Hanggliding and Paragliding in South Africa

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Paragliding is an adrenaline-filled recreational activity for fearless flyers who want to see South Africa from a different vantage point. It can be done solo or tandem with a trained glider, and there are numerous sites around the country that is ideal for paragliding. 

Basically, paragliding is a recreational and competitive flying sport utilising a paraglider, or free-flying, foot-launched aircraft. The pilot sits in a harness which is suspended below a fabric wing, the shape of which is formed by the pressure of air entering from vents at the front of the wing. Paragliders developed from parachute designs which had been tweaked during the early 60s to allow directional flight, and were used for ‘parasailing’. 

Hanggliding is also is a popular activity that allows locals and tourists alike to see the beauty of South Africa from high up above. It’s a different structure to paragliding but offers the same adventure-filled experience. 

By Carla Lottering

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