First Kenyan female paraglider's challenge to women [Video]

People think paragliding is madness but its not - Nyambura Kariuki.

Paragliders enjoying a wonderful flight

Nyambura Kariuki is Kenya’s first native paraglider, setting the pace for the inclusion of women into the airborne sports which is growing in the country.

Speaking in a recent interview on BBC, Nyambura said that paragliding helps give her a bird eyeview of the earth and different aspects of her life.

The mother of four disclosed that when not taking care of her young children, she like to write books and tell stories about her culture.

In June 2021, she became the cross country champion at the Kijabe Hills Paragliding Festival.

“People think paragliding is madness but its not. It is the safest sport because I need to b in my right state of mind, I can’t just take off.

It takes discipline, it takes patience and caution because one slight mistake can cost you so you need to be very careful,” she said.

Nyambura added that paragliding take her mind away from the hustle and bustle of being a wife and a mum.

I have set a precedence for the women in Kenya and East Africa and I have set the bar so high even for my children for whatever they want to do, it doesn’t have to be paragliding. If your mother can paraglide then what can’t you do?” she noted.

For one to become go for one of those adventurous trips in the air, one had to be assisted by a tandem pilot before being let to go on their own.

This means that the passenger and pilot are tied to the same paraglider where the pilot can easily talk to the passenger and explain how to control the paraglider.

If the conditions are right and the passenger is willing, the pilot may turn the controls over to the passenger and let them experience what it is like to fly a freeflight craft.

Some of the best locations to go paragliding in Kenya 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 and Mt Longonot.

At Kerio, one trip can last between 20-30 minutes and costs about Sh8,000 per flight.

Although the sport is favourite of many foreigners, some Kenyans are slowly taking it up.

Kenya is competing with South Africa in attracting tourists who are willing to try extreme sports such paragliding, skydiving, bungee jumping and ziplining.

CNN international correspondent Larry Madowo recently shared a video of himself paragliding in South Africa.

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