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A private view of South Africa

While South Africa remains on Level 3 until the peak of new infections have passed, it is still possible to travel inside the country and favour private flights to secure your itinerary.

South Africa recorded 12,710 new Covid-19 cases and 566 deaths in the past 48h, after two consecutive days of fewer than 10,000 new infections on the 20th January. The numbers are still high, however Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says that South Africa is beginning to see the benefits of its latest level 3 lockdown and its ability to manage a second surge in Covid-19 cases.

In spite of the restrictions and limitations set up by the Government, the situation still allows South Africans to travel within the country. After a limited festive season where strict restrictions applied to limit the spread of the virus (such as beach closures), lodges around the country are still open and most of them are offering special discounts to attract customers. So to avoid the crowded coast from the Western Cape to KwaZulu-Natal and enjoy some time away in the beautiful South-African wildlife, we recommend that you to travel to luxury lodges by private jet or charter flight.

Flying on a private jet is definitely safer than flying on a commercial airliner in the age of Covid-19. The luxury of private jet flying benefits now includes health and safety.

As the world's population begins a slow return to the skies, commercial aircraft are becoming increasingly crowded and the alternatives appear to be simple: stay home, drive, risk flying on an airliner, or fly private. Though the last is the most expensive, flying private has numerous advantages when it comes to ensuring a healthy travel experience including skipping the airport terminal and not worrying about social distancing onboard the aircraft.

Here are several reasons for you to favor private flights:

  • Private flyers use private terminals away from the congested commercial side of the airport

  • Private planes can access smaller and more remote airports, reducing travel times

  • Security screenings aren't required on most flights

  • Boarding passes are not required. Pilots need only to check the ID of passengers

  • Baggage is handled by a small handful of people

  • The overall journey is shorter, allowing travelers to limit their exposure away from controlled environments ; less exposure to potential pathogens and germs.

Private jets are definitely safer during Covid time. And some Luxury lodges lost in the middle of nowhere are accommodated with landing strips to facilitate your direct arrival on site. This makes it very convenient to travel to stay isolated from external risks and stay safe.

As a broker, We Fly Africa can facilitate your journey with the best maintained planes and pilots for our flights, including safety, quality, flexibility and the best rates.

We will recommend a few places if you would like to travel in private jet directly to a lodge:

  • Legacy Hotels has an exclusive range of luxury hotels, lodges, resorts and residential estates over South Africa. From the Pilanesberg, the Greater Addo to the Kruger Park, you will appreciate the beauty of their wildlife and the oasis of lush green.

  • Singita proudly operates 15 luxury, award-winning lodges and camps across four countries in Africa, including 6 in South Africa. Known as the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Singita’s mission is to share a unique part of the world, while maintaining respect for the natural environment and challenging accepted notions of luxury.

  • Thornybush is a collection of luxury lodges in the world-renowned areas of Sabi Sand and Thornybush Nature Reserve. The Thornybush lodges are luxurious oases where our guests can savour the joys of the wilderness in comfort.

Margaux S., We Fly Africa, January 2021.


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