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Most common questions and Blog posts regarding tandem paragliding experience

Booking and Scheduling

Simply complete a new booking and proceed to checkout where you can then enter the voucher number to redeem the voucher.

Vouchers still need to complete an online checkout as it secures your booking date.

We fly all year round,every day that the weather allows us to fly safely and provide a good experience for you.

All confirmed bookings will be updated on weather conditions at 7pm the day before your booking and again in the morning of your flight to ensure the weather allows us to give you a great flight.

Alternatively you can get in touch by contacting us on any of our electronic channels or contact us on

+27 72 608 5574 Garden Route 
+27 63 688 9263 Cape Town

Paraglide Africa offers tandem paraglide flights in the Garden Route and Cape Town. (Be sure to book for the correct region)

Wilderness area we fly mostly from Sedgefield, Map of Africa, Wilderness beach hotel, Paradise Ridge, Serpentine, and Kleinkrantz.

In Cape Town, we fly from mostly from Signal Hill or Lions Head. On some occasions we also fly at Sir Lowrie's pass, Du Toit's Kloof pass, Franschoek pass, and Paarl rock.

Cape Town:

R1400 for a 6-15mins flight (Weather dependent)

Inflight pictures and videos R300

 

Garden Route:

R1100 for 10-15 min flight

R1600 for Adventure Flight (20min)

Inflight pictures and videos R300

Don't leave paragliding till your last day as it is weather dependent. There is always the risk that we might have to postponed due to safety reasons and you miss the opportunity of a lifetime, thus book it early in your holiday.

Generally speaking between 10 am and 2 pm the thermic winds allow us to have the optimal conditions for height gain although many other possibilities exist and some of the most magical flights can be done anywhere from sunrise to sunset.

Paragliding is a weather dependent activity and even looking at the best weather forecast we can still get it wrong as many factors are influencing the optimal flying environment. By making a booking we will help you to schedule the best time based on previous experience as well as your available timeframe to complete the activity.

We love groups, besides experiences need to be shared. If you have 4 or more people please get in touch with us to arrange a better rate for you.

Our pilots will always record your inflight photo- and videography and even when you have not purchased it beforehand it will be available for purchase after the flight. Besides, it's not every day you get to do one of the coolest activities on the planet and get to share those memorable moments with the world. A picture is worth 1000 words and you have videos!

This is also a great way to reflect on your instructions received during your lesson

To secure your booking simply complete the checkout procedure online and select COD(Cash on delivery) as your payment method to complete your booking by using your card. Alternatively we have card fascilities on site.

There is still a booking fee that will be processed to ensure all our systems capture your personal details for the flight.

This also allows us to schedule you into our schedule and keep you update with any weather changes thus giving you a better experience.

Tour guides and operators please contact us to make a booking for your group.  The earlier the better as we can then better accommodate you by ensuring we have enough tandemInstructors to ensure every member of your tour gets the best flight possible.

Flying

Tandem paragliding is not scary at all as you are with an experienced instructor at all times.

Your instructor will guide you throught the whole process with a pre-flight safety briefing, comboined with in air instructions and a post-flight debriefing.

Before, during and after the flight you can easily talk to your instructor and let him know how you are feeling. But do sit back, relax and enjoy the flight lesson!

Closed shoes for an easy run on take-off. On occasion a light weather jacket can also come in handy and on those summer days a hat and a bottle of water.

Absolutely- Our pilots have been flying for over 20 years and have never lost a pair whilst flying, besides they make you look cool and keep the wind out of your eyes thus preventing them to tear up

Tandem paragliding with an experienced instructor is very safe. The equipment we use is tested and certified according to the European norm after passing stringent tests for the material and flight behavior to ensure maximum peace of mind.  Paragliding started in the 1980s as a basic form of gliding down a mountain. Today the equipment has developed to be very safe. Paragliding manufacturers have invested a lot of time and money into the technologies and designs of paragliders.

It is a legal requirement for all paraglider pilots to have a CAA pilot's license to ensure a high level of expertise. Tandem paragliding instructors need to have a special tandem flight instructor license, it takes many years of experience and a very high level of skill to obtain this license.

Paraglide Africa's instructors are highly skilled paraglider pilots. Within our team of pilots who fly for us, we have accumulated more than 20 000 paragliding flights. Our pilots are experts at assessing the weather and will only fly in safe conditions and wind. Ultimately you will not fly alone as we will be attached to you all the time and easy communication is possible during the whole lesson. 

You can fly! It is safe and fun for the whole family!

The paragliding equipment has to be operated within the manufacturer's specification, most commonly the passenger's weight can range from 20 to 125kg, depending on your pilot weight and flying conditions.

Kids over the age of 14 is welcome to join us for the Instructional tandem experience, If you have kids between the ages of 3-14 please get in touch with our staff to discuss alternative options availible.

Kids however are less fearful than adults and love the experience, please look through our Instagram on @Paraglideafrica to see videos of children flying with us regularly.

We fly with many abnormalities - medical conditions ranging from paraplegics, double bypass heart patients, spinal fusions, hearing and vision impaired, downs syndrome, and many more.  Simply tell your pilot before flying about your medical condition or situation and we will happily accommodate you!  In some cases, we might have to wait a fraction longer for a slightly more ideal wind to assist us, but we love sharing the sky with everyone.

The fear of heights is usually absent while paragliding as most people refer to vertigo.  Vertigo is the fear one experience while standing on the edge of a tall building. The fear of height and Vertigo are not the same and most passengers enjoy the flight despite having immense vertigo. (Even some pilots suffer from vertigo)

Height and tricks are not for everyone – Simply tell your pilot about your expectations and he will happily guide you to a comfortable instructional experience to suit your needs.  You can also tell him in the air about any uncomfortable situations as you would be able to easily talk with each other.

