Flying sites

From ParaWiki

The first step to find a flying site is to ask around at your flying club, other pilots, or in the various social media groups for the area.

South Africa

The Western Cape Windrose for sites that are flyable from different wind directions on the When to fly page.

Western Cape windrose


Andrea 0791801488 runs Barberton adventures and will help organise permit and gate key access. Willie 0718063673 and Anton 0834621616 are local pilots who might give more info. Astrid does recovery drives back to the top +27 82 959 6670

Cape Town

Ask on the Glen Paragliding Club's Whatsapp groups.

Books and online resources

The following books, apps, and websites might also be handy:

Rating-specific sites

Note that some launch sites may be on private land where you'll need to get prior permission from the landowners, for others you may need advanced certification (like a Sports Licence / IPPI 5 for Signal Hill in Cape Town), others may be completely illegal to launch from (such as unapproved launches from national parks), others you need a minimum number/hours of flying and a sign-off by an authorised pilot (such as Lion's Head). Ask around.

Also, very important for foreign pilots visiting South Africa: you will need a SAHPA Foreign Pilot Permit to fly anywhere, otherwise you'll be in breach of the laws of the SA Civil Aviation Authority. Local pilots will need an up-to-date local permit.


Once you're in the air, there are very important rules that you should be aware of at many sites. I created a separate article for this: airspace.