3 weeks
Duration
June 2019
Dates
Air Safari
Tour Categories
SA, SWZ, ZBE, BWA
Countries

JUNE 7-27, 2019

Experience the best of Southern Africa over water, land and through the air. This tour is packed with highlights. Join a Kruger safari, visit famous landmarks and experience local culture in South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Botswana.

Self-Fly Bush Experience

A 3-week self-fly safari trip flying from Johannesburg to Swaziland, the Kruger area for a multi-day safari, through Zimbabwe to Lake Kariba to board a houseboat cruise, Victoria Falls then to Maun, Botswana. There we will stay on Chief’s Island in the Okavango Delta before exploring the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans to return back towards Johannesburg for a last South African Braai at the Farm Inn lodge.

 If you have an EASA or FAA pilot license, we will bring you into contact with a South African flight instructor who will help you to get your pilot license converted to a South African validated PPL license. The process is straightforward and includes mostly paperwork, one theory exam in South African Airlaw and a check ride. In addition, we will help you find a suitable aircraft to rent for this trip.

If you do not have a pilot license, you can fly along as a passenger. We can provide you with the contact details of A South African aircraft operator that offer passengers to come along on this trip. A professional pilot will fly you around on this trip in his 6-seater aircraft. He has room for a maximum of 5 passengers.

Tour Highlights

  • Fly through Southern Africa and land on bush airfields;
  • Professional photographer and professional Field Guide joining as guides;
  • Big-5 Kruger Safaris in open game drive vehicle with professional guides;
  • Explore African culture in Swaziland;
  • Spend 3 nights on Lake Kariba;
  • Explore the Okavango Delta and Madikgadi Pans National Park;
  • Fly over breathtaking sceneries like the Blyde River Canyon and Victoria Waterfalls;
TRIP START/END LOCATIONJohannesburg/Pretoria, South Africa.
DEPARTURE DATE/TIMEPlease arrive latest on June 7th, 2019 at 18.00 hours.
RETURN DATE/TIMEThe tour ends on June 27th, 2019, after breakfast.
SELF-FLY OPTION*Total flying distance: 1942 NM | Approximate total flying time: 17:30 hours (C172), 17:00 hours (C182/C206) | Flying time 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.
PASSENGER OPTION*Total flying distance: 1942 NM | Approximate total flying time: 14:30 hours. There is room for a minimum of 3 up to a max of 5 passengers that together share the flying costs. Professional pilot and commercial operator in a 6-seater aircraft. The operator is based in Stellenbosch and charges a one-time transfer fee for getting the aircraft to/from the starting point of the Tour, which starting point is Lanseria Airport: €2550,00 | Flying costs including a professional pilot, all landing fees, fuel and accommodation/food for the pilot: €395,00 per flying hour. Based on 14:30 hours of flight during the trip, the cost with 3 passengers sharing will be €225,00 p.p. per flying hour and with 5 passengers sharing €135,00  p.p. per flying hour. An arrangement can be made directly with the aircraft operator. The above-mentioned charges include VAT.
WEARComfortable clothing suitable for safari and travel. Informal dinner attire for first few dinner nights in Pretoria. Good walking shoes if you want to participate in guided bush walks. Bring a hat or cap to protect against the sun. Take also with you some warm clothing for in the early mornings and evenings.
PACKAGE TRIPYes
TERMSOur Terms & Conditions as found here are applicable to this Tour offer.
INCLUDED
21-day Full-board LodgingSafaris and Game Drives*
All drinks are included*Guided Bush walks*
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES*
J-Burg, Soweto  & Apartheid Museum Day Tour, €65,00 p.p.Great Zimbabwe Historical Site Tour,
€25,00 p.p.
Tiger Fishing at Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe, €35,00 p.p.Bungee Jump over Zambezi River Bridge at Victoria Falls, €145,00 p.p.
Elephant Back Safari at Victoria Falls, €135,00 p.p.Walk with Lions at Victoria Falls, €135,00 p.p.
NOT INCLUDED
Aircraft Rental and Fuel in South AfricaAll air and local (taxi)  transportation
Pilot Check RideLanding- and Handling fees
Flight with Delta Air to/from Maun to Chief’s Island, US$290,00 p.p.A swim in the Devil’s pool, right on the edge of Victoria Falls is not possible in this season due to water levels in Zambezi River being too high
Concierge Service, €1995,00 per aircraft joining

*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 the drinks, which include standard wines and beers but excludes exclusive champagnes, wines and spirits. The options (optional items) 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 Rand or US$. As for aircraft rentals, we provide you with information about the aircraft owners willing to rent out their own South African registered aircraft to you, so that you can arrange a direct rental agreement with one of them. We will also provide you with the contact information of a local flight instructor that will assist you with the conversion of your EASA or FAA pilot license into a South African converted license.

