1: Self-Fly Safari Trips

No, you don’t have to be a pilot to join one of our trips. On most of the trips, a professional pilot flies along that can take a maximum of five passengers in a 6-seater commercial aircraft. The costs vary and depend on the number of passengers that want to join the trip. The passenger seats are shared and offered directly by the aircraft operator. Contact us if you are interested so we can share with you the contact information of the aircraft operator.

Yes! On group tours, a pilot with extensive African bush experience will be flying along in a support aircraft. You will in such cases be charged an additional concierge service fee for the guides and pilot flying along. Flight support: each flying day you will get an extensive briefing discussing the weather as well as route options. The pilot will also bring along survival equipment and we have aircraft engineers on standby to support us where needed in case we run into mechanical issues that we can not easily solve while en route. Additionally, we track all participating aircraft from our back-office with satellite trackers and the support pilot coming along has a way to communicate by satellite link.

If you are not participating in a group tour, but flying on your own, we will support you from day to day with the clearances, permits, the filing of flight plans as well as giving you regional weather updates. However, we won’t be flying along with you in a support aircraft.

We limit the trips to a maximum of 8 participating aircraft or 18 participants.

As African Flying Adventures, we offer all our lodging and hotel arrangements for the group safaris at a full catering, all-inclusive price. That is, our offer includes the hotel/lodging full-catering but does not include any airfares, local (taxi) transportation to or from airports or the aircraft rental.

In Africa safaris, games drives and walking safaris are a standard part of your stay at safari lodges or tented camps we book for you. The lodges and hotels we work with, work on an all-inclusive basis including all meals and drinks except for specials wines, champagne or spirits.

On our Cape, The Karoo and Namibia Tour, we start off with a few optional days of wine tasting and sightseeing in the Cape Town and Stellenbosch area. This 3-day tour is not included in our price and has to be paid by credit card or in Rand or US$ to the wine guide if you opt to join this tour.

On the Swaziland, Kruger, Zimbabwe and Namibia Group Tour, we land at Maun, Botswana to visit Chief’s Island in the Okavango Delta. You are not allowed to fly yourselves to the lodge on Chief’s Island, so we swap planes here and use the service of Delta Air at Maun to fly us to the lodge. This service is not offered by us and has to be paid at the counter of Delta Air.

For custom designed trips specifically constructed for you, the situation might be different from above, in which case we will specify on our offer to you what is included and what not.

Depending on the Tour selected, we usually need at least four to five aircraft to participate in order for us to go-ahead with the Tour. Usually, places fill up fast (for some Tours within days) after we make the Tour available, but in case we do not get enough participants to join, we will contact you to see if you would like to forward your reservation to another Tour or if you would prefer to cancel the trip. In the case that you want to cancel the trip due to a lack of participants on the Tour you booked, all amounts paid towards the Tour will be returned to you.

For Oddballs’ Camp in the June 2018 trip, the baggage you can bring along to the island is limited to 20kg per person, packed in soft bags only. The flights will be with Cessna 206/210 or equivalent aircraft from Maun to the Delta bush airstrip on Chief’s Island and operated by Delta Air.

Water levels in the Okavango Delta are not high every season: this can be a limiting factor on the mokoro excursions to short trips across channels to access areas for guided walking. Bring along good walking shoes with you. Although water activities can be limited due to the water level in the delta, this is very good news for game viewing, as with lower water levels game viewing is phenomenal.

If you are planning to fly as pilot in your own or rented aircraft, it is best to bring your own headsets for you and your passengers. If you bring a hand radio, the radio needs to go into the check-in luggage and cannot be carried on board as hand luggage when you fly commercial to South Africa.

If you are planning or want to participate in a walking safari or a sleep-out in the bush in the open air with one of our field guides, bring a sleeping bag and good walking shoes. In any case, it is advised to bring a hat to protect against the sun.

View more FAQ on the FAQ page.

Malarone seems to be a better medicine for pilots than Lariam. Ask your general practitioner or visit the vaccination office for advise on what to use best. Always inform them that you are a pilot. You will be travelling through countries such as Zimbabwe and Botswana for which you might need additional vaccinations.

2: How to Book

Fill in one of the forms on our website expressing your enquiry and interest into a specific trip and we will contact you to answer any questions you still might have. Then we will make you an offer by e-mail. Once you accept our offer, sign the agreement and the terms & conditions sheet and return them to us, we will send you an initial invoice for the downpayment. The downpayment amounts to € 1500,- p.p. per trip. On our proposal, we have indicated when we expect further payments. The last date for payment of the remaining balance of the costs of a trip will be due at least eight weeks before the start date.

