Driving Conditions

We drive on the left hand side of the road, the motorway speed limit 120kph, this reduces to 100kph on minor roads and to 60kph in built up areas. In some places there are limits of 70 and 80 kph as indicated by signs.

Our road network is well developed and the national routes are all in good condition and provide easy access to all parts of South Africa. Speed limits are enforced and police use radar, laser and gatsometer speed traps from concealed locations. The national routes have road houses/garages at regular intervals, but in the remote areas there you may travel up to 100km between service stations.

We recommend that you only stop at these service stations for refreshments. An increasing number of roads are being tolled particularly on the route to Durban. Tolls can be paid with cash or credit cards.

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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