Safari News: Reach more destinations in less time

There is nothing better than sipping on a glass of bubbly while watching the sunset on a beautiful day in Africa. But, often the tranquillity is not just a quick trip down the road, and travel time might be extremely limited. This does not mean that you have to postpone your break for another year.


National Airways Corporation (NAC) has the perfect solution by taking care of your aircraft travel logistics. Through fixed-wing and helicopter charters, the journey to your destination does not have to involve long hours on the road or in transit before reaching your destination.


“Sub-Saharan Africa boasts some of the world’s most breath-taking landscapes, from pristine beaches and rolling valleys, to rocky mountains and lush game reserves.  Customised itineraries and tours for our guests have become very popular.  NAC can provide guests with an efficient and exclusive air travel solution in a private and personalised environment to reach or connect you to remote locations” says Jolande Parrott, Manager  Fixed Wing Charter Sales & FBO  at NAC.  It is because of the flexibility provided by such options. “Using fixed-wing aircraft or helicopters, we can land on private farms, Winelands, golf courses, private game reserves and private landing strips.”


The possibilities for those that use NAC’s services are endless.  From safari travellers, adventurers on the lookout for a different sightseeing trip, golf enthusiasts frequenting different courses, to corporate travellers looking to reach their destination in next to no time.  Our charter options allow passengers to travel on personalised itineraries and ensures that more time is spent relaxing at their destination of choice.

Even the hopeless romantics can rope in the services of NAC. This could include a champagne breakfast far away from the crowds, hilltop proposals and so much more.  When in Cape Town, book the Fly and Dine option with NAC Helicopters Cape Town. This package showcases the breath-taking views of Cape Town from above in the comfort of a NAC helicopter, followed by  a two-course lunch or three-course dinner at one of Cape Town’s finest restaurants.


Another option while in Cape Town is the Freedom Helicopter Tour.  This bucket list item entails a trip to Robben Island whilst Christo Barnard, Nelson Mandela’s former guard, shares his in-depth knowledge with guests.


After selecting the perfect destination, NAC will propose the correct mode of transport.  “Flying to remote areas or private strips requires detailed planning and NAC can take care of the necessary preparations,” says Parrott.


Booking a charter flight does not have to break the bank. A single turboprop Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft with a capacity to carry between nine and 12 passengers could cost in the vicinity of R11 000 per hour. The Bell 407 four-blade helicopter with a capacity of six passengers costs approximately R14 000. Prices exclude VAT.

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