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Drakensberg and Lesotho

This area can be reached within an hour and a half’s drive from Bloemfontein and has some of South Africa’s most magnificent scenery and a multitude of different activities that can be enjoyed there.

There is a wide variety of accommodation from guest farms to five star hotels. There are hiking trails and rock climbing, white water rafting and canoeing, Historical walks and horse back trails, fly fishing and golf, birding and 4 x 4 trails.

For further information visit:

 

Drakensberg

 

link_icon     Drakensberg Tourism Association

link_icon     UNESCO

 

Lesotho

 

link_icon     Lesotho Tourism

link_icon     Visit Lesotho

 

 

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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