Cape Town

Cape Town is fondly known in South Africa, as the Mother City.

The city is set against the backdrop of the iconic Table Mountain, overlooking Table Bay, famous for its seal population and great white sharks, The Waterfront and other iconic attractions such as the Two Oceans Aquarium. Cape Town’s rich history, modern culture, and incredible attractions make it a great city right on the coast.

Cape Town is regarded as Southern Africa’s most beautiful and most visited city.

Table Mountain is in essence a fortress over looking the City of Cape Town, dividing the city into distinct zones, with public gardens, wilderness, forests, hiking routes, vineyards and desirable residential areas trailing down its lower slopes – except now Cape Town is open, as a city to all walks of life.

Cape Town is best appreciated outdoors, as Capetonians do: they enjoy hiking, picnicking, sunbathing, wine tasting, mountain biking, running, paragliding and generally enjoying the Cape Town sunshine and sea breeze.


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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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