Frequently Asked Questions

Is Paragliding Safe?

Our guides, paragliding or otherwise are trained in First Aid/CPR, and have USHPA (United States Hanggliding and Paragliding Association) certified Instructor and T-3 Tandem Instructor ratings.

We adhere to all manufacturers, USHPA, DHV, and APPI safety standards. Our equipment is the most up to date technology and has a high level of built in passive safety.

Our lead pilot has been paragliding all over Africa for 6 years and internationally for 8 years. For us, that knowledge was invaluable in the development of paragliding at Mount Wanale and throughout Africa.

Trained by some of the top paragliding experts in the world, the likes of Chris Santacroce from SuperFlyInc, Steve Mayer from Cloud 9 Toys, Bill Heaner from Whole Body Green, Brad Gunnuscio from Eagle Paragliding, and many more. These names are synonymous with safety, performance, and recognized as leaders in the paragliding industry.

All this being said, paragliding ‘like many outdoor activities, ex river rafting’ is a sport with inherent risk. Although it will never be needed, we do fly with a reserve parachute and safety helmets at all times.

See you on the mountain or in the air.

What do I need to bring to Africa?

A good attitude, open mind, and as many pencils, scratch pads of paper, or coloring books as you can fit into your check baggage. Otherwise sometimes LESS IS MORE. You don’t need to dress for New York, or Paris in Africa, that is for home life. Bring your essentials, medications, gear for designated tour itinerary, and maybe some water purification tablets ‘your choice, we will have clean water’ back up batteries ie AA or AAA for your mobile devices. ‘we will have charging capability’ for phones, cameras, Ipod etc.

Here is a list of what to bring, other than basic paragliding/safari essentials

-1 pair of out on town jeans

-1 out on the town top/shirt

-1 pair of quick dry convertible pant/shorts ie Exofficial, Columbia, buzz off, Patagonia etc

-1 pair of swimming shorts/swim suit

-1 pair of running type shoes

-1 pair of boots if you prefer them for flying/hiking

-1 pair of sandals/thongs/flip flops

-1 pair of hiking pants

-1 pair of standard shorts

-1 pair of sunglasses

-5 pairs of socks, 3 warm weather, 2 cool weather

-1 small back pack approximately 10 liter, or Camelback size, or some type of small bag for carrying small items around town, or in villages

- sunhat

- waterproof jacket for rain

- camelback with bladder or just the bladder

- headlamp

- small waterproof bag ie sealine brand, NRS brand etc. these are about 15 centimeters/8 inches wide by 20 centimeters/12 inches tall -price 14$ or 10 euros

- camera/video/ Go Pro/memory cards

- 1 roll of you favorite toilet paper/ sanitary tissue

- Laptops are not recommended, if you need to upload photos, or have an emergency email to send we will facilitate your needs

- you do not need blankets or sleeping bags, although if you would like to purchase a “camping pillow” (very small) go ahead

- no water bottles or Nalgenes, we will have many for you

- seriously ladies and gentlemen, this is meant to be a adventure a new experience. Lets try to leave as much of the city clutter at home as possible

- MAKE SURE TO TALK TO YOUR LOCAL TRAVEL MEDICAL CLINIC ABOUT INOCULATIONS YOU MAY NEED PRIOR, FOR MALARIA SPECIFIC MEDS WE RECOMMEND MALARONE OR THE GENERIC LIKE.

- if there is something you think you must have, other than what is on this list or what is on the gear list we provided for the itinerary booking, email us and we will advise.

- ladies NO you do not need makeup for Africa

How much money do I need to bring/ will ATM be available?

This is up to the individual, if you like to buy souvenirs, or prefer an adult beverage in the evening (spirits, wine etc) bring a little extra cash. Basically its recommended to have about 300$-1000$ or 200 euro- 700 euro available just in case you have an unusual need for a high priced item. When it comes to cash only BRING 50 OR 100 USD DOLLAR BILLS DATED 2006 OR NEWER. WE CAN EXCHANGE THEM UPON ARRIVAL if you do not follow this guideline, your money will be useless

2-3 cards debit or credit, VISA is much more widely excepted in Africa and world wide vs any other card.

ATMs are available, but in some areas, very rare. Do not worry, we will always be within 1-2 days of a ATM if it is really called for. Otherwise Africa is a cash based economy. See recommendations for handling cash, under ‘travel
tips/safety

Are there many Biting insects?

If you are allergic to specific insects, bring a up to date EPIPEN and antihistamines. The insects are no more abundant than any where in rural Europe or North America. The insects are however different than in your home town/city. This means you will likely have a reaction to them within the first 2-3 days, your body will acclimate to the weather and local insects and it will not be a problem.

Now there is one insect in specific areas of Uganda, Rwanda, Dem Rep Congo, that you have not encountered before. Locals call it a JIGGER. Basically a tiny insect you can not see with the naked eye. It likes dead skin, specifically the dead skin around the toes. It is painless, it goes inside the dead skin (cuticle) and makes a small home. It is very easy to see after its in, and east to get out. I know this sounds scary, it really is not a big deal at all. Simple solution is, do not where open toed shoes in these areas. WE WILL INFORM YOU OF THESE AREAS IF WE ARE EVER IN THEM

If you are aware of severe allergic reactions to particular insects, PLEASE let us know previous to your arrival, and bring known helpful medications to control the event.

Moving on to snakes, there are many snakes all through out Africa. You will likely never see one unless on a safari, or if you are intentionally looking for one in the correct habitat. WE WILL ALSO INFORM YOU IF SNAKES ARE A CONCERN IN SPECIFIC AREAS ‘almost a non issue all together’

A side note if you do have a strong desire to see a massive PYTHON in the wild, we can arrange that for you just ask ahead of time.

What if I have dietary special needs?

If you are vegan, vegetarian, pescetarian, or a carnivore we can and will ensure that you have a healthy diet while with us on epic adventure together

If you are allergic to any foods or nuts let us know either via email minimum of 1 month prior to the guided tour, or as a last resort upon arrival in Africa.

What if I am injured, or there is an emergency?

We have well trained staff that have years of backcountry experience, via private party and or military facilities. Every country we visit has medical clinics or hospitals in range to deal with our needs. In the unlikely scenario that a medical specialist is needed, there will be ample resources available to deal with the situation.

There is no reason to travel with any undo stress, we recommend getting an inexpensive trip insurance that covers Emergency Evacuation and Repatriation, (aka helicopter retrieval) like DAN insurance or the equivalent, 99.9999% of the time this will be unnecessary “you will not use it” that microscopic chance is worth the money though.

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