"ONCE A YEAR,
GO SOMEPLACE YOU'VE
NEVER BEEN BEFORE."
Paramotor Africa brings to you the ultimate Paramotoring and adventure vacation. 12 sun filled days and 11 luxuriously accommodated nights in exotic and enchanting South Africa. Hours upon hours of Paramotoring over some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. Although Paramotoring over the majestic South African landscape is the primary goal it is only part of your adventure. In between morning and afternoon Paramotor flights we will do some of the following: saltwater bill fishing in the warm Indian Ocean where Blue Marlin strikes and landings are common; scuba diving on one of the world’s greatest reef ecosystems; your inland adventure will continue with wetting a lure and trying to catch the fearsome Tiger fish also known as the African piranha; you will also have the ability to hunt with Rifle/Bow several species of game. White water rafting on class 4 rapids optionally available as well as hot air balloon flights.
All of this followed up by a Big Five - lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros) driving safari. Finally, you will experience cultures, food, and geography unique only to South Africa. Are you ready for a lifetime of experiences in only 12 days? Are you ready for the Paramotoring adventure of a lifetime? If so read-on what Paramotor Africa has in-store for you.
Paramotor Africa supplies you with an Air Conception nitro 200. The lightest power to weight motor in the world fully fuelled up and ready to rock. Ozone Wings/ Helmets can be supplied but we suggest you bring your own.
You will be picked up at OR Thambo International Airport Johannesburg where you will spend the first night in Joburg at the Hotel to recuperate and prepare for the trip of a lifetime that will start early the next day.
We will leave Jnb after breakfast on route to Pongola dam about a 5 hour journey where you will spend 5 Luxury Nights in a Lodge in the African bush next to the Pongola River. Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo and all the plains game species are a common sight along the river. Paramotor flights early morning next to the dam and the surrounding areas. Various species of African wildlife will be visible everywhere. Try to catch a big Tiger fish during the rest of the days. A Tiger fishing charter boat is on hand to take you to get that elusive river monster. Game walks and drives can be done daily and guided walks to track Rhino’s on foot.
Rifle / Bow Hunting packages are available on request for those interested.
Take a 4 hour drive to a beach accommodation right on the beach along the Kzn South coast where you can fly all day long if the weather permits. Spend your days flying or soaking in the sun on a white sandy beach - you have an excellent chance of seeing a southern right whale or a Great White shark. Go on a game fishing trip out to sea for Marlin, Tuna, Dorado or Sail fish (optional extra). Spend your days next to the pool or in the warm Indian ocean. Some flying day trips will be done where we will land on the beach and have lunch and then fly back to the accommodation. Various routes and inland flights can also be done from here.
Drive 3 hours to the Clarens area. You will Fly next to the majestical drakensberg and Maluti mountain range (11,320 ft) Takeoff elevation 5700 feet. Breath taking views – don’t forget your camera…we will do some optional white water rafting on Class 4 Rapids for those seeking a huge rush. Optional Hot air balloon rides can be done or fly next to them on the paramotor.
Drive 3 hours back to the Airport after a goodbye morning flight with champagne to celebrate a trip of a lifetime.
How does it work and what is included?
All inclusive trip, Paramotor rental gear (gas & oil included), Transport, accommodation and food.
Optional Guided hunting (Prices available on request) optional Tiger fishing package.
Total package price : $5490 per person. (airfare not included)
Airfare varies from $800-$1500 Return.
US Citizens does not need a visa for South Africa as long as your intended stay does not exceed 90 days.
Whats not included but you can add as extras if you feel like doing fun stuff when the flying is not on, prices per person:
* 1 day game fishing trip all rentals included $200
* Hunting packages $OR
* Tiger fishing and boat rental $60 p/p/p day
* Hot air Balloon trip $90
* White water rafting 1 full day $80
* Game drives $30
* Boat cruises $29
* Rhino tracking (maximum of 6 people) $35
* Guided game walks (maximum of 6 people) $29
Don't delay book now to get your spot secured for the Paramotor Tour of a Lifetime.
