We offer paragliding tuition, license courses, powered paragliding tuition, accommodation, tours, and equipment sales and rental.
We are based in the Garden Route town of Wilderness on the East Coast of South Africa.
Jan Minnaar and Khobi Bowden apply their extensive local and international knowledge to enable you to fulfill your dreams in this on-going skill development sport.
Cloudbase Paragliding has a very strong international and national reputation based on honesty, integrity and service excellence.
Paragliding is a dynamic and colourful sport.
Paragliders can be foot launched, winched launched, or be flown with a strap-on motor making paragliding very versatile
To fly on the winds has been one of man's most coveted ambitions throughout history. The 20th century has, to a large extent, realised that ambition. However, the simplicity of flight has always eluded man, that is until now. Like no other aviation sport, Paragliding easily combines the excitement of flight with simple and cost-freepreparation.
To fly a Paraglider is a thrill beyond belief, and will give you many hours of enjoyment beyond your wildest imagination. Finally, a fun adventure sport has arrived that does not require the participant to be a superman.
Taking off from a simple hilltop or a mountain, pilots have been able to achieveremarkable flights, causing shock waves to ripple through the rest of the sport aviation community.
The World Distance Record now stands at an incredible 421km, and the Endurance Record at over 13 hours.
A paraglider is a flexible, inflatable, ultra light gliding wing, not a parachute, but a genuine aircraft wing in every sense of the word. The pilot inflates the glider, raises it above his head and ensures that it is fully open before taking off from any suitable slope. We do not "jump" off mountains, but run down a slope in order to get airborne; using the slope exactly like a regular aircraft uses a runway. The pilot then uses a combination of ridge lift and thermic lift to stay aloft, and can choose to land at the bottom of the very same hill or mountain, or sometimes cover vast distances.
Cloudbase Paragliding School is a SAPHA approved school. All licenses issued are therefore internationally recognized as SAPHA is F.A.I affiliated through the Aeroclub of South Africa. Cloudbase Paragliding has also established international partnerships to facilitate the conversion of the SAHPA license to your national body if required. All the school equipment has DHV/ACPUL certification. All school training gliders are rated for student use. All school training harnesses comply with SAHPA regulations regarding foam back protection. Each student is issued with a radio and helmet. We offer introduction courses which comprise of a theory exercise and either aday on the training slope or a tandem flight. In both cases all equipment is supplied as well as light refreshments. After the introduction course you may decide to carry on and complete your Basic License. Cloudbase Paragliding will provide all equipment, instructor time, Student License, manuals as issued by SAHPA, Logbook, a school manual and the first years membership to SAHPA. After you have achieved you Basic License the school will support your ongoing endeavours to increase your flying skills. Pilots are encouraged to return to the school for guiding, information and the regular school nights.
For those who live in the cities of South Africa and wish to have a weekend away, where they can fly, and be looked after, we offer the Weekend Fly Away. For those who wish to experience flying on the Alps, and not have to worry about accommodation, food, where to buy cable car tickets, when is it safe to fly…… we offer the 'Smile While You Scream Alpine Tour', end of July and August. And for those who wish to combine a bit of flying with a bit of ski-ing/snow boarding we offer the Ski/Fly Tour in Stubai in Austria, end of March beginning of April.