Video: Paragliding off Lion’s Head in Cape Town

Posted on December 5, 2011 by

Holding my hands out to feel the wind in my hands, I glide through the air so gently, it’s almost like floating in the clouds. “This the closest feeling to flying like a bird.” Jan, my paragliding instructor from Para-taxi says. He’s right – I’ve never felt more peaceful and carefree.

Ahead of me stands the imposing Table Mountain, recently voted as one of the New 7 Natural Wonders of the World. Beneath my feet stretch the coastline and turquoise ocean – the wealthy beachfront suburb of Camps Bay on my right and the metropolis of Cape Town to my left. At the height of 500m above sea level, it is dizzying yet breathtaking to have the city spread before us. Here’s a video Jan took while we were up in the air, hope it transmits the sensation I got floating mid-air above Cape Town.






About to take off from the slopes of Lion’s Head


Floating above Camps Bay.


Disclaimer: This paragliding experience was made possible by Para-taxi, South Africa TourismCape Town Routes Unlimited, but all opinions expressed above are my own. Read more about my South Africa adventures here or follow my updates onfacebook.

About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is a professional travel writer and blogger with a special interest in off-grid destinations and adventure travel. Her mission is to visit every country in the world. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Iceland, swam with sealions in the Galapagos, built a school in Tanzania, waddled with penguins in Antarctica, crossed into North Korea and drank beer in Palestine.

10 Responses to “Video: Paragliding off Lion’s Head in Cape Town”

  1. ipungmbuh December 7, 2011 2:55 am #

    Is it capture with go pro? Like this video!

  2. Erica December 7, 2011 10:23 am #

    Ooh something I totally want to do some day.

  3. Mark Wiens December 19, 2011 11:15 am #

    Wow, awesome! I would be scared out of my mind, but it looks absolutely awesome!

    • @WildJunket May 14, 2013 2:13 pm #

      I thought it would be scary, but it wasn't at all! You actually glide rather slowly, so it feels very relaxing and soothing. Absolutely love it!

  4. techincal writer August 6, 2012 4:28 pm #

    So amazing, i would have loved to try that, too bad am so afraid of heights

  5. Stephan November 22, 2012 11:58 am #

    Looks like you are on top of the world with those awesome pics.

  6. suzzanelobo November 23, 2012 8:57 am #

    This is so unique and magnificent.. flying above the bay would be so thrilling.


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