Welcome to the Kumba Paragliding Website. Come and experience the Bushveld, the huge height gains, great XC tasks, and of course, flying in thermals filled with Vultures and other birds of prey. Fly Thaba organizes Paragliding events in Thabazimbi and surrounds with the support of Kumba Iron Ore.
11 - 12 Nov 2006 KVP Cloudbusters fun Comp (Koning van Pretoria)
19 - 24 March 2007 SA Paragliding Nationals
10 - 18 April 2009 Kumba Paragliding Nationals
1 - 3 May 2009 Thabazimbi Expo Paragliding Tandem Flights
10-11 October 2009 KVP Cloudbusters fun Comp (Koning van Pretoria)
This steep north facing site, situated directly above the town is the perfect thermal generator. The height difference top to turkey is 400m, the Launch is at 1400m Asl, and the flatlands around are at approx 950 - 1000m Asl. The Turkey has a slight slope to it, is surrounded by low thorn trees, and it is recommended that pilots unfamiliar with the landing visit the landing area before their first flight from the site.
The Launch and the Turkey is Situated on Kumba Property, and is in an active iron ore mining area, so access is subject to more rules and regulations than the average paragliding site. It is essential that these rules are observed, as the Site will be lost if not! A thorough Site Briefing highlighting the important aspects of these rules will be held before accessing the property, and an indemnity and acknowledgement of these rules must be signed. A limited number of private 4x4 vehicles will be allowed to drive up the mountain, provided that they carry the maximum number of pilots up in each of them. Drivers of these vehicles will be required to view a driver safety video.
ThabaNkwe is situated approx 5km North of Thabazimbi just off the Lephalale (R510) on a Game Farm at 24°32'55.64"S 27°23'40.97"E. There is ample camping space and some chalets, as well as a great restaurant, bar, pool and Braai area. Registration will take place here from Thursday (9th April) in the Evening, as well as scoring every day after flying. The Prize Giving and closing Party on Saturday the 18th April will also be held at ThabaNkwe. It is essential to be here by 8am for mine induction and briefing on the 10th. Transport up the mountain departs from here at 09h30 every morning.
Most Pilots will be camping or staying in Chalets at ThabaNkwe.If you need info on any other accommodation in or around Thabazimbi, or to make bookings, please contact Johan Muller of Thabazimbi Tourism at 083 770 9917 or email him at:
Also Contact Our Sponsored Establishments as listed below:
Tel: 014 7771376 / 014 7722244 / 0832690434
MONTANE BUSH LODGE
P O Box 533,
Tel: 082 893 4208
Site Rules, Regulations and behavior
Kumba Iron Ore Mine has granted us permission to access their property for this comp, and for flying in general. This Access is subject to many conditions, and the Site may be lost if they are not adhered to. These conditions will be given at the first pilots briefing at Thaba Nkwe on Friday morning (10th) at 08h30. A Summary follows here.
Transport Related Rules
Download the Comp Rules: Thaba Comp Rules 2009.doc
For further info contact Walter Neser at +27 765 939 849 or email at:
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