South Africa is a well-established paragliding destination, and Hermanus (just 90 minutes' drive from Cape Town) is one if its most scenic offerings. It has an excellent blend of ocean, mountain and urban scenery. This activity is offered throughout the year, provided weather conditions are favourable.

Did you know?

When it's all packed up, paragliding gear weighs less than a golf bag.

Hermanus is a Western Cape town famous for its whale watching and paragliding offers the best possible aerial view of these ocean giants. Even if you don’t see any whales during your paragliding adventure, the scenery, serenity and occasional adrenalin will surely be sufficient compensation.

There are several operators who offer paragliding tours of Hermanus. Para Taxi is one of these operators, offering 60 to 90-minute tandem glide from a view point just beyond the Vodacom station outside Hermanus.

Anyone who weighs between 20kg and 115kg can paraglide and no previous experience is required. Guests sit in a comfy seat at the front of the glider and simply relax while an experienced guide does all the work throughout the descent.

The scenery on this adventure includes the Atlantic Ocean, the booming town of Hermanus, and its natural surrounds. The rugged shoreline is rather impressive from an aerial view. During the winter and spring months (May to October), it is quite common to see humpback and southern right whales breaching out of the water.

Wind speeds in Hermanus generally range from five to 20 knots, with April and May regarded as the calmest months in terms of wind.

Regardless of which operator you decide to go through, booking in advance is essential. The operator can then advise what the weather and wind conditions for that date will be and make a decision whether or not to proceed with the booking. Some tour operators will arrange transport for you, while others will provide you directions to the launch site.

Participants are advised to wear jeans and closed shoes, as well as a jacket, regardless what time of year it is.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Para Taxi
Tel: +27 (0)82 966 2047

How to get here

Hermanus is a 90-minute drive from Cape Town. You can hire a car from Cape Town International Airport or Cape Town city centre.

Best time to visit

Paragliding is offered throughout the year, but the best months for whale watching are between May and November.

What will it cost

Tandem jumps cost between approx. R950pp and R1 250pp.

Where to stay

If you are on a budget, Hermanus Backpackers is a vibrant establishment with a great social scene. For something more luxurious, the Misty Waves Hotel is a classy option.