Our self-guided tours offer you the freedom to enjoy a
flying safari at your own pace and over dates of your choice, while we take
the hassle out of the planning and preparation for such a tour, and offer
added peace of mind with flight monitoring or your own safety pilot that
flies with you on tour.
The challenges of flying in Africa can be quite intimidating. Not only is the flying
itself quite challenging, requiring a self-sufficient and confident approach.
It's the planning and preparation required for such a trip which is most
demanding and time-consuming. Where to go, what to see? Best time of year? What
route to take considering border formalities and fuel availability? Will that
fuel still be available in a week's time when I get there? How do I go about
getting my licence validated? Where do I find the aircraft to do it in? The list goes on and
Yet there's no reason why you shouldn't do it on your own. Whether you'd prefer
to fly individually along a route of your choosing or you cannot manage the dates
or costs of one of our guided tours, don't let the hurdles of doing such a trip stand in
your way of having an amazing experience.
TAKING A GUIDE / SAFETY PILOT ALONG
Many of our previous guests have opted for the services of a guide / safety pilot.
Not only is such a safety pilot proficient at bushflying and able to "step in"
should things get a bit hairy, his local knowledge will help with radio
procedures to the unintelligible ATCs, placating irritable border guards and
airfield officials, and using certain "back-doors" that only locals of the area
know about. He knows the ways of the land and the air laws. In a nutshell, he is
there to make sure that things run smoothly.
WANTING TO BRAVE AFRICA ON YOUR OWN?
We can help. We can pre-arrange everything required for your adventure,
leaving you with the time to concentrate on the flying itself and the knowledge
that there's someone on the ground to monitor your progress
and to help in case things go wrong. Choose one
of the existing routes or let
us design one based on your preferences, and we'll take care of all or part of
||Aircraft hire and fly
||Arrangements for the license validation (if required,
please see validation page)
||Arrangements for the bushpilot course (if requested)
||Accommodation bookings based on your budget and preferences
||We'll plan a route considering border formalities and refuelling stops
||We'll arrange all relevant overflight and landing permits
||We'll check fuel availability
||We'll work out approximate landing, navigation and immigration fees
||We'll work out approximate fuel costs
||We'll supply you with a tour pack for the entire route consisting of all
relevant aeronautical charts, an airfields directory and frequency charts.
||Your tour pack will also include a flight log for each leg of the
intended route, as well as flight plans for each leg; you'll only
need to fill in the time to file it at the relevant briefing office
||The day before departure we'll sit down with you for an extensive pre-departure briefing
||Flight monitoring and ground support, using our
aircraft satellite tracking; we can see whether you reach your intended destination each day,
and the satellite tracker also has an SOS button which would immediately alert us if activated.
Should the situation call for it then we would initiate search and rescue (without the search as your location would be known),
lowering the chances of you needing to spend the night in the bush if something went wrong. We're
also there for advice and logistical support if required, and will generally
keep an eye on any weather fronts which could affect your trip.
POSSIBLE ROUTES / OPTIONS / COSTS
All tours are customized based on individual preferences, however
herewith some sample
tours to give you an idea of the various options and possibilities.
contact us for cost guidelines of these sample routes.