Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and Icarus Paragliding offers unsurpassed views of this awesome city.
Views from the top of Table Mountain and Lions Head are amazing but they are not nearly as good as what is on offer while paragliding. Paragliding has the added advantage of offering a peace and quiet that is unique to all the sports that involve moving through the air without a noisy engine.
Icarus Paragliding owner and pilot, Jacques du Plessis, has many years of experience and is one of the top ranked paragliders in South Africa.
He says, “We are a family-run business that is dedicated to bringing you a safe and unforgettable paragliding experience.”
Safety First at Icarus Paragliding
All tandem pilots are highly experienced Tandem Flight Instructors (TFI) and are certified by the South African Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (SAHPA).
“Safety precautions include helmets, harnesses with back protection, reserve parachutes and careful pre-flight checks and pre-launch observation. You will be briefed before your flight and your pilot will guide you through the take-off and landing,” says Jacques.
Cape Town tandem paragliding flight
This is Icarus Paragliding’s most popular flight. The Icarus team will meet guests in the car park at the top of Signal Hill. Preparation takes about 30 minutes before the adventure starts.
Jacques says, “After launching you can sit back and relax in your harness while you soak up the view of beautiful Cape Town. An adrenaline rush will kick in when you spiral down to landing. In-flight videos and photos are available for you to remember your paragliding adventure.”
The flight length is dependent on weather conditions and can last from 5 to 20 minutes. Most flights end at the Sea Point promenade but, in certain circumstances, the flight can return back to Signal Hill.
Hermanus and Lions Head lights
These are two other optional flights. Lions Head requires very specific weather and is thus not always available.
Hermanus is another very beautiful location and is found on the far side of False Bay from Cape Town, about 130 km away.
“We take off near the Rotary Way lookout point and will land on the nearby school field. In the air, our pilots will show you the beauty the town has to offer and you will have the chance to glide over the nearby coast. You may even be in for a treat if the whales decide to put on a show for you!” says Jacques.
What to wear for your paragliding adventure
The wind chill factor can make even a 5 minute flight on a warm day a rather cold experience so it is advisable to wear closed shoes and warm clothing.
South Africa’s sun is rather fierce so don’t forget to apply sunblock.