Hanggliding and Paragliding, Parapenting in South Africa

Paragliding in the Cape Winelands.
Well, there is sky, and then there is sky - but we have lots of it - and very good quality it is, too. There are schools in most centres and near some of the better flying sites. We have fantastic thermal flying in the interior and some excellent ridge soaring and wave in the mountains and at the coast. The South African Hang and Paragliding Association (SAHPA) oversees all activities, and almost every launch site is controlled by an affiliated club. In the hot interior there are amazing thermals, and many paraglider and hang glider pilots have done record-breaking distance flights, particularly in the Northern Cape. In Cape Town, you can launch off Lion's Head in the evening, flying into the sunset, to land at one of the popular beachfront pubs. If you are interested in skydiving on a South African holiday, Cape Town can take you to a drop zone that boasts one of the best views in the world from altitude. Further up the coast, near the Garden Route town of Wilderness, you can fly over the sea, often seeing dolphins and whales. And, of course, the high-lying areas of the Western and Eastern Cape, the Drakensberg and Mpumalanga offer spectacular mountain scenery. There is even reasonable flying on the outskirts of Johannesburg, near Hartbeespoort Dam, where you can take a cable car to the launch site and fly under the controlled air space of a number of medium-sized airfields and Johannesburg International.
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