Frequently Asked Questions

  • Closed shoes, preferably lace up shoes like sports shoes (required)
  • Long pants (recommended)
  • Light jacket or wind breaker (recommended)
  • Suncream, hat and sunglasses (recommended)
Anything from 5 to 20 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 paragliding is not for you.
No. Sorry. 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 or we can sign you up for a paragliding training course seen as you want more!
You can bring your own camera as long as it is safely secured with some sort of lanyard. It is done at your own risk. We take no responsibility for any loss or damage to your personal possessions. Your pilot 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 instructor.
Yes! After you land, our dedicated shuttle will collect you and your instructor 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. You can get an Uber or the hop on hop off sightseeing bus directly from where we land.
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!
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:
  1. when the sun heats features on the ground, columns of rising air known as thermals are generated
  2. 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’.
Our tandem flight instructors have years of experience 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 and you must sign liability waiver acknowledging that you are aware that paragliding does have risks and that you are prepared to take those risks at your own risk.
Anyone over the age of 14 can become a paragliding student and fly with us! 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 with people who have different kinds of 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.
Tandem paragliding for reward can only be done by SAHPA (South African Hang and Paragliding Association) approved Tandem Instructor Pilots. Tandem paragliding can only be done on the basis that the flight is a schedule 3 air experience instructional flight and therefore the pilot must either be a certified paragliding instructor or an assistant instructor affiliated with an official paragliding school.
Tandem paragliding flights involve a passenger being securely strapped into a comfortable flying harness positioned in front of the pilot and connected to the instructor (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.
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.
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 instructor will help you to get seated comfortably once you are flying. Landings are generally very soft.
We will send you information on how to sign up for an introductory or full basic license course.
In Cape Town we fly from Signal Hill and Lion’s Head.
  • 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
YES you can! We use the awesome GoPro cameras mounted on a specially adapted extendable pole to take super cool action photos and videos of you and the panorama from all sorts of crazy angles. At the end of your flight you will be able to view the photos and videos and decide if you would like to take them. If you do want them we will upload them directly onto your mobile phone. Please Note: Cape Town Tandem Paragliding WILL NOT be held responsible for any problems with your inflight photos and video. This is an optional service and is strictly between you and your instructor. You will need to deal directly with your instructor for all photo and video related issues. In-flight photography is an optional extra.

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