3,5 week
Duration
April 2022
Dates
Air Safari, Small Group
Tour Categories
SA, NAM, BOTSW
Countries

April 22 – May 16, 2022

This Air Safari tour is limited to a maximum of 5 participating aircraft. The tour will go through South Africa, Namibia and Botswana.

Self-fly African Wildlife Adventure

This 3,5 week self-fly safari trip starts with a flight from Johannesburg to the Sabi Sands in the Greater Kruger National Park. This tour includes not only the Kruger area for a multi-day safari in the Sabi Sands, but will bring you to the Wild Coast with its waterfalls falling into the ocean and its whales. In Cape Town we will visit its highlights such as Table Mountain but also taste wines at some of the famous wineries in and around Stellenbosch. From Cape Town we will be flying up north to Namibia to visit the Fish River Canyon, the sand dunes of Sussusvlei, the lost town of Kolmanskop, Windhoek and the small strip of land once called the Caprivi strip just north of Botswana to fly southbound again for a safari in Botswana before heading back to Johannesburg.

If you have an EASA or FAA pilot license, we will assist you in getting your pilot license converted to a South African validated PPL license. The validation process is straightforward and includes mostly paperwork, one theory exam in South African Air law and a check ride with a local flight instructor once you arrive in South Africa. In addition, we will find you a suitable aircraft to rent for this trip. We can also arrange a safety pilot to come with you, but if you know how to fly your aircraft at home, there will be no problem in doing the same in Africa. We will be flying along as well in a support aircraft and will give a full flight and weather briefing each morning. We are there to make the whole process as hassle-free as possible.

If you do not have a pilot license, you can fly along as passenger.

Tour Highlights

  • Leopard Hills Safari Lodge in the famous Sabi Sands;
  • Flying along the Wild Coast with waterfalls falling into the ocean and hopefully spotting whales;
  • Big-5 Kruger safari in open game drive vehicles with professional guides;
  • Flight through Blyde River Canyon (South Africa) and the Fish River Canyon (Namibia);
  • Cape Town and the Stellenbosch wineries
  • Sossusvlei sand dunes in Namibia
  • Safari at the Chobe River front at the border between Namibia and Botswana
  • Safari at Limpopo Lipadi Private Game Reserve, Botswana
TRIP START/END LOCATION Johannesburg, South Africa.
DEPARTURE DATE/TIME Please arrive latest on April 22, 2022 at 16.00 hours.
RETURN DATE/TIME The tour ends on May 16, 2022, after arriving back at Lanseria (FALA) in the Johannesburg area.
SELF-FLY OPTION* Total flying distance: 3665 NM | Approximate total flying time: 35:00 hours (C172), 31:30 hours (C182/C206) | Flying time needed for check ride with South African instructor including overland: approx. 2:00 – 2:30 hrs. All aircraft owners charge block times from off-blocks to on-blocks.
GROUP SIZE This tour is limited to a maximum of 5 participating aircraft or 10-14 participants, excluding the support aircraft with the guides coming along on the tour.
WEAR Comfortable clothing suitable for safari and travel. Informal dinner attire for first few dinner nights in the Johannesburg area and in Cape Town. Good walking shoes if you want to participate in guided bush walks. Bring a hat or cap to protect against the sun.
ACCOMMODATION We will be staying in luxury safari lodges as well as in a luxury tented safari camp. At Potloodspruit you will be sleeping in a tented camp on high-quality stretcher beds with proper linen and blankets, which allows you to experience the real African bush.
GUIDES At least 2 guides will be embedded and coming along on this tour in their own support aircraft. The guides have extensive knowledge of the African bush and are both bush pilots with experience of flying in Africa. Most of the lodges have their own professional field guides with local knowledge who will join us on the game drives.  You will have the best possible people around you to answer any questions that you may have.
PACKAGE TRIP Yes, lodging and associated lodge safaris and all the food and drinks are included. No flights, other air transportation or optional activities you choose to take part in are a part of the offer.
TERMS Our Terms & Conditions as found here and are applicable to this Tour offer.
INCLUDED
15-day full-board Lodging Safaris and game drives*
All drinks are included* CO2 compensated local flights
Airport pickup and Drop off from/to O.R. Tambo on arrival and departure PCR Covid-19 test in Johannesburg (FAUP) 1 day before the end of the trip.
Guaranteed departure Safari guides and support aircraft.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES*
J-Burg, Soweto  & Apartheid Museum Day Tour before or after the tour, €65,00 p.p. Great Zimbabwe Historical Site Tour,
€25,00 p.p.
NOT INCLUDED
Aircraft Rental and Fuel Landing- and Handling fees
Pilot Check Ride Visa costs

*Safaris, Game Drives and Guided Bush Walks are normally a part of the lodging arrangement in Africa and as such included in the price. The accommodation is offered full-board including all the drinks, which include standard wines and beers but with exclusive champagnes, wines and spirits excluded from the all-in price. The options (optional activities offered) are not a part of our tour offer price, nor are they a mandatory element of our tour. The options are available but have to be paid to the local operator offering the specific activity by credit card or in cash in Rand or US$. As for aircraft rentals, we provide you with the needed information about the aircraft owners willing to rent out their South African registered aircraft to you, so that you can arrange a direct rental agreement with one of them or you rent the aircraft through us. We will make the arrangement for the pilot license validation and provide you with the contact information of a local flight instructor that will assist you with the validation of your EASA or FAA pilot license into a South African validated license.

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