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2016 Makgadikgadi Epic

The third annual Makgadikgadi Epic takes place from 14 – 17 July 2016, at the Nata Bird Sanctuary in the incredible Makgadikgadi Salt Pans – one of Africa’s greatest natural attractions.

The ideal destination for this yearly skydiving Boogie, the Makgaikgadi Pans cover an area of 12000 kmĀ², and are one of the largest salt pans in the world, located in Central Botswana. Featuring a dramatic, and sparsely vegetated landscape, the pans are undoubtedly picturesque, stretching out endlessly towards the horizon.

Confirmed aircrafts for this edition of the event include a C130 Hercules (100 slots per load), a Squirrel or Huey Chopper, a CASA 235 (40 slots per load), a Cessna 208 Grand Caravan (16/18 slots per load), and a PAC 750 XSTOL (9 slots per load).

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Excitingly, in attendance this year will be the ‘Father of FreeFly’ – Mr. Olav Zipser. With over 22000 logged skydives, and more than 51 gold medals from a wide array of worldwide international skydiving competitions, Zipser is the world’s most recognised FreeFlyer, and a pioneer of the sport of skydiving as a whole. Notably, Zipser founded The First School of Modern SkyFlying in 1994, founded the Space Games in 1997, and founded The FreeFly Astronaut Project – a research mission aimed at creating a safe and economical emergency return and rescue methods for future space pioneers. His role at the 2016 Epic will be to organise a variety of exhilarating, and unique jumps, and to act as FreeFly Load Organiser.

Throughout the duration of the 2016 Makgadikgadi Epic, attendees have the choice of several basic accommodation options, ranging from the Nata Lodge – a self-catering campsite, the nearby Pelican Lodge and Northgate Lodge, and the Botswana Tourism Organisation’s Tented Village. Download this handy info pack to find out more about securing your stay during the event:

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For non-licensed skydivers, tandem skydives can be booked for just P 2000 – a price which includes a DVD of the exhilarating experience. Other activities available during the four-day event include helicopter rides, scenic aircraft flights, a combined game drive and boat cruise, quad bike rides, and a guided horse trail. What’s more, the kids will be kept entertained with a jumping castle onsite.

Licensed civilian skydivers can take part in FS – Load Organising, AE – FreeFly Load Organising, and Wingsuit Load Organising. An affordable registration free applies to licensed skydivers, which includes 10 slots from the CASA, PAC, and Caravan.

Entry fees for the general public, which are donated to the Nata Bird Sanctuary and community, are as follows:

  • Tandem Skydivers – Free
  • Children (Below 12 y/o) – Free
  • Adults – P 50
  • Children (Above 12 y/o) – P 25


To find out more about this popular Botswana event, visit their Facebook page, and to reserve your entry, simply phone +267 76446161.

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