Group or Individual, Escorted, "Self-Piloted" or ("Chauffeured") Flying
Safaris in Southern Africa
African Aero Safaris focuses on Self-Pilot and
"Chauffeured" flying safaris in Southern Africa.
Using light airplanes in a small group or individually, we visit fascinating
destinations to see all the wild animals in their natural habitats, the wonders of the
varied African landscape and experience the cultural traditions, history and art of the
Most of the safaris are planned for relatively short flying legs for the enjoyment of the passenger or partner who may be a non-pilot. Non-pilots are not always comfortable in light airplanes, so the combination of the
“flying” (for the pilot) and the “getting there” (for the non-pilot) are important aspects in designing our safaris to suit everyone. We also involve all our guests in en route briefings and planning the flight legs, making it interesting and
informative, and getting them involved in the actual flying rather than just being a “passenger”.
For Pilots...... we host various categories of "Flying Safaris"
on which you pilot a light aircraft either on an individually tailored itinerary
(pre-planned or free-flow) or in a "caravan" or loose formation in a small
exclusive group along interesting routes to your safari destinations.
We deal with your
validation and certification to pilot a locally registered airplane, arrange a rental
airplane of your choice, meticulously pre-plan an exciting safari flying route with you,
secure luxury lodge - and bush camp accommodations along your routing.
Some of our safaris concentrate on honing your skills at navigation by ground observations, planning for fuel and range and many different types of landing techniques. On completion you
will be issued a Bush Flying Competency Certificate.
For small groups of airplanes, we supply an escort airplane
/ aircrew along
the routes, pointing out interesting aerial features on the chat frequency, assist with
the procedural ATC and radio calls, deal with all the formalities of border crossings and
handle flight following to ensure total safety and contact along the way. Our
tour-director-pilot will also, upon landing, impart his knowledge of
Africa and maintaining tour continuity to ensure you have the holiday of a lifetime
without the hassles of organising it yourself in a foreign country.
For individual Self-Pilot airplanes, we set you off on a planned or free-flow
routing to the places you have identified (with our assistance) and monitor your progress
over the following days. We brief you fully and supply the necessary materials and
procedures to help ensure you don't have delays en route.
We also have many
enquiries from single pilots who don't have a specific companion coming on safari. You may wish either to fly solo or with another like-minded pilot or right seat companion. Should you prefer a flying partner, in many cases we will be able
to make the 'connection' work by finding such from our many enquiries. This lowers the flying costs - but you can still elect to take up single accommodations or share twin accommodations.
For non-pilots..... or for those pilots who do not wish to fly
themselves, we offer
- opportunities to join in on these safaris by flying along as guests in our
private "Chauffeured" Flying Safari airplane
- the option of a safety pilot to fly along with you, doubling up as a personal
guide and locally knowledgeable pilot
From Dave Vanderspey: owner of the business
We love this
business because it brings us into close contact with our natural heritage, indigenous
cultures and untamed Africa and links all these elements with superb bush flying.
Southern Africa offers unparalleled aviating from a standpoint of weather, topography and
aerial scenery. Upon landing one is rewarded with attractions of a plethora of naturally
occurring wild animals, prolific birdlife, flora, climatic variations, tribal cultures,
ancient history and art; mineral and geophysical phenomena, fossilized remains of plants
and footprints of prehistoric creatures and man himself. The area we live in is often
referred to as the "cradle of humankind" but we also see clear evidence of life
going back 500 million years!
and their friends love sport flying and dream of flying in regions far from their home
"airspaces". As an extension of our safari-tour business of many years standing,
we have made these dreams possible. Our activity supports African community development
and goes toward the successful campaign to preserve our natural resources, cultures and
wildlife. Thanks to growing international tourism, such diabolical activities as poaching
and denuding the land of vegetation have been halted. Many rural communities now benefit
from our efforts and involvement.
South Africa is the bastion of Africa. Most of the region is peace loving.
However, some areas have their problems; none threaten our personal safety as may be the
case far up in Central and West Africa. Our proximity to and involvement with these areas
is about as close as New York is to Greenland.
I can confidently tell you that when you came to visit, you will feel safe and
secure; experience a trip of a lifetime that will transcend your wildest expectations. You
will hunger for more, as a life experience that no-one can take from you; and it will be
satisfying, comfortable and rewarding in every way. A call to any one of our many past
guests will confirm this
When you arrive in our part of the world my team and I will proudly host and personally
guide you on land and in the air.
See you real soon!!
About our company..........
African Aero Safaris is closely affiliated with AAT
Worldwide Tours operating in Southern Africa since 1986.
Our tours are individually designed to get the most out of your
African Experience and deliver the personal service you will enjoy.
If you are on an individual safari, you will have constant backup from our
offices, in touch with even the remotes regions on your route.
If on a guided, small group safari, you will find our tour-leader-pilots
seasoned and experienced in everything from meetings with heads of state to confronting
hungry lions head on. They will fill in the gaps between your various destinations with
entertaining stories and anecdotes, answer the strangest questions and ensure your time
here with us is more rewarding than any other vacation experience you have had.
Accommodations, services, handling, meals, and the general experience are of the highest
calibre, aimed at the most discerning traveller who wishes to get much more out of a
vacation than on a standard, set tour. Our guests expect and receive the best on offer and
where appropriate for individuals or groups with special interests, we include excursions
with field guides knowledgeable in the special interest (eg flora, archeology, culture,
language, history, geology etc)
Our mission and your part in it
We support nature conservation, the rehabilitation of wild animals and
developing African communities - our Childrens' heritage
It is a proven
fact that your participation in a tour to the region goes a long way toward achieving
these goals. Every unit of strong foreign currency supports an existing but tenuous,
infrastructure and presents new opportunities for community development and sustainable
eco tourism. The opportunities feed upon themselves and the benefits are felt by all.
We would like you to feel you have made a difference in coming here ~ not just
by spending your money, but by interfacing with the cultures, giving your point of view on
the ever-present African problems, helping the cause of nature in a world all too consumed
with taking more than it deserves or puts back.