What other travellers say

STORIES

Some participants of our Air Safaris self-fly or group tours in Southern Africa have been willing to share their experience on camera at the end of their trip and we started to collect them since the fall of 2019. We hope that these stories will inspire you to come to Africa as well and to join one of our upcoming Tours.

Robert Taylor from Jamaica
Robert Taylor from Jamaica

I have learned to live in the moment

Robert, hailing from Jamaica, arrived without any preconceived notions or a pilot license in hand. His unfortunate encounter with inclement weather had caused him to miss the checkride for his FAA Private Pilot License (PPL) examination. However, undeterred by the setback, he embraced the experience wholeheartedly. Accompanied by a safety pilot, he relished every moment and used the opportunity to enhance his piloting skills, emerging as a more proficient aviator.

Hans Juergensen
Hans Juergensen

You have to become like an African
and Relax!

Leave your expectations of your homelife at home, because in Africa you have to become African and accept the culture that comes along with it. Relax! Hans thought that the scenery out of the window of his aircraft was fantastic. The colour of the sand dunes is what blew him away.

Christina from Canada
Christina from Canada

We were treated like kings and queens

Christina enthusiastically recounts her enthralling journey through an African flying safari. She effusively praises the awe-inspiring deserts, the sand and dunes  discovered in Namibia, recounting the breathtaking beauty that unfolded before her eyes. Additionally, she shares her exhilarating close-up wildlife encounters in Botswana, where she was privileged to witness nature's wonders up close.

For culinary enthusiasts, South Africa stood out as a gastronomic paradise, with delectable food offerings that delighted Christina's taste buds. Lastly, she commends the exceptional personalized service provided by African Flying Adventures, emphasizing the care and attention lavished upon her throughout the safari, ensuring a truly unforgettable experience.

Dave and Heather from Toronto
Dave and Heather from Toronto

We came into this trip with
no expectations

In this captivating video, Dave and Heather, hailing from Toronto, graciously recount their remarkable journey as participants of our tour. Beginning their adventure in Cape Town, they embarked on an awe-inspiring voyage, traversing the breathtaking landscapes of Namibia and Botswana.

Heather expresses her profound appreciation for the abundant natural beauty and stunning landscapes encountered along the way. She fondly recalls the pleasure of forging new connections with fellow travelers who accompanied them throughout the tour, enriching their experience with meaningful interactions.

With their time together being invaluable, Dave and Heather entered the tour with no specific expectations. However, they are delighted to share that their decision to embark on this remarkable journey proved to be exceptionally wise. The duo wholeheartedly believes that they made an exceptional choice by selecting this tour, as it exceeded their every expectation and gifted them with treasured memories to cherish.

African Stories u2013 Loes en Matthijs
African Stories u2013 Loes en Matthijs

To me landing at Tanda Tula was like WOW!

Loes expressed her awe at the extraordinary experience of landing in the heart of the wild, right on Tanda Tula airstrip. The sheer magnificence of this moment left her exclaiming, "WOW, this is incredible!" She marveled at the fact that such an experience couldn't be replicated anywhere in Europe. Loes attributed this unique opportunity to the extensive knowledge and expertise of SJ and Johan, who knew of places inaccessible to the average traveler. The African Flying Adventures team ensured a seamless journey by conducting preflight briefings each day, allowing for efficient exploration of numerous destinations within a relatively short timeframe.

The testament to the exceptional experience provided by African Flying Adventures was evident as Matthijs and Marloes fulfilled their promise to return, joining the team for yet another remarkable trip. Their decision to embark on another adventure was a testament to the unforgettable experiences and cherished memories they had previously encountered.

Debbie
Debbie

Once in a lifetime experience

Debbie found herself overwhelmed with countless breathtaking memories that defied description and eluded explanation. These beautiful recollections, too exquisite to be captured in mere words, left her in awe. For Debbie, this journey proved to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, filled with indescribable moments of sheer wonder.

Every leg of the trip and every passing moment brought her immense joy and fulfillment. The profound impact of each adventure and every cherished instant resonated deeply within her.

Clayton from BC, Canada
Clayton from BC, Canada

It was beyond my expectations

Hailing from upper British Columbia, Clayton and Christina embarked on their African journey, anticipating an extraordinary adventure with us. Their expectations were not only met but exceeded as they encountered a series of incredible experiences and unforgettable moments throughout the trip.

Randy from British Colombia, Canada
Randy from British Colombia, Canada

The organisation and the adventures were second to none

Randy and Kim, who call Fort St. John in upper British Columbia their home, embarked on an African adventure. Randy, bringing along his extensive experience as a bush pilot in Canada, eagerly embraced the opportunity to fly into the bush strips of Africa. They found solace in the fact that all the concerns typically associated with piloting in a foreign country were expertly managed, enabling them to fully enjoy their flying experience amidst the African terrain.