Questions asked :
How close can you fly to wildlife:
That is not a simple question to answer, but 200’ is a good rule to live by. It needs to be understood that if you fly closer to a warthog or a herd of Impala then there is no real harm done as long as hunters are not in the area. If you fly to close to a rhino and it appears you are a danger to them or are harassing them, you may just get shot as they are highly protected! If you fly to close to a giraffe and it runs through a fence (which they will do if scared) then that could cause major trouble for you, for parmotorafrica, and for the animal itself. If you fly to close to a heard of cape buffalo (or any other of the large and powerful animals we have) and you have an engine out, the chances of death are quite high! The same is true if you land in the water here as the crocodiles are very different than alligators and will attack, as will the hippopotamus!! There will be daily briefings to address each flying site, and the rules are very important to follow. If you harass or endanger the wildlife or disregard the rules in general, your flying privileges may be revoked, and no refunds will be offered.
How many flights can be expected on the 12 day trip:
The weather is the dominant factor regarding number of flights. The plan is to be ready to fly every morning at sunrise, and every evening, except for the first evening in Johannesburg, and the first morning after, as that will be a travel day until mid afternoon (dependant on desired departure time of the group). The weather is usually pretty good here, but there is of course the possibility that the entire trip has bad weather, and unfortunately there are no refunds offered because of bad weather or limited number of flights. Fortunantly there are many other things to see and do while here should we have times of bad weather.
What is needed for communication:
It is very important that we have the ability to communicate while in flight. 2 way FRS radios, speakers for ear cups, and microphone will be provided for your existing helmet if you have one. They will need fit into your helmet prior to flying so that they can be used while on this trip. If you do not have a helmet with communications or aviation headset, a headset with communication ability will be provided.
What skill level is needed to fly on this trip:
You must have a rating of PPG1 minimum, or 35 flights. You will have to provide documentation so that I can provide a license for you to fly in South Africa.
What if I want to bring my non flying partner:
Non flying travelers will get a $500 discount for non use of the paramotor and fuel, but all other costs remain the same.
How to pay Paramotorafrica:
Wire transfer is the best and often the less costly option. Credit cards sometimes charge a fee to convert US dollars to Rand and is based on a percentage of money spent. Cash is of course an option, but it is not suggested to carry that much cash while traveling. 50% deposit will be required to book, and remaining 50% will be due upon arrival.
How to get cash while in South Africa:
ATM withdrawl is the safest, and I believe easiest. Typically there is a minimal fee for using the ATM, you will get the current exchange rate, and you do not need to carry large amounts of cash. You may also be able to raise your daily withdrawl amount? Of course check with your back before choosing this option.
We will all be traveling in one vehicle together for the entirety of the trip. You are welcome to rent a vehicle on your own, but be aware that you are then traveling independently and paramotorafrica may not be able to assist if you have trouble getting to each destination. There are a couple of days that require 5 hours of driving time so plan to make friends with your travel companions as we are traveling in close quarters together. We will make stops along the way for food, and shopping, and any other reasonable requests or side trips that the group is interested in.
Every person will have a room of their own for the entirety of the trip (unless traveling as a couple). Some places we stay are more rustic, and some are more modern, but all should be more than acceptable to all but the pickiest of travelers.
What do you need to bring:
**helmet if desired (2 way radio will need to be added once in South Africa if you do not already have that (provided for use while here), or aviation headset will be provided.
**cold weather flying gear (see “cold weather flying”)
**your wing. Motors will be provided but it is expected that you will bring your own wing. A wing may be available for rent, or I can sell you an Ozone wing and you can take it back with you. Contact for pricing. Us conversion rates do work in your favor.
What if you damage the paramotor:
All damage to the paramotor other than normal wear and tear is your responsibility. It is possible if you damage the motor beyond repair that you will not be able to fly the remainder of the trip.
broken prop = $350
bent hoop= $190
bent frame/CHASSIS= $459
torn mesh= $99
You are flying a titanium nitro and they have taken some serious buttlandings without any damage.
Cold weather flying:
There are a few locations that are 5000’ above sea level, and even in summer require a medium jacket for early morning flights. If traveling here in South Africa winter (may-August) you should bring cold weather flying gear for temperatures close to freezing in the morning. Afternoon flights will typically be warmer than that 20celcius(50-70 farenheit).