Transfers on safari


On fly-in safaris movement between camps is generally by a light 5 seater aircraft (Cessna 206) due to remote areas visited and distances travelled. The air transfer time takes an average of 20 minutes to one hour twenty minutes depending on your itinerary. The flight departure times and drop off times are scheduled by air charter companies the day prior to fit in with their flying schedule therefore we cannot advise travel times in advance, however most transfers are scheduled between activities or to suit your flight arrival/departure times. 
In an effort to keep the cost of the air transfers reasonable, the lodges in the region co-operate to share daily schedules where ever possible. The rate you have been quoted is therefore ‘a seat in a plane rate’ rather than a charter rate, which means that guests fit into the combined requirements of each day as opposed to a private charter whereby guests can request specific flight times.
The final flight schedules to the lodges are usually only confirmed the day before travel. The charter companies communicate these times directly with the camp managers who then pass this information on to the guests.  Please note that the aircraft might stop up to three times before reaching the final destination.

On mobile safaris movement between camps is generally by road in an open safari vehicle, these drives are generally through wildlife areas and taken at a comfortable pace, stopping for refreshments and game viewing as you travel.
Depending on the time of year, some of these transfers can be quite ‘interesting’ with water crossings and some bumpy roads which are all part of the adventure. Depending on your itinerary, there may be some fly in options for travel which you can discuss with your agent when planning your trip.  In addition your itinerary may include road, boat and mokoro transfers as are required, please discuss details of these transfers with your agent.

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