Self-fly Adventure Trip in Africa

Wildlife. Adventure. Campfire. Bush Flying.

Our next Self-fly Adventure Trips will take place in April/May 2018.
(Arrival in Johannesburg: April 18-20, Departure April 21st, Last day of trip: May 13, 2018).

Whether you are a pilot or not, join one of our upcoming Ultimate African Self-fly Adventure Trips. Experience Africa’s wildlife while we take care of all the tedious paperwork, reservations and flying permits. Rent an aircraft like the Cessna 172/182/206 or a Piper PA28 and join us on this African adventure.

This trip will show you the wonderful and rich wildlife of South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. We will share all that we know about flying in Africa with you and visit some of our own favourite spots together. There is an option to extend the trip with a few extra days in the beautiful Karoo area in South Africa.
 

Getting fuel at a bush strip in Africa.

We provide you, the pilot, with all the specifics of flying in Africa and will help out and answer any questions you might have from those related to flying in Africa (airspace specifics, charts, non-radar radio procedures, bush flying), how to deal with wild animals on the runway, to how to get a South African pilot license based on your current EASA or FAA license.

After completing this flying trip, you will have gained experience flying through most of the countries in southern Africa. We will give a short flight briefing early morning on flying days, hand out charts where needed, explore the route options and arrange the clearances, permits and file all the flight plans for you.

Bring along partner and (non-pilot) friends and experience adventurous Africa together. You will see and feel Africa in a way you have never experienced before. The group is small and we will be visiting and experiencing special places together.

    Itinerary April/May Trip 2018*

    Starts April 18, 2018: Arrival in Johannesburg, South Africa
    The first two days of your stay in Africa will be spent in the Johannesburg area in order for you as the pilot to get your South African pilot license sorted out and to pick up your aircraft. The non-pilots will be able to spend time visiting landmarks in the area.

    Those who will be piloting their own/rented aircraft during this trip will follow an Africa Flying Program to become familiar with all the practical aspects of flying in Africa. Pilots will need to do a check ride with an instructor to get their South African pilot license. This check ride involves the usual air work as well as a navigation flight in the Johannesburg area. A South African validated license is based on your home-based EASA or FAA pilot license. All the paperwork towards this license will be taken care of beforehand, but the check ride has to be done in South Africa before we can hand you your South African pilot license. We will be staying at The Farm Inn hotel near Pretoria. There will be an alternative program for the non-flying partners and friends. In addition to the check ride, you will have to pass one theory exam on South African air law.

    Trip Options

    We offer a 3-week self-piloting safari trip that includes flying through South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. In addition, you can opt to extend this trip with a few extra days to visit the Karoo in South Africa on your way back from Namibia to Johannesburg.


    April 21: 2018 Swaziland
    Our first overland flight in Africa will be from Lanseria (FALA) to our first destination Nsoko, deep into the heart of Swaziland. Swaziland is one of the last kingdoms in Africa and is situated next to Mozambique and South Africa. It is ruled by an absolute monarch Ngwenyama (“King”) Mswati III. We stay the night in a safari lodge near the town of Nsoko where we will visit local villages and travel local roads in the area to get a good feel of real Africa.

     
    The Kingdom of Swaziland.

    April 23: Safari in Kruger National Park
    After clearing customs/immigration at Kruger International Airport, we will visit Kruger National Park for a safari. We will be staying overnight inside the Kruger Park for several days where we will move to another safari camp each day while travelling through the Kruger area. The safaris with will in open safari vehicles under the guidance of professional guides. Each morning we will pack up and move during the day to the next camp. In the evening, we will enjoy a South African Braai (BBQ) together or each diner in the camp restaurant.

     
     
    Dedicated safari guides come and stay with us while in the Kruger Park.

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    Open game vehicles give you the best safari experience.


    Gumboot dancers performing around the campfire.

    April 27: Victoria Falls and Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe
    From Kruger, we will fly north to Zimbabwe and after making an intermediate stop for the night in Zimbabwe, we will continue our flight to Lake Kariba. Lake Kariba is situated just east of the Victoria Falls, the largest waterfalls in the world and one of the seven natural wonders of the world. We will visit Victoria Falls, but first, we will go on board of a houseboat at Kariba to cruise for several days on Lake Kariba. The boat is fully staffed and we will bring along our own guides. The lake is filled with crocodiles and hippos and you will experience Africa from a different perspective.


    From Kariba, we will fly to Victoria Falls. After flying over the falls, we will land at Victoria Falls Airport (FVFA), stay overnight in Victoria Falls before continuing towards Botswana.

    If you dare, you can swim in the Devils’ Pool and sit on the Devil’s armchair. Or you can do bungee jumping from the bridge connecting Zambia to Zimbabwe.

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    Swim close to the edge of the falls

    May 1: Okavango Delta, Botswana

    The Okavango Delta is one of Africa’s last remaining great wildlife habitat and provides refuge to huge concentrations of game. Chief’s Island sits right in the middle of the delta and will be the destination for our next adventure during this self-fly safari trip.

    May 4: Sossusvlei, Namibia

    Flight from the Okavango Delta towards the Sossusvlei area in Namibia, where we will stay for several days in two different locations in the northern part of Namibia: one near Rundu and the other in the Sossusvlei area. Sossusvlei is possibly Namibia’s most spectacular and best-known attraction. Characterised by the large red dunes that surround it, Sossusvlei is a large, white, salt and clay pan and is a great destination all year round.


    May 7: Swakopmund and Skeleton Coast

    From an airfield near our safari lodge in the Sossusvlei area, we will fly towards the Skeleton Coast where we will stay in Swakopmund. The Skeleton coast was called “The Land God Made in Anger” by Bushmen and “The Gates of Hell” by the Portuguese sailors. In previous days, it was often possible to get ashore through the surf but impossible to launch from the shore. The only way out was a walk through the hot desert.

    May 9: Fish River Canyon, Namibia

    After staying overnight for one night in Luderitz, we will be flying to the fish river canyon. The fish river canyon is the largest canyon of Africa and the second largest canyon in the world and situated in the south of Namibia. We will be flying to a dirt strip near Fish River Canyon Lodge and join a six-hour exhibition into the bottom of the canyon before we continue our trip towards Keetmanshoop.

    May 13: Back to South Africa

    After flying out of Namibia from Keetmanshoop early in the morning and entering South Africa at Upington, those that have opted not to continue towards The Karoo will make their way for the last flight back to Johannesburg to deliver their rented aircraft back to their respective owners and to head out to O.R. Tambo International Airport to fly back home.

    OPTIONAL: May 13-15: Augrabies Waterfalls

    For those that have opted to extend the trip with a visit to The Karoo, they will fly from Upington to the private airfield of Dundi Lodge. The lodge is situated near the Augrabies Waterfalls. The falls have a flow rate in high season that is over three times that of the Niagara Falls.

    OPTIONAL: May 15-18: The Karoo

    Our self-fly safari trip will end with a visit to The Karoo. The Karoo is a semi-desert natural region of South Africa where we will stay in Sneeuberg Nature Reserve.


     

    If you are interested in this self-piloting safari trip and would like to receive more details about its itinerary and the associated costs, use the form below to request the additional information.

     


     

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