come fly with us

In wilderness and cape town

“I want to be
a passenger”
“I want to
be a pilot...”



Wallend-Air Paragliding School was established in 1987 by Pete Wallenda (SAHPA A-rated Tandem Flight Instructor), originally from Germany, and he’s been promoting the sport in South Africa ever since. We train with certified equipment and our school is registered with SAHPA (South African Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association). We offer introduction tandem flights, paragliding courses and events in Cape Town area and the coastal village, Wilderness along the Garden Route.


The company has evolved into developing and manufacturing our own popular pull-up training glider, carry clinches and harness. This allows for ground handling training, even when the weather is no ideal for flying, and gives us the edge over other schools. We emphasise ground handling training as it's essential to be in control of your glider during take-off and landing.

    Besides making our own equipment we are agents for various quality international brands and we’re the official agent for Swing, Pro Design and PHI in South Africa. As an approved glider service centre in Africa we strive to provide quality service, impressive turnaround time and excellent after-sales care. 
We love what we do and we would love to share it with you. 


ZAR 350 deposit required


Signal Hill or Lion’s Head in Cape Town. Hermanus is also an option provided that there are five or more passengers. Cross-country flights are done in Porterville.


At the Glen Paragliding Club if taking off from Lion’s Head. At Sea Point Promenade in front of the Winchester Hotel if taking off from Signal Hill.


A flight’s duration depends on the weather and the distance travelled. Normal flights are between 5-20 minutes long. Cross-country flights can last for 45 minutes or more.


We book flights daily and the exact time of take-off and length of the flight is weather dependent. Don’t leave this experience to the last minute, rather book it early during your stay.


If there is an amount outstanding on the day of your flight, please bring cash. If you have paid the full amount in advance and we can’t fly due to the weather conditions, we will refund you in full.


We can arrange for three pilots per group. This means that you and your loved one, friends or family can all fly at the same time and share the experience.


If you weigh less than 120kg you are eligible for a tandem paragliding experience. Children should ideally weigh more than 20kg and they need parental consent.


We have GoPro cameras to document your experience. Pictures and videos can be requested. You can use your own camera as long as it’s attached
to you.

It can be quite cool in the air so rather dress warmly with closed shoes to protect your feet at uneven take-off sites.

tandem paragliding

The first step in learning to paraglide is to go on a tandem flight with a fully qualified pilot. This is the best way to see what it’s all about and it’s a great introduction to the world of paragliding. No previous experience or ability is required. The Cape is world-renowned for its scenic beauty and it will take your photo album to the next level. The tandem glider is specifically designed for two people and requires a different flying skill to solo flying. The passenger or student is strapped into the harness in front of the tandem instructor. All our pilots are SAHPA certified and TFI (Tandem Flight Instructor) licensed.


Take-offs require that you assist the pilot by staying on your feet while doing a little run. When you are instructed to run, keep running until you’re running in the air.  Often the glider comes back down for a bit more running before finally being airborne. The amount of running required depends on the strength of the wind at the time of your flight. Only get into your seat when you are told to do so.


Safety precautions and equipment include helmets, harnesses with back protection, reserve parachutes, careful pre-flight checks and pre-launch observation by the TFI pilot. It can be dangerous but Wallend-Air School of Paragliding has been around since 1989 and you are in good hands with our very experienced TFI pilots who put safety first.  You will also be briefed before your flight.



SAHPA licence #: PG1009

Instructor Grade A and
TFI Tandem Instructor

SAHPA licence #: PG3420

Instructor Grade B and
TFI Tandem Instructor

SAHPA licence #: PG41873

Instructor Grade B and TFI Tandem Instructor

SAHPA licence #: PG1007

Instructor Grade B and TFI Tandem Instructor 

SAHPA licence #: PG41355

Instructor Grade B and TFI Tandem Instructor


SAHPA licence #: PG13187

Instructor Grade B and TFI Tandem Instructor

what people say

“What a trip”

The training you receive in Wilderness is just outstanding the scenery mixed with great flying conditions makes this place just perfect. I could not think of a better place and school to do my course. Before my first flight I was extremely nervous, but Pete and his crew managed to make me feel totally comfortable. Just a great trip with so many great people.  Gregor Kury, Basic License Course 2018

"Amazing Instructors"

A great experienced pilot whit a passion for flying and to teach you all his skills. He is more worried to get you perfectly flying than to make money. Hard to find these days!! Highly recommend this school for learning and for future flying fun!! Alex B, Basic License Course 2018

"Incredible flying experience"

INCREDIBLE flying experience! The flight exceeded all our expectations. The pilots were professional and created an amazing experience for us! Pete was unbelievable as a pilot and I personally thoroughly enjoyed flying with him... there is no better way to take in the Cape Town sights! Must do when you are in town.

Erika & Markus L, Tandem Flight 2018

“Gypsy Tour”

An absolutely fantastic tour. Peters knowledge and his calm demeanor in assisting and coaching the pilots on the tour. I would recommend Wallend Air to both students and qualified pilots.

Robin H, European “Gypsy” Tour 2017 

“I will never be the same again”

I didn't just gain the ability and knowledge to be able to prance off mountains, I also gained a family.
Pete is the best instructor in the world. He invests all his time into his students for the entire course – nothing
is more important. Hannah C, Basic License Course 2018


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Service Centre / Shop Address:

368 Main Road,


Cape Town,
South Africa,



Wallend-Air Office (landline): 

+27 (0)21 762 2441

Wallend-Air Office (cell phone)

+27 (0)79 037 6883

Tandem Bookings (Cape Town or Wilderness): 

+27 (0)76 103 2303

Shop hours:

Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm

Closed on Weekends

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