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Dolphin holiday homes : Now has many holiday homes to rent . We have many houses to choose from to meet all the different budgets and style there are .Please contact us for any enquiries as we have a great selection and have cleaning services amongst other services like cooking in the morning .

 

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Botswana Paragliding

Botswana Paragliding

Botswana is relatively flat country with few real hill launch sites . There are near the South of the Country some hills that have potential to launch and fly from . The are also hills to the north and north east but all launching is not for beginners and only experienced pilots must try this . The launches are from rough terrain . The biggest potential is for powered paragliders or winching as they have some suitable runways that are not to busy . Winter is warm and Summer is very warm and with some dust devils . I found a very nice runway near Tsodilo hills and one can fly onto ridge nearby and soaring could be possible .I would recommend an airband radio as the runway is used by bush pilots flying clients into area .

Botswana would have potential for big flat land flying but the danger is landing out amongst the wildlife that could provide some danger .While travelling in Botswana you will see the kings of the Sky the wonderful Vultures showing us how to thermal . There are many types of Vultures in Botswana but all are threatened due to poisoning , and collision or electrocution with power cables .

 

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Paragliding tours South Africa 2015

Paragliding Tours South Africa : Cape Town  : Porterville : Garden Route

Dolphin Paragliding Tours offers excellent opportunity to travel and paraglide in South Africa . Groups can rely on us to have the complete tour ready including transport , accommodation and guiding services of the highest quality . We can offer Tours in English , Dutch , German and on request French . We typically tour in the Summer months and any time from October -March you can get get good flying in South Africa . We offer Tours to Reunion in September and October months .

Our tours start in Cape Town and will include Hermanus , Porterville and the Garden Route for a mixture of coastal soaring and some thermic XC flying . Our guides are highly qualified instructors and know the sites intimately . We average between 15-35 years experience per guide . We can do special trips that combine Game viewing and other Adventure activities as one of the guides is a specialist in wildlife . We also offer Mixed Tours in April - June Period which is adventure 4x4 trips to Namibia and Botswana with some flying where possible .We have all the experience and knowledge to make your trips enjoyable and stress free . We also offer guiding locally where we stay in the Garden Route . Please contact us for any further information and we can quote you per group size and length of tour . We are flexible and are willing to do trips to any sites and places in Southern Africa . We have experience of flying in Mozambique and Zimbabwe as well .

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Vega 4 Review

AXIS : Vega 4 Review

Review done by Deon Borret pilot with 19 years flying experience .

I have been flying the new Vega 4 for a few weeks now and can say without a doubt there is an increase in performance . The Wing also is now very sensitive to every bit of thermal lift there is making it easier to stay in light lift . The glider feels like you flying a glider in a higher class and the performance of speed and glide feels the same . Yet as with the previous model its quite resistant to turbulence and one feels quite assured in the wing and that it will behave well in trubulence . The Vega 4 is a bit more active than the Vega 3 but not dramatically so and the little extra movement in the wing will not deter most pilots from enjoying the thermalling experience as the glider climbs true and sweet . The wing pulls up very easily and is much lighter and easier to get above ones head than the Vega 3 . There is some extra movement on the wing in ground handling but otherwise its quite docile and ground handling is good . ( I have tested and seen so called EN B wings from other designs alot more active ) .Landing thee wing is quite easy but the extra glide must mean one must adapt normal approaches to the improved glide . Flaring is easy and normal range fo movement .

The brake pressure is light and precise but one has quite a bit of travel on the brake before the glider goes close to stall or spin so accidental induced spin or stall is unlikely . One must set the factory brake settings as the travel was too long for me but dont make it to short as then the glider does not go at maximum speed in hands up ..check tech details .

Overall a beautiful wing that can take you places and ideal XC wing without the stress if you a average to active XC pilot you dont need to go to the DHV2-3 league (EN D) to enjoy good flights anymore .

Will udate after some XC flights under the belt .

Paragliding National Championships 2013

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Skywings Paragliding Club based in the Garden Route had a brilliant showing in NationalsParagliding Championships held in June 2013 in Barbeton . Skywings managed to win threeclasses out of the 6 available . The Western Cape as a whole was in top form with five 1st    placing’s and 2nd overall . This has been one of best performances by the Western Cape as  a                                                            whole for many a year .

 

 

The World Championship has just taken place in Bulgaria and locals Jan Minaar ( Team Manager) and Jane Bowden ( Team Pilot ) took part and overall the team did quite well in difficult conditions placing 18th out 38 Nations taking part .

 

Congratulations to all the winners

Novice class: 1st: Doc Hawkins (Glen Club - WC) 2nd: Christo Herbst (Flytribe - GP) 3rd: Oliver Esplin

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Intermediate class: 1st: Lloyd Wald (Glen Club - WC)       2nd:Kevin Mitchell         3rd: Laura Nelson (1stPara - GP)

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Sports class: 1st: Jan Minnaar(Skywings Wilderness)        2nd:Khobi-JaneBowden (Skywings Wilderness)                3rd:Ryan Mulholland (1stPara - GP)

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Ladies: 1st:Khobi-JaneBowden (Skywings Wilderness)   2nd: Chrissi Drunk (Flytribe - GP)             3rd: Laura Nelson (1stPara - GP)

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Tandem: 1st: DeonBorrett /Marisa Du Plessis (Skywings - Mc Donalds)/ 2nd:Bruce Zaayman (Cloudbusters - GP)              3rd: Thomas Webb (Glen Club - WC)

