Winching across South Africa
What about to fly over parched pans, salt lakes, look into the desert of Namibia, and to the mountains of Lesotho, fly along the Orange River, glow at the edge of the Kalahari desert and chase the wild winds ... These desires joined several pilots, who are just trying to fly across South Africa from the Atlantic to the Indian ocean. (---corrected machine translation---)
- Part 1 - Springbok
- Part 2 - Aggeneys - diamonds, copper, lead and Namibia
- Part 3 - Pofadder - in semi-desert
- Part 4 - Kakamas - Great Karoo overflying
- Part 5 - Prieska - we have a problem
- Part 6 - waste land and pans
- Part 7 - how to depart from the De Aar
- Part 8 - Collesberg - Stephen Entertainment
- Part 9 - in the Dragon mountains
- Part 10 - above the Zulu
- Useful information
It is not necessary to take cash with you, there are ATMs in cities.
You can buy Vodacom SIM for 2R at the supermarket, it is possible to activate from credit a relatively cheap data package and SMS package using *111#.
Map of signal coverage: http://www.vodamap.net/3g/
Good radio transmitter with high-gain antena is very very important.
SA Weather Service http://dev2.weathersa.co.za/Weather.asp?M=1
SA Spot Graphs http://www.weathersa.co.za/Aerosport/graphsNEWMODEL.jsp (it does not work in Opera mini)
Weather forecasts in the less populated areas are not very accurate, but they are still quite applicable. Arnold in De Aar uses windguru.com
Indestructible paper-plastic map 1:1700000 Routh Guides edition proved as competent.
Garmin City Select South Africa v6 is inapplicable for flying - it shows almost nothing in wide zoom, but on the ground at 500 m zoom shows every field path.
The necessary insurance SAPHA covers damages caused to the third person and license to use frequencies 141.600 and 141.625 MHz. It does not include health insurance. You can get it in De Aar for 140R for one quarter.
We found restricted areas only in SeeYou.
Dried meat (biltong) keeps fine 14 days in heat and it is still good and substantial.
Cartouche on cooker Var/Coleman could be purchased, but much easier to get is impaling Campingas.
Before putting on shoes is appropriate to shake out scorpions and "I love you" in Afrikaans is "ek is lief vir jou" :)