Small Group Safari

Trans Africa Epic Flying Safari

An epic flying safari across Africa exploring remote areas via small-flight plane. Spend your days travelling between countries in search of an incredible amount of wildlife.

Duration 36 days
Price From $28,869
When Jan - Jun
Destination Trans Africa

Safari Overview

This action-packed 36-day adventure sees you soar through the skies of Africa, aiming to introduce you to the best of this incredible landscape by air. You will visit Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana, Mozambique and many more over the course of 36 days, witnessing sights such as Victoria Falls, the Serengeti and Lake Malawi. You’ll meet your experienced guides Luca and Antonella, whose long-standing passion for Africa is evident; throughout the trip you’ll learn more about this incredible continent as Luca shares his extensive knowledge of tribes, birds and the environment with you.

You’ll discover the Skeleton Coast, Red Dunes desert, the Caprivi Strip and many more, plus spot wildlife such as elephant, lion and hippo from a birds-eye perspective. Between your scenic flights you will also track gorillas and take game drives in Etosha National Park! This unforgettable trip really is like no other; there is no set flight path – if there is an area which you’d like to see closer, then the plane can fly low for a closer look. This is a truly unique and wild adventure!

What makes this trip extraordinary?

  • Explore some of Africa’s most beautiful areas by air.
  • Witness sights such as Victoria Falls, the Okavango Delta and the dramatic Virunga Mountains.
  • Track the mountain gorillas, witness the annual wildebeest migration and relax on private islands.
  • Led by expert pilot, guide and conservationist, Luca Belpietro.

Explore some of Africa’s top destinations by plane on this epic safari; from the red deserts of Namibia, to the wildlife rich Serengeti in Tanzania.

Day by day

Days 1-2

Nairobi - Chyulu Hills

You will arrive in Nairobi and be flown to Campi ya Kanzi where you will meet Luca and Antonella. They created this beautiful lodge in partnership with the Maasai. You will have the chance to run through the itinerary, go on game drives or horse riding if you wish. Alternatively, you may choose to re-energise at the wellness centre in preparation for your upcoming adventure!

Days 3-5

Virunga Mountains, Rwanda

Your journey begins with a scenic flight towards the Virunga Mountains, a chain of 15,000ft volcanoes that stretches through Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Your accommodation for the next few days is situated close to the Parc National des Volcans, in the foothills of the Virungas. During your time here you will spend your days tracking mountain gorillas, hoping to catch a glimpse of these incredible creatures.

Overnight: Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge B, L, D

Days 6-8

Serengeti, Tanzania

You will embark on a spectacular two-hour flight over Lake Victoria, the Serengeti plains and kopjes, ending in northern Tanzania. You’ll witness some unforgettable sights from the air on this journey! You will stay at Namiri Plains Camp, which is the perfect base from which to explore the rich array of wildlife in this area. You’ll spend your time here out experiencing the sights of the great migration; prepare yourself for nature’s greatest show!

Overnight: Namiri Plains B, L, D

Days 9-10

Likoma Island, Lake Malawi

You will depart the Serengeti plains, taking a picturesque flight over diverse terrain and waters to the magnificent Lake Malawi. Here, you can relax at camp Kaya Mawa for the next two days; you may opt to go scuba diving, kayaking or wake-boarding in the calm, clear waters that surround the camp. Alternatively, you can just unwind in the spectacular surrounds and recount the amazing experiences of the last few days with your new friends.

Overnight: Kaya Mawa B, L, D

Days 11-12

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

After your days of relaxation you will board the plane to fly to Zambia. You will soar over the Luangwa Valley, Lake Kariba and even Victoria Falls; a truly spectacular experience! Arriving at Royal Chundu, you will be able to visit the magnificent Victoria Falls and Zambezi river during your time here.

Days 13-14

Etosha National Park, Namibia

Fly over the Caprivi Strip to the dry desert. You will be able to explore Etosha National Park during your time here where you can spot white rhino, zebra and elephant. Etosha National Park is one of Africa’s largest nature reserves and is home to over 114 mammals such as lion, cheetah and springbok and over 340 species of birds. A large part of this extreme environment consists of salt pan, which remains white and cracked in its appearance for most of the year, morphing in the extreme heat to create a unique-looking terrain!

Overnight: Mushara Outpost B, L, D

Days 15-16

Damaraland, Namibia

Another incredible flight takes you to one of the most spectacular places in the world; Damaraland. Comprised of valleys, flat-topped mountains and rocky terrains, this striking environment is located 90km from the Skeleton Coast. It is home to the desert-adapted elephant, black rhino, springbok and greater kudu. Damaraland’s unique landscape offers endless photo opportunities, and during your time here you can enjoy nature walks and drives, hoping to spot some of the wildlife that resides here.

