Cross Country & Thermalling – South AfricaFly Sussex2018-09-21T10:08:30+00:00
Come and join us for a real African adventure!
With a combination of coastal soaring in beautiful landscapes to full on epic XC potential, South Africa has something for every level of pilot.
February 3-17 2019
What’s the flying like?
Our first venue, Wilderness, is all about warming up. With a mix of soaring and thermalling sites, we’ll be concentrating on building airtime and getting current again after the long winter. Highlights include flying the 10km long Paradise Ridge, where you can float above pods of dolphins playing in the waves, and fly the short cross country flight from Sedgeview to land for beer on the beach. While some small cross country flights are possible, this week is really about getting back in the groove ready for Porterville.
Porterville is a world famous cross country destinations for pilots looking December to February. It hosts many high level cross country competitions including the South African Nationals and pre-PWC events. The long ridge running north-south and a massive flatland area out front, allows us a combination flatland flying and more traditional mountain cross countries, sometimes taking us towards the winelands to the south or the citrus farms to the north. It’s suitable for all levels of pilot, whether you’re after 100km flights or your first XC.
What’s South Africa like?
All our flying sites are in South Africa’s Western Cape. This is probably South Africa’s top tourist destination thanks to its safe cosmopolitan feel and it’s diverse geography. From the lush Garden Route to the Karoo semi-desert, nature lovers are in their element. The relaxed vibe of the area makes it an ideal place for a break.
While there will be chances to sample a few of South Africa’s non-paragliding delights, we’d recommend adding a few days onto your stay if you can!
How much experience do I need?
We have several instructors so can adapt to different levels. You don’t need to have masses of experience, but you should have done a bit of flying since your CP and ideally completed an SIV course.
Are there lots of bugs and poisonous snakes?
We didn’t find any interesting creepy crawlies, other than in a wildlife park and saw very few mosquitos!
What about non-flyable days?
South Africa is an extremely reliable venue, so we’re not expecting many none flyable days. But if the weather doesn’t play ball, there’s a massive choice of other activities, from safari experiences, to hiking, fancy meals out to visiting the penguins in Cape Town.
Is it expensive to get there?
Most airlines haven’t yet released flights for next February. We’re expecting flights to cost around £500 (changing in Istanbul or Addis Ababa) or £800 without a change.
Flying to South Africa has the advantage of only having a small time difference, meaning that jet-lag isn’t an issue!
Airport transfers from Cape Town.
B&B accommodation based on two sharing (single rooms available at supplement)
All transport to flying sites, XC retrieves and other activities.