Welcome to the Drakensberg Soaring Club Website

The Drakensberg Soaring Club is situated eight kilometers outside the beautiful town of Underberg, in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.


About Us

The club is situated on the farm Utopia and as a result the airfield is known, amongst its members, as Utopia Base. It has two grass strip runways, these being 14/32 and 05/23. The runways are regularly mowed to the finish of a good golf course.

Winch launching as well as occasional aerotow (when required) is used at the club. There are two two-seat trainers and instruction is given to those requiring it by one of five instructors.


The clubhouse is fitted out with full kitchen facilities to provide for those spending the weekend or longer. Beds are available in the clubhouse for members and visitors. The club has a fireplace and an indoor braai as well as adequate ablution facilities.


Club Gliders

Schleicher ASK-13

ASK-13 General characteristics*

  • Crew: Two
  • Length: 8.18 m (26 ft 10 in)
  • Wingspan: 16.00 m (52 ft 6 in)
  • Height: 1.6 m (5 ft 3 in)
  • Wing area: 17.5 m=C2=B2 (188 ft=C2=B2)
  • Aspect ratio: 14.6
  • Wing profile: G=C3=B6ttingen 535/549
  • Empty weight: 290 kg (640 lb)
  • Gross weight: 480 kg (1,060 lb)
*These are generally quoted figures, actual figures may vary


Grob G103 Twin Astir

G103 General characteristics*

  • Crew: Two
  • Length: 8.1 m (26 ft 7 in)
  • Wingspan: 17.5 m (57 ft 5 in)
  • Height: 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
  • Wing area: 17.9 m=C2=B2 (193 ft=C2=B2)
  • Aspect ratio: 17.1
  • Empty weight: 390 kg (860 lb)
  • Gross weight: 620 kg (1,370 lb)
*These are generally quoted figures, actual figures may vary


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Directions to the Drakensberg Soaring Club Airfield

To get to the airfield, go through Underberg and you will be on the Swartberg road, heading west. Cross the Umzimkulu river after about 3km. Travel about 1km and take the next turn right onto the Bushman's Neck road, where you will also see our sign post. Travel along this road for 6 km until you again, on the left, see our sign post, and after a further 2 km's you will come across our club on the right hand side. If the gate is closed, it will indicate that gliding activity is taking place and one of the following numbers will need to be called to arrange access to the Club:

Ken - 082 554 5460
Billy - 083 233 3444
Donovan - 082 895 2009

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Out location can be seen on Google Maps. Click the button below, to view it on Google Maps, or use the map below.

GPS Co-ordinates

S 29deg 48' 42"
E 29deg 23' 51"

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