Flying Safaris in Africa – Africa from the Air

Africa is a land of rich natural beauty: verdant savannah and arid desert, lush wetlands and dramatic salt lakes, awe-inspiring falls and darkly beautiful coastlines. There are many ways of exploring the continent but flying safaris in Africa provide perhaps the most profound of viewpoints, where the vast scale and majesty of this iconic continent can be truly appreciated. See some of our recommended ‘bucket list’ sights and perhaps suggest some of your own.

The Namib Desert, Namibia:

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One of the world’s oldest deserts, the Namib Desert stretches for over 1,500 km, a vast sea of dunes, broken by fossilised forests and other-worldly rock formations. The shifting burnt orange and cream sands are home to a unique flora and fauna from the Welwitschia Mirabilis to the desert elephant. Recommended place to stay: Wolwedans.

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Lake Natron is a salt lake located in northern Tanzania close to the Kenyan border. The vivid red and pink are caused by microorganisms affected by photosynthesis. Wildlife is rare here due to the high temperatures, though flamingos thrive. Recommended place to stay: Ngare Sero Lake Natron Camp.

Villages of Ethiopia:

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Ethiopia is home to some of the most fascinating tribal communities in Africa, from the Ari of the South Omo to the Dasanech nomads. Flying over the country, you will spot the tiny villages of domed huts typical of such African pastoralists. Recommended place to stay: Paradise Lodge.

The Great Migration on the Serengeti, Tanzania:

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One of the most awe-inspiring wonders of the animal kingdom, the great migration is a constantly moving sea of wildebeest, zebra and other ungulates as they migrate between the plains of Tanzania and Kenya. In search of new pastures, the migrators are in turn sought out by predators from lion and hyena to the drama of crocodiles waiting to pounce as they cross the Mara and Grumeti Rivers. Only by air can one appreciate the immensity of such numbers, as far as the eye can see. Recommended place to stay: Lamai Serengeti Camp.

The Okavango Delta, Botswana:

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One of the world’s largest inland deltas, the Okavango covers an area of some 6,000 – 15,000 kilometres square, creating one of Africa’s most densely concentrated areas of wildlife including African bush elephant, hippopotamus, giraffe, lion, cheetah and rhinoceros. Recommended place to stay: Xakanaxa Camp.

The Victoria Falls, Zambia:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Known locally as the ‘Smoke that Thunders’, the Victoria Falls is a massive step in the Zambezi River, dividing Zambia and Zimbabwe, named in honour of Queen Victoria. Thrilling boat rides may be taken to Livingstone Island (depicted above). Recommended place to stay: Tongabezi.

The Skeleton Coast, Namibia:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A land of impenetrable fog and shifting sandbanks, this stretch of coast in Namibia is aptly named. Strangely beautiful, but dramatically haunting, the coast is a graveyard of shipwrecks and home to numerous seal colonies. Recommended place to stay: Leylandsdrift Camp.

The Virunga Mountains of Uganda:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Virunga  Mountains are actually a chain of volcanoes, mostly dormant, along the borders of Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The mountains are home to the mountain gorilla, a critically endangered species due to habitat incursion by humans, poaching and disease. Recommended place to stay: Mount Gahinga Safari Lodge.

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From the Cape to Cairo by Air