Lion’s Head is probably the most well known of the Cape Town paragliding launch sites, and for good reason.
At 669m, Lion’s Head is a popular hiking trail and offers 360 degree views from the summit.
Lion’s Head offers two paragliding launches, a lower launch and an upper launch.
The lower launch is at roughly 400m asl (above sea level) while the upper launch is at roughly 470m asl.
The upper launch is used for lighter winds while the lower launch is used when the wind is stronger.
Both launches are quite small and require competent ground handling skills for a successful launch.
Lion’s Head has magnificent views over Camps Bay and Clifton beaches and out along the twelve apostles and Table Mountain.
On a good flying day we are able to soar above the summit of Lion’s Head and longer flights are possible. It is sometimes possible to cross over to Table Mountain, soar up the cliffs and along the twelve apostles.
Flights to Llandudno are not uncommon and the occasional flights to Kommetjie are also possible, crossing back into Hout Bay, flying over Chapman’s Peak and landing at the end of Noordhoek Beach.