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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.
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.
TTravel 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
Tel: +27 81 499 5739
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.