The View From the Top Winelands Paragliding shows off Drakenstein as you’ve never seen it before

Have you ever dreamt of soaring high above the Cape Winelands and enjoying a bird’s eye view of the magnificent surroundings below? Then paragliding might just be the next adventure sport outing for you. Winelands Paragliding has found the perfect solution for adventure lovers with a yearning to fly and avid tourists who want to experience a panoramic view of the gorgeous landscapes of Drakenstein.

Mias de Klerk, owner and instructor at Winelands Paragliding, adores the freedom flying affords him; he believes it is a bucket-list activity for anyone. Winelands Paragliding’s operations are based in Paarl, Wellington and Franschhoek, and the adventure kicks off at three main sites: Du Toitskloof Pass, Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve, and Paarl Rock. Mias explains that these areas are all registered sites for a safe take-off and landing. The big sell, of course, is their exquisite views of the mountains, valleys and vineyards. “The natural beauty impresses any adventurer

or nature lover. These views can compete with the world’s finest,” he says. He adds that weather conditions are generally favourable, although they can be a little unpredictable at times. Gliders are advised to confirm weather conditions two hours before their planned take-off. After receiving a harness and parachute, gliders are shown the ropes by a qualified instructor. “After a few instructions for landing and lots of excitement in between, you glide and arrive at

the landing site where you will receive your in-flight photos and videos on your cellphone,” Mias adds.


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