2014 Africa Flying Safari


Flying Safari

15

Jun 2014

Flying Safari

In all my years of flying I have been fortunate to fly some incredible airplanes and in some beautiful places. I can tell you honestly, taking a flying safari through Africa in a Cessna 206, rates as my top flying experience. It all started out over a year ago when Luca Belpietro told me he wanted to do a flying safari through Southern Africa. I...

Read More


Wildlife Game Count

05

Jun 2014

Wildlife Game Count

Campi Ya Kanzi and Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust team up to count all of the wild game on Kuku Group Ranch at least once a year. This year I was privileged to be here at Campi Ya Kanzi during the game count. My roll was to fly the airplane in perfectly straight lines, 300 feet above the ground on 1000 meter transects of the entire...

Read More


Low Level Flying

29

May 2014

Low Level Flying

Low level flying over the vastly unpopulated areas of Southern Africa is the most amazing way to see and experience the topography, landscape and animals. From within 1000 feet of the ground, animals as small as warthogs are clearly visible, you can see the flowers on the bushes, you can appreciate the rocks jutting from the earths crust. The land comes to life and you...

Read More


Bush Flying Africa

28

May 2014

Bush Flying Africa

After spending a few weeks bush flying throughout Southern Africa I am becoming more and more comfortable with not knowing every eventuality. We flew through 5 countries not knowing exactly how customs and immigration would treat us. We knew it might be tough to get aviation gasoline in some places. We hoped everyone in the group would completely enjoy the adventure. But at the end...

Read More


Okavango Delta

28

May 2014

Okavango Delta

Africa is full of surprises and I was quite surprised when I arrived at Savuti Camp in the Okavango Delta region of Botswana. What a magical blending of African big game animals and delta scenery. The first night at camp I wasn’t feeling up to going out with everyone on the evening sundowner, I had spent enough time in vehicles and just wanted to chill...

Read More


In the presence of Bushmen

18

May 2014

In the presence of Bushmen

While visiting Jacks Camp in Botswana, I had the opportunity to meet the Bushmen of a nearby village. Although I believe that the bushmen lifestyle is fading into the history books and that this meeting was commercialized, I felt a brief connection to the San people of the past. These people were not hired actors, they were Bushmen of the Kalahari, I just wish I...

Read More


Waste Not Want Not

17

May 2014

Waste Not Want Not

As I sat, overlooking the open plains of Botswana, I was in awe of the planet we live on and I find myself pondering what will be left of it in 1000 years. Animals find a way to exist in some of the most inhospitable places and without destroying the planet they thrive on. I have never been a big conservation guy. I have never...

Read More


Words Can’t Describe The Beauty

12

May 2014

Words Can’t Describe The Beauty

It has been a few days since I have had a useable internet connection, although it felt good to be disconnected, I haven’t updated my adventure and I don’t know where to start. My last blog ended with us arriving in Windhoek Namibia and staying at Naankuse. For me the best thing about Naankuse is that I got to land on a dirt road, it...

Read More


Arrival In Namibia

07

May 2014

Arrival In Namibia

It’s hard to believe but in just 3 days we have made it to Windhoek Namibia. One thousand nine hundred seventy five miles, across 5 sparsely populated countries in Southern Africa. Everyone we have met along the way has been helpful and kind. I expected to have serious problems with things like getting avgas as it is not as common in Africa as it is...

Read More


Likoma Island to Livingstone Victoria Falls

06

May 2014

Likoma Island to Livingstone Victoria Falls

The adventure continues as we progress South on our Africa Flying Safari. Today the trip takes us from Likoma Island airport in Malawi to Lusaka Zambia and then onto Livingstone Zambia which sits just on the boarder of Zimbabwe. Tonight we are staying at Royal Chundu on the Zambezi river, it is such a unique place. Every room at Royal Chundu is on the Zambezi...

Read More


Campi Ya Kanzi to Likoma Island

04

May 2014

Campi Ya Kanzi to Likoma Island

We had planned to takeoff from Campi Ya Kanzi airstrip at 6:15am, but as it goes in the wild, we were delayed by a pride of lions that wanted to use the same road. It was an incredible sight to come around the corner and see 5 lions in the road. We stopped the trucks and shutdown the engines and just enjoyed watching as a...

Read More


No Turning Back

03

May 2014

No Turning Back

I am down to my last 8 hours before this adventure truly begins. It has been a long road getting to this point and I am sure all of the hard work will pay off, on this flying Safari. I was successful in obtaining my Kenyan Validation, I can officially fly Kenyan registered airplanes for the next year. It was not as easy of a...

Read More


Long Haul Flights

24

Apr 2014

Long Haul Flights

With the invention of airplanes came the ability to cross large swaths of the earth in a single journey on long haul flights. I just traveled from Los Angeles California to Nairobi Kenya in about 27 hours. I find it incredible that I can be on the other side of the world within one day. I took one short flight from Los Angeles, California, to...

Read More


Africa Journey Preflight

23

Apr 2014

Africa Journey Preflight

Africa Bound The time has finally come, I sitting at Los Angeles International Airport, waiting for my first of 4 flights to get me to Campi Ya Kanzi. I didn’t sleep much last night, the anticipation of this adventure got the better of my zzz’s. I thought about everything I packed and anything I might have forgotten, I thought about the security line at LAX...

Read More


Electronics Overload

17

Apr 2014

Electronics Overload

Considering that I am traveling to the wilds of Africa, I sure am taking a bunch of electronics along. I decided to test out my charging capabilities to make sure I would be able to charge everything from the one travel adapter I have. The travel adapter is plugged into the wall. A three outlet power strip is plugged into the adapter. From there, I...

Read More



Page 1 of 212