The first problem to overcome is the most difficult - How do I get my hangglider to Namibia?
Well there are a number
of ways :
1. Fly to South Africa and drive up or
2. Fly direct to Windhoek (Capital) with LTU
3. Ship it via container
We choose number 2 as the most direct.
A Hangglider Friendly Airline
LTU is a german carrier which specialises in medium to long haul package tourism.
Their most redeeming feature is
their Baggage allowance :-
A quote from LTU's terms and conditions
Each passenger, including children, may check-in 2 bags weighing no more than 70lbs/32kg per piece PLUS - Sports Equipment
(Hanggliders) up to 66lbs/30kg per person is transported free of charge.
This means including hand baggage a grand total of 68kg. By judicious packing you won't have to pay a cent excess baggage
Photo above - Flying into Windhoek International Airport with the gliders safely in the hold
Packing your glider
I got a purpose made glider bag from Avian to protect the glider during transport. The armoured bag. Check out the following
click here to read about the Avian Armoured bag
What We Did
LTU's direct flight to Namibia starts from Munich. Feeder flights from various airports in Germany (Berlin/Dusseldolf/Hamburg/etc)
which means that checking in at the feeder airport with a hangglider presents problems. By driving to Munich this is circumvented.
When you arrive - Transport
It goes without saying that prior to arrival you should have arranged transportation for your gliders.
We hired a
minibus, a 4x4 (bakkie) and a trailer with camping equipment. There are various rental companies in Namibia but not all have
suitable vehicles or have towbars & trailers. We found Kalahari Car Hire who was able to provide all we wanted at a very