Featured: Self-fly Adventures in Africa

Do you dream of flying yourselves in Africa over the Victoria Falls, spotting elephants below you, learning how to approach and land on unpaved bush airstrips and experiencing the real African wildlife adventure? Either by flying yourself or joining a group of pilots to share the experience with? Come and join us on our next flying trip through Africa or let us support you with your own travel plans. We love Africa and made it our speciality. 

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Spotting elephants in the bush

We would like to help you succeed in preparing for your next trip by assisting you in finding the most interesting flying route, passing special places and airfields we know of and by sharing our experience with you. Flying in Africa is not difficult, but there are a few specifics to be aware of. You will need to get overland- and landing clearance permits for most places except flying through South Africa itself.  Our flight plan app can help here as is optimised for the correct distribution to ATC in Africa. We offer flight following via satellite and have our own staff on the ground in South Africa to support you. Contact us if you have any plans.

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You might want to fly your own aircraft through all of Africa or prefer to rent a plane in South Africa and fly around from there. Some want to venture out mostly on their own, while others prefer to join a group of like-minded aviation enthusiasts to share the experience with and make some new friends along the way. Non-flying partners and friends are welcome as well of course on our organised trips. If you prefer, we can arrange for a safety-pilot to fly along with you.

Self-fly Safari

Experience flying the African continent yourselves. Book a commercial flight into Johannesburg. From there, our staff will assist you and get you ready to fly a rented aircraft through South Africa and its surrounding countries such as Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana or Namibia. Fly to the Victoria Falls, land on bush airstrips in the greater Kruger area or fly to countries like Botswana or Zimbabwe to experience the real Africa, its culture, cities, nature, wildlife, and people.

AeroPlus Self-fly Safaris takes care of all the necessary paperwork for you and provides support in getting you your validated South African (SA) pilot license with the least amount of hassle. Assuming you have an EASA or FAA pilot license, the process is easy and involves mainly a lot of paperwork, some theory for you to study at home (South African Air Law) and involves a short checkout flight with a local South African flying instructor the moment you arrive in South Africa. You will also have to sit that one theory exam for Air Law. All of the paperwork can be arranged beforehand. You SA pilot license will have been issued by the SA CAA and the document will be waiting for you when you arrive in South Africa, but can only be handed out to you by the local flying instructor after you complete the checkout flight and that one theory exam. Plan the first 2 days of your trip to get this sorted out before setting off on your flying trip. We will make sure you are aware of the specifics of flying in Africa. In case you are not a pilot or if your license/medical expired or you don’t want to go through the hassle of getting a validated SA pilot license, then we can also offer you a safety pilot to fly along with you in the aircraft.

During the trip planning phase we will:

  • support you with ideas of places to go,
  • give tips on where it is ideal or fun to land,
  • give you hints on what to see along the way,
  • tell you where and how to get fuel
  • inform you on how to prepare your routes
  • explain how to file flight plans the proper way.

While you are flying around, we can follow along through our satellite flight following service. We have been to a lot of special places in Africa and would love to share our experience with you. We know how to deal with local issues.

Africa Trip 2016

Join our Self-fly Group Safari Trip

Our next 21-Day Ultimate Self-fly Safari Trip will take place October 6 – 27, 2017

  • You book your own commercial flight into Johannesburg to arrive anywhere from the 2nd of October 2017 and ideally not later than on the 4th of October in the afternoon. We will arrange your pick up from O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) near Johannesburg to take you to our favourite hotel in the Johannesburg area where we will have our initial get-together on the evening of the 5th of June with the whole group and before we depart early morning on Friday the 6th to our first destination on the trip.
  • Our staff at Wonderboom Airport (FAWB) near Johannesburg will assist the pilots in the group in getting their South African (SA) pilot license and to pick up the rental aircraft in the period from the 2nd to the 5th of October. It is a license validated against either your EASA or FAA pilot license. All of the paperwork will have been arranged ahead of time before you arrive in Africa. We will even have your SA PPL license ready for you to be handed out after you complete a checkout flight in the aircraft you will be flying in through Africa and a simple Air Law paper exam. Alternatively, we can arrange for a safety pilot to come along with you on the trip, so you don’t have to get your pilot license validated. Non-pilots can visit downtown Johannesburg and Soweto or relax in the hotel, while the pilots in the group will be busy getting their SA pilot license sorted out.
  • Then you are off to fly around Africa in either a rented Cessna 172/182/206 or another aircraft you prefer to fly and which we can find for you. Once you are off, you fly either our prepared or your own route during the day and then meet up with the rest of the group at the end of the day around the fireplace and for dinner.

Africa Trip 2016

Flying from the Johannesburg area towards the Kruger area, you will pass Blyde Canyon and Pilgrim’s Rest. Some of the lodges that we will visit have their own paved or unpaved airstrips. In case you prefer to land on only paved runways, we will arrange permission for you to land at a nearby airfield with a paved runway and to pick you up from there. You will be flying initially into one of two private airstrips in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve, which area is part of the greater Kruger area. One of the airfields is called Peru Private Airfield and, alternatively, you can go to a longer runway just 2 NM to the east of it called Motswari Airfield. After several days of safari in the Kruger area and getting some initial bush flying experience, we will head off towards Zimbabwe to visit the Victoria falls before flying onwards to the Okavango Delta in Botswana, Namibia, Cape Town and finally back to Johannesburg again at the end of this 21-day trip.

Operational Support

From our operational office at Lanseria Airport in South Africa, we will fully support all your flights through Africa.

We can plan all your flights and routes with or for you and can take care of the needed overflight- and landing permissions and reserve the needed AVGAS/Jet-A1 fuel for you at airports along the way. While you fly to your next destination, we will double check that the handlers or airport staff at your destination are ready for you. It doesn’t matter if you are flying professionally to ferry aircraft to remote destinations or if you want to see some of Africa while you fly for fun. Tell us what you are looking for and we will provide the support.

Pictures of Flying through Africa

Check out the picture album with some of the latest flying pictures of trips through Africa.


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