Porterville Flying Sites  -  South Africa

Thermal collection,  kmz files 

 4+ thermals 

 3-4 m/s thermals

 2-3 m/s thermals

 1-2 m/s thermals 

Pampoenfontein , also called Eselsfontein

 One has to first check with the local pilots if it is ok to use it.  It has a much longer recovery compared to Dasklip takeoff.

 James Braid flying Eselsfontein backwards, 6.2MB .mov Real Player

Google Earth kmz file for Pampoenfontein

 2009 Winelands turnpoints  in csv   and as kmz

Dasklip Pass 


Google Earth kmz file 

 reminder to Dasklip visitors:

Please remember everyone, that all pilots wishing to fly Dasklip must FIRST visit the Lodge; and collect a visitor's card for the day. This card is to be returned at the end of the day, or - if it's a week-end pass - when leaving for home.

This requirement was brought about by complaints from a few farmers over poor compliance (and bad manners) from certain PG pilots and their drivers. Since I am always held responsible for the actions of anyone flying from Dasklip; the complainant needs a way of identifying a person for me. The number on the card will do this.

Over the years, I have resisted the suggestions from some pilots that I have a "representative" or marshal at the path up to launch; but after several recent incidents involving non-compliant pilots and commercial tandem operators, I find that I have no option but to do so.
The reason for resisting the idea was the added cost, which would drive up the site-fee for everyone. Our solution is to keep the fees at R45 for cards collected from the Lodge; but to charge R70 for all cards obtained on site. This will pay the cost of the marshal; and remove the strain from those who prefer (whatever their reasons) not to bring their visitors to the Lodge.

Each card must be signed-for by the person using it - not by a proxy.

This probably won't affect many HG pilots (and those flying from Pampoenfontein have no need to follow this protocol, of course) but no launch from Dasklip will be allowed without a valid card.

Remember also that no tandem flights may be flown from Dasklip.


Airborne Paragliding
PO Box 400
South Africa

+27 22 931 3416 (Janine)
+27 83 267 5657 (Bradley)
+27 82 788 4398 (Rob)
<airborne at telkomsa dot net>


   Rules in MS DOC

Flight from Dasklip Launch to Flyers Lodge ,  http://earth.google.com     KMZ File created with TP


Located in the Western Cape

About 200 km North of Cape Town

   AA2003.csv turnpoints

Site Details

On top of Dasklip pass. Owned by Rob Manzoni. Site fees to be paid at Flyers Lodge in Porterville..
Small take off area. 500m high. Facing SW
Part of a long ridge running from  North to South.
Normal wind conditions are SW early , from 14.00 onwards it tends to turn S.
One mostly flies along the range North to Bumpy peak or Piekenierskloof pass.
And if one gets 1000m ATO or is in a thermal drifting over the back then jumps over to the next valley.
Or one carries on this side of the valley and flies 50km until one ends in a bowl at Rhenosterkop.

Where to stay

Rob's Manzoni Flyers lodge - bunk beds or rooms   http://www.porterville.co.za/ 
Laatsons - chalets
Waterval - camp or bunk rooms
Contact for Waterval camping or Laatsons is 082 8781358 or 022 597 8320
Laatson (4- and 6-person cottages - sleeps around 60), Laatson Camping is being considered; Waterval cottages (Sleeps around 20); Waterval camping (ca. 20 tent- sites); High School Dormitory (sleeps around 120); Flyers' Lodge (bunks - sleeps 30); Die Herberg Guesthouse (3 private double rooms - 1 en suite); Mountain View Guesthouse (4 private double rooms); Beaverlac (camping - ca. 50 tent sites); Mo's Guest House (3 double rooms).

 Where to eat and drink

Bush Pub, old train station - pizza  pasta ...
Hotel - pizza or steaks
Laat se gat - steak house
Spar - and feed yourself

  What else to do

Where else to fly

In case Dasklip is not flyable and you still want to get into the air, check with the locals.

Lions Head might be an option in Cape Town, will take you 2-3 hours to get there.

 Haystek is another site, but will take  about 2-3 hours to get to takeoff.

SLP, Sir Lowrys Pass, maybe 2-3 hours

Hermanus 3-4 hours to get there.



Cape Town    +27 21 434 2011
Fax      +27 21 418 6000
Porterville      +27 22 931 3416 Fax/answer-phone (Marijke)
Mobile      +27 83 267 5657 (Bradley)
Mobile      +27 82 442 2710 (Vossie)
Mobile          +27 82 788 4398 (Rob)

What to bring along

- Mosquito net to have some peaceful sleep
- Electric Fan to have some cool breeze at night
- sun block, zinc

Best time

From October onwards until March
The site works best in February, when it is very hot ( 40 Deg C plus in turkey patch )

   Abe's 100km flight

  Trigger points ?