Overnight: Damaraland Camp B, L, D

Day 17

Windhoek, Namibia

Today marks the last day of leg one of this magnificent flying safari. You will fly over the remote, dramatic wild landscape where desert and ocean meet; you may even be lucky enough to see elephants arriving at the water’s edge! You will arrive at Naankuse Lodge, where you will take a short yet luxurious break to mark the end of the first part of your incredible flying adventure.

Day 18

Windhoek, Namibia

Today some guests will head back to Windhoek to fly home, whilst others will join for the second leg of this wildlife packed adventure. The lodge is located just 30 minutes from the airport, and you can enjoy activities such as the ‘Carnivore Feeding Tour’, where you can watch leopards, wild dogs and baboons be fed, spot cheetahs on a ‘Cheetah Walk’ or go on a guided nature walk.

Days 19-20

Red Dunes Desert, Namibia

You will begin the second leg of your air safari with a spectacular flight over the Kalahari and the Red Dunes desert. You will arrive at Red Dunes Lodge which is situated on a natural island in the dry lake, and can only be reached by a 120m wooden boardwalk. Here, you can take game drives and walks through the Kalahari Desert. You can climb the magnificent 30 metre dunes in an off-road vehicle and spot the animals and vegetation of this barren land.

Days 21-22

Okavango Delta, Botswana

You will head into the skies for a scenic flight across to the Okavango Delta in Botswana. It will be a flight of contrasts as you cross the Kalahari Desert to the lush vegetation of the Okavango Delta. This concession is renowned for its lion and leopard who come here to stalk the red lechwe that graze around the flats. Enjoy game drives, boating, fishing and mokoro trips (water levels dependent).

Overnight: Duba Plains B, L, D

Days 23-25

Malilangwe Reserve, Zimbabwe

Departing the waters of the Okavango Delta, you will take another spectacular flight toward the waters of the Zambezi, soaring over the beautiful landscapes of Zimbabwe. You will arrive at Singita Pamushana Lodge. Pamushana is owned by the Malilangwe Trust, an organisation which aims to help conserve the wildlife and habitat of the region. You will have three days here to explore the outstanding surroundings of this lodge and relax before the rest of your upcoming adventure.

Overnight: Singita Pamushana Lodge B, L, D

Days 26-27

Mana Pools, Zimbabwe

Fly over the Zimbabwe kopjes to Mana Pools. The mighty Zambezi River flows from Lake Kariba through the Lower Zambezi Valley, a huge rift in the earth's crust. Over the millennia the Zambezi has rushed through this valley creating islands, channels and sandbanks. Old river meanders, left in the mineral-rich volcanic soils, have formed into small ox-bow lakes surrounded by lush vegetation and tall old stands of mahogany and ebony. This abundance of water and luxuriant greenery accounts for the valley's wealth of big game. Here you will have our own private mobile camp with the opportunity for fabulous walking safaris.

Days 28-29

Lake Malawi, Mozambique

Another incredible flight takes you from the wilderness of Mana Pools to the pristine waters of Lake Malawi. You will stay at Nkwichi Lodge, which is nestled on the shores of Lake Malawi among baobabs on an unspoilt white sandy beach. You can discover a lost world here; go snorkelling in the clear waters and appreciate the exceptional lakeside scenery.

Days 30-32

Vamizi Island, Mozambique

You will journey by air from Lake Malawi to the Indian Ocean. Despite its location in one of the wildest places on earth, Vamizi is set among the Quirimbas Archipelago in mellow waters just off of Northern Mozambique. Vamizi may appear to be the epitome of barefoot luxury, but the ocean waters offer a host of exciting activities such as fishing, diving, snorkelling and kayaking. You also have the opportunity to go on whale-watching trips during your time at this tropical paradise!

Days 33-34

Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

Again, you will experience contrasting landscapes as you fly to Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania. You will stay at Sand Rivers Selous, which was created by Luca’s friend and Chyulu Hills conservation partner Richard Bonham. During your time here you can go on game drives and walks in Selous Game Reserve. Spanning 45,000km sq. and comprised of grassy plains, open woodland and mountainous areas, Selous is a spectacular and diverse terrain. You may spot wildebeest, baboon, zebra and giraffe here!

Overnight: Sand Rivers B, L, D

Day 35

Chyulu Hills, Kenya

You will fly over the Indian Ocean coast to Tsavo and then to Campi ya Kanzi, which is the last stop on your truly epic air journey. At Campi ya Kanzi you can enjoy game walks and horse rides and indulge in massages and yoga sessions to re-energise after your incredible adventure.

Day 36

Chyulu Hills - Nairobi

Today you will be flown to Nairobi where you will bid farewell to your new friends in time for your onward flight. If you wish to extend your safari please let us know.

Trip Details

Dates and Prices

This is a small group departure, please see dates & prices for more details. This trip is available as separate parts (17 days or 19 days) or combined (36 days). 

2017 Departures are sold out, please get in touch for 2018 departure dates. Or speak to us and we can put together a private, tailor made option.

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