3: How to Prepare

Malarone seems to be a better medicine for pilots than Lariam. Ask your general practitioner or visit the vaccination office for advise on what to use best. Always inform them that you are a pilot. You will be travelling through countries such as Zimbabwe and Botswana for which you might need additional vaccinations.

You don’t have to get a Jeppesen subscription. All the countries we fly through are covered in SkyDemon, but without the visual approach charts for the airports and airfields we will be visiting, but including basic information on airspace and on airfields such as the runway length, direction, altitude, type of pavement, radio frequency and contact information. It is strongly advised to have SkyDemon installed on a tablet or iPad and to get a subscription for 1 year. With SkyDemon installed on your tablet, you are all good to go. The VAC (visual approach) Jeppesen charts for the larger airports we will be visiting will be made available to you.

For Oddballs’ Camp in the June 2018 trip, the baggage you can bring along to the island is limited to 20kg per person, packed in soft bags only. The flights will be with Cessna 206/210 or equivalent aircraft from Maun to the Delta bush airstrip on Chief’s Island and operated by Delta Air.

Water levels in the Okavango Delta are not high every season: this can be a limiting factor on the mokoro excursions to short trips across channels to access areas for guided walking. Bring along good walking shoes with you. Although water activities can be limited due to the water level in the delta, this is very good news for game viewing, as with lower water levels game viewing is phenomenal.

If you are planning to fly as pilot in your own or rented aircraft, it is best to bring your own headsets for you and your passengers. If you bring a hand radio, the radio needs to go into the check-in luggage and cannot be carried on board as hand luggage when you fly commercial to South Africa.

If you are planning or want to participate in a walking safari or a sleep-out in the bush in the open air with one of our field guides, bring a sleeping bag and good walking shoes. In any case, it is advised to bring a hat to protect against the sun.

View more FAQ on the FAQ page.

One way in which you can prepare is to read the Kindle e-book “Crossing Boundaries” which you can find on Amazon.com here. The author takes you along on his flights from Europe through the African continent to South Africa and back again to Europe. By reading this book, you should have a good understanding of flying in Africa. If you are converting your pilot license into a South African license, you will have to do one theory test in Air Law the moment you arrive in South Africa. We can point you to study material and bring you into contact with a South African flight instructor. You can study the Air Law theory at home. Other than that, flying in Africa is a lot of fun and you will definitely enjoy it!

4: Terms & Conditions

The Tours are offered by African Flying Adventures B.V.
African Flying Adventures is a Dutch Tour Operator based in Doesburg, The Netherlands.

You can find the legal terms in the top menu under the section FAQs & TERMS as well as here.

5: Guarantees

VVKR is the Dutch association of small-scale tour operators and travel organizations. African Flying Adventures is a member of VVKR.
STO-reisgarantie (travel guarantee) is the organisation we use for PACKAGE TRIP Tours, where you pay towards an Escrow account to secure your payment until the Tour is over. Certo-Escrow is the escrow organization that facilitates this service on behalf of STO-reisgarantie.

As a Tour Operator, we do not offer trip packages. A trip package would be a tour as offered by us that consists of a travel package consisting of more than one major travel component such as lodging/hotels, airfares/transportation or major activities. With our self-fly safari trips, we only offer you the hotel/lodging component. We ourselves do not offer any transportation, airline tickets or activities other than the safaris, game drives and bush walks offered by the lodges as part of their lodging arrangement.

We can, however, also construct a complete individual tour for you, which is apart from our group self-fly safari trips. If the custom constructed tour we create for you includes more than one of the major travel components, we in effect are offering you a trip package. In these cases, you will have to pay the fees for the trip into an escrow account.

For this, we use the Escrow service of Certo Escrow, where you pay to a third party and that third party pays us as soon as the tour is completed.

A “Tour Package” or “Package Trip” – means a pre-arranged combination of at least two of the following components when offered for sale at an inclusive price and when the service covers a period of more than twenty-four hours or includes overnight accommodation:
(a) transport or transportation such as taxi rides, airfares or road trips;
(b) accommodation, lodging, hotels;
(c) other tourist services not ancillary to transport or accommodation and accounting for a significant proportion of the package;

If a “Tour Package” or “Package Trip” is offered, it will be stated clearly with the Tour information on our website. In such cases, you will have to pay to an Escrow account from Certo-Escrow for the tour you book with us.