For as long as I can remember I’ve been filled with such awe as I’ve watched the paragliders soaring over Cape Town. Tandem paragliding in Cape Town has been on my bucket list for the past 5 years and I’ve just been waiting for the day when I could finally take to the sky. The other day I reached out to Hi 5 Tandem Paragliding and they generously agreed to do a collab. Working with such energetic people who are so passionate about what they do was such a treat! While this experience was gifted to me, all opinions expressed are my own.
Start Location: Either Signal Hill or Lion’s Head. Your pilot will make the call 2 hour before your flight
Cost: R900 (R850 when you book through me!)
Duration: 10-25 mins
What to bring: R300 cash for HD photos and videos (*optional), cash for your flight if you haven’t yet paid, warm top, sunglasses, sports shoes, GoPro with a secure strap.
The team at Hi 5 Tandem Paragliding were all so helpful and enthusiastic. When I arrived at the top of Signal Hill I was greeted by a sea of friendly faces, all of them eager to meet me and get me up and flying. I was definitely a little nervous about the flight but my pilot and guide, Ruard, calmed any nerves I had and made the experience so chilled and relaxed. Hi 5 is one of the original tandem paragliding operators in Cape Town. Their experience makes them a trustworthy company and their reviews speak for themselves.
Booking your flight
I have partnered with Hi5 Tandem Paragliding which means that if you book through me you get a slight discount and I get a commission. At the moment flights are R900 per person. If you book through me you only pay R850. Normally the flights are R1300 and so when flights revert to that price (after Hi5 Tandem Paragliding have ended their special) you will only pay R1200 when booking through me. To redeem this offer you will need to either email me at [email protected] or send me a DM on instagram @happytravellerza with your name and contact number. From there I will put you in contact with the Hi5 team to sort out the rest of the booking. Payment can be made on the day of your flight unless you have a group of 4+. For groups bigger than 4 you will need to pay upfront.
Hi5 Tandem Paragliding operates in Cape Town and provides two route options. You will either take off from Lion’s Head and cruise over Clifton to land at the Bungalow in Camps Bay, or you will take off from Signal Hill, fly over Sea Point and Green Point and land on the Sea Point Promenade. The route depends on the weather on the day and wind direction. Hi 5 will decided where you will take off. You flight can last from 10 to 25 minutes. It all depends on the conditions of the day though! Once you have landed there will be a vehicle ready to drive you back up to your car.
On the day you will need to be flexible and available to arrive up and to 45 minutes prior to their booking time for
Administration and Instruction and have closed shoes, a warm top and cash for their flight. The final arrival time
will be confirmed when clients phone the office two hours before their scheduled booking to confirm weather
condition and the meeting location.
Taking off and landing- is it scary?
This was my biggest question before going paragliding. I was so nervous there would be a tummy drop moment and a real adrenaline kick (I am no adrenaline junkie and definitely prefer to stay on the safer side of life!). I was so pleasantly surprised by the ease of this experience. To take off you walk quickly, then go into a bit of a jog. Before you know it your feet aren’t touching the ground and you’re just floating. While in flight it honestly feels like you’re just floating like a cloud. If you’re feeling adventurous you can do a few spins and tricks with your guide. Then to land you just need to run a little bit before bending your knees and planting your feet on the ground. It honestly isn’t scary at all! If you are feeling nervous though then let your guide know, they will talk you through every step of the process and help calm you if you feel anxious. Above all, it is such an amazing experience so leave those worries on the mountain and just enjoy the ride!
How do I get photos of this amazing experience?
Four of the six pilots have a GoPro Hero 9 – the rest have a slightly older model (best in the business and the best on the mountain). They will capture photos and videos throughout the flight that you can choose to take home with you. It’s a great momento to show your friends and family how brave you are and of course to share on the gram! To get these photos it will cost you R300 which you need to pay in cash to your guide on the day. I promise you they are so worth it! If you have your own GoPro you are more than welcome to bring it along. You will need to make sure you have a secure attachment though (wriststrap or selfie stick). You will not be allowed to bring your DSLR camera or your cellphone. It is unfortunately not safe to have unsecured extras while flying.
Is it worth it?
I know it can seem like a lot of money but paragliding in Cape Town is honestly one of the best things you can do while you’re in the city. Whether you’re a tourist checking out Cape Town for the first time or a long-standing local looking for a new experience in the Mother City- Tandem Paragliding in Cape Town is the perfect bucket list item. If you’re looking to tick this experience off yours then make sure you use Hi5 Tandem Paragliding and book through me to get an amazing discount!
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For more Cape Town adventures why not check out my blogs on Cape Town Cafes That’ll Give You All The Bali Vibes, Best Sunset Spots in Cape Town, Best Tidal pools in Cape Town, The Bo-Kaap, Lion’s Head Full Moon Hike or my Top 10 Hikes in Cape Town .