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Cape Town
What you need to know
Day Trips

IIn 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, SkyDive Pretoria, SkyDive Rustenburg and Durban Skydive Centre. 


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. 


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Who to contact  


Parachute Association of South Africa 

Tel: +27 (0)21 553 3398 



Mother City SkyDiving 

Tel: +27 (0)79 337 2443 



SkyDive Pretoria  

Tel: +27 81 499 5739 



SkyDive Rustenburg 

Tel: +27 (0) 76 738 4671 



Durban Skydive Centre 

Tel: +27 (0)72 2146 040 




Best time to visit   


To ensure clear skies and optimal skydiving weather avoid the rainy seasons, which vary across provinces. Gauteng’s rainy season is from December to February. The rainy season in the Western Cape is from June to about August.  


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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