Flying Safaris

Who would have thought it possible to experience, in a single voyage, the vast variety and beauty at the soul of Africa? More than four times the size of the continental US, Africa spreads many of its must-see places in widely-separated regions, beyond comfortable connection by light aircraft. In each region, remote areas hide special treasures, inaccessible to commercial airlines or private jets. Until now, experiencing the range of authentic Africa’s wildlife, peoples and places was the exclusive privilege of the few adventurers, VIPs and celebrities who could commission a private classic airliner expedition to fly them directly to the magnificent lodges or distant bush camps of far-spread regions.

Sample Itinerary:

Day 1
Johannesburg, South Africa
Description: This evening your expedition leaders, together with the flight crew, will host a welcome cocktail party and supper in the Westcliff’s superb restaurant.
Hotel: The Westcliff Hotel, Johannesburg

Day 2
Location: Pretoria and Johannesburg

Description: Enjoy a coach and walking tour of South Africa’s administrative capital, Pretoria, with an insider’s orientation to Africa’s history, cultures and current affairs. Supper will be at a Pretoria restaurant with local South African guests.
Hotel: The Westcliff Hotel, Johannesburg

Days 3 & 4
Chobe National Park, Botswana
Description: Fly to Chobe Chilwero luxury camp, ideally situated to explore the wildlife of Chobe National Park. Along with open 4x4 safari vehicle game drives, a highlight of this day will be navigating the Chobe River, teeming with hippo, crocodiles and an extraordinary variety of birds that can be closely approached by our small boats as we explore channels between the islands of the Chobe.
Hotel: Chobe Chilwero Camp, Chobe National Park

Days 5 & 6
Bush Camps, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Description: After a flight along the Zambezi River and southern Zambia, arrive at the South Luangwa Game Reserve and Mfuwe Lodge. Here our expedition party will split into groups, each with its own game guide and expedition leader, for stays at intimate bush camps in remote areas of the national park seen by few visitors.
Hotel: Mfuwe Bush Camps, South Luangwa National Park

Day 7
Mfuwe Lodge, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Description: The groups will reconvene today at the Mfuwe Lodge and this evening treated to a special performance of theater in the bush by a small group of actors from local villages offering a vibrant blend of traditional song and dance, puppetry, physical theatre and storytelling, followed by a private dinner at the lodge boma.
Hotel: Mfuwe Lodge, South Luangwa National Park

Days 8 & 9
Bazaruto Island, Mozambique
Description: Indigo Bay Island Resort and Spa is an exquisite island destination situated on Bazaruto Island, the largest island in the Mozambican archipelago of the same name. It offers visitors. State-of-the-art facilities include restaurants, swimming pools and an activity centre, which co-ordinates a wide variety of water sports, as well as diving and fishing activities.
Hotel: Indigo Bay Resort, Bazaruto Island

Days 10 & 11
Zulu King’s Reed Dance, kwaEnyokeni Royal Palace, Zululand
Description: This morning we will depart Bazaruto Island to Ulundi, capital of the Zulu Kingdom. Here, by special VIP invitation of His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelethini, our party will attend the colorful cultural festival of Umkhosi woMhlanga, the King’s Reed Dance, an annual coming-out celebration for the youth of the Zulu nation. The Reed Dance is a vibrant, festive occasion depicting the rich cultural heritage of the Kingdom of the Zulu and celebrating the proud origin of the Zulu people. The Reed Dance ceremony has been celebrated by countless generations of Zulus, and is enjoying a renaissance under the present King. We will have privileged access to the ceremony and the King’s other VIP guests.
Hotel: Ondini Cultural Museum/Umuzi Bush Camp

Days 12 & 13
The Drakensberg Mountains and Transkei Wild Coast
Description: This day we embark on a spectacular flight from Ulundi, along the face of the serenely beautiful Drakensberg Mountains, to see rivers cascade into the sea along the remote cliffs of the Transkei Wild Coast. From our landing in Grahamstown, it is a short drive to Kwandwe Private Game Reserve.
Hotel: Fish River Lodge & Ecca Lodge, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve

Day 14
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
Description: Depart for a short flight down the Eastern Cape coast to the Cape Garden Route. Known for its impenetrable mountain ranges and spectacular coasts, the Garden Route has been one of South Africa’s favorite retreats for two hundred years. The Plettenberg is a 5-star Relais & Chateaux hotel built on a rocky headland and one of the most spectacular resorts in Africa.
Hotel: The Plettenberg Hotel, Plettenberg Bay

Day 15
Location: Safari Ostrich Farm, Oudtshoorn, Klein Karroo Desert

Description: A short scenic flight over the coastal mountain range to Oudtshoorn in the Karroo desert and the Safari Ostrich Show Farm, established by 4th generation ostrich farmers. Property owners will treat us to a rare tour of their homestead, the Ostrich Palace. Fly across the coastal mountain range to False Bay and around the western coast of the Cape Peninsula with views of Table Mountain and Cape Town before landing. Enjoy the scenic waterfront and dinner at your 5-star hotel.
Hotel: The Cape Grace Hotel, Cape Town

Days 16 & 17
Cape Peninsula, South Africa
Description: Cape Town natives will show you the best of the Cape Peninsula, wine lands and city. Activity choices also include a private tasting of award-winning wines at a boutique vineyard, a visit with the Cape Malay and Xhosa communities, a visit to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, or a day at leisure in the city.
Hotel: The Cape Grace Hotel, Cape Town

Customize Your Trip
With a little extra time for planning, costing and reservations, we can create a unique, custom-designed independent itinerary just for you. Travel solo, with that special person or with family and friends, or as a group. Simply contact us today and start planning your next extraordinary adventure.