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Namibia 4x4 - Paragliding Tour

2019 was another year of exploring the wilds of Northern Namibia and amazing flying , 4x4 and camping in remote areas . We met some amazing Himba villagers in the Puros Valley who are the real deal in Tribal and ancient way of living . We flew on the dunes and hills of remote Namibia and tracked the Black Rhino in the desert . <>

Guiding 2019 - 2020

We had a busy 2019 and 2020 season for paragliding guiding and private tours . Our clients had such amazing flying and went to all the sites not flown by the crowds as well as have some normal Tourist trips in between .

Paragliding Tours 2020

We had some great Tours this year the Japanese discovered the food and craft beer to there liking as well , we started in Cape Town and then Porterville , Garden Route Wilderness and then back to Cape Town with 6 different locations flown and may good memories .

Tandem Team 2015

Dolphin Paragliding Team for 2015 is a great team of veteran pilots working together with a motivated groundcrew that offer a professional Tandem flight experience . Dolphin Paragliding operating for 15 years with any major incident or accident . Well done to whole Team .

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Paragliding Tour of Reunion Island

We are already recruiting for the next Tour in 2016 of Reunion Island .

Come join us on the tropical Island where all types of adventure are waiting and where the flying is easy and the water is warm . We will organize the whole trip all you have to do is say yes and we ensure you have a great time . From hiking to Volcanos to swimming in blue waterfalls we will enjoy this Island together . With wonderful sunsets and a beer in hand all the stress and worries are no more . Yes there is the flying daily lets not forget about that I mean this is a flying Tour after all . Easy conditions to explore your skills and we will run XC / Sport License and Tandem courses right over here . Join us and have the time of your life.

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Paragliding Mozambique 2015

Travelling in Mozambique is sometimes challenging but still got to be one of the most interesting places to visit in Africa . The road network basically one long road that travels North to South and runs for few thousand kilometers . We entered from Zimbabwe via the town of Mutare and the border crossing was quite easy and soon we were on a good road heading to Vilanculos . Good road means you can travel between 80 km and 100km for long periods . When entering towns or villages always slow down for your own safety and locals safety .Animals like goats and cattle are always ready to cross the road and dogs are all over the towns . We overnighted at Buffalo camp which is a well run camp in the middle of the route between Mutare and Vilanculos .  We arrived the next day and stayed at Alex's place a perfect spot for us we had two launches within walking distances and a sea view . The rate for the stay was really cheap and comfortable and Alex is a great host . From here we explored the area and flew from Dugong Beach a peninsula across the bay . We had to use a Zodiac operated by local adventure operator to reach this point .

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Sports Paragliding License Course South Africa

We offer an comprehensive  Paragliding Sports License course for all those pilots looking to progress to become Tandem pilots or fly international competitions .

Course Curricululm 

 

Sports License Course September 2015

Theoretical part;

Theory held by Jorg Bueble

Date: 26./27. of Septerber 2015

Location: Lecture room Rondevlei, held in Power point with embedded videos

If the weather is good for flying then we might split the theory lessons to both days

from 8.00am to 12.00pm, otherwise one full day.

Duration: 7-8 hours in total

Theory subjects:

Equipment:

• Material used in modern paragliders

• Glider certification today, ratings, use of this gliders, danger, performance

• Choosing the right glider and ego decision

Aerodynamics

• Airflow, wing profile, lift forces

• Airpspeed, Wind speed, Ground speed

• Aspect ratio

• Drag forces and what they do

• Polar (performance) Curve

• Turn forces

• Paragliding design; aspect ratio, wing loading

Airlaw:

• Structure and Governance of Paragliding in South Africa

• Sports License theoretical and practical requirements

• Privilege of a Sports license rating domestic and international

• Annual checks after Manufacturer specification and South African Law

and how they are done

• General rules

• Airspace structure in South Africa

• Visual Flight Rule (VFR) minima inside South African Airspace

• Administrative and Criminal offences in Aviation (Paragliding) in South Africa

• SAHPA Manual of Procedures

Flying Skills (Practical aspect)

• Flight planning

• X-country; planning, landing, weather, airspace

• Different types of landing approach and techniques

• Special flight situations and how to act and react

• Water and obstacle landings

• Parachutal (deep) stall; how to recognize and react

• Full Stall

Big ears and how to do them efficient (accelerated and without)

• B-line Stall; Execution, Glider reaction and exit. Errors and danger

• Deep Spiral Dive; Execution, Glider behaviour and exit techniques, errors/dangers

• Active flying; why and how

• Asymmetrical collapse; Aerodynamics and reaction

• Frontal collapse; Aerodynamics and reaction

• Reserve deployment; When to deploy and how

Meteorology

• Atmosphere

• Cloud classification

• temperature gradient, inversion, stable/unstable conditions

• Air pressure

• Air density

• Global circulation

• High pressure/low pressure systems in the southern hemisphere

• Warm fronts, Cold fronts;

• Turbulence

• Wind and thermals

• Whirlwind, how they develop and dangers for paragliding

• Thermal structure

• Techniques to core the thermal

• Wind system in the mountains

• Dynamic flying (Soaring)

• Thunderstorms; development and danger

• In which meteorological conditions not to fly

• Micro climate at the coast (Garden Route)

The Theory course will touch most aspects of the Sports License exam. Some of

the subjects are refreshers from the Basic License course which are important to

know.

