Fun, sun and low cost make Durban
THE place to learn to fly
The low cost of pilot training in Durban, South Africa, combined with our endless summer climate and year-round fun, makes it the ideal learn to fly location.
The cost of learning to fly may be low, but the pilot training is world-class. How come? Our weak Rand currency works to your advantage (approximately R14 to the Pound , R9 to the Euro , R7 to the Dollar).
This however fluctuates on a daily basis.
Learn to fly any time of the year
Durban's 'endless summer' means no great winter days when you cannot fly. Because Durban is South Africa's premier beach holiday resort, there are always things to do after you learn to fly day is over.
Further away, but within a half days drive or leass that an hour's flying time are the fabulous Drakensberg Mountain and game reserves of KwaZulu Natal such as the huge Tembe Elephant Park and the Umfolozi and Hluhluwe Rhino Reserves.
Flying fish and flying horses too!
The Natal Coast, immediately south of Durban, is famous for its annual sardine run otherwise known as "the greatest shoal on earth."
The annual "run" takes place in June/July. Millions of pilchards in vast shoals that blacken the normally blue sea make their way up the coast. They are pursued by sharks, dolphins and game fish.
From time to time (depending on weather conditions, currents and their pursuers) the shoals 'beach' themselves enabling spectators to wade in to the sea with baskets and carry tons of the silver fish ashore.
Horses fly at the famous Durban July
Durban is also home to Africa's most famous horse race - the annual Durban July run on the first Saturday in July.
For those interested in flying horses and horse-racing, The nearby Natal Midlands boasts a number of quality stud farms and training facilities.
And the famous Comrades Marathon
The famous Comrades Marathon - the 87 km annual road race run between Durban and Pietermaritzburg - attracts runners from all over the world. This race is normally run in June.
The first race, run in 1921 attracted 34 runners. In 2001, 15558 entered the marathon of which 11076 finished within the allotted maximum time of 11 hours. The winner completed the course in 5 hours 21 minutes and 51 seconds. For more information about the Comrades Marathon.
The annual Viginia Airshow is normally held in July. This is a social and exciting event. "Old and New" aircrafts and pilots showing off their incredible flying abilities.
Tourism Travel Indaba
Durban is the home of the annual South African Travel Indaba (get together). It is the biggest travel exhibition in Africa.
This year (2007) the Indaba runs in May. For more information about the Indaba go to http://www.indaba-southafrica.co.za
Many 'learn to flyers' coincide their flying training with one or more of these events.