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NAMIBIA TRIP - Nico Kohne

Posted: Wed May 18, 2011 7:13 pm
by whisper
Nico and his wife Lolita are the new owners of ZU-FDI. A few days after ferrying the aircraft from paradise back to jhb they decided to do a 30+hr tour of Namibia :D
Tonight they are in Swakopmund. Nico has sent a few pics from his cellphone which I'll post below. Hopefully he'll get to a PC soon to send through more details of this epic adventure....
I'm not sure but this may be the first international Whisper flight??

Re: NAMIBIA TRIP - Nico Kohne

Posted: Wed May 18, 2011 7:25 pm
by whisper
Hot off the press!!

Apparently fuel figures are conservative (high) estimates and total for trip may be less than 500litres....

Day 1:Sat 14 May

Springs to Kuruman,
Kuruman to Dundi Lodge at Augrabies falls
105L and 5hrs

Day 2:Sun 15

Dundi Lodge to Upington,
Upington to Keetmanshoop,
Keetmanshoop to Vogelstrauskluft at Fishriver canyon
72L and 3:20hrs

Day 3:Mon 16

Vogelstrauskluft to Windhoek(Eros)
70L and 3hrs

Day 4:Tues 17

Resting day or just flying around Windhoek

Day 5:Wed 18

Windhoek to Sossusvlei via Solitaire,
Sossusvlei to Swakopmund via Meob bay and the coastline.
76L and 3:30hrs

Day 6:Thurs 19

Swakopmund,North along the coast till Ugab river mouth,then right,folowing the river till Brandberg(looking for desert Elaphants),Around Brandberg then North to Twyfelfontein where we spend the night at Kipwe lodge.
60L and 2:30hrs

Day 7:Fri 20

Twyfelfontein to Swakopmund
30L and 1:15hrs

Day 8:Sat 21

Swakopmund to Windhoek
35L and 1:30hrs

Day 9:Sun 22

Windhoek to Keetmanshoop,
Keetmanshoop to Upington,
Upington to Dundi lodge at Augrabies falls again.
115L and 5:20hrs

Day 10:Monday 23

Dundi lodge to Kuruman,
Kuruman to Springs
105L and 5:00hrs.

Total flying time=Just over 30hrs
Total Fuel. =670 liters

Note:At Camp Kipwe
On day of arr,we do a 2hr trip to the fossilized forest and next morning,a 6hr trip to go and look for Desert Elephants

All in 10days.
Nico
Ps:can follow on face book,will post pictures,otherwise will send on BBM.Hope can post on Facebook from Namibia
Nico Kohne on facebook.

Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device

Re: NAMIBIA TRIP - Nico Kohne

Posted: Thu May 19, 2011 3:39 pm
by whisper
They are at Twyfelfontein. I had no idea where that was but thanks to Google Earth all was revealed :D

Re: NAMIBIA TRIP - Nico Kohne

Posted: Fri May 20, 2011 8:36 pm
by whisper
Their quest to find the desert elephants was apparently fairly painless....upon arrival at twyfelfontein this big chap was parading for them :D

Re: NAMIBIA TRIP - Nico Kohne

Posted: Fri May 20, 2011 8:40 pm
by whisper
in typical airline captain fashion Nico followed his pre-arranged itinerary to the minute hence todays flight took them back to the coast and Swakopmund. En route they passed the famous Brandberg which he says "made us feel so small". It is apparently 8461'. Look at the MGL screen!!!!!

Re: NAMIBIA TRIP - Nico Kohne

Posted: Sat May 21, 2011 9:05 pm
by whisper
Today they flew from swakopmund back to eros.
Tomorrow is Eros to Upington....Nico is hoping for a tailwind and is planning to do it in a single hop.....

Apparently fuel flow has been under 15litres per hour and if the tailwind is as forecast they'll do eros upington in 4 hrs....

Re: NAMIBIA TRIP - Nico Kohne

Posted: Sun May 22, 2011 7:34 pm
by whisper
Windhoek to Upington direct 767km on 62litres of fuel in 4h15 :D :D :D Try that in your Prius!!!!
This has got to be some sort of record :?:
Nico clearly has not realised that this aerie is supposed to be a glider and is not a transcontinental airliner.
Pics below showing the MGL and a pic of FDI back on SA soil at Upington.
Tonight they are at Dundi Lodge and tomorrow it is back to the big smoke (JHB)!!

Re: NAMIBIA TRIP - Nico Kohne

Posted: Mon May 23, 2011 6:26 pm
by whisper
pics of the orange river just below the augrabies falls...of a spot called Augrabies Bush Camp ( http://www.augrabies.blogspot.com )..seems they fancied Dundi Lodge so much they stayed an extra night so its only back to the big smoke tomorrow :)

Nico has promised to send details of the whole flight once they are back in JHB....which we'll post here

Re: NAMIBIA TRIP - Nico Kohne

Posted: Wed May 25, 2011 12:37 pm
by whisper
They are safely back home in the big smoke. Final figures are:
5837km
34h38min
557.43lites of fuel

Nico has given me all the pics of their trip. I updated some of the posts above with higher res pics. What a trip......definitely on my bucket list :D