South Africa is known for its excellent climate and clear blue skies. And this is why skydiving is so popular here. There are a number of established skydiving operators around the country waiting to take you up and help you down.

Did you know?

A skydiver's 100th successful jump is usually done naked.

In South Africa, the skydiving community vies with the surfer dudes for title of 'coolest in the country'.

The high-adrenalin activity of skydiving is offered at numerous established drop zones throughout South Africa, and is very popular close to Cape Town, along the Garden Route, in KwaZulu-Natal, and around the Johannesburg area.

So get ready to take to the skies for the ride of your life.

South Africa's pro skydivers, who regularly compete at major skydiving events around the world, have racked up thousands of skydives, and all work hard at giving you the best 'airtime' of your life.

For first-time jumpers there is a tandem introductory skydive, where you are harnessed to a highly experienced tandem instructor.

Mike Rumble, drop-zone operator for Mother City SkyDiving in Cape Town, says, 'Guests from all around the world consistently write "Most amazing experience of my life" in our guest book.'

Once the bug has bitten, you can sign up for the Accelerated Freefall course, and skydive solo. According to Graham Field, chief instructor for SkyDive Rustenburg near Sun City, the 10-jump Accelerated Freefall programme is an internationally recognised qualification.

Some of the busier drop zones include Mother City SkyDiving, Pretoria Skydiving Club, SkyDive Rustenburg and Durban Skydiving Club.

These professional outfits, which boast tandem masters, skydiving instructors, freefall videographers and parachute packers, all genuinely love throwing people out of aircraft.

If you are visiting the Western Cape, Mother City SkyDiving offers skydiving with fantastic views of Table Mountain, the Cape coastline and the Cederberg mountains.

If you are visiting KwaZulu-Natal, Skydive Durban is based in Camperdown just past Pietermaritzburg.

If you are visiting Gauteng you can jump with Skydive Pretoria at Wonderboom Airport, or with SkyDive Rustenburg over the Magaliesberg mountain range and close to Sun City.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Parachute Association of South Africa
Tel: +27 (0)21 553 3398

Mother City SkyDiving
Tel: +27 (0)79 337 2443

Witbank Skydiving Club
Tel: +27 (0)82 040 7136

Pretoria Skydiving Club
Tel: +27 (0)12 566 37 44

Skydive Cape Town
Tel: + 27 (0)82 800 6290

Durban Skydive Centre
Tel: +27 (0)72 214 6040

EP Skydivers
Tel: +27 (0)82 441 2055

Skydive Central
Tel: +27 (0)72 691 6193

Parys Skydive
Tel: +27 (0)72 303 9140

Skydive Plettenberg Bay
Tel: +27 (0)82 905 7440

Skydive Robertson
Tel: +27 (0)83 462 5666

Skydive Rustenburg
Tel: +27 (0)70 345 7058

What will it cost

Skydiving packages range from R1 900 to R3 200.

What to pack

All equipment is provided by the drop zones. Wear clothes suited to the conditions of the day.

Where to stay

There are a range of options, from B&Bs through to luxury accommodation choices, in all South Africa's main centres, around which skydiving operations are largely based.

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