Exploring the world in the Beechcraft Bonanza

Leg 72, Lagos, Nigeria via Bioko island to Bali, Cameroon

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11-02 Murtala Muhammed DNMM 4:13 AM
11-02 New Ibadan DNIB 4:43 AM
11-02 Akure DNAK 5:16 AM
11-02 Benin DNBE 5:41 AM
11-02 Osubi DNSU 6:00 AM
11-02 Enugu DNEN 6:58 AM
11-02 Owerri Imo DNIM 7:25 AM
CTD right after coming to a stop (switching view to nav panel)
11-02 Owerri Imo DNIM 7:33 AM
11-02 Port Harcourt DNPO 7:47 AM
11-02 Port Harcourt City DNPR 7:54 AM
11-02 Eket DNEK 8:21 AM
11-02 Calabar DNCA 8:40 AM
11-02 Malabo FGSL 9:12 AM Mount Cameroon on the left
11-02 Tiko FKKC 10:33 AM
11-02 Douala FKKD 10:46 AM Mount Manengouba otw
11-02 Mamfe FKKF 11:34 AM
11-02 Bali FKKG 11:58 AM Drone cam landing

Flight time 7:37 15 stops

Bing coverage is a bit of a modern art piece in these regions


Luckily the weather provided the views instead

First up, Ibadan, the largest city by geographical area in Nigeria, 6 million people

Bowers tower is one of the landmarks in Ibadan, good spot to view the city

A historic monument put up to honor Captain Robert Lister Bower

A first, a late first, after 1200 approaches, dead on without ever changing direction after taking off

Akure

Just North of Ogbunike where Ogbunike Cave is in the forest behind the yellow fields

Ogbunike cave and peculiar instructions

When you look it up online it incorrectly shows pictures of Hang Sơn Đoòng in Vietnam, which I will certainly visit, but this cave is about a hundredth of the size. The largest chamber in this cave is still pretty big, 10 by 30 meters by 5 meters high.

Enugu, derived from two Igbo words Énú Ụ́gwụ́ meaning “hill top”

Port Harcourt, connected by a large estuary to the Bight of Bonny aka Bight of Biafra

Crossing the Imo river

To Eket, yep lots of lightning and thunder

Rey estuary

Malabo on Bioko island, Equatorial Guinea. Island not far off the coast

Saint-Isabel of Malabo

Climbing up Pico Basilé

Volcanic mountain peak, 9,878 ft high

It feels like the weather doesn’t want me here, the clouds are chasing me

Reserva Científica de la Caldera de Luba formerly San Carlos

The Gran Caldera de Luba Scientific Reserve is a protected area of 51,000 hectares

A bit better view closer up

View from down below

Back to the mainland, Mt Cameroon, aka Mongo ma Ndemi (“Mountain of Greatness”)

13,250 ft high, part of the Cameroon volcanic line, same as Pico Basilé earlier

Diving down to Tiko, Mt Cameroon remains hidden

Got to escape the catcher!

Flying by Tiko, small town on the edge of another large estuary

Douala in the between the Wouri and Dibamba rivers

La Pagode aka Palace of the Kings Bell from the German colonial period on the left

La Nouvelle Liberté produced by Joseph-Francis Sumégné in 1996, now a symbol of the city

Mount Manengouba in the never ending lightning

Featured in the documentary The Mists of Mwanenguba

Flying onwards to Mamfe

The sun is getting low

Mamfe on the Manyu River

Checkpoint in Mamfe

Racing to my last stop, it’s getting dark fast

No runway lights, no G1000 data, prepare the drone, max exposure

Made it, barely, Bali formerly the center of a kingdom

Awesome pictures !

You might wanna join our new thread.
It’s the windows spotlight challenge :slightly_smiling_face:

Leg 73, Bali, Cameroon to via Central African Republic to Gbadolite, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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The switch to winter time and moving further East are cutting into the hours I can explore. It was dark at 11 AM already today. Considering the circumference of the Earth is 21639 NM at the equator, every 900 nm further East is one less hour of sunlight. At some point I’ll have to make the switch to playing in the evening/night. Currently sun rise would be at 10:30 pm from my pov.

11-03 Bali FKKG 5:37 AM
11-03 Bafoussam FKKU 5:58 AM
11-03 Foumbot FKFO 6:06 AM
11-03 Nkounja FKKM 6:10 AM
11-03 Tibati FKTI 7:08 AM
11-03 N’gaoundere FKKN 7:30 AM
11-03 Bocaranga FEGC 8:25 AM
11-03 Bossangoa FEFS 9:13 AM
11-03 M’Poko FEFF 10:12 AM
11-03 Bangui FEBA 10:17 AM
11-03 Gbadolite FZFD 11:16 AM Too dark for drone cam, runway lights!

Flight time 5:53 10 stops

Another day with thunder and lightning from start to finish

Climbing or a a couple ridges that form a horseshoe near Ntendzem

Reservoir of the Mapé aka Lake Bankim

Peculiar landscape between Nkounja and Tibati

Trees grow in/along the drainage channels, too dry further out

Lake Mbakaou, dam in the river Sanaga

Ngaoundal, there is a Bauxite mine nearby is about all the info on this town

On the way to N’gaoundere

I guess that ditch is a little more than a ditch in reality to lead a road around it

Crossing the Djerem river

Rainbow at Bocaranga, crossed in to Central African Republic

Near Bobili, it’s really pouring now (except on my windshield)

Arriving at Bossangoa

No info on Bossangoa, onwards to M’Poko

Two drops of water on the windshield if you look closely!

