It has long been a human dream to soar like a bird on lofty thermals – and paragliding comes pretty close. There couldn’t be a better place to experience the thrill than high above the beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton, and the Twelve Apostles. A number of official paragliding sites are located in and around Cape Town, including Lion’s Head, Signal Hill, Sir Lowry’s Pass, Hermanus, Franschhoek Pass, Dasklip Pass (Porterville) and Noordhoek. The take-off point on Lion’s Head is the closest to the city centre.
Paragliding is dependent on the weather, but there are about 200 days of the year that are suitable in South Africa. Wind is not essential, but conditions are most suitable when it is blowing from 10-30km/h. Ideally, it should be blowing upslope with a tolerance of 15 degrees.