What is a Fly-in Safari?

October 31, 2018

Gliders, sail planes, they’re wonderful flying machines. It’s the closest you can come to being a bird” – Neil Armstrong

A fly-in safari takes you up into the sky in a light aircraft in order to transfer you from location to location within your chosen safari destination, which may include crossing over country borders.

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The Zambezi River in Zimbabwe © Ilala Lodge

The major benefit of a fly-in safari is that it saves you valuable time moving between all those attractions you want to see, allowing you to do so much more on your holiday in Africa. When you’re up in the air, you experience the landscape from a bird’s eye view and this gives you a good idea of the bigger picture of the geography of different African regions. This aerial overview gives you a unique perspective on what’s to come when your next adventure begins on the ground.

So what are some of the destinations that are suitable for a fly-in safari?

Namibia

Flying over Namibia is a wonderful way to truly grasp the magnificence of the country’s vast deserts. Panoramas of endless sand dunes speckled by patches of shrubs and rocky outcrop give the sense that you’ve passed a threshold into another world.

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The red dunes of Sossusvlei, Namibia © Hoodia Desert Lodge

But it’s not all scenery you’ll see from up high. Monochromatic herds of zebra, tall dusky brown and orange giraffe as well the black, white and grey markings of the oryx as they gallop across the sand, can all be spied from this special vantage point.

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A dazzle of zebra at a waterhole in Ongava Game Reserve, Namibia © Ongava Lodge

In just eight days, the Namibia Flying Safari will take you from the country’s capital Windhoek into the spectacular red dunes of the Sossusvlei, the home of desert elephants in mountainous Damaraland, and the wildlife haven of Etosha National Park and the Ongava Reserve.

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The rocky outcrops outlined by the mountains of the Damaraland, Namibia © Camp Kipwe

In between flights, the desert lodges and camps found in remote Namibia blend seamlessly into the surrounding environment whilst still providing all the creature comforts expected from a luxury safari experience.

Botswana

Africa’s beloved safari destination, Botswana, has quite a different landscape from Namibia as the waterways of the Okavango Delta and the Chobe River create a verdant oasis for lush vegetation and the diverse wildlife that thrive off this bounty.

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The landscape of Zimbabwe © Ilala Lodge

When you look down from the plane, you should be able to sight elephants, giraffe and even rhino roaming across the watery plains in search of the juiciest plants they can find. As Botswana is so expansive and has an incredible variety of beautiful wildlife attractions to visit, flying allows you to cover a lot of ground quickly.

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A tower of giraffe in Chobe National Park, Botswana © Chobe Elephant Camp

The Botswana Fly-in Safari is nine days of all the best wildlife attractions, and even includes a stop-over at the iconic Victoria Falls in Botswana. A flight to Chobe National Park will put you in the middle of elephant territory and in the Khwai area outside Moremi Game Reserve you’ll meet local communities as well as potentially sight incredible predator-prey interactions.

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The Okavango Delta, Botswana © Pelo Camp

Of course, a fly-in safari to Botswana would be incomplete without visiting the Okavango Delta, where you’ll ride through the waterways on a mokoro. As with Namibia, lodgings In Botswana are all top-class and make the most of the wild, natural beauty.

Let us help you decide whether a fly-in safari will fit your travel style and desired itinerary.


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