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Airfield Details

New Tempe Airfield Bloemfontein.

Soaring Safaris is based at New Tempe airfield Bloemfontein for their summer camp from November to February. We have a shade net hangar to accommodate 9 gliders with a convenient water ballasting system, and a conventional hangar for 4 15m wing span gliders.

The club house has a swimming pool, bar and restaurant facility to serve light snacks during the day and suppers on the dinning in nights. The surrounding trees create a wonderful atmosphere for dinning out under the clear Freestate skies.

We have three grass runways 36/18, 27/09, and 31/11 and two tar runways 01/19 and 28/10 on the airfield that is 4,500ft AMSL. Runway 36 now has 300m tar strip that greatly reduces the dust on takeoff. For the majority of wind conditions we operate exclusively from the grass runways, however should it be necessary the tar runways are available. We use Cessna 182’s as our tugs and these aircraft give good rates of climb in our hot and high conditions.

The airfield is surrounded by landable fields that would offer a safe landing in the event of a failed tow. Given the right weather conditions we are able to climb to FL145 overhead the airfield.The airfield is just 6km west of the city boundary and within 10 minutes drive of our recommended guest houses and hotels.

GPS Co-ordinates : -29.033227, 26.162503

Orient Airfield Magaliesburg.

This is Soaring Safaris home airfield where we spend our autumn and winter months and it is positioned 70km west of Johannesburg just on the edge of the Johannesburg TMA. There is an excellent club house, bunk house, swimming pool and braai area that have an uninterrupted view over the Magaliesburg hills to the north. The airfield is set on 120 hectares of grasslands at 5200 amsl and has all grass runways 36/18 and 29/11. It is the home of Magalies Gliding Club and there are 130 gliders based on the airfield.