From: "Jaco Wolmarans" <jaco@wordsource.co.za>
To: <capeflight@smartgroups.com>
Sent: Monday, March 01, 2004 2:13 PM
Subject: [capeflight] Saturday at Porterville

> So there I was, getting airborne and not really feeling like it. My  back
> hideously sore from compensating for a cricked neck muscle on Friday, I'd
> slept badly and the air was obviously rough. I watched Gaynor come past
> from Pampoenfontein, hit a marlin strike to the right of launch, and her
> pitch back. Hoohaa, this was going to be fun.
> Angelo, Ioel and the boys had disappeared down the ridge, while Danny
> was hanging back. I launched soon after him. Danny went straight for the
> Tierkloof dam and spent 20 minutes at almost the exact same altitude just
> above the tree line in what must rank as some of the most tenacious flying
> have ever seen. But alas, before he could give up, earth came up to meet
> him just beyond Tierkloof.
> Angelo and Gary V had since landed not far from there. The air was
> unreasonably rough, the thermals small and nigh unworkable if you got
> yourself low down. Even if you connected them high up, they remain crappy
> all the way to 1400 ASL, where I twice left the climb in disgust to go and
> sort out my ruffled tail feathers.
> I followed my usual route, but confused Danny by flying a white Jumbe this
> time. He thought the red glider hugging the ridge next to me was 'ol
> Stoffpad sneaking in a ridge flight while no-one was looking. I had to put
> records straight, and headed out into the flats, aiming for Eendekuil.
Gary V
> kindly drove my bakkie down and Danny took over the driving, sweeping the
> dust road for a heap of pilots who had given up/got forced down.
> It was strange to watch - virtually everyone on the ridge could not quite
> higher than 50m or above the top, and in the flats, climbs were
> at this altitude. I had a feeling that a mass of SW air was already
starting to
> mix with the NW forecast for later, but that because the SW was stronger,
> was pushing back the incoming wind. Guess who found himself at the
> coalface of these two masses all the time.
> Because of my lethargic state I got a quick wake-up call early on in the
> which made me realise again that if you want to fly XC you can't sit and
> contemplate your navel. It takes concentration, so either you sharpen up
> go land. Well, when I decided I'd rather go land, I was rather high, and
> when I wanted to carry on, I was hunting desperately low.
> But the gods saved me and trigger point after trigger point delivered. The
> climbs were rough but solid, and they were not too far apart. The sink,
> however, was insane, so it was a toss-up all the time to carry on towards
> ridge in a thermal, or to punch out and leave the thermal when you got
> halfway across the dirt road towards the mountain.
> I tried keeping a manageable vector towards Eendekuil, and tried
> desperately not to go too close to Bumpy, from where the flight out across
> the no-mansland is usually a bit of a nightmare because of the into-wind
> component being greater if you try to leave from there. Nevertheless, in
> time at all I found myself close to Bumpy, too close, in fact, as I had
> But I was climbing well and even had time to compose a song: (ahem - sing
> along to the tune of Yesterday by The Beatles) "Yesterday, Bumpy always
> seemed so far away ..."
> Singing helped take my mind off the slaps I was getting but did not land
> a stint at Coca Cola Popstars, so off I went in search of XC glory rather,
> taking a bold glide straight across the Pietersklip turnoff, over the big
> circles, directly to Eendekuil and a (alarmingly) few triggers inbetween.
> Sink. Heaps of it. Then trigger point one. Nothing. Change course
slightly -
> a piece of vaguely green field (the colour difference, I hoped would
> the goods). Nothing. One chance left, 170 AGL - a triangular field of
> on the downwind side of a slight depression. Yes, I was low enough to see
> was a depression. And it was #@**&^ miles away from anything remotely
> resembling shade. Me and my (**&^% theories! Suffer, baby.
> Flying over le patch, it triggered violently. I held on, flying straight
> and keeping the Jumbe reigned in. It was huge, at least 7 seconds' worth
> lift, and at the end I turned sharply and faced back into wind, just in
time to
> hear Danny call that there are heaps of whirlies about and I should be
> careful. Ja right. Thanks for sharing that at this exact moment.
> Fling her about again, race downwind, and then I'm hooked into the most
> solid climb of the day, averaging 3.5m/s without touching sides. What a
> pleasure! Jumbe wingtip down, the harness creaks with the accelaration. I
> grab the speaker mike to answer Danny who was asking if I'm still flying.
> Yes, I brag, xxx m/s second up, dude! Careful, he says. Whirlies thick and
> fast now.
> Whack! Not concentrating, I fly too far downwind in the thermal and exit
> not too gracefully. It's OK, it's so far into the flatlands no-one would
> seen that (-:
> This thermal takes me back to 1000m over ground, and I'm confident to
> make Eendekuil on straight downwind glide. I inform Danny, he collects the
> stragglers on the road and heads out to the N7.
> I'm still following a cloud formation which I suspect is part of the
> convergence line when I hit the NW. And from gliding comfortably to
> Eendekuil I glide, but only just, to the N7. As I arrive, I pick up
> thermal, but Danny's whirly warnings are now as frequently as the slaps in
> the air, so I fly through it and spiral down in the sink. Even so, I have
> couple of interesting moments.
> The surprising thing about this convergence line as that at the interface,
> there seems to be no wind on the ground. And as Dirk has frequently
> pointed out, this usually occurs around the N7, where you meet this still,
> section with no sign of wind except these strange columns of air taking
> of agricultural soil up with them.
> Lesson learnt: when approaching for a landing around midday and you
> cannot see any wind around, be aware that you might be entering troll

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