Tandem paragliding at Signal Hill in cape town provided me with a different perspective about Cape Town while soaring like an eagle in the air. This is another adventure rated among the top 20 things to do in Cape Town which is most recommendable to add as an item in your bucket list when visiting South Africa. You will get to see some of the amazing views like
- Signal Hill
- Cape Town Stadium
- Waterfront and other sights of the city
- Famous table mountain, and
- you may have to get to purchase some of the photos and some souvenoirs or memento
We all set goals in life whether written or just in our heads. One may not always be aware when such goals will materialize. Paragliding was among the bucket list items I have written in my 50 things to do while I am still alive and before I reach 50. I was inspired by Jim Rohn in the YouTube video about setting goals.
In 2019 I have found myself working and residing in Cape Town and this felt like a bliss. Cape Town is a place buzzing with all the most beautiful places and many things one can do.
Being Prepared for the paragliding
I have watched people flying in the air and it aroused my desire to get myself on one of these. However, this was quite an emotional journey because this decision sparked another internal conversation. Being an engineer and with some experience in the mechanics, the two voices in my head, one being enthusiastic, while the other voice counting all that could go wrong or not work out. I finally decided that the best way to know if something really is worth it is when I do it. So, I reached a verdict to take this paragliding.
Preparation for such a flight requires your trust in yourself in terms of the experience and the trust in the tandem flight instructors (This). There is no skill required for you or any practice necessary other than running few steps to take off and when you are landing.
Beside emotional battle that must win against cons, you may need to be prepared financially. Tandem paragliding is quite an experience and the cost is quite competitive. What is really covered is your flight:
- Tandem paragliding flight – R1400
- In-Flight Photos & Videos +4Gig memory card – R300 (optional)
- T-Shirt for Men/Woman – R200 (Optional)
- Booking – R300
I will recommend that you check the current pricing because they are seasonal. You can check Cape Town Tandem paragliding by clicking here.
I did not book for my tandem flight because I was just by the Cape Town beach to come and relax alone and take some walk by the beach front. As a result, I had to wait in the queue for the next available Tandem flight to arrive. In case, you have some preferred times to fly, then you can book for as little as R300 online through the tandem para glide website or their contacts as listed on the websites. You can also come cape town around Rock lands and Anchor bay beach and see the booking tents and landing space.
CAPE TWON TANDEM FLIGHT PATH
The Cape Town tandem flights take off at either Signal Hill or Lions Head mountains depending on the weather conditions. On that morning, I was informed that the take off would be at signal hill and landing next to Anchor beach. I was at the landing site and had to ascend to the take off point at Signal Hill. My tandem flight instructor, Dave, and myself drove up on a winding road to the top of the highest peak of signal hill. While driving up the mountain, my internal negative talk began to increase the volume. I began to wonder as how would I really be able to take off. My mind began to wonder on several possibilities of my being unable to jump into the air. My instructor was so sensitive and quite jolly and kept talking and this was in a way helping keeping my nerves down.
Driving up the mountain took us 10 minutes and I thought to myself, then the flight would be anything around 5 minutes. It was a nice sight being up at Signal Hill and watching Cape Town Stadium and the most amazing view of most parts of Cape Town. When you are here, the breeze of the wind and the altitude really gives you that amazing feeling.
HOW WAS THE TANDEM FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR
Before meeting the instructor, I had no idea as to how flying would take place. The receptionist were very amazing and so polite. Peter Wallenda, the tandem paragliding flight instructor (TFI) shared with me his vast experience and his passion in flying. He even explained to me some challenges he has ever experienced while flying and providing instruction and training. The tandem flight instructors (This) are highly motivated, energetic, registered with the South African Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (SAHPA). I have actually met more than three (3) This before I was about to take off and they were all smiling and interested in my ride.
30 MINUTE AMAZING TANDEM FLIGHT EXPERIENCE
A 30-minute flight would be equivalent to an airplane flying between Johannesburg and Durban. No experience is needed to take off other than your ability to take few steps. All you need is to trust your instructor and that is all I did. Looking down from Signal Hill towards Anchor Beach was almost like 500m.
Taking off is easy, however, you need to pay attention to the instruction. Although I kept on wondering as to the process of taking off and possibilities of sliding and failing to take off, finally we were in the air. I looked down and saw the beauty of Cape Town. It was finally happening and my dream of being on this flight was a reality.
IS TANDEM PARAGLIDING WORTH IT?
If you are and adventure driven person, this is one of the item experiences i fully recommend that you add to your bucket list of your life goals. This can be quite a great adventure for couples, group or stockvel club travel or for individual people. If you wanna book as a club,
Tandem paragliding flight instructors are awesome and very professional, providing an amazing and exhilarating experience. The opportunity to steer the tandem, the view and the fun of the liberating experience while watching Cape Town is indescribable.
This flight would not be suitable for any person who is afraid of heights and those who generally don’t enjoy fun. In addition, it would be a suitable for someone who is pregnant or with some other injuries. I cannot remember being asked of any medical condition other than being made to sign an indemnity form.
The only con I noticed was the safety talk because I was not initiated in terms of the safety and the risks which may be encountered in the flight. There was no quick induction regarding the safety as well as the procedures that would be followed in case we are in danger.
Book you next advendture here and also enjoy to reserve your seat with any airline without paying any deposit in case you are coming from outside Cape Town.