An African Journey Just For Pilots

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Flying an African safari is on the "bucket list" for many aviators, and next month a group of pilots are flying their own airplanes from the U.S. to circumnavigate Africa on a new 20,000-mile adventure organized by Air Journey. The pilots will meet at the Chateau Frontenac hotel in Quebec on Sept. 7 for an extensive briefing before launching on the 54-day trip, which will feature stops in 27 countries. While in Africa, the travelers will fly above the Masai Mara national park in hot-air balloons, visit Victoria Falls, and stay at high-end resorts along the continent's west coast.

"It's not too late for more people to join us," trip leader Thierry Pouille told AVweb this week. "The visas and inoculations can still be done in time." The trip includes flight planning, accommodations in luxury hotels, most meals, and full-time guide services. The cost is $69,750 per person, plus a fee of $15,250 for each airplane. The group is scheduled to return to Quebec on Oct. 31.