Paragliding Porterville - Landing

Paragliding Porterville and cross country flying eventually has to lead to landing.  Sad but true.

During the flying season there are plenty of landing options.  Most farmers are happy for you to land on their property.

Paragliding Porterville - Walking out after a cross country flight.Please don't land in fields with livestock.  In the Porterville area ostriches are considered to be livestock.

The right to roam in South Africa is not what it is in other countries such as England and Germany. Without land-owner permission you do not have the right to enter let alone drive onto farms. You must walk to the nearest public road.

Please leave gates as you found them. Open gates stay open and closed gates must be closed after use. Do not climb over fences, use the gates.

Most of the valley floors consist of soft sandy soil. It is similar to walking on a white sandy beach with the added benefit of the cloudless African sky, the hot summer sun and a paragliding pack on your back. Carry plenty of water, sunscreen and a sun hat for walk-outs.

If you are flying off season then please do not land in fields bearing crops.

If you are flying in October then carry insect repellent otherwise the midges will have your hide.

Paragliding Porterville - Bottom landing at Dasklip Pass.
Landing at Dasklip Pass

Did you know?

Paragliding Porterville - A landing Red Locust on the Porterville ridge.



The immature adult Red Locust is a brown colour which gets deeper and redder with age.

Swarms only fly during the day at temperatures above 26ºC but solitary locusts prefer to fly alone in the dark.

Swarms of Red Locusts rarely travel more than 20-30 kilometres in one day. Swarming females often lay eggs at night, their youngsters immediately capable of "hopping" hundreds of metres every day.

The last widespread plague occurred in Southern Africa from 1930-1944 when almost all of South Africa was invaded.


 

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