Stephan Kruger
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Stephan Kruger

Owner & Founder of Fly Cape Town Paragliding at Fly Cape Town Paragliding
Stephan is the owner of Fly Cape Town Paragliding. He is an avid tandem, competition and aerobatics paragliding pilot He loves to share the joy of paragliding flight with anyone who is keen...He is also a qualified paragliding instructor and a paragliding endurance athlete.
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To paraglide from Table Mountain must undoubtedly be on every single one of the local paragliding pilots in Cape Town’s to do list…

 

Table Mountain is at the northern end of a sandstone mountain range that forms the spine of the Cape Peninsula.

Paragliding Table Mountain

Paragliding-Table Mountain – Pic by Craig-Kolesky

The main feature of Table Mountain is the level plateau approximately 3 kilometres from side to side, edged by impressive cliffs. The plateau, flanked by Devil’s Peak to the east and by Lions Head to the west, forms a dramatic backdrop to Cape Town. This broad sweep of mountainous heights, together with Signal Hill,  forms the natural amphitheatre of the City Bowl and Table Bay harbour.

Paragliding-Table Mountain-Craig-Kolesky

From left -Tom de Dorlodot, Jordy Smith, Horacio Llorens, Ant Allen and me (Stephan Kruger) on top of Table Mountain explaining the conditions. – Pic by Craig Colesky

The highest point on Table Mountain is towards the eastern end of the plateau and is marked by Maclear’s Beacon, a stone cairn built in 1865 by Sir Thomas Maclear  for trigonometrical survey. It is 1,086 metres above sea level, about 19 metres higher than the Cable station at the western end of the plateau.

There are three different take off sites on Table Mountain, with all of them requiring a different wind direction.

 The Front Face

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Paragliding-Cape-Town-Table-Mountain-Front-Face

The most scariest take off must definitely be the Front Face – North East to North-North-West but best in light Northerly

The Gully

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Paragliding-Cape-Town-Table-Mountain-Gully

The Gully is  the easiest take off and can be flown in a South West to South-South-West.

Maclear’s Beacon

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Paragliding-Cape-Town-Maclears-Beacon

Maclears Beacon is probably just as scary as the Front Face and also leaves no room for error. Maclears Beacon can be flown in a light South-East to East-South- East.