Its fairytale-esque topography makes the Mother City the dreamiest city on the planet for a paragliding adventure. And with it being new year and all, we figured there’s hardly a better time to embark on new adventures… Which is why we’ve added tandem paragliding to our 2018 bucket list.
Manu Wegmershaus, owner of Cape Town Tandem Paragliding, is one of those hands-on type of guys. When we called him to ask about his offering, he answered our call mid-air. Got to love it…
So here’s the deal: there are two take-off locations (Lion’s Head and Signal Hill). Lion’s Head is the more popular one because of the views of Table Mountain and the peninsula. Flights last between five and 30 minutes, and you do not need any previous knowledge or experience of paragliding – simply arrive at the take-off point in comfortable clothing and one of the instructors will take you through some guidelines before take-off.
Depending on the weather, take-off is from Signal Hill or Lion’s Head – it’s also where you can park your car. If you leave from Signal Hill, you’ll land in front of Winchester Mansions on Beach Road in Sea Point; take-off from Lion’s head ends at the Glen Country Club in front of The Bungalow Restaurant in Camps Bay.
If you do the Signal Hill route, take a friend and have them drive your car to Winchester Mansions, where you must meet for a flammkuchen (a traditional German-style thin-crust pizza) and a beer.