Luxury Fly-in Safaris in Africa

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Access the most remote regions of Africa, in style.

Africa is a wild, vast wilderness with some of the most remote regions on the planet. It is the second largest continent, larger than the United States, Brazil and China combined. Savannas, or grasslands, cover almost 65% of the land, which can make accessing some of the more remote areas a tricky (and sometimes lengthy) ordeal. 

Luckily, there are some exclusive camps that offer fly-in safaris – an exhilarating and convenient option to explore some of the off the beaten track regions of Africa. A fly-in safari makes use of a plane or helicopter to transfer you between locations, saving you time, and offering you spectacular panoramas of the wildest spaces on Earth.

Our top recommended camps offering fly-in safaris in Africa

Royal Malewane, South Africa

Royal Malewane is located in the Thornybush Private Game Reserve, on the border of the world-famous Kruger National Park. A safari here guarantees a thrilling close encounter with the Big Five and offers an exceptional all-round wildlife experience. It is also one of the most luxurious safari lodges in the region with exclusive-use villas and its very own private landing strip called Jackalberry Airstrip which guests can fly to directly from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, Namibia

The ultra-exclusive andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is located deep within the Sossusvlei Private Desert Reserve in the world’s oldest living desert – the Namib. Unrivalled luxury and a strong focus on sustainability are at the forefront of Sossusvlei Desert Lodge’s promise to guests, and an experience here is nothing short of life-changing. And for those wanting to skip the 400-kilometre / 248-mile 4×4 drive from Windhoek, the lodge offers scheduled charter flights each day to its very own private airstrip.

Xigera Safari Lodge, Botswana

Xigera Safari Lodge is situated on the western side of the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta of Botswana. This luxurious space has been meticulously designed and offers guests front-row seats to some of the best wildlife action in Africa. A remote gem in the Delta, the lodge is only accessible by a chartered flight to a nearby airstrip, after which guests approach the lodge by boat or game drive.

Azura Benguerra, Mozambique

Located on Benguerra island within the pristine Bazaruto Marine National Park, this unspoilt island paradise comprises only 20 exclusive villas stretched along one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. There is a state-of-the-art helicopter that can transport guests directly from Vilanculos Airport to the island, and a short grass airstrip on Benguerra island that can accommodate a smaller charter flight for guests who wish to fly in directly.

One&Only Gorilla’s Nest, Rwanda

Resting at the foothills of Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, One&Only Gorilla’s Nest is where adventure and luxury meet. Effortlessly elegant in its design, the lodge is the perfect base for an extraordinary encounter with the rare mountain gorillas of the Virunga Mountains. The warm hosts of One&Only Gorilla’s Nest will welcome guests on arrival at Kigali Airport where they will then be transported by helicopter, landing at the lodge’s private helipad.

Matetsi Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Located on a private concession on the banks of the Zambezi River, Matetsi Victoria Falls offers the perfect base for a Zimbabwe safari experience and a visit to the largest waterfall on Earth – the mighty Victoria Falls. Since Zimbabwe’s borders reopened for international flights in 2020, Matetsi Victoria Falls unveiled its very own private airstrip to complement its existing private heli-pad, creating the option for two thrilling fly-in safari opportunities for guests.

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