Paragliding flying sites around Cape Town include Table Mountain, Signal Hill, Lions Head, Table Mountain Gully, Maclear's Beacon and Devil's Peak to name just a few.
Below, you can find a comprehensive list of paragliding flying sites around Cape Town. For additional information, click the relevant site you may be interested in.
Take note that statuses may change over time. Please check here for the latest site status i.e. OPEN, CLOSED, or UNDER NEGOTIATION. Take off can only happen from those sites that have an OPEN status.
The club will be adding more sites and info per site over time. The following is our start to collating and sharing site information and focuses on flying within the peninsula.
FLYING WITHIN TABLE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK
Table Mountain (TM) is not only a National Park but also a World Heritage Site with unbelievable floristic diversity. As such, flying in the park is subject to more rules and scrutiny than most other sites in South Africa. Please do not do anything which will threaten all the hard negotiations that took place to get and keep these sites flyable.
Everyone MUST have a VALID TMNP ACTIVITY CARD (Level 2), a VALID PILOTS LICENSE rated for the launch site and a site briefing. Some sites require “Sign Offs” and others are strictly advanced sites. Launch ONLY at the designated site. The best rule is to contact the Glen Club and get a briefing from a competent local pilot. The weather systems around the entire Park are complex and some areas have little to no landing areas within easy reach. Venturis and lenticular situations are frequent and pre-frontal weather are generally to be avoided. Local pilots are always willing to help with info.
The Table Mountain chain starts in the extreme north of the Peninsula and runs roughly north-south till it reaches Scarborough on the Atlantic Ocean some 30km away in a straight line. Its width rarely exceeds 10km. The launches range from 1000m ASL on TM itself to 140m ASL at Kommetjie. The flying is spectacular and a challenging mix of dynamic and thermic lift.
The Environmental Management Plan (EMP) for Paragliding / Hang gliding is the governing document under which we fly within Table Mountain National Park. Please make yourself familiar with it and its accompanying appendix.