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Make the most of this year's Kite Flying Day by joining Joburg City Parks for a kite flying event on the open lawn area of the Joburg Botanical Gardens in Emmarentia from 2pm on Monday, 8 February.

Celebrate Kite Flying Day at Joburg Botanical Gardens

If you can't make Monday afternoon or early evening after work, then take some friends and a picnic and head out there on Sunday. The open lawn area is right next to the dam.

Kites date back to China in 470 BC, with the earlies kites constructed from bamboo or sturdy reed for the frame, leaves, silk or paper for the sail, and vines or braided fibres for the line or tether. While they were initially used as tools, they were ceremonial as well.

Tips for getting your kite up in the air and keeping it there:

  • Be sure the kite is assembled correctly.
  • Check the wind - a light breeze is generally optimal.
  • Be safe, don't fly the kite near power lines, trees or other sky high obstacles. Wide open spaces are best.
  • Don't fly in the rain.
  • When launching the kite, be sure to have your back to the wind. If the wind is light, have a friend hold the kite downwind and hold your line taut, reeling in slowly until the kite launches.
  • Don't let the line out too quickly. Let the line out at the same pace as the kite gains altitude.