Laurent - Sommelier
Laurent - Sommelier

Laurent from the Cote d'Azur

Accompanying Alexandra on their African adventure was her husband Laurent, a sommelier from the beautiful Cote d'Azur. Laurent dedicated a few days to exploring the Cape Town and Stellenbosch regions, indulging in a delightful wine-tasting experience together with SJ. SJ, a winemaker himself, introduced Laurent to the rich variety of African wines and to some of the talented winemakers behind them.

Alexandra from Cannes-Mandelieu
Alexandra from Cannes-Mandelieu

Alexandra from Cannes

Alexandra and her husband Laurent traveled from Cannes-Mandelieu for a week. Alexandra, a professional pilot, runs Orbifly, a flight school in the southern part of France. She highly recommends Africa as a destination for those who love flying, nature, and wildlife. She could only stay one week but is looking forward to come back soon.

Kim from BC, Canada
Kim from BC, Canada

I would do it again in a heartbeat

Kim, originating from British Columbia in Canada, embarked on her African journey with a clear mission in mind: to witness the captivating presence of penguins. Her mission was met not once, but twice, as she had the opportunity to encounter these delightful creatures in two different locations. The first encounter unfolded at Boulders Beach, near Cape Town, where she was captivated by their playful nature. The second sighting took place on Halifax Island, situated off the Namibian coast, further deepening her appreciation for these charming birds.

Namibian Air Safari Tour
Namibian Air Safari Tour

Climbing Big Daddy Dune

Climbing Big Daddy (Sossusvlei, Namibia) was one of the highlights for me on our trip with my wife, son and friends in a Cessna 206. At 325 meters, Big Daddy is the highest dune in the Sossusvlei area.

African Stories u2013 Michael and Susan
African Stories u2013 Michael and Susan

Leopards and Wild Dogs

Michael and Suzanne were only with us for a bit more than a week in Africa before they had to return home to Canada. Let’s hope they get the opportunity to come back again to complete the tour they had started.

Yuri from The Netherlands
Yuri from The Netherlands

Once in a Lifetime Experience

Yuri came to Africa and was initially not sure what to expect. He joined our 1-week 4x4Drive Adventure into Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana which included flights to Botswana from Johannesburg and back, a 4x4Drive Adventure in the Okavango Delta / Moremi Game Reserve and a classic safari at Limpopo-Lipadi Private Game Reserve, Botswana. Yuri was just one week in Africa but enjoyed every minute of it. Hear his story.

Cathy McNabb
Cathy McNabb

The absolute highlight for me
was Wolwedans in Namibia

The visual beauty of Wolwedans with the sand dunes and the night sky is what Cathy thought were her highlights on the trip. She enjoyed the flying and would not know how better to explore Africa in a short time than by air.

African Stories - Nadia
African Stories - Nadia

We explored every corner of Namibia

Nadia came to Namibia with her family from Spain. She explored every little corner of Namibia and loved it all. She felt very welcomed and encouraged to take the adventure.

African Stories u2013 Jim
African Stories u2013 Jim

Each day was better than the day before

With over 40 years of flying experience in Canada, Jim embarked on a thrilling new adventure by taking to the skies in Africa. He encountered a refreshing change in radio operations and faced the occasional challenge of navigating unfamiliar airfields. However, each passing day brought forth a sense of improvement, surpassing the previous day's experiences.

Now, Jim and Cathy have become integral members of the African Flying Adventures family, having joined multiple tours and immersing themselves in the exhilaration of the African skies. Their insatiable appetite for these journeys stands as a testament to the exceptional experiences and indelible memories they have amassed through their continued participation.

African Stories u2013 Kathy
African Stories u2013 Kathy

I don’t really want to go Home

Kathy came along with her husband Jim from Northern Ontario in Canada. She enjoyed the wildlife and felt at ease in Africa and did not want to go home at the end. The Coronavirus travel restrictions had started to kick in when their trip was about over and they were able to get back home safely via London back to Canada.

African Stories u2013 Hans
African Stories u2013 Hans

Africa was Totally Different to me from what I had Imagined before

Hans visited us twice in Africa prior to joining our Air Safari Tour and had his pilot license validation already arranged during a previous visit with us. To him, Africa came as a pleasant surprise meeting up with friendly people, enjoying good food and feeling safe all over while flying around in Southern Africa.

Kim + Welmien from South Africa
Kim + Welmien from South Africa

Two Leopards in One Tree

Kim and Welmien are both from South Africa and joined us in October 2019 as staff on one of our tours. In this first story, they share their enthusiasm for the African bush with you. Both Kim and Welmien are involved with African Flying Adventures as Kim is married to Johan, who together with Sjoerd runs African Flying Adventures, and Welmien is in charge of our reservations desk.

