An official event of The Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom and The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale
A flying rally across Africa, from Crete to Cape Town, for aircraft built before the 31st December 1939.
Following in the footsteps of the pioneering flights in the 1920s – we connected some of the most beautiful and evocative points in Africa. We flew low along the Nile from Cairo to Khartoum, past the highlands of Ethiopia before the plains of Kenya and the home of African aviation in Nairobi. Then we went off again past Kilimanjaro into the Serengeti – and on to the spice island of Zanzibar. After a short pause we enjoyed the Indian ocean, we continued, crossed Zambia to Victoria Falls, before we continuied to Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. Our final days took us across Botswana and into stunning South Africa – to the Cape, journey’s end.
A rally such as this was never done before.
Throughout we stayed in a wide variety of locations, from 5* hotels to tented camps (and everything in between). Obligatory equipment included a sleeping bag, full black tie and a beginner's guide to Swahili (all three items will be needed at some stage or another, perhaps simultaneously!).
There were trials and tribulations, mechanical and human stress – all in stunning visual settings. The support aircraft (both aeroplanes and helicopters) were busy keeping the show in the air (and helped the vintage aeroplanes that have made precautionary landings here, there and everywhere).