Manu Wegmershaus is the owner of Cape Town Tandem Paragliding. He was born in Germany and grew up in Zimbabwe. He started paragliding at the tender age of 14 and proceeded to become a paragliding junkie – eating, sleeping, breathing paragliding. Manu has taught with various schools around the world. He is married to the beautiful and illustrious Tiva, with whom he has 2 gorgeous boys.

Manu Wegmershaus hard at work
Manu Wegmershaus hard at work

How do the experiences you offer at Cape Town Tandem Paragliding give guests a unique perspective on the people, geography or culture of your region?

We give a unique aerial perspective of Cape Town. There is no better way to see the city. Our tandem instructors come from different countries around the world so you will have the opportunity to meet people from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Iceland and Slovenia – we have a very diverse team!

How have the experiences that you offer evolved since their inception?

We have a bigger team, 2 shiny new buses, sponsored paragliders, we use the awesome GoPro action cameras. We are more organized. We know the Cape Town weather better than we did 10 years ago and can use that to our advantage. Every year, we have that much more experience which enables us to fly better and more safely.

What is one detail of an experience you provide that may go unnoticed by guests, but which you feel is important?

We have a very close relationship with the National Parks and in many ways we act as custodians and protectors of the natural environment. We ensure that our clients are gentle on the environment while having the opportunity to experience it in a most amazing way.

What do you wish every guest knew as they consider participating in the experiences you offer?

Um…nothing really. We like you to come to the experience without any expectations. Every flight is different and the experience you have is directly linked to your expectations.

Also, that it is not as scary as you think!

Cape Town Tandem Paragliding
Cape Town Tandem Paragliding

What is one travel trend that really excites you?

Adventure tourism is on the rise. More and more people are looking for awesome exciting experiences on their travels and we are super stoked to be one of the activities that people include in their quest for adventure thrills!

What sets Cape Town Tandem Paragliding apart from other, similar, activity companies?

We have a great team of highly experienced pilots. We are organized. We all love to fly. Possibly the most significant factor is that we are all married with kids! I don’t think any of the other companies can claim that!

What is one insiders tip to getting the most out of an experiential travel vacation?

Try not to have expectations. Go into every experience like a child with open eyes and I think you will enjoy it that much more.

What is one strategy that has helped your business to grow?

The internet. It is such a powerful medium. Google, Facebook, all that stuff.

What is one personal habit that has helped you to be successful?

I am persistent and rather competitive…

Please share one instance where a guest had a moving or emotional reaction to the experience you provided to them.

There have been so many instances like that. Hmm…taking a paralyzed person flying and seeing their joy at experiencing the freedom of free-flight.  A person with terminal cancer soaring like a bird with me and sharing that they only have months to live and how much the experience means to them.  So many people tell us that it is the best thing they have ever done.


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