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
Part 4 - Kakamas - Great Karoo overflying
Lonely and dusty airport in Kakamas looks good. In addition, we are lucky. Local pilot with Cesna is landing right now and we help him to park into the hangar. During the speaking, we obtain valuable information about the operation of the wind in this area. Unlike the scientific model from mobile phone is showing the southern winds, he predicts weak north. And because our beloved Mercedes either small Toyota are not kalahari's 4x4, we decided to believe to this man. And we did well!
At the first it looks hopeless. Vlasta is winching as the race, but one landing after another. After two hours of sweating, Martin, Hugo and then Pierre fly our route and then only report flown kilometers to the radio, the decision on the turn point, just great. Full-time completely blue thermic and long final soaring at evening. Fine.
We sleep on the bank of Orange and assure each other that there are no crocodiles in the river, which flows from east to west.