There are a number of bird’s-eye-view options when it comes to an African safari. Low-level flights via different aircraft can offer a perspective on wildlife like none other. From hot air balloons to helicopters, here are our top three air safari experiences.
1. Hot air ballooning over the Great Migration
Whether you’re on safari in Tanzania or Kenya, hot air ballooning is always available during the migration season. Soar over the plains while witnessing the sheer breadth of the herds. Imagine the quietude of being airborne without the sounds of engines — nothing is more tranquil. Finish off this once-in-a-lifetime experience with a traditional Champagne breakfast once you’re back on the ground. Balloons typically carry up to 16 passengers in four basket compartments, and it’s imperative to pre-book to ensure a space. Some physical requirements do exist, so check with your Safari Specialist.
2. Low-flying helicopter above the Okavango Delta
Botswana’s enormous inland delta, visible from space, is characterized by its artfully winding waterways. It’s a lush wilderness amid the Kalahari Desert, and the perspective from above reveals its massive scope. In a helicopter you’re able to enjoy a low-flying experience to witness herds of elephant, buffalo, giraffe and much more. It’s an outstanding way to capture great aerial photos from the aircraft, which has removable doors for enhanced access. Transfer between your camps by helicopter, enjoy a short scenic flight, or opt for a longer flight with a Champagne stop en route!
3. Classic Waco bi-plane flight in Kenya
Imagine yourself as a modern-day explorer, soaring on wings high over Kenya’s sprawling savanna. At Lewa Downs, take flight in a classic, open-cockpit Waco biplane, much like the one piloted by Robert Redford in the beloved 1985 film Out of Africa. Flown by the owner of Lewa Wilderness Lodge, Will Craig, stylishly adorned in his traditional bomber jacket and leather aviator hat, it’s an unforgettable way to experience Africa’s original safari destination.
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