5. Helicopters and scenic flights
Some of the most thrilling helicopter rides are available in the north of Kenya. Properties such as Ol Malo and Sirikoi Camp offer this activity and you can ride as far as Lake Turkana, which boasts some truly spectacular scenery. You can also take a scenic flight on the classic Kenyan light aircraft during the wildebeest migration in the Maasai Mara. Richard’s River Camp offers particularly good flights between their Main Camp and Private Camp.
For a unique way to experience spectacular and varied landscapes rich in wildlife, why not try microlighting? This is a wonderful way of seeing safari Africa from the sky! The microlight, a very small type of aircraft, accommodates just you and the pilot on a seat each, with a triangular cloth wing above you and a rotary engine at the back. Flights are offered from Tafika Camp in the South Luangwa area of Zambia as well as from most Victoria Falls properties in the Livingstone region of southern Zambia.
Flying over Africa’s landscapes is such an exhilarating and humbling experience. As the vastness of the plains unfolds beneath you, you will witness a multitude of wildlife, bringing the beauty of the natural landscape to life. Observe the Great Migration from a bird’s-eye view and soak up the energy of the large herds of wildebeest as they plunge through rivers and savannas. Contrast this with the heavy-footed elephants that roam the bush, tracing their way from waterhole to waterhole as the hot sun dries their habitat.
You can also fly low in a light aircraft over the largest inland delta on Earth, Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Flying between camps in this region allows you to truly appreciate its sheer beauty, including its expansive wetlands, lagoons, islands, and dry savannas. Famed for its huge herds of hippos and elephants, it simply must be seen from the air.
Many Vic Falls properties also provide scenic flights. From the sky, the sight of ‘The Smoke That Thunders’ is absolutely overwhelming. Look out for Vic Falls National Park too, and see if you can spot lions and a host of herbivores! The sheer power of the Falls is especially in evidence from the air.
Check out our blog on the best helicopter flights on offer in Southern Africa.