Paragliding Tours to South Africa the best out of 2 weeks
Hi there all pilots who are eager to travel to South Africa and have some quality flying and also to see some of the main tourist attractions . The start of your journey should be the wonderful city of Cape Town and once you settled into Backpackers , BB or hotel then best thing to do is to contact a guide or school who can give you advice on where to fly . Cape Town sites can be notoriously fickle and dangerous if you not aware of the local weather . Its worth the money to find someone who has local knowledge as a good flight from Lions Head , Signal Hill or St Lowry’s pass can be a mind blowing experience . The flight from Lions Head with the view of the Apostles has got to be one of the top 3 views in the World .There is also Hermanus which is about 70 km away but normally about 2 hours drive and has some of the best coastal soaring – thermic conditions and views in South Africa . This site works well in the light- moderate South and South East winds .
Besides Paragliding what is the must do Tourist attractions ?
My top 5 are
- Cable Car to the Top of Table Mountain
- Trip to the point .
- Chapman's peak drive
- Walk in Kirstenbosch gardens
- Sailing trip for sundowners from the Waterfront .
There is many many more but due to the average trip duration of 2 weeks its not possible to fit everything in . The nightlife is good in Cape Town central and quite safe with the main action in Long Street .
After 3-4 days of Cape Town and Hermanus you are now ready for some serious Cross Country flying in Porterville . Porterville is about 140 km away from Cape Town and one can find nice lodging at Flyers lodge Porterville with the local instructor and guide Rob Manzoni . The site is wonderfully easy to paraglide and recovery is easy for those Cross Country flights . Average distance is about 40 km but over 140 km is possible . The views when high are magical and the mountains are supremely majestic especially the rugged Cedarburg in the distance . The ridge is from Dasklip take of point 40km to the south and the 40 km to the north with open flatlands as well .
After some exciting flying in mountains you will head up to the Paragliding paradise of the Garden Route and more specifically Wilderness . Here you can stay at the very relaxed Beach facing Flyers Lodge Wilderness which has two sites walking distance away and some of the best ridge soaring to be found anywhere . Wilderness is central to most sites in the area and we have ridge soaring and coastal thermic as well as real mountain flying within 20 km of Flyers Lodge . Your host Deon Borrett has 15 years local experience and will give you basic guiding so you will always fly if there is any spot that is working . There is many other activities to be tried if weather bad or some extra time is available and World highest Bungi jump is only 140 km away . Locally there is hikes , kayaking , fishing , surfing , kite surfing and skydiving .
The Garden Route has so many good sites from Mossel Bay , George , Wilderness , Sedgefield , Knysna and Plettenberg Bay that one can fly a new site almost everyday and not fit them all in week . This is paragliding mecca of the world and the sites are easy to access by sedan and most sites you can top land ! The 4-5 days spent here will fly by but you will have a wonderful experience to remember all your days .
After having the time of you life it would be time to head back Cape Town which lies 450 km away and return home well rested and satisfied .The other option is to fly back from George which is 20 km from Wilderness .