Porterville Paragliding Sites - Protea Farm


View of the Koo Valley, northern take off.

SITE NAME: Protea Farm, Koo Valley.
DESCRIPTION: Mountain and flatland flying.  The Koo Valley is on the northern side.  Robertson Valley is on the southern side.

SAHPA GRADING:
 - North: PG BASIC under guidance (IPPA3).
 - South: PG SPORT (IPPA4).

WIND: NW to NE. SW to SE.
GPS: S33º44.00’ E19º54.00’.
ALTITUDE: 1415m AMSL.
AIRPACE:
- Ceiling:
  - FACT TMA B - FL145/FL195.
- Nearby:
  - 10km S:
     - FAD 157 - SFC to FL70.
     - Robertson Parachuting DZ - SFC to FL115.
LAUNCH: Wild.  No markings, no netts.
LANDING: No official landing.
CAUTIONS:
- South Side:
   - Big mountain flying.
   - Can be cross despite appearing to be on.
   - Clouds can be due to leeward separation.
   - Ensure the macro meteorology is on.
- Can be windy at Montagu.
DIRECTIONS:
- via Robertson (Quickest from Cape Town).
- via De Doorns.
CARETAKER: Kaapse Buitepos Klub
SITE RULES:
- Private Land. (Pierre Burger 083 653 8565).
- Access with prior approval only.
- Restricted departure times.
- Prestine nature.  Leave no footprints.
SITE FEES: R150 per vehicle going up.
SITE RECORD: Ant Allen, 68km, Nov. 2014.
FLIGHTS: Leonardo Filter.

 

The Koo Valley, looking towards Montagu.

Did you know?

Porterville Paragliding - The Common Blue Butterfly.



The Common Blue are small butterflies attracted to wet mud with other blues. They also like visiting the blue flowers of the Plumbago plant which is one of its larval foods.

Male wing upper sides are an iridescent lilac blue with a thin black border. Females are brown with a row of red spots along the wing edges with some blue at the base of the wings.

The chrysalis is formed on the ground where it is attended to by ants which will often take it into their nests. The larvae create a substance called honey dew which the ants eat while the butterfly lives with them in the ant hill.


 

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