That is not a simple question to answer, but 200 feet 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 too close to a rhino and it appears you are endangering the animal or are harassing them, you might just get shot as they are highly protected! If you fly too 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 Paramotor Africa, and for the animal itself which may have to be put down. If you fly too close to a heard of cape buffalo (or any other of the large and powerful animals) and you happen to have an ‘engine out’, the chances of death are almost certain! The same is true if you land in the water, as the crocodiles are very different than alligators and will attack, as will any hippopotamus if nearby!! 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.
The weather is the dominant factor regarding number of flights with Paramotors. 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. Fortunately there are many other things to see and do while here should we have times of bad weather.
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 to be fitted 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.
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.
Non flying travelers will get a $500 discount for non use of the paramotor and fuel, but all other costs remain the same.
Wire transfer is the best and often the less costly option. Credit cards usually 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.
ATM withdrawal 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 withdrawal amount? Of course check with your bank before choosing this option.
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.
**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. USD conversion rates do work in your favor.
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
Don’t worry too much, you will be flying a Titanium Frame Nitro and they have taken some serious butt landings without any damage. It needs to be said, our motors are the lightest to weight ratio motors available on the market.
There are a few locations that are 5000 feet 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 at around 20 °C (68 °F). (Conversion: 0 °C = 32 °F)