Sometimes, we need a change of perspective in order to understand some of the mysteries that are hidden in the landscapes of Africa. Although ancient, her history is stored in her wrinkled visage; it is only from the air that our view can encompass this breath-taking tapestry in all its grandeur. Rugged fault lines, water-eroded canyons, salt-crusted lake shores, meandering rivers, streams, and seasonal water courses mark the landscape like veins, carrying the land’s life blood. The grand open spaces are further crisscrossed with game trails, like a delicate web laid over the land. It is only from these heights that we can see the land for the singular living form that it really is.
In the Serengeti, we can take off at sunrise, to soar over the vast Serengeti Plains, in the gondola of a hot-air balloon, offering a chance to view the famous Wildebeest migration from the air. Scenic flights by a light aircraft can be organized to gain a bird’s eye perspective of the dramatic rift valley and volcanic highlands of Ngorongoro or over the myriad of reefs and sandbanks that dot the aquamarine waters of Zanzibar & Pemba. The ultimate freedom can be gained by helicopter, with the ability to land wherever we decide, helicopters open up the ability to venture further afield in relative ease, and to reach superb locations from the far reaches of northern Kenya, to the Lake Natron basin all the way to Rwanda and eastern Congo.