ADVENTURES IN DURBAN

Find all your sky adventures in Durban here with us. We offer scenic  flights in microlights, hot air balloons, helicopters, and also light sport planes. For the adrenaline junkies we have tandem sky diving and, if you’re interested in KZN history, why not fly out to explore the famous Battle of Isandlwana? Recently we have added tandem paragliding to our range of activities. Find out more below.

MICROLIGHT

Enjoy a coastal flight where Whale Sharks, Rays, Turtles and all sorts of marine life are easily spotted from the open microlight.

Microlight Flights – The important Stuff 

  • What to wear: Comfortable clothing and maybe takkies. Warm clothing is preferable in winter, perhaps even a beany, it can certainly get cold up there!
  • How many in one aircraft: Two, you and the pilot.
  • Is there an age limit? 14 is the youngest age.
  • Is there a weight limit? Yes, 110 kgs.

UMKOMAAS
(SOUTH COAST)

In the Aquilla [Open Cockpit]

20 Minute Flight at R 1320.00 per person
This route takes you along the coast to Umkomaas beach and back with a comparatively short time to explore the beautiful shoreline.

30 Minute Flight at R 1620.00 per person
This route takes you from Umkomaas Villiage along the coast to Scottburgh and back, exploring the undeniably beautiful shoreline. The client will also be able to get a feel of the controls under the guidance of the instructor.

45 Minute Flight at R 2400.00 per person
This route takes you from Umkomaas Villiage to Winklespruit along the coast to Scottburgh and back, exploring the beautiful shoreline. One of the best adventures in Durban and plenty of time to get a feel of the controls while under the guidance of the instructor.

60 Minute Flight at R 3180.00 per person
The route takes you Umkomaas Villiage to Illovo, to Amazimtoti, to Umkomaas, Scottburgh and back, exploring the beautiful shoreline.  In addition to just enjoying the flight the client can get a feel of the controls while under the guidance of the instructor.

 HOT AIR BALLOONING

In Kzn, the hot air balloons fly from various locations, namely Tala Valley and Champagne Valley. All the balloons launch at dawn so either you have to get up at sunrise or, alternatively, you need to find accommodation close by but we can advise you on that. The balloon flights include coffee and biscuits before the flight, champagne or fruit juice afterwards, and breakfast back at the launch site, or alternatively, somewhere close by. One of the best adventures in Durban, the flight itself is about generally 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the vagaries of the wind. (Great for a Gift Voucher!)

Tala Valley balloon is R 3600 per person sharing.

Champagne Valley balloon is R 3450 per person sharing.

Hot Air Ballooning – The important Stuff 

  • When: Sunrise,  all the flights are at dawn so think about staying over somewhere the night before instead.
  • How many in one basket: From 3 to 9 (including the pilot).
  • How far in advance do I need to book? As much as possible, preferably at least two weeks.
  • Is there an age limit? Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult . likewise  no children under 4 unless an exclusive family package.
  • Is there a weight limit? Yes – 125 kg

PARAGLIDING

We do the paragliding flights from either the Bluff or at Bulwer on the 1000ft mountain. Generally, with all flying, paragliding is heavily dependant on the wind and direction so booking for a particular day and time is virtually impossible. If you choose the Bluff then the instructor will contact you and advise when the weather is looking favourable. If you choose the Bulwer option then it is preferable to make a day or even a weekend of it and stay over in accommodation on site in Bulwer. You will meet at the office in Bulwer and be taken up the mountain in the 4×4 and briefed before being strapped in and going for your first flight. The flights are about 15 to 20 minutes depending on what the wind is doing on the day.

Standard Tandem Flight :  R 1450.00 per person

Gyro-copter flights – The important Stuff

  • Where from? The Bluff or Bulwer
  • When? Depends on the weather
  • What to wear? Sunscreen, hat, longs, jacket, juice/water, snacks
  • How far in advance do I need to book? A week should be fine
  • Is there an age limit? No children under 12
  • Is there a weight limit? 100 kg

HELICOPTER

We do amazing scenic coastal flights from Virginia airport or inland to the Valley of 1000 Hills, using a range of different sized helicopters. From the Robinson R 44 through to the Bell Long Ranger. You can choose from one of the following best adventures in Durban or. in addition,  we can arrange a private charter to any destination.  Please give us some time to organise it and quote you.

Helicopter flights – The important Stuff 

  • When:  Any time in daylight.
  • What to wear:   It doesn’t matter but  something comfortable though.
  • How far in advance do I need to book?   A week should be fine.
  • What information do we need:  We need all the names of the passengers as well as their weights when you book.

TOUR 1

12 minute beachfront flight
Down to the Moses Mabhida stadium and back.

R 3 427.00 flat rate
Between 1-3 passengers

TOUR 2

30 minutes
This tour is along the Durban beachfront and thereafter up to Umhlanga lagoon and back.

R 5 727.00 flat rate
Between 1-3 passengers

R 6 555.00 flat rate

4 Passengers

TOUR 3

45 minutes
A scenic coastal flight down the coast to the Umngeni River mouth, thereafter turning inland up the Umngeni River valley and through the Valley of 1000 Hills before eventually returning via greater Durban, the harbour and the Golden Mile.

