The Flyers’ Lodge came into being in December 1998, when after spending countless week-ends driving to- and from Porterville, Rob Manzoni decided to relocate his paragliding school to the area.

Described in the early days (in the monthly journal of the Paragliding and Hang-gliding Association) as “for winter-flying only”, Porterville was then regarded as too thermic for sensible flying in the summer months; so the idea of running a school for beginners here was not well received by some members of the paragliding community.

Needless to explain, Porterville is today the most-used site for training at all levels; and it’s fair to say that a pilots who complete their training here are equipped to fly anywhere in the world.

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The Lodge itself has grown from a crowded back-packer hangout to what it is today, still with a small 8-bed dorm, but also with private single rooms in the main house; and a separate building housing 8 twin/double rooms with en-suite shower/loo and air-conditioned luxury.