The Tiger Moth Vintage Safari Flight

The Tiger Moth Vintage Safari Flight was a grand affair.  The entire experience from beginning to end felt like being in the epic movie from Out of Africa.  The Tiger Moth flies from Krugersdorp where the airfield is set at what feels like a very high altitude, on top of a hill almost.  Spending time at the airfield was so much fun in itself.  The day was crisp and clear without a breath of wind.  It was summer time and the air had that lovely fragrance of freshness and fun as I waited patiently to fly.

The beauty of the Tiger Moth biplane is that it has an open cockpit.  As soon as there’s an open cockpit this increased the senses and exposure to the elements.  This particular Tiger Moth is still flying after 60 years.  It has been completely refurbished and is registered with the CAA as a commercial aircraft.  The experience really does transport you back in time to a bygone era of “The English Patient”.  With the Vintage Tiger Moth flight, one can almost relive the romance of aviation in the early 1900’s in classic style and elegance.

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The flight itself is spectacular.  It took a few attempts to manually get the propeller into automatic and before we knew it we were making our way swiftly down the runway.  Take off was executed with ease before circling and making our way out, across and over some stunning game farms.  I always seem to forget to dress warmer for the pleasure flights.  The Tiger Moth was no different.  Although it was a bit chilly, Martiens the pilot, the authenticity of the aircraft and the amazing scenery made up for it.  We took in some spectacular views across the landscape and managed to see many pockets of game feeding below us.  Martiens was great company as we flew across the escarpment as he pointed out all the landmarks I needed to see and enjoy.  The best part of the scenery would have to be the Magaliesburg mountain range.  When timing and weather is perfect one can also see the Hot Air Balloons rising in the distance which apparently the Tiger Moths flies between to make the experience extra spectacular.  The Tiger Moth comes with great goggles and leather headwear making the experience more authentic, leaving the passenger feeling like Biggles.  After we landed I spent what felt like hours simply admiring the lovely Tiger Moth.  It really is a stunning biplane.  This experience is perfect for any occasion or to simply treat yourself.  The Tiger Moth flight is particularly appropriate for milestone birthdays such as 50th Birthdays, 60th Birthdays and 70th Birthdays.

After the flight, families can enjoy extended time at the airfield watching the general activity and can have breakfast as served and sold in the Clubhouse. The airfield is located on a hill with stunning views across to the Magaliesberg range. This adds value to the experience and the visit by all to the airfield. Frequently families who treat a member to a Tiger Moth flight spend the entire morning on the patio simply enjoying the atmosphere and talking to pilots and staff.

Wikipedia describes the Tiger Moth in depth as follows –

The de Havilland DH 82 Tiger Moth is a 1930s biplane designed by Geoffrey de Havilland and was operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and others as a primary trainer. The Tiger Moth remained in service with the RAF until replaced by the de Havilland Chipmunk in 1952, when many of the surplus aircraft entered civil operation. Many other nations used the Tiger Moth in both military and civil applications, and it remains in widespread use as a recreational aircraft in many countries. It is still occasionally used as a primary training aircraft, particularly for those pilots wanting to gain experience before moving on to other tail wheel aircraft, although most Tiger Moths have a skid. Many are now employed by various companies offering trial lesson experiences. Those in private hands generally fly far fewer hours and tend to be kept in concourse condition. The de Havilland Tiger Moth club founded 1975 is now a highly organized owners’ association offering technical support and focus for Moth enthusiasts.

Written and experienced in person by Odette Butcher, Chief Experience Officer, Celestial Gift Experiences.

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