Scott McMaster
Scott McMaster

Lots of Animals and lots of Flying

The visual beauty of Wolwedans with the sand dunes and the night sky is what Cathy thought were her highlights on the trip. She enjoyed the flying and would not know how better to explore Africa in a short time than by air.

African Stories u2013 Armin
African Stories u2013 Armin

An Experience I will probably Never forget in my Life

I had been dreaming about coming to Africa for a long time and this was just a dream come true. Every day was a new adventure. Flying to Swaziland and landing on a short bush airstrip was one of the highlights to me. We were welcomed there by locals dancing around our aircraft.

African Stories u2013 Azra
African Stories u2013 Azra

Rafting on the Zambezi River was one of my highlights

Azra came along with Armin from Bosnia and Herzegovina and could only join our Air Safari tour a bit later. She flew commercially to Victoria Falls and joined us for the last week and visited Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve near Maun in Botswana.

African Stories - Henk
African Stories - Henk

Overwhelming Experience

Henk signed up last minute. His normal glasses broke while he was on safari, so he was wearing his sunglasses instead. Henk had never been in Africa and recommends everyone to come and experience Africa.

Gregory from Switzerland
Gregory from Switzerland

Father and Son flying Together through Africa

Gregory came to Africa with his father and flew around through South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. We had the privilege to support them all along.

Steve and Caroline
Steve and Caroline

Met at Oshkosh and it Just
sounded like an Adventure

Where in this world can you fly over the top of the Victoria Waterfalls or the Sand Dunes in Namibia to then walk over the same dunes or to see the falls from up close. They flew all over southern Africa and had a great time.

African Stories -   Carlos and Rosa
African Stories - Carlos and Rosa

Air Safari Namibia

Azra came along with Armin from Bosnia and Herzegovina and could only join our Air Safari tour a bit later. She flew commercially to Victoria Falls and joined us for the last week and visited Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve near Maun in Botswana.

African Stories - Charlie
African Stories - Charlie

Took about 5000 photos!

Charlie came along with his parents for a first time to Namibia and really wants to come back. He enjoyed traveling with a plane through Namibia which made the trip so much easier and enjoyed taking a lot of pictures.

African Stories - Sarah
African Stories - Sarah

Flying in Small Planes

Sarah from Florida recommends coming to Africa with African Flying Adventures because you get to a lot of places in a relatively short time where you would otherwise not have the opportunity to visit them in one trip. She felt in love with Namibia.

African Stories u2013 Melanie
African Stories u2013 Melanie

Flying in Africa Makes you a better Pilot

Melanie joins us regularly as volunteer and support (pilot) team member. She is a joy to be around and she loves talking about aircraft and technology.

African Stories - Allen (part 1)
African Stories - Allen (part 1)

The waiting was worth it

Allen contacted us in 2019 with the desire  to come to Africa to fly an aircraft on a safari tour through Namibia with his wife and some friend. However, first a knee injury (he could not fly the aircraft anymore) and after that the corona pandemic resulted in quite a delay before he could finally come over to do his trip. We kept on supporting Allen and rescheduling the lodges. He finally had his wish come true in October 2022.

African Stories - Allen (part 2)
African Stories - Allen (part 2)

Flight following done right

African Flying Adventures supported our flying trip and followed us all along on our Garmin Inreach satellite track. We were able to send them messages while in flight where they would accommodate our arrival at the next bush airstrip.

Charles Wheeldon
Charles Wheeldon

Not for the Faint Harted

Charles met us at Oskhosh together with Steve and Caroline. He did not have a valid medical so flew along with Steve and considered the flying in Africa "not for the faint harted." He enjoyed meeting the other participants on the Tour as it is in the end the people that make it worthwhile.

Frank Kelner
Frank Kelner

This is a trip. It is a must.

Frank, the CEO of a prominent airline in northern Canada, boasts an impressive flight log, accumulating over 35,000 hours of flying experience across a diverse range of aircraft, spanning from floatplanes to the PC12. Together with Debby, they joined Dave and Heather on our tour, and the experience surpassed all expectations.

The journey was nothing short of outstanding, marked by the remarkable airstrips they had to navigate and the challenges they encountered along the way. Despite the potential hurdles, SJ and Johan, esteemed partners of African Flying Adventures, exhibited exceptional skills in keeping the group cohesive and ensuring a seamless experience for all.

Frank passionately asserts that this trip is an absolute must-do. He enthusiastically recommends it to others, emphasizing the remarkable job done by SJ, Johan, and the entire team.

Jenny Wheeldon
Jenny Wheeldon

You need Patience and to be
a Skilled Packer

Jenny loved it all, but notes that you need to accommodate while travelling in Africa. You need patience in dealing with customs and immigration officials while crossing borders and you need to be a skilled packer as we fly from one place to the next all the time.