A Fly-In Safari is the perfect way to reach more remote safari locations and saves driving time that is better spent at your destination in the wilderness. Highly experienced bush pilots with many thousand flying hours under their belt bring you with well maintained planes to wherever there is an airstrip. This gives you the freedom to create your dream itinerary irrespective of the often huge distances in this vast region that East Africa is. Wherever you land a 4×4 vehicle with cold refreshments awaits you to bring you to your final destination. Below we present our favourite fly-in destinations as a starting point for planning your dream itinerary. Let us know to where we can fly you in East Africa!
Katavi national park & Mahale national park
This is the remote and wild West of Tanzania. Katavi is the least visited park, featuring large herds of Buffalo, Elephant & hippo in a pristine wilderness. A few luxury lodges & camps cater for those who fly here in search of remoteness and exclusivity. Mahale is actually a mountain range, often covered in mist, harbouring one of the last groups of wild (but habituated) chimpanzees. After a trek into the untouched rainforest in search of our ancestors you can relax with a drink at the beach of Lake Tanganyika.
Ruaha national park & Selous reserve
If you want to experience the beauty of a landscape such as the Serengeti without the traffic that it has, than Ruaha is your park of choice. Rich in wildlife, but remote, it fulfils any Safari goers dreams. You continue by air to Selous and you are in a completely different world. Selous, the largest protected area in Africa, is dominated by a labyrinth of waterways and offers – besides classic game drives and walking safari – game watching from a boat. Selous is also one of the best places in Africa to see the endangered African wild dog.
Samburu, Northern Kenya
The remote North of Kenya impresses with its stark beauty. The luxury lodge you fly to is located in a private conservancy without fences around 7km north of Samburu National Reserve. An animal corridor runs through its land and the local people profit from the conservation efforts. Saruni Samburu lodge is for those who want to get away from it all in style. The views are breath taking.
From the beginning of August until the end of October one just cannot ignore the spectacle that happens at the Mara river. The largest migration of a land animal – over 1 million wildebeest – must cross the famous river to continue their way north into Masai Mara. A couple of luxury tented camps and lodges are located directly at or near the river so that with a bit of luck you may witness this age old natural phenomenon that leaves nobody unimpressed.
For the ultimate in luxury the private Grumeti Reserve in Western Serengeti is your perfect destination. Their airstrip is the gateway to 4 high-end properties where you can indulge in stylish interior decoration, fine cuisine and wines and some of the best guiding in the world. Faru Faru, Sasakwa, Sabora and the newly created family retreat Serengeti House leave no wish unanswered. Equestrians find a well stocked stable and there is a Mini-Ranger programs for kids.