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Louvain Saddle Paragliding Launch Site

Louvain Saddle Paragliding Launch Site

This site is rarely used and is definitely for the more adventure orientated as it includes a nice 4x4 route to get to the site. It's situated next to a viewpoint and the launch area is next to the viewpoint on the saddle below. The view is great and a nice place for a family picnic while you venture out for flight.

Grading:

  • Basic 300 flights or 5 sign offs.
  • Height: 250m
  • Wind Direction Speed: North/NE/NW 15-20km

Dangers:

  • Cliff launch,
  • Getting blown over the back not a good option.

GPS coordinates:  33°50'9.32"S   22°37'8.80"E


Goose Valley

Goose Valley Paragliding Launch Site

Skywings Club Site (Privete)

Goosevalley Paragliding site a great thermic winter site. This site was discovered and pioneered by Deon Borrett who flew it a few times and knew we had a winner. Skywings ratified all the agreements with landwoners. This is a private site and one must only fly by invitation of Skywings members. Fire is a big risk so no smoking anywhere on the land even on the road up to take off. The take off is easy and face North winds. The flying is great and normally very smooth thermals with gains of about 300-750m. The site is about 60km from George in the beautiful Langkloof Valley. When flying be aware not to land near stock, especially Ostriches. Smoking or lighting fires on Take off will mean you are banned for life. Driving on farmers land without permission or accesing site without Club member present will result in severe sanction. Respect the Landowner rights.

NB: Do not drive into lands to recover pilots. They must walk out to designated point.

Dangers 

  • Sometimes big wind gradient can get blown over or into valleys and mountains.
  • Fly with radio/mobile.
  • Inform other pilots of flight plan, the mountains are big and hard to find any lost soul.
  • The site has many raptors including Jackal Buzzards, Black eagles and kestrels. Baboons and Leopards loiter in the hills.

Grading:

  • Height: 300m
  • Wind speed direction 10-25km N, Nw, Ne

GSP coordinates:  33°48'8.08"S   22°41'26.95"E

Site record 30km a Out and return toward the West 12km and flying past take of. Deon Borrett. 25km Richard Nieft.


Du Toits Paragliding Site

Du Toits Paragliding Site

This site belongs the the Du Toits family who have kindly allowed paragliders to use the land for a launch site. The key must be picked up to open lock and access the road. Contact Jan Minaar for details as he uses the site from time time. We used to use the site before we discovered Goose Valley but have found the Goose Valley easier to access with better recovery. The flying conditions are generally better as well.


Uplands Launch

Uplands Paragliding Launch Site 

Uplands Paragliding Launch Site

Skywings Club Site

This is a great thermic site about 80m high, situated about 15km from Plettenberg Bay. The site is flyable in any south variation and being a bit further away from the sea than most of the other sites means some nice height gains is possible. It's also out of George ATC control and restrictions. Great flight are possible from this site, especially towards the east going Storms River ridges way. 

Rules:

  • No commercial operations without permission of owner i.e no Tandems or training.
  • The owner has given control to local Skywings members and so one must call them before flying.

Piesang Valley

Piesang Valley Paragliding Launch Site

The site is not far from town and overlooks Piesang Valley. The take of is partly on the road and is small and there is not much room for error. The View is great looking towards Beacon Isle and Robberg. The flying can be good in a southerly wind and landing is either top landing or landing in the various open patches below amongst the houses and parks. I would not recommendt this site for new pilots.

GPS Coordinates:  34° 3'31.06"S   23°22'17.14"E