Paragliding in De Aar
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De Aar means 'the artery' in Dutch, so named for its arterial-looking underground spring.
De Aar is one of the major towns of the upper Karoo region of the Northern Cape. It's recognised as the home of cross-country paragliding in South Africa, and is the venue where numerous international and national paragliding records have been set in recent years.
De Aar's paragliding conditions, particularly in the summer months, favour long distance flights with the De Aar Aerodrome recording more 200- and 300km flights than any other site on earth. It's equally as popular for cross-country hang gliding, with flights of up to 450kms recorded.
The chief paragliding operator is Fly De Aar, which has 4 runways of between 1.5 and 2km long where paragliders are launched by a winch attached to a moving vehicle. There are dozens of landing options in and around the town, which extends across the semi-desert landscape.
Fly De Aar offers various paragliding packages at its Northern Cape base along with fully inclusive tours that include coastal, flatland and mountain flying along the Garden Route of the Western Cape. Registered instructors are on hand to provide training for all levels of pilots.
The De Aar Aerodrome currently holds 5 world records: 2 solo distance records; 2 declared goal records; and a tandem open distance record. Experienced paragliding pilots will enjoy testing their skills here as they soar above this beautiful region. The additional option of a mountain launch site is also available.
There are a number of activities available in the area that can be added onto your paragliding safari, including San rock art tours, a visit to the Olive Schreiner House Museum, and the Garden of Remembrance, honouring British soldiers killed in the South African War.
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Who to contact
Fly De Aar
Desi or Arnold Pansi
Tel: +27 (0) 53 631 1555