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Cape Town: Tandem Paragliding Adventure

1. Cape Town: Tandem Paragliding Adventure

After a short explanation, you and your pilot will take off from a mountain slope under a canopy that resembles a parachute. Once inflated overhead, you will take just a few steps or a short run to take off from the gentle slope, the wind will catch the canopy and you will be airborne. In the air, complete control over direction and speed gives your pilot the freedom to soar ridges, rise on warm currents of air and cover distance. The tour providers have a proven safety record from day one, a credit to company procedures. Each season starts with brand new equipment and well-maintained throughout the year. All pilots are internationally recognized Tandem Flight Instructors. Each passenger is briefed and issued with a helmet. All pilots carry complete reserve and communication systems and weather conditions are carefully assessed before you are taken up and again on take off. You will be assisted by the crew on both take off and landing. Get ready to fulfill man's oldest dream of free flying. Now, you can experience the joy of personal, foot-launched flight in its purest form - on a paraglider. You do not need to have any experience at all to come tandem paragliding. Thousands of tandem paragliding flights have been done with children as young as 10-years-old and adults as old as 87-years-old. After a short briefing, you will merely run a few steps and the rest will be in the hands of your fully qualified pilot. Just sit back and enjoy your flight. Bookings are essential, do not leave it until your last day as the activity is dependent on the weather conditions.

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Cape Town: Lion's Head Sunrise or Sunset Hike

2. Cape Town: Lion's Head Sunrise or Sunset Hike

Meet your guide at the Lion's Head Hike - Starting Point. There is parking along Signal Hill Road if you arriving by car. Embark on the route to the summit, climbing 400 meters along the steep and rocky path. Keeping a slow and steady pace, take time to enjoy the views and photo opportunities en route. Enjoy views of the city and the Atlantic Ocean at the summit with snacks and coffee provided before heading back down the mountain to the meeting point.

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Cape Town: Lion's Head Sunset Hike

3. Cape Town: Lion's Head Sunset Hike

Your Lion's Head trail experience begins on a gravel track through spectacular groves of silver leaf trees. You will start off by following a path which reveals ever-changing views as it spirals around Lion's Head. Very soon the breathtaking vista of the Atlantic coastline and the magnificent apostles of Table Mountain will come into view. Soon the gravel track narrows to a path, from where you will pass the first paragliding launch pad. You will then continue along the stepped path with views over the very popular Camps Bay Beach and Clifton beaches. Following a further 30 minutes of hiking, you will come to a split keep on the upward-tending path. From here you will continue with views of Seapoint on your left, and following a further 10 minutes you will see the city of Cape Town sprawled beneath you and the front of Table Mountain rearing up high above. You will then continue steeply upwards to the first ladder, before traversing left along a shelf with a chain handrail. Next, you will continue with the path until you reach a fork, where you will have the choice to either veer left to circumnavigate two rock pitches, or to turn right and climb the rock pitches. If you are not into vertical rock steps simply continue left, from where you can carry on with the path past some huge stone pine trees to gain the crest of the southeast ridge. From here you will follow the obvious well-worn path via some scrambling and a ladder to the 669-meter summit.

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Cape Town: 3-Hour Lion's Head Sunset Hike

4. Cape Town: 3-Hour Lion's Head Sunset Hike

Of all the hikes in Cape Town, the climb up Lion’s Head is definitely the most popular. Situated between Table Mountain and Signal Hill, the peak provides 360-degree views of the city, Table Bay and the Atlantic seacoast. Taking in the sunset and the city lights from on high is a totally new way of enjoying Cape Town. You’ll make your way up to the peak on a spiral path. The ascent takes around an hour and there are gorgeous views all the way. Your passionate and knowledgeable guide will point out iconic landmarks and tell you about the history of the city. You will learn about the geology, fauna and flora of this world heritage site.  There are a number of ladders and chains that help you to the summit. If you are afraid of heights this may be daunting but if you are up for the challenge then your guide will help you all the way. At the summit you’ll be able to look down on Table Mountain and the city of Cape Town and enjoy the light and fantastic photographic opportunity. Walk back down as the sun sets and take in views of Table Mountain illuminated by a golden sky. If you’re lucky the moon might rise from the eastern mountains, further enhancing your views.  

