Reservations and Costs

 
Descriptions of our safaris can be found on the Safaris Overview page.

What now? Plan your trip by letting us know..

  1. Your name, telephone number and mailing address
  2. If you are a pilot - your license and experience details
  3. When and how much time you can take off for a flying safari
  4. If you have preference for any of our premium safaris
  5. If you have a “wish list” and what it comprises
  6. How many in your party? (e.g. solo, couple, party of friends)
  7. Do you want to fly in a group or independently?
  8. Would you prefer for one our pilot-guides to ride along?


Email info@aerosafari.com the above information with as much background as possible, and we will respond to your requirements and recommend the best travel and safari options for your needs.

Let us know your location and we will supply past guests' contact details for a reality check.

Seasons below historically benefit from generally good VMC for the safaris indicated.
(Don't forget, we are in the Southern hemisphere and our seasons are opposite to those in the North!)

Time of year: General weather conditions: Safaris best suited:

October - May

Spring, Summer and Autumn. Long days, comfortable, temperate weather conditions.
Generally good VMC.

SA ODYSSEY

April - September

Autumn, Winter and Spring. Shorter days, cool nights; frontal coastal weather; dry and good VMC inland.

ZAMBEZI
RHINO
DESERT & DELTA

Whilst the table indicates best seasons, our safaris can be flown at any time, with some limitations to coastal flying at times of the year that experience heavy frontal conditions.

A) Pricing for Premium Self-Pilot Safaris:

Our mainstream Premium Self-Pilot Safaris reflect upscale tour experiences: flying, on-the-ground services, escorting, guiding and attention to detail. With international exchange rates varying continually it is difficult to define prices on this website accurately for a safari you might be considering in the future. Prices are also affected by seasonal variances and whether you are travelling in a group. Once we know your approximate travel dates and your party make-up, we will gladly draw up a quote for you. As a general guideline safari costs range as shown in the table below and are fully inclusive once you have arrived in South Africa.

Tour
Name

No of Days
on tour

Guideline price per couple/twin in US$

Zambezi 14 - 16 23 700 - 24 700
Rhino   15 23 400 - 25 800
SA Odyssey  15 - 17 23 300 - 24 350
Desert & Delta 16 - 18 24 600 - 26 300

The pricing guide assumes two persons sharing a regular PA28/C172 and double occupancy with full private facilities. (if a third person or child travels as passenger, the price for this person will be discounted, although there may be a single supplement applied. Please advise your requirements when booking).

The costs we will quote you include, unless otherwise stated:

  • Upscale double or twin accommodations with full private facilities as described,
  • all meals on safari, breakfasts at city hotels,
  • all transfers and transport related to the core safari,
  • selected premium excursions in game parks by night and day, along the itinerary,
  • full pilot’s licence validation program for one pilot (all briefings, reference materials, airfields guide, required literature, WAC charts, airport data, manuals, administration of tutorials, airlaw and procedures, fees, couriers, facilitation of the issuance of your licence by the local authority),
  • dry rental of a regular PA28 or C172 or similar category airplane (based on sufficient time to cover the total direct routing distance),
  • all government and local authority permits, overflight permissions and clearances,
  • briefings relevant and prior to each leg on a guided safari,
  • aerial photographs and diagrams of airfields you will be landing at,
  • personalised and journey-specific cockpit-friendly Safari Flying Guide™
  • all relevant WAC charts, Airfields Guide, Radio Frequencies info,
  • pilots bag, T shirts and caps,
  • pilot guide on guided safaris.

Additional costs you can expect to pay:

  • gratuities,
  • airplane fuel (approx $5 - $6 per gallon),
  • “user” fees (navigation, ICAO, landing, parking etc, $250 – 380 per airplane),
  • deductible insurance ($20 - $70 per airplane),
  • dual checkride time (approx $160 per hour),
  • excursions or pre- and post tour accomodations and transportations,
  • airplane upgrade

Discounts are applicable on tours where deposits are received outside 180 days prior to tour start.

B) Pricing for custom-made 'Independent' Self Pilot Safaris:

A custom-made safari can be high-end or make use of moderate accommodations. Generally private game lodges are more costly and fully inclusive, whilst staying in smaller villages in a hinterland tour will be at lower cost but less wildlife oriented and not fully inclusive.

Prices range from $480 upwards per person per day on tour. The price is dependent on which meals are included, the category of accommodations, if car rental is required, local excursions and many other factors. The final pricing can only be determined once we have designed the routing to your requirements and satisfaction.

C) Reservations:

Once we have nailed down the details of your safari itinerary we will let you have the required documents to complete the reservation process.

 

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