15 March 2011

Video: Paragliding in Hermanus & Franschhoek

Hermanus, renowned as the best land-based whale watching location in the world, is situated along the Walker Bay on the south coast of South Africa's Western Cape. The town is located only about 115 km southeast of Cape Town, to which Hermanus is connected by the R43 (or coastal R44 scenic route) and the N2 motorway. The R43 continues to Cape Agulhas, the most southerly point of Africa. Hermanus is also only 40 km from Gansbaai, a famous spot for Great White Shark cage diving. And apparently Hermanus is also a famous paragliding spot...

btw - the dude in the video lands right in front of his hotel in Hermanus... not bad, right?

Tandem Paragliding in & around Cape Town
Since the late eighties, paragliding in South Africa has seen a tremendous growth. Presently the industry boasts more than 900 registered pilots and a staggering 1200 flying sites around South Africa.
The sport is normally considered to be "Extreme" and has a degree of danger appended to it. Most people have a small degree of vertigo and could never imagine themselves dangling alone thousands of feet in the air under a "parachute". Many paraglider pilots are even slightly scared of heights!
Tandem Paragliding is the solution - with an over-sized, specially designed tandem glider and two harnesses, the sport now invites all who wish to explore the skies and soar the mountain tops, but don't want to learn to paraglide on their own.
Sites: Lion's Head, Signal Hill, Sir Lowries Pass, Hermanus, Franschhoek Pass, Dassklip Pass (Porterville), Noordhoek and the Garden Route from Wilderness to Port Elizabeth.

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