Self-fly Adventure Trip in Africa

Wildlife. Adventure. Campfire. Bush Flying.

Our next Self-fly Adventure Trip will take place in October 2017.

Whether you are a pilot or not, join our Ultimate African Self-fly Safari Trip in October this year (2017). 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 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. Within a period of a bit over three weeks, 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*

    October 1-3 Arrival Johannesburg and License Validation
    You ideally arrive in Johannesburg on the first of October. 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 final check-ride flight with an instructor to get their South African pilot license. This 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.

    Trip Options

    We offer a 3-week self-piloting safari trip that includes flights through South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. In addition, you can opt to extend this trip with another week to add a visit to Cape Town and the wineries in Stellenbosch.

    October 4-5 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.

     

    October 5-7 Safari in Kruger National Park
    After clearing customs at Kruger International Airport, we will visit Kruger National Park for a safari. We will be staying overnight in a typical tented safari camp while we enjoy the South African Braai (BBQ) in the evening together after coming back from the game drive.

       

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

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    The evenings will be spent again around the camp fire. 


    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 later, but first, we will go on board of a house-boat 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

    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 base for our next adventure during this self-fly safari trip.

    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.


    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.

    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.

    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.

    October 21-23 Augrabies Waterfalls (optional)

    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 the 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.

    October 23-27 Cape Town and Stellenbosch Wineries (optional)

    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.


     

    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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