Paragliding is statistically speaking safer than driving!  Skydiving also has more speed associated with it than paragliding which entails more energy.  Paragliding relies on the equipment to function well before departure is even possible and any faults would prevent taking off.  With Skydiving, meticulous packing of the equipment is crucial and relies on a successful deployment in midair.  Any faults in the packing could be catastrophic and could force an emergency chute to be deployed. 

In Paragliding having an emergency chute is mandatory but seldomly needs to be used. 

Differences also make the 2 sports different: In Paragliding the fabric is airtight and maintains its shape with an internal pressure that ensures a good airfoil to create a flying wing that enables gliding flights as with Skydiving the fabric is porous to deal with the shock loading of the opening and then the air passes through as you descent to the landing zone.

Skydiving also has a short plane ride up to the top, often in small and maintained aircraft which increases its risks drastically.

Ultimately it is not the activity that separates the safety levels between the sports, but the pilot in command, equipment, and knowledge.

No wind is still a perfect scenario for paragliding as it allows for better thermals and sometimes even better thermic flights. 

As far as variable weather during flight, it does not affect our flight that much as we will maintain constant airspeed regardless of the meteorological wind experienced.  There are however some cases where inclement weather could affect the pilot's decision about aborting his takeoff.  Typically, this includes gust fronts, wind squalls, increasing wind speed, or a change in wind direction. All of these have visible signs to experienced pilots and can be avoided altogether

In the worst case in no wind conditions, we will simply glide steadily until we land safely. 

A paraglider does not need wind to fly, it flies because of the airfoil shape it has and the weight of the pilot hanging on the lines that are connected to the wing. When there is no wind a paraglider will just glide gently down to the bottom of the mountain and the pilot will steer it to the landing area. For a paraglider to maintain flight or gain height we do need to have either wind blowing up the slope of the mountain or thermals which is warm air rising against the mountain that also feels like wind. By making use of either thermals or wind a paraglider can maintain flight.

When booking your tandem flight, we will recommend the best time of the day to fly, a time that we know there will be wind or thermals. We want to fly you as long as possible and ensure the optimal experience.

Yes, you can!  In South Africa, there are about 600 pilots of which only about 50 are tandem instructors, which means most pilots do fly on their own. You can also fly on your own by doing a paragliding course with a registered paragliding school.

Paraglide Africa is registered as a school with the South African Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (SAHPA), we offer paragliding training courses and no experience is needed before attending a course.

Our courses range anything from a one-day discovery paragliding course, our basic pilot course of 7-11 days, and our competent pilot, skilled pilot, and advanced pilot courses can last anything up to 4 weeks. During a course, you will learn all the theory and practical skills necessary to fly on your own and to obtain your paragliding license. During the basic course, you will do a minimum of 35 flights on your own, while under radio instruction from an instructor as well as a syllabus.

We also offer a Discover Paragliding course where you can just try out paragliding and do 2 to 4 flights on your own.

Reschedule and Cancellations

We will be in contact regardless and the office would happily assist you to schedule you in for the next good flying day.

Simply let us know and we can issue you with a voucher for next time or process a refund if needed. But next time keep in mind to book your flight early in your stay as it is weather dependent.

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Garden route - Instructional Tandem Experience
Garden route - Instructional Tandem Experience
Garden route - Instructional Tandem Experience
Garden route - Instructional Tandem Experience
Garden route - Instructional Tandem Experience

Garden route - Instructional Tandem Experience

Sale price R 1,100.00
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The Garden Route offers some of the most spectacular views and picturesque coastlines of South Africa.  Your instructor will guide you from take-off to landing and will ensure it is a memorable experience.

Flight duration:

  • Standard Instructional flight: 7-15min(typically around 10 min)
  • Adventure Flight lesson: up to 20 min and includes a small introduction to paragliding that might include you steering the glider if the weather allows. 

Included in your tandem Flight:

  • Book 24hrs in advance to verify weather and availability
  • Reschedule free of charge (12 months valid)
  • Free shuttle back to your starting point
  • A non-refundable booking fee of 8%
  • 10% Discount for groups of 4 or more on checkout
  • Convert your flight to a gift voucher if you unable to fly on the day

Optional extras:

  • Inflight media at an additional cost
  • Apparel and clothing from Paraglide Africa on request

Cape Town - Instructional Tandem Experience

Sale price R 1,400.00
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Flight Category

Cape Town offers some of the most spectacular views of Table Mountain and picturesque coastlines of the V&A Waterfront area toward the landing point on the Seapoint Promenade. Your instructor will guide you from take-off to landing and will ensure it is a memorable experience.

Flight duration:

  • Standard Instructional flight: 6-15min depending on the weather

Included in your tandem Instructional Flight:

  • Book 24hrs in advance to verify weather and availability
  • Reschedule free of charge (12 months valid)
  • Free shuttle back to your starting point
  • A non-refundable booking fee of 8%
  • Convert your flight to a gift voucher if you unable to fly on the day

Optional extras:

  • Inflight media at an additional cost of R300
  • Pickup from your hotel or guest house at uber rates
  • Apparel and clothing from Paraglide Africa on request
Cape Town - Instructional Tandem Experience
Cape Town - Instructional Tandem Experience
Cape Town - Instructional Tandem Experience
Cape Town - Instructional Tandem Experience
Cape Town - Instructional Tandem Experience
Cape Town - Instructional Tandem Experience