Africa is a scenically stunning continent and whilst game-viewing usually takes place at ground level, there are various ways you can enjoy the African scenery and sometimes wildlife from an aerial position.
Scenic flights are available as specific activities in limited regions, though most safaris will include light aircraft transfers which will give you wonderful views of the local landscapes. Zambia and Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls is specifically known for its scenic ‘Flights of Angels’ over the falls (by fixed wing, helicopter or microlight), whilst scenic highlights such as Namibia’s Skeleton Coast or Namib Desert can also be viewed on dedicated scenic flights.
Helicopter and micro-light flights are possible in a few places, the latter of which is sometimes conducted as a game-viewing activity. Alternatively, it is possible to have that ‘Out of Africa’ experience in a ‘bi-plane’ as a few exist and are now available for scenic flights.
Hot-air balloon safaris are available in a number of spots, most famously operating over the rolling plains of Kenya’s Masai Mara and Tanzania’s Serengeti, where it is even possible to witness the incredible wildebeest migration from the air. Limited hot-air ballooning options exist in other parts of Africa, including Namibia.