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Touching the Sky, Kuruman, Kalahari, Northern Cape Province.

Bojan Majic knows what it means to fly on a wing and a prayer.  On Christmas Day in 1996 the Slovenian paragliding pilot reached out and touched the sky.  Winched into the sky above Kuruman, he began a voyage that rewrote the record books.   He returned to earth in Bloemfontein, having traversed 337-km.  His record today heads the list of those who have taken paragliding to its limits.   Of the nine record categories recognised by the FAI (the governing body), five belong to pilots who made the trip to Kuruman. 

Launching from the airport, the many raptors in the Kalahari lead one from thermal to thermal. During summer, ground temperatures rise to 40oC and the upward-soaring thermals are average to strong.  A dust devil might take you by surprise and lift you well over 5000-m where water starts to condense, forming huge, white cotton clouds.  In a country where anything is possible, it is always best to expect the unexpected.

Kuruman is on the N14 northeast of Upington, which is at the intersection of the N14 with the N10. BFTouch

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