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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.

About the trip
This is a two week trip from 2-16 February 2020 to explore two of South Africa’s top flying areas.

South Africa is a beautiful country famous for its landscape, wildlife, food and wine and sunshine


The flying
The first week is all about airtime, dusting off the cobwebs and getting back into thermal flying. We’ll be based near the coast in Wilderness, with its consistent mild climate. Wilderness is famous for the 10km Paradise Ridge – think Newhaven, but with white sands beaches and dolphins – and Sedgefield – one of the most reliable winter thermalling sites we’ve flown. The focus here isn’t really on cross country, but when conditions are good, there are nice opportunities to leave the ridge and land on the beach for beer.

The second week we’ll be based in Porterville, which is South Africa’s XC Mecca. Flying here is all about clocking up XC km, whether you’re after your first cross country flights or chasing the 100km goal. With a combination of mountains and flat lands, you have the chance to develop new XC flying skills. You’ll have our instructors in the air with you to help you on your way.



  • Sunday 2 Feb – collect from Cape Town and travel to Wilderness. This is a long transfer (4.5 hours). We’ll stop for dinner on the way to break it up. But if you want to avoid this, you can get an internal flight to George on Sunday evening or early Monday morning (
  • Mon 3 to Sat 8 Feb – Fly the Wilderness area. This is easy thermal flying to warm up after the winter lay off.
  • Sunday 9 Feb – travel to Porterville. We will decide based on the forecast whether to fly in Wilderness in the morning or do a Safari tour/wine tour on the way.
  • Mon 10 to Sat 15 Feb – Fly Porterville, South Africa’s prime XC destination.
  • Sun 16 Feb – return to Cape Town airport
    There’s so much to see in South Africa, we’d highly recommend adding on a few days to your trip.


We’ll advise on which flights to get. You should aim to arrive before lunch on Sunday 2 Feb and leave in the evening on Sunday 16th.

British Airways fly direct from Heathrow and Gatwick. If you’re happy to change, Kenyan, Ethiopean and Turkish Airways (our favourite airline) also offer excellent priced tickets from London. For full details, look at

British passport holders do not need a visa for stays of less than 90 days. However, if you do not have a British passport, you need to check visa requirements for your nationality!


Health information
South Africa is a very easy place to travel around with good health care and sanitation.

South Africa, like many developing countries, you’ll hear some stories of crime and unrest in the country. However these issues are generally confined to large towns and cities, particularly in the east of the country. Problems are rare in the well developed Western Cape area where we’ll be based.

The areas we are visiting are low- to no- risk for malaria. You can read the South Africa health information here:


Private rooms
The price is based on two sharing a room. The single room supplement will be £250 for the fortnight.


  • £1700 for two weeks, including:
  • 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.
  • Membership to SAHPA (equivalent of BHPA)
  • Site fees
  • Guiding and coaching from our team




Contact Fly Sussex

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