Are you dreaming about paragliding? Nowadays people have several options to fulfill such a dream – much more than in the near past. Let’s instead of that see whether Paragliding or Skydiving in South Africa is the right sport for you.
What Is Paragliding?
Paragliding in South Africa is a recreational activity, considered an extreme sport, practiced by using an engine-free aircraft. The aircraft used in paragliding are extremely simple and they are often called just “wings”. A typical paraglider consists of a fabric wing and a harness. There is no cockpit like in the “real” gliders neither a hard wing like the ones that hang gliders have. Exactly this however is one of the important reasons for the raising popularity of paragliding – paragliders are affordable and don’t take much space. You can even put one in a large backpack, which certainly can’t be done with a glider.
Paragliding vs Skydiving – Which is For You?
Skydiving however also have its advantages. First, you don’t need to run – the airplane does the job for you and you can concentrate entirely on the activity you wanted to do in first place. Second, in skydiving you can reach higher altitude – often the jumps start at 12,500 feet – 14,500 feet above the ground level. You can’t go as high in paragliding unless you have some really high mountains near you. And third, the feeling of the free fall before you open the parachute is something that can’t be compared to anything.