Tour Documents

 

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Day 1: Arrival Johannesburg, South Africa

Arrival at O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa. Start of the self-fly safari trip with a welcome dinner and drink around the campfire at The Farm Inn Urban Safari Lodge in Pretoria. This lodge will be our home-base for the first few days.
  • Arrival at The Farm Inn urban safari lodge, Pretoria.
  • Welcome dinner and campfire get-together.


Reception The Farm Inn Urban Safari Lodge, Pretoria.

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Day 2: Pilot Workshop

Those that will pilot their own aircraft on this trip will spend time together in a workshop on South African air law. Non-pilots: will join together for a game drive at the lodge.
  • Pilots: Air Law workshop.
  • Pilots: Air Law theory exam.
  • Non-pilots: Urban Safari Game-drive.

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Day 3: Check Ride and Aircraft Pickup

Pilots: check ride with a South African flight instructor. Aircraft pickup from aircraft owner and flight to Lanseria Airport (FALA). Non-pilots: visit Apartheid Museum, Soweto and Voortrekker Monument. The day is concluded with a South African Braai in the boma with African music and dance.
  • Pilots: check ride with a South African flight instructor.
  • Pilots: handout South African PPL license.
  • Pilots: aircraft pickup from aircraft owner.
  • Pilots: flight with rented aircraft to Lanseria Airport (FALA).
  • Non-pilots (Optional): Day tour to Apartheid museum, the Voortrekker monument as well as to the Soweto township.
  • South African Braai (BBQ) with music and dance.
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Day 4: Flight Johannesburg to Swaziland

Flight Lanseria to Nsoko, Swaziland. We will need to clear customs/immigration out of South Africa as well as into Swaziland at Lanseria Int’l Airport, South Africa, and Manzini Airport, Swaziland before continuing our flights to our destination: Nsoko.
  • Flight from Lanseria Airport (FALA) to Manzini Airport (FDMS) in Swaziland.
  • Flight from Manzini to Nsoko Airfield ((FDNS).
  • Welcome by Swaziland locals at the airfield.
  • Stay at Nisela Swaziland Bush Lodge.
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Day 5: Visit Local Village in Swaziland

Visit local African community in the Nsoko area. Flight from Nsoko via Manzini to Kruger Int’l Airport with an overnight stay at Torburnlea, Nelspruit.
  • Visit a local community in Swaziland.
  • Flight from Nsoko back to Manzini Airport to clear customs/immigration.
  • Flight from Manzini to Kruger Int’l Airport in South Africa (customs/immigration).
  • Overnight stay at Torburnlea, Nelspruit.
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Day 6: Kruger Safari

First of three full days of safaris in the Greater Kruger area with our field guides in open safari vehicles in search of the Big 5.
  • Full day game-drive in open safari vehicles.
  • Overnight in one of the Kruger lodges or tented camps.

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Day 7: Kruger Safari

Continuation of our 3-day Kruger safari.
  • Full day game-drive in open safari vehicles with our field guides.
  • Overnight in one of the Kruger area lodges or tented camps.

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Day 8: Kruger Safari

Last day of our 3-day Kruger safari.
  • Full day game-drive in open safari vehicles with our field guides.
  • Overnight in one of the Kruger area lodges or tented camps.
  • Braai in the African bush.

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Day 9: Flight to Masvingo, Zimbabwe

Flight Kruger Int’l to Masvingo, Zimbabwe.
  • Flight Kruger Int’l to Chiredzi, Zimbabwe (FVCZ) to clear customs/immigration out of South Africa and into Zimbabwe.
  • Flight Chiredzi to Masvingo Airfield (FVMV).
  • Visit Great Zimbabwe, a medieval historical city.
  • Overnight stay in Masvingo.
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Day 10: Flight through Zimbabwe to Lake Kariba

Flight from Masvingo Airfield to Gachi Gachi Airfield, situated near Lake Kariba. Here we will board our safari boat for a safari cruise on Lake Kariba.
  • Flight Masvingo to Gachi Gachi bush airstrip.
  • Boarding safari boat at Lake Kariba.
  • Overnight on safari boat.


