Seeing the Okavango Delta from above is an especially humbling experience – it’s so huge and unexplored…
Safari Air launched in 1989 to whisk guests between Botswana’s remote camps, and I can say from first-hand experience that it’s an incredible way to see the country.
Flying over Botswana makes you appreciate just how vast it is. Seeing the Okavango Delta from above is an especially humbling experience – it’s so huge and unexplored. Then there’s the Savute region, Chobe National Park, the Boteti River and all the tiny villages and towns dotted in between. There’s so much to see, and you really get a feel for just how remote the lodges you’re staying at are.
Every flight is unique. You can often see larger wildlife like elephants, buffaloes, hippos and giraffes. You might see lions and leopards, or floods arriving and storms building. Smaller animals can be harder to spot, but sometimes you can see impalas, lechwes, warthogs, crocodiles, baboons and zebras grazing on the ground, as well as birds beneath you.
My personal highlight was spotting a sitatunga from the air – it’s a very rare and beautiful antelope, and it was a special moment.
The planes are based at Maun airport and depart whenever guests need them. Flights can be anything from 10 to 70 minutes, depending on routes. They’re light aircrafts – Cessna Airvans and Cessna Grand Caravans – fitting between six and 11 people, so they’re about the size of a small bus. You can see the pilot sitting in the front, which is an experience in itself! The pilot conducts a short briefing on the flight before passengers are flown to and in between each destination.
For guests who’ve just flown into Johannesburg or Cape Town on a huge Boeing and then landed in Maun, it’s an especially exciting – sometimes overwhelming – experience. The highlight is often landing on ‘bush’ airstrips that are often just gravel or grass in what feels like the middle of nowhere.
It really disconnects you from the reality of the Western world. I love seeing the landscapes you’re about to explore from above, taking in the wonders of this country from a totally different perspective.
Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like James, who's travelled extensively in Botswana. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the rangers who'll ensure you'll spot the best wildlife in Chobe, the village chiefs who'll give you an insight into local life and the helicopter pilots who can land you on an island in the Delta never visited by humans before.
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