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April 06, 2010

The sky’s the limit!

sky diving

Photo courtesy gogap

twelve apostles

The Twelve Apostles. Photo courtesy champagne for monkeys

The clear, blue skies above Cape Town lend themselves to a variety of exciting activities, from helicopter flips and plane rides to paragliding, skydiving and microlighting. There’s surely no better way of catching a bird’s-eye view of the entire Mother City – from her beautiful mountains to her stunning beaches.

Experience the thrill of paragliding high above the beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton or over the slopes of Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles. A window period of 200 days out of 365 offers tourists plenty of scope to enjoy this exciting pursuit. Conditions are most suitable when the wind is blowing between 10km/h and 30km/h, upslope with a tolerance of 15 degrees.

If this is your first attempt at paragliding, there’s always a tandem option, in which an experienced paraglider controls the ride.

You’ll find launch sites at Lion’s Head, Signal Hill, Sir Lowry’s Pass, Hermanus, Franschhoek Pass, Dasklip Pass (Porterville) and Noordhoek. The take-off point on Lion’s Head is the closest to the city centre.

Birdmen Paragliding, Cape Town Tandem Paragliding, Downhill Adventures Paragliding and Parapax cater for the sport.

Taking in the beauty of Cape Town from altitude by skydiving is an experience not to be missed. The proximity of so many wonderful Cape attractions means that you could be relaxing on a wine farm in Durbanville shortly after your adrenalin-fuelled jump.

A number of accredited skydiving organisations that cater for your requirements operate in the Cape Town area.

Soaring in a helicopter or plane is a wonderful introduction to the diversity that characterises Cape Town. Opt for a breathtaking sightseeing flight over the Cape Peninsula or sign up for flight school and earn your own wings!

Accredited operators such as Civair Helicopters and Aeroplanes, Cape Town Helicopter Tours, Nac Makana Helicopters and Wings over Africa offer a variety of flights, including private charters, scenic tours, helicopter wine tasting tours, helicopter film and movie shoots and even an ex-Vietnam Huey flip!

Take to the windswept harness of the “motorbike of the skies” and enjoy the sensory experience of microlight flight. Many operators film flights to provide clients with a memento of their magical experience.

Aquila Microlight Photo and Film Safaris arranges trips over the Klipheuwel/Perdeberg area, which is home to animals such as zebra, antelope, jackal, ostriches, blue cranes, pelicans, flamingos and various birds of prey, or over the West Coast, with breathtaking views of Table Mountain, Table Bay, Robben Island, the Atlantic seaboard, Cape Hangklip and the long, white sandy beaches of the West Coast.

In case you didn’t know, the Cape Town Tourism’s friendly staff members are happy to book any of these adventures for you – at no additional cost! Simply call them on +27 (0)21 487 6800 or email info@capetown.travel.

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