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Accommodation

This season we have two guest houses on our recommended list:

Impa-lala

 

The Impa-lala is set on Rayton Ridge looking out to the north and although it is in suburbia it is spacious, quiet and tranquil. Rates include breakfast and are R580 for a single person and R680 for two people sharing. It is 8km from the airfield and 6km from the city centre. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, are air conditioned, have WiFi internet connections, satellite TV and fridges.

Bookings can be made by phoning Pine Pienaar +27 82 554 10 99 or emailing pine@impa-lala.co.za or through ourselves.

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Krige Lodge

 

Krige Lodges a spacious guest house situated in the farmlands 5km to the west of the airfield just off the Dealsville Road. All the rooms are air conditioned, with WiFi internet connection, satellite television, fridge and en-suite toilet and shower. There is a magnificent swimming pool and outside entertainment area. A single room including breakfast will cost R600/ night, and R700 for two people sharing.

Bookings can be made by contacting Adri or Gerrie van Rooyen by phone at +27 82 255 2326 or emailing them at adri.gvr@mweb.co.za or through ourselves.

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Other Accommodation

 

All the major hotel chains, Southern Sun, City Lodge and Protea have hotels in the city in addition to 90 privately operated guest houses.

Gliding in South Africa

The average cloud base is in the range 11,000 to 14,000ft AMSl, with the ground elevation being 4,500ft. The mean thermal strengths of 2.5 to 3m/sec. One third of the days are likely to be blue, particularly at the beginning of the season. On above average days, the cloud base may be as high as 18 or 19 thousand feet with rates of climb that exceed 5m/sec.

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The flying area is vast, and varied with few restricted areas. We have to fly west to clear the Bloemfontein TMA, there after we can fly south and south west into the dry areas of the northern Karoo or north west right up to South Africa's border with Botswana or we can fly east to the Maluti Mountains and the northern Drakensburg.

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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.

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Gliders are generally hired by the week Sunday to Saturday inclusive, but we can tailor packages to suit your travel arrangements dependant on other bookings. All Soaring Safaris gliders are equipped with parachute, basic instruments, electric vario, final glide computer, an IGC approved GPS Flight Recorder, Flarm, a map of the area and oxygen. Please note that because they are so fragile we do not provide PDA's.

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