 

Please bring a copy of your SAHPA license and log book to the theory

 

Performance flying Practical part;

Instructors: Jorg Bueble/Deon Borrett

Date: weather permitting a weekend in October 2015

Location: Porterville

Accommodation: Can be organized by us at cost.

Transport: Limited space available at cost sharing.

 

Duration: 2 Full days,

Practical flight manoeuvres as per SAHPA License Manual/MOP

3

• Pendulum; Pitch and Roll control/stabilizing

• Point of stall (incipient, not a actual stall)

• Asymmetrical and symmetrical wing tugs

• B-line stall

• Butterfly Stroke landing

The practical course covers the practical manoeuvres for the Sports license which

are required.

Please note that this is a performance training and not a SIV course. We do not

teach and practice full stalls, deep spirals etc. over ground.

All pilots participating must have a glider not rated higher than EN-B or LTF 1-2

We will have modern EN-A certified gliders available should you not be sure to fly

 

the manoeuvres with EN-B high end glider.

 

Paragliding Zimbabwe 2015

We headed up to Zimbabwe via the north of the Kruger Park and via Mozambique to arrive in the Gonarezhou National Park . Transition from Kruger Park South Africa into Mozambique coincided with the lack of any wildlife which included birds and made me wonder why they had opened the border fences to allow game to get poached freely on Mozambique land . After some border issues and usual nonsense we entered  Zimbabwe and stayed our first night in Gonarezhou park and had some nice visitors to the campsite in the form of a pack of hyenas ;we also heard a lion roaring happily away .We stayed another night in one of the most scenic campsites I have camped in and headed off to Chimanimani . The road was long and mixed from really  good road to really bad roads with many pot holes . We eventually arrived in Chimanimani National Park and began our first quest to climb and fly off the top of the peak called Mount Binga the highest point in Mozambique . Our team consisted of my brother and his life partner , myself and our guide Thomas . We overnighted at a great hut with a view of a valley that was glorious in its beauty . Well rested we set off on what was expected to be a journey of 3 -4 hours climbing up a steep path . The guide led us another path for some reason only known to him and we met some illegal gold diggers who seemed to influence the decision of dear Thomas and we got properly off the path . Eventually one of the Gold Diggers who obviously knew the mountain showed us the way through big boulders and thick shrubs which took its toll on our bodies . We arrived on the top after 5 hours  of hard hiking somewhat tired and subdued . I had run out of water and the team was low as well . Flying was an option but with no water and maybe a big outlanding and another serious hike in the mix and our team not in the best of shape as my brother was battling after effects of serious flu we decided to walk down . The hike and view is awesome the mountains very rugged and a great place to stay for at least 4 days and hike the surrounds . Paragliding is also an option as there were some various options that could be explored . The major problem is launching into wind from Mt Binga might mean landing in Mozambique and having to hike up Skeleton Gorge or flying with no wind and gliding down to Zimbabwe side . We left the area to head up the highlands to the north and climb Mount Nyangani the highest mountain in Zimbabwe . We arrived in area and found some accommodation near Worlds View a really beautiful launch site which explored during the afternoon . Encountering some vehicle problems we headed to Mutari and had a flight from Honda Valley site which a very scenic with some awesome rock cliff faces nearby . We did not know the site or area so were conservative in our approach and did not head out on a XC flight . Potential is massive here for some real exploring but communications and retrieval must be planned as road network is maze of dirt tracks and roads and potential for getting lost all day is there .We landed near the main tar road nearby (5km) and had excited kids swarming us with welcomes . I would love to come explore this region and fly the escarpment that has some nice waterfalls that one can fly past . We fixed the car and headed for Mount Nyangani .We overnighted and we were ready to hike and fly by 06h00 . We reached the peak quite easily and the walk was around 1h30 to the top of Mount Nyangani the Highest point in Zimbabwe .I passed many potential launch site for the SW , W , NW directions with easy landings and awesome views . The Trade Winds seem to reach this mountain range and we had a strongish easterly blowing . Launching is possible in the Easterly directions but outlanding at bottom of escarpment is a long trip to recover of around 140 km as there are no direct roads from Mt Nyangani . The wind increased in strength so a lee side into thermal launch was not wise option for us and 10-12 hours of recovery was also not an option with the logistics at hand . Ideally we need two vehicles and 6-8 persons with 2 ground crew and drivers . Next time hey .We enjoyed a freezing night camping (I was toasty warm in my mountain gear and sleeping bag ) and then headed to Mozambique 2000 m below and and 30 deg C warmer ..next story begins soon .

Hike and Fly ZimbabweWorlds View Paragliding site Worlds View Launch SiteChilijo Cliffs

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Sky Paragliders and Equipment Dealers

We are proud to announce our new partnership with Sky a company that can meet all your paragliding needs . There Harness range is excellent as well reserves and other peripherals . Pricing is very competitive and cheaper than most other brands but without undermining quality . The factory is state of the art workshops and machinery .

Please browse through website and contact us for any of your equipment needs . http://sky-cz.com/

 

 

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    Sho't left for Sa tourism , Nico Panagio for Top Billing and Survivor have all flown with the winiing team of Dolphin Paragliding .

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