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Cape Town: Lion's Head Sunrise Hike

5. Cape Town: Lion's Head Sunrise Hike

Take part in a wonderful hike for families and couples and see Cape Town from 670 meters above sea level. Gaze in awe at the breathtaking landscape, and identify icons such as the adjacent Table Mountain and Robben Island out at sea. Look down on glorious beaches, including Camps Bay and Sea Point.  Avail of 2 different hiking paths to reach the summit, determined by your guide based on your level of fitness. Brave the adventurous path using staples and chains, or choose an easier route to avoid them! Whichever path you and your party feel most comfortable with, breathtaking panoramas are guaranteed. Rest at the top and watch the spectacular sunrise over Cape Town with a cup of hot coffee and some home-baked muffins.

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Cape Town: Lion's Head Sunset Guided Hike in French

6. Cape Town: Lion's Head Sunset Guided Hike in French

Your Lion's Head trail experience takes place on a gravel track, taking you through spectacular groves of silver leaf trees. Follow a path that reveals ever-changing views as it spirals around Lion's Head. The breath-taking vista of the Atlantic coastline and the magnificent apostles of Table Mountain will soon come into view. Soon the gravel track narrows to a path, from where you will pass the first paragliding launch pad. Continue along the stepped path with views of Camps Bay Beach and Clifton beaches. Hike for another 30 minutes and reach a split. Continue with views of Seapoint to your left, and after 10 minutes, be rewarded with a wonderful viewpoint. See the city of Cape Town sprawled beneath you and the front of the Table Mountain rearing up high above. Then, move upwards to the first ladder, before traversing left along a shelf with a chain handrail. Continue on the path until you reach a fork. Choose where to go from here. Veer left to circumnavigate 2 rock pitches or turn right and climb the rock pitches. If you are not into vertical rock steps, simply continue left and carry on the path past huge stone pine trees to gain the crest of the southeast ridge. Follow the trail and a ladder to the 669-meter summit.

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Cape Town: Chapmans Peak Coastal Ebike Tour

7. Cape Town: Chapmans Peak Coastal Ebike Tour

Ride along Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most magnificently engineered coastal cycle routes. Breeze along on a top-of-the-range Giant ebike with electric pedal assist. These easy to ride bikes can be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of fitness level. This route should be on anyone’s bucket list who is passionate about Cape Town’s majestic scenery. Start at Maiden's Cove parking lot from where you will cruise along the sea via Camps Bay, considered the St Tropez of Africa. You will then enter the stunning coastal Victoria Road, going past Lion’s Head and the Twelve Apostles, which will eventually take you into Hout Bay. From Hout Bay you will ascend the last easy climb to Chapman's Peak where you'll stop at the lookout point, the perfect opportunity to take pictures of the breathtaking panoramic views. On your way back you will stop in Hout Bay on the beach for cake and a refreshing drink before hitting the road back to Cape Town.

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What people are saying about Lion's Head

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 95 reviews

The weather really showed us who’s boss. You must really be patient and be greatful if you want to paraglide, the weather can change in less than 5 minutes, its better to not have any set commitments for the day and just wait for theee perfect weather. We did it 3 days later than we had booked and on the day we were supposed to leave capetown the weather was favourable, we rushed there and the wind was now not enough, we waited and an hour later we paraglided and it was amazing, and we missed our flight but it was worth it. Mike communicated throughout and that made everything easy

Great hike. Beautiful views, great guide. Lovely person, tells you about the surroundings and very easy to have a good chat with during the hike about all kinds of things. Would even recommend booking her just for the company!

I had booked a German-speaking guide ... unfortunately he wasn't there. But otherwise everything worked out great. And the return transport with that was also problem-free.

Very friendly people. We were very flexible about the times. They kept me informed about the weather every day.

Where informed guide telling us a lot about nature.