Hello everyone! Today I’m excited to share one of the highlights of my trip to South Africa last December: Paragliding in Cape Town!
Paragliding wasn’t initially in our itinerary. My sister just picked up a couple of tourist brochures from our hotel lobby, and asked me if I wanted to try it. The other options were Great White Shark Cage Diving and Riding in Helicopter. We had already done the latter, and my sister was scared to dive with sharks, so we went for the obvious choice… And it turned out to be the best one.
We booked a date with Paragliding Cape Town for our last day there, and were told to wait for a confirmation call on our desired day (since paragliding is a weather-dependent activity).
We called for a cab, and before we knew it, we were at the top of Signal Hill—one of the take off points. We met with our pilots, signed a waiver, and handed over the green. One flight costs R1, 150.00 (USD 80.00) while photos and videos cost an additional R250.00 (USD 18.00). I personally think it isn’t that cheap considering that one flight is less than ten minutes, but to heck with that! It’s not every day that I get to fly over this incredible sight. The staff was awesome, booking was quick, safety was a priority, and photos and videos were superb!
Everything happened so quickly—one moment I was being strapped into the harness and running for takeoff, and the next, I was up there soaring freely like a bird. It was entirely different from what I imagined; I didn’t get that funny roller coaster feeling; and everything was so calm, wonderful, and breathtakingly beautiful. If I could, I would do it over and over again.
Grant, my pilot, was such a professional. He gave clear directions, made me feel safe and comfortable, and took awesome footage of my flight. He also made it extra fun by doing a “Roller Coaster” move. I don’t know how to explain it, but just make it a point to ask your pilot to “Roller Coaster” when you’re paragliding.
Paragliding in Cape Town truly is one of my most awesome adventures up to date, and it’s definitely a MUST for anyone who visits Cape Town.
P.S. I made a short video below. Please forgive the editing since it’s my first time making one. You also know how Youtube destroys the quality of videos, so try viewing it in HD! 🙂