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Western Cape Province

Table Mountain

The most complex of the Peninsula sites, Table Mountain, is made difficult by tricky cliff launches and swirling unpredictable wind....

Lion’s Head

The peak of Lion’s Head is 669 meters (2,195 ft) above sea level. It is a dramatic backdrop to the...

Signal Hill

Signal Hill is a Sport-rated (IPPI 5)site, the ideal Sunday afternoon flying site for experienced pilots. It is not suitable for low-airtime pilots.

Map of Africa

A mellow site with a fantastic view, overlooking the tranquil Indian Ocean and the holiday town of Wilderness. A favourite for flying schools.


Surrounded by spectacular mountains, this is sensitive site with very few safe landing options. While this is a basic-rated site, pilots must have good spot-landing skills to avoid confrontation with land-owners.


Hermanus is a gentle thermic and soaring site, with a long wave-like ridge which offers consistent soaring conditions. This is a Basic-rated site, and is popular with schools for training students.


An area of sand-dunes used for flying training, with the 7km ‘Paradise ridge’ bordering it to the east, offering hours of non-stop smooth soaring.


Leeuwenkop (also sometimes incorrectly referred to as Pampoenfontein) is the preferred Porterville alternative to Dasklip Pass as it is higher, faces more directly into the prevailing thermic cross-wind, and is generally safer for XC pilots.

Du Toit’s Kloof

The cliffs of the Hawequas mountains provide a spectacular backdrop to this thermic mountain site. The launch is on the...


A tricky site with better XC potential than the nearby Map of Africa, being one ridge back from the coast. Originally graded as Sport pilots only, it is challenging.

Dasklip Pass

Based near the town of Porterville, this site offers at least four good flying days a week between November and March.

Sir Lowry’s Pass

A regular site that offers soaring, thermalling and cross-country, with superb views.


A surprisingly thermic site with a grassy launch and ample space for top-landing. The site has steep, forested slopes which...

Buffels Bay

Soaring on Sand dunes Geography Wind Launching and Landing The small official and best take off (https://maps.app.goo.gl/z5K6Fmr6FhsoX6dV6) is 500m NNE...


Soaring on a long, low shrub-covered ridge that runs along the beach. WIND: S – SW GPS +- S34o04.42’ E23o01.167’...

Gericke’s Point

Gericke's Point is a premium launch site which offers a wide range of soaring opportunities with magnificent views.


Baskloof Private Fynbos Nature Reserve straddles the mountains around and behind the Conservation Villages of Misty Cliffs and Scarborough. This site...

IMPORTANT: The SAHPA Site Guide is not a substitute for a detailed site briefing from an instructor or experienced local pilot. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy and relevance of information contained herein, pilots are reminded that the SAHPA Site Guide is based on a volunteer effort to make information freely available to the community and thus information may be out of date. Pilots are still required to use their discretion and common sense, and validate the information with each club.

Many of the sites described in the SAHPA Site Guide are privately owned. The landowner reserves the right to limit access to the site.