R  8 510.00 flat rate
Between 1-3 passengers

R 9 660.00
4 Passengers

TOUR 4

The River Run Picnic Flight
An exciting fast and often low-level flight following  a meandering river with tall cliffs on either side. The flight starts at Virginia Airport and tracks seawards of the coastline towards the Umngeni River mouth. You will climb up for breathtaking views of The Valley of a 1000 Hills and skim over Inanda dam. The stopover is on a mountaintop over-looking the dam for a prepared picnic – we do cater for most special requirements.

Once you have enjoyed your time on the mountain you will then head down the Umgeni River back to the coast. The flying time is approximately 30 to 40 mins and most clients stay on the mountain for about  45 minutes. Flights may vary in time and flight path on account of changes according to airspace control and pilot judgment.

R  7 800.00 flat rate
Between 1-3 passengers

R 8 970.00
4 Passengers

TOUR 5

The African Safari Experience at Rain Farm Game Lodge (1⁄2 Day Tour)

You can charter a helicopter to this amazing inland lodge at Umhlali. You could do a game drive and romantic picnic by the dam, have a spa treatment or  lunch or rather  just laze by the pool before heading back to the helicopter and back to Durban afterwards. 

R  Enquire flat rate
[Flight only]
Between 1-3 passengers

R Enquire flat rate
[Flight only]

4 Passengers

Ask us about the individual activity prices

TOUR 6

Phezulu Safari Park
This amazing experience starts with a 20 minute flight to Phezulu Safari Park on the edge of the Valley of Thousand Hills. You will be met by a game warden and taken on a 1 hour game drive through the park where you may see giraffe, wildebeest, impala, zebra, bush buck, and loads more, not to mention the wide variety of bird species. After the drive you can go to the Zulu dancing show with dancers in their traditional garb, showing off their skills with grace and humour. After that a lunch at the Boma (for your account) with fantastic views of the Valley of a Thousand Hills.

R  Enquire flat rate
Between 1-3 passengers

R Enquire
4 Passengers

TOUR 7

East Coast Brewing Company
30 minute scenic coastal flight down to Umkomaas landing at The East Coast Brewing Company for lunch and drinks (For your account)

R  Enquire flat rate
Between 1-3 passengers

R Enquire flat rate
4 Passengers

R Enquire flat rate
6 Passengers

TANDEM SKYDIVING

Following  a 20 minute briefing on the tandem skydive, you will afterwards accompany a qualified Tandem Master (TM) to 8000 feet above the ground in the Cessna 185 . Then, using tandem skydiving equipment designed to carry you both, you will exit the aircraft and experience about 30 seconds of exhilarating and extraordinary free-fall tandem skydiving, after which the Tandem Master will deploy the canopy and do the canopy checks. You can then assist the Tandem Master in flying and landing the canopy, otherwise  leave it all to him and just enjoy the skydiving experience. The tandem skydive flight will last generally 5 – 7 minutes. This is one of the best adventures in Durban and great for a Gift Voucher!

R 3 000.00 per person

DVD & Photo Package is R 660.00

Tandem Skydive – The important Stuff 

  • Where from: Cato Ridge
  • What to wear: Comfortable clothing and  takkies not with hook type laces.
  • Is there an age limit? 16 is the youngest and if you are under 21 you need your guardians signature. If you are over 40 you need to additionally state your medical fitness.
  •  Is there a weight limit? Yes, 100kgs.

I just wanted to say thank you very much for the beautiful experience. A special thank you to Vernon by making my daughter Deeandra so comfortable and affording her the opportunity to have the best 21st birthday experience. She absolutely loved it and stated it was one of the most exhilarating experiences. May your business grow from strength to strength.

Anashnee Chinaboo

THE SLING / FOXBAT: LIGHT SPORT PLANE

The Sling and Foxbat are Light Sport Planes, and  in a category up from the microlights. Capable of cruising at 90 knots and a top speed of 110 knots you can certainly cover a huge area in a flight.

In a  coastal flight from the Umkomaas Airfield you will be able to feel out the controls with the experienced instructor during your flight, or you can just sit back and enjoy yourself . This is one of the best adventures in Durban and a great idea for a Gift Voucher

30 Minutes: R 1860.00 per person

45 Minutes: R 2760.00 per person

60 Minutes: R 3600.00 per person

Light Sport Aircraft flights-The important Stuff 

  • What to wear: Comfortable clothing and  takkies. Warm clothing in winteras  it can get really cold up there!
  • How many in one aircraft: Two, you and the pilot.
  • Is there an age limit? 14 is the youngest age.
  •  Is there a weight limit? Yes, 110 kgs.

BATTLEFIELD TOURS

The battle of Isandlwana was the largest defeat the British empire had ever felt. More has been written about this battle than any other single engagement in the history of South Africa. One of the reasons for this is that the true story will never be told as all the British soldiers who stayed until the end were killed. Zulu reports suffer from inaccurate translations and from the time lapse between the battle and their recording.

Join us for a flight from Durban North through to Isandlwana lodge where you will be taken on a tour of the Isandlwana battle field in the morning and Rourke’s Drift in the afternoon with lunch at the lodge.

Robinson R 44: Three seater: 

Robinson R 66: Four seater 

Bell B 407: Six seater 

Please note, these prices do not include lunch at Isandlwana Lodge.

ADD A TOUR GUIDE

Apart from being the owner of Sky Adventures, Rhod is also a qualified level 4 Kzn Cultural Tour Guide specialising in the battlefields.

We can combine the flying with a local tour, pointing out places of interest or we could do a multi-day tour of the Kzn battlefields in the midlands or in Zululand.

Gives us a call and we can custom prepare a package for you.