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Date(s) - 09/01/2021 - 23/01/2021
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So 2020 has been the worst year on record for so many people but at Free Flight Academy we are hedging our bets that 2021 is going to be the start of better times ahead. As such depsite all the doom and gloom and the fact that South Africa still currently has restrictions on tourism, we have decided to go ahead and organise a slightly different XC trip to South Africa in the hope by January 2021 new regulations are in place.

Having spent nine years running yearly trips to South Africa, Lee has an extensive amount of experience and local contacts, so if the stars align we will be offering a two week XC trip to Porterville.

Porterville is one of the original XC destinations and has been home to many top-level XC competitions over the years. It is a unique XC flying site which benefits from sitting in the middle of a huge long ridge that is perfect to kick start an XC in either direction. In Porterville our sole focus will be on XC flying and to help you progress, each day the team we will set realistic goals for the different levels of pilot within the group.

In Porterville we will be staying at the Flyers Lodge which has become synonymous with paragliding. It has a swimming pool for cooling off and there will be plenty of time to enjoy a beer and relax whilst recounting stories of the day’s XC flying. It is also the perfect spot to watch the sunset over the savannah while the steaks cook on the BBQ

As this trip is instructor led we can accommodate most levels of pilots, however lower airtme pilots need to understand that Porterville is a one flight a day location, so if you bomb out early there is no oportunity to try again until the next day. Relaxing in the pool with a beer isn’t a bad alternative but it can be frustrating if other pilots go on to do 60-100km flights and should be something to bare in  mind before booking. There will be theory lectures and individually structured guiding to help each pilot get the most out of their flying however and flying the same location for two weeks should give the opportunity to build knowledge and gain some serious XC and thermalling practice.


Saturday - Jan 9th 2021Arrive - Cape Town (CPT)Transfer to Porterville
Sunday - Jan 10th to Friday 22nd 2021Fly - Porterville
Saturday - Jan 23rd 2021Departure - Cape Town (CPT)Transfer to Airport


Prices & information

The cost of the trip is £1,500 (inclusive of SAHPA membership and all site fees)

This includes:

  • Pre-trip consultation to identify personal objectives
  • Airport transfers (Subject to set pick up and drop off times: Pick up on 9th Jan will be at 13:30 and drop off on 23 Jan is 13:00.
  • NB Please ensure arrival flights land no later than an hour prior to pick up and departure flights leave no earlier than 2 hours after the drop off time. If in doubt please contact us before booking your flights.
  • Accommodation
  • Transport to each location, flying sites & XC retrieves
  • Membership to SAHPA (South African Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association)
  • Site fees
  • Expert tuition and endless enthusiasm


2021 Trip Dates

January 9th – 23rd 2021

Some items of kit to remember:

  • Glider in fully serviceable condition
  • Suitable reserve parachute system that has been checked and repacked within the last 12 months.
  • 2M Radio able to receive and transmit from 142.100 up to 146.400
  • Towel
  • Sunhat / sunscreen
  • Insect Repellant

Please also take a look at our terms and conditions.