Paragliding

Du Toits Kloof Paragliding, Floralae Views

Winelands Paragliding’s Du Toitskloof paragliding site is located on Floralea farm on Du Toitskloof pass(R101) between Paarl and Worchester. The site offers beautiful views of the bigger peaks and gorges of the Klein-Drakenstein range including Huguenot peak, Haelhoek-spitskop, Drosberg and Donkerkloof and the N1 highway bridge and the Huguenot Tunnel to the South of the launch. Please note that the site is located on private property and access is only permitted with prior arrangement and preferably guidance.

Getting There

The site is an hour’s drive from Cape Town City centre and 35 minutes from Franschhoek. The 11km drive on the Du Toitskloof pass (R101) is a spectacular stretch of road but please drive carefully.

Visitors should park next to the Floralae entrance on the R101. From there it is a 10 min hike to the launch site. The area is known for beautiful Fynbos plants, especially Protea flowers. The path from the R101 pass to the launch site is only accessible for 4×4 vehicles with prior permission.

The Weather

The paragliding sites on the Du Toitskloof pass are our most reliable sites and we fly here regularly. Floralae Views can be flown in westerly through to South-westerly wind which is the prevailing wind direction in Spring through summer to early autumn and the main launch on the pass further up is suitable to fly in northerly to westerly wind.

The site works best once the sun comes over the mountains and heats up the western facing slopes which is any time from 10am depending on the time of year. In summer, from December into January and February, the wind often increases in the afternoon and it can get too strong for paragliding.

How it works

On the day of your booking please check in with us at least two hours before your booking time so we may confirm that the weather conditions are suitable to fly. Once confirmed we meet at the entrance to Floralae Farm on the R101, 10 to 20 minutes before the confirmed time of your booking.

The launch area is a 300m walk or a short but steep 4×4 drive from the parking area on the R101. The take-off area is kept as natural as possible at the top of the trail with a stunning view of the Dekkersvalley to the southwest.

Standard Winelands tandem experiences from Floralae Views are normally at least 15 minutes and offer views second to no other in the area. We have two landing options when flying from Floralae Views depending on the weather conditions.

Visiting pilots MUST get a site briefing before flying here as there are several sensitive areas that should be avoided. Please remain on the demarcated trails at all times and leave ONLY FOOTPRINTS and good vibes!

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Franschhoek Paragliding, Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve

Winelands Paragliding’s Franschhoek paragliding site is located in Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve at the top of Franschhoek pass, also demarcated as Lambrechts road or the R45. This stunningly picturesque take-off area offers stunning views over the Franschhoek Wine Valley.

Entrance to the Nature reserve requires paying a small conservation fee of around R50.

Getting there

The reserve is 83km or an hour and 10 minutes’ drive from Cape Town city centre and 40 minutes from Stellenbosch. The reserve is only 8km or 10 minutes’ drive out of the Franschhoek village.

There are several shuttle services that can take visitors up to the reserve if you do not have your own transport for between R100 and R200 for the ride.

The Weather

The Franschhoek Paragliding site is located in the saddle where the road also passes over the mountain towards Theewaterskloof dam and Villiersdorp and faces west towards the Franschhoek valley. We can fly in Franschhoek when the wind is blowing from a westerly direction.

The geography of the Franschhoek valley and the location of the take-off site the wind funnels over the saddle creating what we call a venturi. A venturi is an area where the wind excellerates due to a geographical constriction or narrowing. This makes it a great soaring site even when the wind is forecasted to be very light but that the wind can get too strong to paraglide much sooner in Franschhoek than some of our other flying sites in the Cape Winelands.

We recommend booking for the earlier morning slots, especially in summer. It also means that when we are able to fly there, there is often an opportunity to gain altitude and enjoy the glorious views from the glider for longer!

How it works

On the day of your booking please check in with us at least two hours before your booking time so we may confirm that the weather conditions are suitable to fly. Once confirmed we meet at the entrance to the Mont Rochelle Nature reserve 10 to 20 minutes before the confirmed time of your booking.
The launch area is less than a 100m walk from the entrance along the “Winelands” trail. The take-off area is kept as natural as possible next to the trail with a stunning view of the valley.
The flights from here can be anything from 10 minutes to 20 minutes when the conditions allow and we have several landing field options, often landing back at the launch area when the conditions are just perfect.

Alternatively we glide to the landing field in Franschhoek from where our recovery vehicle collects us and brings us back to the meeting point at Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve. Please remain on the demarcated trails at all times and leave ONLY FOOTPRINTS and good vibes!

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