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If you're into paragliding South Africa is a real treat

Paragliding in South Africa

By J.F. Kloppers

If you're into paragliding or hang gliding, South Africa has a real treat in store for you. The sky is the limit!

In the country's hot interior, amazing thermals have helped many paraglider and hang glider pilots to record-breaking distance flights, particularly in the Northern Cape province.

But this flat, hot area doesn't have much in the way of relief – for that, you can to head to the coastal Eastern Province, KwaZulu-Natal or Western Cape, or inland to Mpumalanga province.

If you're a skydiver, you know all about the pull of gravity – so don't miss out on a quick jump while you're on holiday in SA.

There are loads of excellent ridge soar and some fantastic scenic flying near the coast. In Cape Town, you can launch off Lion's Head in the evening, fly into the sunset, and land at one of the popular beachfront pubs.

Further up South Africa's coast, near the town of Wilderness on the Western Cape Garden Route, you can fly over the sea, often seeing dolphins and whales. And the high-lying areas of the Western and Eastern Cape, and the Drakensberg Mountains in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga, offer spectacular scenery.

There is even reasonable flying about 80 kilometres from Johannesburg, near Hartbeespoort Dam, where you can fly under the controlled airspace of a number of medium-sized airfields and OR Tambo International Airport.

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