Not to be confused with “base jumping” (adrenaline junkies in wingsuits), “parasailing” (being towed by a boat) or “sky diving” (jumping out of a perfectly good aeroplane in Diani), paragliding is a whole different kettle of fish. While it’s still all about taking to the skies, paragliding involves foot launching from high ground and gracefully soaring like a bird.
You will need strong winds, the right kind of paragliding gear and high ground. Thankfully, Kenya is full of high grounds. Some of the best locations to go paragliding include Kijabe, Mt. Ololokwe and Ndoto Mountains. The most popular, however, is in the Kerio Valley where you can soar into the skies and get wonderful views of the Rift Valley.
Although the paragliding flights can last for hours and cover hundreds of kilometers, the normal range will be between 1-2 hours and some tens of kilometers. The popular take off spot is near the Kerio View Hotel and landing is mostly at the take off spot however you can land anywhere. Wind direction here is mostly from north to south and a steady easterly perfect for take off and landing. Average wind is at 15 kph/9.32 mph.
Best times to go paragliding are between the months of December and March when winds are strong.
Price: 8,000 Ksh ($80) for 20-30 minute flights.