Skydiving

Find the drop zone of your dreams
Skydiving in South Africa – the view from above. © Chris Marais
South Africa is known for its excellent climate, with largely clear skies. This is one of the many reasons why skydiving is so popular here. There are a number of established tour operators around the country waiting to take to up and help you down.

Did you know?

A skydiver's 100th successful jump is generally greeted with a pie-in-the-face ceremony.

In South Africa the skydiving community vies with the surfer dudes for the title of 'coolest in the country'. This high-adrenalin activity is offered in most parts of the country, but is probably most popular in Johannesburg, KwaZulu-Natal and Cape Town.

The long-time jumpmasters who have been to the major drop zones of the world and racked up thousands of skydives have a special way with the English language.

Glen Vermeulen, tandem master out at the Johannesburg Skydiving Club, says: 'I strap people onto me before exiting the plane, 'cause it gets really lonely in freefall at terminal velocity sometimes...'

Skydivers who haven't yet qualified, are required to do a tandem jump with a qualified diver.

And if the bug has bitten, then sign on for a freefall course with one of the many skydiving outfits, including the biggest, the Pretoria Skydiving Club. If you're in Cape Town, try Skydive Cape Town, who take you a short distance up the West Coast to a magnificent drop zone.

These professional outfits, who consist of tandem masters, skydiving instructors, freefall videographers and parachute packers all work hard at giving you the best 'airtime' of your life.

If you are visiting KwaZulu-Natal, skydiving is offered at Skydive Durban, which is based in Eston, near Pietermaritzburg.

If you are visiting the Western Cape, Skydive Cape Town offers an excellent jump with views of Table Mountain and the Atlantic seaboard.

The Parachute Association of South Africa is skydiving in South Africa's governing body, and they will guide to you all the 'boogies' and events that take place up in the sky and on the drop zones around the country.

Parachute Association of South Africa
Tel: +27 (0)21 553 3398
Email: admin@para.co.za

Packages usually range from R1200 to R2300.

All equipment is provided.