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Overall: 1st:RussellAchterberg (Cloudbusters - GP)          2nd:AnthonyAllen (Glen Club - WC)       3rd:Anton Naude (LSSC)

Paragliding Namibia / Mozambique

Paragliding in Namibia and Mozambique

Deon Borrett headed out on his yearly 4x4 adventure trip to the North of our borders . This year the trip was longer and included Namibia , Botswana , Swaziland and Mozambique . The trip did not revolve around paragliding but the wings were waiting for an opportunity to fly . The first flight took place at the famous Dune 7 in Namibia which has been a dream of mine since travelling in Namibia the first time many years ago . We arrived with the wind from the west and quite strong but perfect for the west facing ridge and started to soar the great majestic dunes until sunset and then were greeted with the full moon rising . The next part of our journey took us to the wonderful area of Purros famous for Desert Elephants . We had some close encounters with there great Elephants and I even had to do a polite retreat from an unhappy female who found my photography annoying . Purros from past travels was a much to look forward flying destination . The dunes and mountains nearby provide a easy access and simple launch for even novice class pilots  . We flew for most days but we had one day in particular with lots of lift far into the valley something cross between thermals and valley release and with the height above the valley the views were breath taking stark and surreal . The feeling is one of true escape and space when flying this remote region and being remote one must temper enthusasim with caution as the nearest serious medical facility is 600km away . The valleys surrounded Purros are teeming with wildlife , even a few black rhino can be found .This year we went in May and the heat was on around 36 degrees in midday , crazy for so called winter . The next part of journey took us to Botswana for more wildlife experiences and the spotted hyeanas gave us a good working over on our arrival in a remote camping area . We slept very lightly for a few nights as there visits were rather rude and intrusive and the idea of them munching on my head made instilled caution even though we were reasonably safe in tents . We headed to South Africa to attend the Paragliding Nationals and then for quick visit to Swaziland were on our way to Mozambique for warm seas and lots of ridge soaring . We flew at the Xai Xai where we discovered a nice little take off that is quite easy to launch and top land in the centre of the village . From Xai Xai we headed up north where Inhambane had some nice small site facing north winds which blew for a few days . The the south wind took its turn and I went messing around near Tofu , but the wind for Mozambique is the rarely seen East wind then flying heaven will fly into your lap as all ridges seem to face east . I travelled south past Maputo to south of Inhaca Island near Santa Maria and some nice sunset flights overlooking whales ,dolphins jumping and turtles diving . Finally we were in Ponto de Ouro a nice south facing site that had us flying across the border between South Africa and Moz and back a few times  . Mozambique is fun and warm like most of its people and the flying is easy if you have good ground handling and dune flying you going to have plenty fun .

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Mozambique adventure

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PWC 2013

 

Paragliding World Cup 2013

Porterville, South Africa

RankNameNationGliderScore
1 Andre RAINSFORD ZAF Gin Boomerang 9 3500
2 Felix RODRIGUEZ FERNANDEZ ESP Ozone EnZo 3480
3 Washington PERUCHI BRA Niviuk Icepeak 6 3476
4 David OHLIDAL CZE Axis Mercury Sport 3468
5 Stanislav KLIKAR CZE Axis Mercury Sport 3460
6 Federico NEVASTRO ITA Swing Core 3 3412
7 Honorin HAMARD FRA Niviuk Icepeak 6 3406
8 Goran DIMISKOVSKI MKD Gin Boomerang 9 3355
9 Yury MISHANIN RUS Ozone EnZo 3348
10 Andreas MALECKI DEU Ozone EnZo 3339
11 Joël DEBONS CHE Niviuk Icepeak 6 3256
12 Adrian HACHEN CHE Gin Boomerang 9 3228
13 Peter NEUENSCHWANDER CHE Gin Boomerang 9 3225
14 Torsten SIEGEL DEU Swing Core 3 3197
15 Denis CORTELLA FRA Gin Boomerang 9 3196
16 Yigit YILDIRIM TUR Ozone EnZo 3163
17 Nevil HULETT ZAF Ozone EnZo 3158
18 Stef JUNCKER ZAF Swing Core 3 3132
19 Abe MEYER ZAF Ozone EnZo 3120
20 Stephane DROUIN FRA Ozone EnZo 3118

 


Township Tours and Meal

Township Tours and Meal

Flyers Lodge now offers group Township Tours. We discover local culture, experience a traditional healer and enjoy some local cuisine.

 

Deon Borrett from Flyers Lodge enjoys taking his guests on a Township Tour so that they can have a good understanding of how the majority of people live in South Africa.

The Tour takes place in Thembelethu, a neighbourhood of George where mostly Xhosa people stay. The Township is a combination of state/municipal housing projects and shanty town built by migrant workers.

The Tour will explore the culture and lifestyle of a typical Township life.  We also visit some local healers, churches and the local business to get a true feel of the way of life in the African Township. There is poverty for sure but also lots of life and hope in the dusty streets. There are mostly happy smiling faces and a sense of community in the Township.

We visit a local house and have dinner, tasting local cuisine that is well prepared and very tasty. There is also a local bar with very cheap beer to savour and an opportunity to engage with many interesting people. This is a genuine experience and no special arrangements, besides the food and dinner, have been made so that one can visit and experience the reality of life in the Township with its joy and hardships as well.

Africa is a wonderful place and must be explored in all its splendor.

Groups can book with Deon and will be met at the entrance to the township to be guided through the tour. The proceeds of the dinner go to the host of the dinner to help improve their family’s lives.

So make a booking for your group and enjoy.

 

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 French Canadians on a Township Tour

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