Cessna Plane Flights, Paragliding, Sky-Diving, Bungee Jumping & Airborne Activities in Hermanus, Cape Town & the Western Cape, South Africa
3 seater Cessna airplane flights are a fabulous way to view Walker Bay and Hermanus. The beauty of being in a powered aircraft is that you are able to descend very close to the terrain and sea, or rise up into the cloud base. Between June and December you will definitely see many Southern Right Whales and Humpback Whales playing in Walker Bay and all year round you will witness Seals, Great White Sharks and occasionally pods of Dolphin. Infact your Cessna pilot also conducts the whale count, with a record breaking 196 whales being spotted in ONE day a few years ago. What with the vast mountain range of the Klein Riviers, the Hermanus lagoon, beaches, farmland, wine farms and wild natural open spaces below you, the scenery is incredible. Micro-lighting is NOT available at the moment, as the pilot moved overseas.
So if you wish to fly with the birds, then Percy Tours can organise any of these flying activities which will most definitely satisfy your airborne desires. Please click the button below, for more info.
Paragliding is a gentle sport, where you are strapped tandem to a professional pilot, with a long “sausage” shaped parachute above you. When you are firmly strapped in, then all you do is jump off the nearest high mountain ledge and you float off into the clouds. Depending on the thermals, you can easily rise up to 500 metres to a kilometre above the ground. As there are so many high mountain ranges here, then you can choose your paragliding launching spot from – the Lions Head in Cape Town, Sir Lowry’s Pass at Somerset West or the Hermanus mountains. Due to the wind being rather unpredictable and sometimes rather heavy, paragliding is a VERY weather dependent activity, so some patience and a few days planning are needed. Safety quite obviously is paramount.
Bungee jumping is not for the faint hearted. The Western Cape has the world’s highest bridge bungee jump at 216 metres, recognised by the Guinness Book of Records.
All you do is have large (and long) elastic bands strapped to your ankles, count to 3, shout “BUNGEE” and you free fall over 200 metres, with the ground literally rushing towards you at 120 mph. As you are just about to shout “I better stop now” the elastic brings you to a stop and you bounce back - upwards. As soon as you hit that maximum ascent, you again fall back downwards. This occurs about 3 to 5 times, before an able bodied instructor is lowered to retrieve you from your upside down, blood-rushing-to-your-head position. This is conducted down the Garden Route, some 7 hours drive from Cape Town.
Sky Diving is situated 1 hour north of Cape Town and is another tandem sport, where you board a light aircraft, rise up to 10,000 feet, are strapped to an instructor and jump out of the planes open door. This free fall is breath-taking as you rush to the ground at 120 mph, before your instructor pulls the cords for your parachute to unfold above you. As you are so close to Cape Town, the views are spectacular of Table Mountain, Table Bay, the city centre, the 12 Apostles, Blouberg and the surrounding landscapes.
Military jet flights were available from Cape Town Airport until a few years ago - the Civil Aviation Authority unfortunately keeps cancelling their licenses. If they do fly then it is at the speed of sound. Due to this amazing speed, your pilot will zip you over a considerably large section of the Overberg region, usually hugging the coastline over False Bay, past Betty’s Bay, Kleinmond, Hermanus, Gansbaai, Pearl Beach and Walker Bay, before doing a U-turn to land back at Cape Town. Be warned tho’ – you had better have a fairly large bundle of cash on you, as this marvelous experience can cost up to $10,000.
Each November the Ysterplaat Military Air Show takes place just on the outskirts of Cape Town. This aviation festival has Air Marshals from all over the world attending, while showing off their multitude of aircraft. These boys-with-toys have the lot, from – old vintage, helicopters, light aircraft, reconnaissance planes to the fastest birds in the sky. Be prepared for an all mighty din in the air for this 3 day long event.
Helicopter flights will zip you above Cape Town, down to the Cape Peninsula to Cape Point, the Cape of Good Hope, Constantia, Kirstenbosch and Table Mountain. Helicopter flights to the Wine-lands or to fly over the whales at Hermanus can also be arranged. These range from small 2 seaters to big American military crafts. Dreamt of re-enacting a Vietnam movie? Then why not strap yourself into one of these beauties.
For those who wish to take life a little more slowly, then how about Hot Air Ballooning? These majestic creations are very flexible on where they take off from, but mainly they fly over the Wine-lands of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Champagne picnics are a must to take with you, so that you can leisurely sip your bubbly, while slowly floating gently over the pretty landscape tapestry below you, before landing in remote field to unfurl your table clothes. Operates between November and April every year.
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