Where to go Paragliding

Where to go ParaglidingParagliders can be flown from thousands of destinations all over the world, if you’re an avid paraglider then chances are you have found a spot nearby to launch.  If you’re an adventure traveller then chances are you have found some amazing locations with just incredible surroundings.  If you haven’t done much travelling then pay attention here are some destinations you need to add to your bucket list right now.  Most of the places are pretty off the beaten path but well worth the excursion.

Torrey Pines, California

Lots of paragliders start out at the Torrey Pines Gliderport in California, launching from the cliffs and taking in the incredible views while coasting on a Pacific Ocean Breeze.  This was a hub for hang gliders for years before paragliders discovered it too.  There is plenty of parking so you’re not hauling your gear for miles and it’s a great spot for the newbies to the sport.

Interlaken, Switzerland

People have been paragliding here since the beginning of the sport.  This Swiss town is nestled in the Alps and is a hub for all kinds of tourists from skiers to shoppers.  Paragliders launch from the mountains and can land right in Interlaken itself in a nearby park.  Paragliding is incredibly popular in Switzerland and you can launch from several destinations in the Alps.

Oludeniz, Turkey

This is probably one place you’ve never heard of but the is one of the go to hot spots for paragliding in Europe.  Be prepared for the harrowing ride up to the top of Mount Babadag, that alone is an adventure!  The mountain is 6,500 feet of limestone overlooking the incredible white sandy beach in Oludeniz and it can get pretty crowded with dozens of paragliders there every day.  After you’re done you can kick back with a meal at the Fly Inn Cafe or the slightly more upscale Ottomania Restaurant offering views of the other paragliders.  Here is a video showing you just how amazing paragliding is here.

Voss, Norway

Now you need to be really adventurous to head to the winter wonderland of Voss in Norway.  The area is located between two of Norway’s famous fjords the Hardanger and the Sogn.  The town is ideal for extreme sports of all kinds.  Launching from the nearby mountains the view can’t even be described, you just have to see it for yourself.  Bear in mind that weather will be a big factor in how much paragliding you get in here.  You can get to Voss by train and the trip lets you see some pretty incredible views of the fjords.

Paragliding in these destinations is a great excuse to get out and see the world, experience other cultures and take in views only a handful of people get to see.  Grab the opportunity for a memorable experience, you never know what the future holds.

African Safaris

African SafarisLuxury African Safaris

Planning a trip to Africa for Safari start with figuring out what kind of experience you’d like to have.  There are plenty of things to see and do while you’re there and Africa is huge, discussing all the options with a travel agent could take days.  Book your trip armed with what you’d like to see and do while you’re over there.  When it comes to luxury safaris they differ in other African Safari, while you will still see wildlife and get to take photographs you will be very protected and you will spend your nights in a 5 star hotel rather than sleeping in the wild, not to mention first rate local cuisine.

Budget African Safaris

Budget tours are more for someone who wants to see and experience Africa as it is, and yes that does mean sleeping in the bush.  You’re not going to have the luxuries of a photo tour, but for many people that isn’t why they go, they are there to see the wildlife.  Budget tours can take you into the bush for days or weeks at a time and you will be expected to haul your own gear, set up your own tents and help with the cooking at night.  They are often small tours of ten people or less with a guide who can take you to all the local sights and make sure you get decent pictures of the animals while on your tour.

Choosing Your Safari Destination

Africa is a BIG continent with more than 54 countries to choose from, and wanting to go on Safari is great but first you need to figure your destination.  When it comes to South African tours the first destination that many people head to is Kruger National Park.  It is an exquisite destination, being the world’s biggest international wildlife park and has more than 15,000 elephants.  You can also make your way to Tanzania that also has the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater National Parks where you will also have no problem seeing elephants along with the big cats.

Kenya is another interesting destination you can book the classic safari and if you go at the right time of year you will get to see the wildebeest migrations.  Think seriously about heading to Etosha National Park where you can see the black rhino, it is on the endangered species list and there are very few of them left in the world.

Bear in mind that each country has their own customs and traditions that make them unique.  Your safari should be more than photographing lions, take in the local culture and learn about why Africa is just so special.