The Gachi Gachi airstrip.

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Day 11: Boat Safari on Lake Kariba

First full day on Lake Kariba.
  • Boat trip, Lake Kariba.
  • Boat trip to Antelope Island.
  • Optional: Tiger Fish fishing.
  • Optional: visit a local village.


Big crocodile at Lake Kariba.

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Day 12: Boat Safari on Lake Kariba

Continuation of our safari on Lake Kariba.
  • Game drive, Lake Kariba shore.
  • Walking safari, Lake Kariba shore.
  • Lakeshore braai.

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Day 13: Flight to Victoria Falls

Short flight from Gachi Gachi airstrip to Victoria Falls Airport.
  • Flight from Gachi Gachi airstrip to Victoria Falls Airport.
  • Overnight at Elephant Hills Hotel, Victoria Falls.


The Victoria Falls.

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Day 14: Victoria Falls

Visit the Falls and, for the daredevils perhaps, take a plunge into the deep.
  • Visit Victoria Falls.
  • Optional: Bungee jump over the Zambezi River from Victoria Falls bridge which marks the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia.
  • Optional: Elephant or Lion encounter event.


Swim on the edge of the Victoria Falls: Devil’s Pool.

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Day 15: Flight to Chief's Island in the Okavango Delta

Flight to Kasane to clear customs/immigration, have lunch and continue to Maun. From Maun Delta Air will fly us into the Okavango Delta for a 3-night stay.
  • Flight Victoria Falls (FVFA) to Kasane Airfield, Botswana (FBKE) to clear customs/immigration.
  • Lunch at The Raft.
  • Flight from Kasane to Maun (FBMN), Botswana.
  • Flight Maun to Chief’s Island, serviced by Delta Air with Cessna 206/210 aircraft.
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Day 16: Mokoro Safari in Okavango Delta

Explore the Delta using traditional Mokoro driven by field guides.
Set foot on dry land and explore this wildland accompanied by field guides.
  • Mokoro Safari in the Okavango Delta.
  • Walking Safari in the Okavango Delta.
  • Stay in Oddballs/Delta Camp on Chief’s Island.


Mokoro boats at Delta/Oddballs Camp, Chief’s Island.

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Day 17: Mokoro Safari in Okavango Delta

Another full day of adventures and explorations. Either on foot or by Mokoro.
  • Mokoro Safari in the Okavango Delta.
  • Walking Safari in the Okavango Delta.
  • Stay in Oddballs/Delta Camp on Chief’s Island.


Delta Camp Accommodation.

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Day 18: Flight from Chief's Island to Maun

Delta Air will fly us back to Maun which will be our destination for the night.
  • Transport by Delta Air from Chief’s Island to Maun Airport.
  • Lunch at The Tshilli Farmstall, Maun.
  • Dinner at Marc’s Eatery, Maun.
  • Overnight stay at Laha Hotel, Maun.
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Day 19: Flight to Nata Airfield, Makgadikgadi Salt Pans Safari

Flight from Maun to Nata Airfield from where we will be picked up for a day trip to the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. We will spend the last night of this trip at Nata Lodge.
  • Flight from Maun to Nata Airfield.
  • Full day game-drive Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.
  • Arrival at Nata Lodge.


The Makgadikgadi Salt Pans.

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Day 20: Flight back to Johannesburg

The trip ends by flying from Nata airfield to Francistown to clear customs/immigration. Onwards to Polokwane Int’l to clear customs/immigration for South Africa. Then the last stretch to Johannesburg where we will deliver the aircrafts to its respective owners.
  • Flight Nata Airfield to Francistown (FBFT) to clear customs/immigration.
  • Flight Francistown to Polokwane Int’l (FAPP) to clear customs/immigration.
  • Flight Polokwane Int’l to one of the airports around Johannesburg.
  • Delivery of rental aircraft to its respective owner.
  • End of the 3-week self-fly safari trip.
  • Trip back home.

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