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African Aero Safaris - Travel Feature

Above the Wilds of Africa

Rhinos at the Welgevonden airstrip

Self Pilot Safaris

"And now I understand everything," Karen Blixen (under her pen name, Isak Dinesen) wrote about flying over Africa with her lover, famous big game hunter Denys Finch Hatton in her classic memoir Out of Africa. Her contemporaries, authors Ernest Hemingway and Beryl Markham (who penned West with the Night, an entire book on the subject) agreed with her wholeheartedly — there is no better way to understand the landscape, spirit and immensity of the African continent than by soaring above it. While the average modern-day traveler thinks the height of an African safari can be discovered from the front seat of a specially rigged Land Rover, those in the know realize that the real romance of Africa remains — and always will be — at altitude.

Many decades after Blixen took to the skies, African Aero Safaris offers pilots the same timeless, exclusive experience — to fly over golden savannas and thundering herds of elephants in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Mozambique. Their "freeflow" trips for individuals or small groups of two to five planes take care of everything: pre-arranged pilots' license validations, airplanes, full itineraries and dedicated guide/escort planes with professional aircrews and tour directors — the latter to ensure your utmost comfort when you arrive at your luxury safari lodge for evening sundowners. When it comes to Big Five sightings, there is no better view than the one from above.

To book your self pilot safari, visit the official website of African Aero Safaris.


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