31 October 2011 by Kate Turkington

Up, up and away…

You don’t need to be particularly fit or strong. All you need is a head for heights and a sense of adventure. Then off you go parasailing.

It’s almost the same as paragliding but on this occasion you’re attached securely to a boat.

A professional team will strap you into a comfy harness anchored to a very long rope.  “Sit back and relax!” is the advice. Then your speed boat picks up knots, whooshes through the waves and you are borne aloft on the wings of air.

“Go on, do it!” urged my daughter, Tara. So I did it. A little nervous at first as we took off from the boat deck, but once soaring through the air watching the coastline and sea far below, it really was a breeze.

South Africa offers loads of opportunities to parasail and the weather, particularly in summer, is gorgeous.

Whether you’re inland at Sun City or Hartebeespoort Dam - both only an hour or so drive from Johannesburg - or at the Cape or on the Garden Route, in Port Elizabeth or East London, take this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Then it’s up, up and away!

Category: Adventure

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