Not new in the industry, there are people who can agree that they have fancied going paragliding. Here are a few things you should know before you do.
Kenya has a number of breathtaking flying spots and it takes a few hours of learning how to control the paraglider on the ground before you can take to the air. A lifetime of adventure and stories to tell follows!
Paragliding is common in Europe, South America and some African countries like South Africa, which have similar characteristics as those of Kerio Escarpment.
Unlike skydiving, paragliding is a more simple, holistic and relaxed approach to flying as you foot launch from high ground you can actually glide or soar like a bird, sometimes for hours.
The gear consists of a paragliding canopy (similar to a parachute) a harness (in which you comfortably sit) and a reserve parachute (for safety), which all fit into a rucksack weighing approximately 15kgs in total. Therefore, it is a great sport for hikers and outdoor adventure lovers! Costs for basic kit is around 2500usd and has a lifespan of up to 15 years. If you plan to go for a one of, it should be around 15000kes/$150.
As it is a niche sport there is only a handful of pilots enjoying this sport in Kenya, although hundreds of international pilots migrate annually to the Kerio Valley during the first few months of the year, to fly in perfect world class conditions. There are over 50,000 active paragliding pilots globally.
According to paragliding experts, Kerio Escarpment, they can do a flight of up to 240 kilometers in eight hours because of the longer escarpment.
there are various extreme sport websites and Facebook pages you can contact to get hooked up with one trip for the sport. Good luck!