Things To Do in SpringsParagliding Adventures
Where? Near the Dunnottar Military Base, Springs, Gauteng
When? Weekends from 09h30 to 17h30.
How? Call +27 (0)82 886-2566
How much? Falls into price group R201 to R500 per person. Confirm with the provider.
Paragliding Adventures runs a service from the Dunnottar Winch park where they offer tandem paragliding flights and powered paragliding courses.
You can book a tandem flight there for about R500 and the team are friendly and very helpful. The winch park is in a field near the Military base and the view is quite pleasant.
The tandem pilot is friendly and professional and talks you through the entire process before take off. The only important thing is that you need to be able to take a short run. Good boots are important to protect your ankles.
The take-off is exhilirating… a line is fixed to the harness and then the paraglider is towed into the air by a winch mechanism on the back of a vehicle. As soon as the paraglider has reached a good hight, the line is released and the flight begins.
Once in the air, the pilot will try to find a thermal and stay up for as long as possible. The view is amazing and the flight is almost perfectly quiet, so it is possible to have a conversation with the pilot. If you have a camera with a good strap, it is possible to take pictures. (Because you reach a fair height, its not a good idea to take expensive equipment that you could drop. )
Of all the flying adventures in Gauteng, this is one of the safest and most affordable and definitely worth trying.