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Glider Hire

High Season





€ 1680  per week



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Nimbus 4DM 

€ 1750.00 per week



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Ventus 2CT

€ 1350.00   per week



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Twin Shark

€ 1750.00   per week



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€ 1450.00   per week



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Douglas Airfield Coordinates: (BACK HOUSE)

S29 04.3
E023 47.3


By International airline

From Europe you can choose a variety of airlines to either Johannesburg or Cape Town International. From there you can either hire a car, or you can transfer to one of two airlines to Kimberly. From Kimberly it is only 1 hour south West by car on the R357 highway to Douglas. If necessary we can collect you from Kimberly airport.


By road to Douglas:

By car, Johannesburg to Douglas is about 6 hours, and Cape Town to Douglas is about 10 hours. The drive will take you on the N12 through Potchefstroom and while you are there make a turn to the JS1 Sailplanes factory and pay them a visit but best to make an appointment with them. Keep on going on the N12 till you reach the town of Kimberly (The big whole) and then you take the route to Douglas on the R357.  As you approach Douglas at the T junction the airfield is straight in front of you, turn right heading for Douglas town and about 15 meters turn left to the airfield.

 Cape Town, you take the N1 up to Three Sisters and take a left turn to Victoria West which is the N12 and follow the road through Hope town to Kimberly still on the N12. About 15 km out of Hope Town, take the gravel road to Douglas, the R385.  Please take note that it is a dirt/ gravel road to Douglas or you can turn left Just after Britstown about 10km and drive the N10 to Prieska until you get to the intersection of Prieska and Douglas the R357. Turn and follow the road until you get into Douglas. Drive through town and follow the road going out to Kimberly, the R357 and about 6km out of Douglas town the airfield is on the right alongside to the main road. 


Car Hire

It is sufficient to hire a small car but make sure it is air conditioned. A small towbar for airfield use can be mounted at the airfield. Pender has normally the best prices.


Budget Rent-a-Car

Phone: 053 851 1182, 053 851 1183
Fax: 053 851 1154
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Postal Address:
PO Box 1409, Kimberley, 8300



GEO: -28.737520, 24.765804
Phone: (+27) 53-8511131 
Fax: (+27) 53-8511108


Europe Car Hire:

Head Office:
Physical Address Call Centre
16 Ernest Oppenheimer Avenue  24 Hour Call Centre: 0861 131 000
Bruma  International Number: +27 (0) 11 479 4000
South Africa

Douglas airfield lies 4Km north east out of town and is a private owned airfield.  Has an asphalt runway 1.5km long and 14m wide. We have two hangars at our disposal and have a club house with ablution blocks. The hangars all have electricity and ample water (from the Vaal and Orange River where they both meet.)

Douglas Town

Douglas is a town situated near the confluence of the Orange and Vaal Rivers in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. On this fertile soil nestles the town of Douglas. The town itself is a green patchwork of dramatic contrast - space for the solitary and activity for the energetic. Douglas is divided in three sections or locations named Bongani, Breipaal and Douglas.
It is a small and unique town and has three well known grocery stores, two major banks and of course clothing and shoe shops for the ladies. The town has a fair amount of accommodation and restaurants available, some are in town and others are on the Vaal or Orange River. Douglas is a thriving, fast-growing agricultural and mining town and in the future we will see more things springing up. The road between Douglas and Hope Town has now been paved, so there is better access between the Northern Cape and Free State.

The town was founded in 1848 as a mission station on the farm Backhouse by the Reverend Isaac Hughes. In 1867, a group of Europeans from Griquatown signed an agreement giving them the right to establish a town. The town was named after General Sir Robert Percy Douglas, Lieutenant Governor of the Cape Colony. Near the confluence of the Orange River and its main tributary, the Vaal River, surrounded by a wealth of agricultural and stock farming ventures, fed by two of South Africa’s greatest rivers.

Kimberley Town

Kimberley is the capital of the Northern Cape Province Of South Africa. It is located approximately 110Km east of the confluence of the Vaal and Orange rivers. The historical significance due to its diamond mining past and siege during the Second Boer War. Personalities such as Cecil Rhodes and Barney Barnato made their fortunes here and the roots of the De Beers company can also be traced to the early days of the mining town. Kimberley was also the first city in the Southern Hemisphere and the second in the world after Philadelphia to integrate electricity street lights in its infrastructure on the September 2, 1882. The first stock exchange in Africa was also built in Kimberley, as early as 1881.

Kimberley Airport

South African first school of aviation to train pilots for the proposed South African Aviation Corps (SAAC) was established in Kimberley in 1913 known as Paterson Aviation Syndicate School of Flying. It is commemorated in the Pioneers of Aviation Museum (and a replica of the first Compton Patterson Biplane preserved there), situated near Kimberley Airport. In the 1931, Kimberley boasted the best night landing facilities on the continent of Africa. A major air rally was hosted there in 1934. And in that, we are hoping to host the World Gliding Championship, 2020 at Kimberley’s airport. 




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