Self-fly Adventure Trip in Africa

Wildlife. Adventure. Campfire. Bush Flying.

Our next Self-fly Adventure Trips will take place in April/May 2018.
(Check availability with us for the October 2017 trip).

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.
 

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 all the flight plans for you.

Bring along your partner and 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 some special places together.

    Itinerary*

    April/May 2018 Trip: Starts April 20, 2018: Arrival in Johannesburg, South Africa
    (October 2017 Trip: check availability, starts October 2017).
    The below itinerary is for the April/May 2018 trip. The itinerary for the October 2017 trip is the same but starts on the 1st of October 2017. Please check for availability first as this trip is about full or might be full already. The first two days of your stay in Africa will be spent in the Johannesburg area in order for you to get your South African pilot license sorted out and to pick up your aircraft.

    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 the trip with another week to add a visit to Cape Town and the wineries in Stellenbosch.

    April 23-24 2018 (October 4-5 2017) 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 a kingdom 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 the local villages and community projects to get a good feel of Africa.

     

    April 24-26 (October 5-7) 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 in a typical tented safari camp where we will enjoy a South African Braai (BBQ) together in the evening after coming back from the game drive in Kruger Park.

       

    We will be staying a full day in Kruger Park with a ranger in one of the best game spotting areas in the park in search of the Big 5.

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    The evenings will be spent around the camp fire. 


    April 26-30 (October 7-11) 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 a few days on Lake Kariba. The boat is fully staffed and we will sleep on the boat for two nights. 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

    April 30-May 2 (October 11-13) 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 2-5 (October 13-16) 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 5-7 (October 16-18) 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 7-10 (October 18-21) 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 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 10 (October 21) 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 Cape Town 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 10-12 (October 21-23) Augrabies Waterfalls

    For those that have opted to extend the trip with a visit to Cape Town and the wineries in Stellenbosch, 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 12-16 (October 23-27) Cape Town and Stellenbosch Wineries

    Our self-fly safari trip will end with a visit to Cape Town and the wine regions in Stellenbosch. We will be visiting Table Mountain as well as some of the great wineries in Stellenbosh before ending our trip at one of the finest restaurants in Cape Town and flying all back towards Johannesburg.


     

    May 16 (October 27) Return flight to Johannesburg

    Our adventure trip will end after a long day of flying back to Johannesburg with a mid-day stop in the Karoo area for fuel and the last lunch together.  After lunch, each of us will fly to Johannesburg to deliver their rented aircraft to their respective owners to then catch a flight back home from O.R. Tambo International Airport.

     
    Karoo Gateway Airport

    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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