistant instructor affiliated with an official paragliding school.
What is a tandem paragliding flight?
Tandem paragliding flights involve a passenger being securely strapped into a comfortable flying harness positioned in front of the pilot and connected to the pilot and the glider by spreader bars. A tandem paraglider is specially designed to carry two people and is nearly twice the size of a regular solo paraglider.
Can I bring a bag?
Yes, you can.
Depending on the size of the bag we may send it down with the bus.
Small bags can be stowed in the harness and flown down with you.
Are Take-offs and Landings Difficult?
Depending on how much wind there is, take-offs generally require just a few steps to get into the air. The less wind there is the more you will have to run. The most important thing to remember is DON’T SIT DOWN AND DON’T JUMP. Your pilot will make sure you are seated comfortable once you are flying.
How do I learn to do this cool sport by myself?
Ask us and we will set you up with the best paragliding schools around to complete either an introductory or full basic licence course.
Where do we paraglide from?
Mainly from Lion’s Head and Signal Hill in Cape Town.
There are other flying sites that use from time to time like Sir Lowry’s Pass, Paarl and Hermanus – but we fly almost exclusively from the Cape Town sites.
What should I bring?
- Comfortable running/walking shoes.
- Long sleeved windstopper top (if you are worried you might get cold), though usually a t-shirt is fine.
- Long pants (mainly for protection in the event of a tumble).
- Sun-block and hat.
- Drinking Water – especially important when hiking up Lion’s Head
Can I get photos of my awesome paragliding experience?
We use the awesome GoPro cameras mounted on a specially adapted extendable pole to take super cool action photos and video of you and the panorama from all sorts of crazy angles.
At the end of your flight you will be able to look through the photos and video and decide if you want to take them. If you do, your pilot will give you the SD card and you will be required to pay him directly.
Please note that Cape Town Tandem Paragliding WILL NOT be held responsible for any problems with your inflight photos and video. This is strictly between you and your pilot and you will need to deal directly with him for all photo and video related issues.
In-flight photography is an optional extra.