It cleared up a bit near Bado

Not for long, on approach to Bangui

Bafinli just North of Bangui

Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic, on the Ubangi river

No info or rather landmarks in the capital.

There are some pictures online including this panoramic shot

The city was taken over by rebel forces in 2013 and the most recent cease fire from 2019 was broken again this year. On 17 February 2020, members of the Popular Front for the Rebirth of Central Africa (FPRC) attacked MINUSCA forces in Birao, leading to 12 FPRC forces being killed. The country has been in a state of civil war since 2012.

Following the Ubangi river for a bit

On the way to Gbadolite

It gets dark early now and fast

Gbadolite, just over the border (the Ubangi river) into Democratic Republic of the Congo. It was known as Versailles of the jungle, Mobutu’s modern high tech city in the jungle.

The airport was also build by Mobutu, large enough to accommodate the Concorde. He further build the largest nuclear bunker of Africa there, room for 500 people, and two palaces.

After Mobutu got ousted in 1997 the city and palaces were raided and the palaces left abandoned

Leg 74, Gbadolite DRC via Central African Republic to Impfondo, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Another full day of lightning, it never ends!

11-04 Gbadolite FZFD 5:04 AM
11-04 Mobaye MBanga FEFE 5:11 AM
11-04 Bakouma FEGM 6:02 AM
11-04 Yalinga FEFY 6:28 AM
11-04 M’Boki FEGE 7:43 AM
11-04 Zemio FEFZ 8:06 AM
11-04 Bondo FZBY 9:01 AM
11-04 Bondo (Likali) FZDW 9:17 AM
11-04 Aketi FZKN 9:34 AM
11-04 Yalingimba FZGI 10:00 AM
11-04 Bumba FZFU 10:13 AM
11-04 Lisala FZGA 10:40 AM
11-04 Pimu FZBX 10:58 AM
11-04 Binga FZGE 11:17 AM
11-04 Gwaka FZFW 11:29 AM Drone cam landing
11-04 Impfondo FCOI 12:25 PM virtual vision landing

Flight time 7:21 15 stops

A look at Mobutu’s abandoned palace in Gbadolite from the previous leg

Yalinga, heading North first, back into Central African Republic

Flying over Chinko Nature Reserve

The reserve spans nearly 7,000 square miles, that’s seven times Luxembourg

The whole area lies on a volcanic plateau 2,000 ft above sea level

Approaching M’Boki, rain has moved in

Which brings out the rainbows

M’Boki Airport

Heading back South into the Democratic Republic of the Congo over Western Bomu Wildlife Reserve

Eastern Bomu wildlife Reserve

No info on the Bomu reserves, it’s pretty wet

with a varied and colorful terrain

Bondo on the river Uele

Flying over the river on departure

Bumba on the river Congo

Finally a town with a couple pictures, looks like it was a flood situation

The Congo river

My only ‘knowledge’ of the Congo is from the 1995 movie, Congo, mediocre blockbuster now cult-classic

Not to be confused with the 2019 movie Congo which has nothing to do with the 1995 one


Most likely also not a good source to learn more about the Congo

For that this would be the documentary to watch

Moving on to Lisala

A packed ferry at Lisala

Crossing the Congo river again

Binga at dusk

I continued on to Impfondo, the dark airstrip was in the G1000, here lit by lightning

So much lightning!

Leg 75, Impfondo, Democratic Republic of the Congo via Republic of the Congo and Gabon to Djoum, Cameroon

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11-05 Impfondo FCOI 4:14 AM
11-05 Mbandaka FZEA 4:53 AM Follow the river
11-05 Gamboma FCOG 6:01 AM Extremely low res terrain in between
11-05 Lekana LKC 6:34 AM
11-05 M’Vengue FOON 7:10 AM
11-05 Koulamouto FO23 7:37 AM
11-05 Booue FOGB 8:01 AM
11-05 Mekambo FOOE 8:50 AM
11-05 Ouesso FCOU 9:45 AM
Restart, weirdly overbright and streaming only sporadically
11-05 Ouesso FCOU 9:52 AM
11-05 Masea FKYK 10:34 AM Server issues, slow streaming
11-05 Djoum FKSA 11:38 AM Drone cam landing

Another day with thunder and lightning, however it did finally stop after I restarted the game due to streaming issues. The last 90 minutes were thunder free!

It started with some nasty weather, approach to MBandaka over the Congo river

A little break under the clouds to spot the town, MBandaka

The view on a good day

MBandaka has a large botanical garden, Jardin Botanique d’EALA

Next to all the flora it houses a Nile Crocodile captured in 1953. They get between 70 and 100 years old, the picture of him was from Dec 2018, living there for 65 years already.

Today it was nasty in MBandaka, on the runway lit by lightning

Following the Congo river further South West

About here the Ubangi river joins the Congo river

I can’t even see the sides in this weather

Arriving in Gamboma accross the fuzzy border (the river Congo) in to Republic of the Congo

From Gambona to Lekana, got my reading light on, not much to see

With the weather and streaming issues on top, I decided to climb above the clouds to Koulamouto

It cleared up for a bit over the Ogooue river at the GRand Poubara Hydropower Plant in Gabon

Bridge over the river at the Chutes de Poubara

Approaching Koulamouto on the Lolo river

Nice paved runway at Koulamouto

Lots of trees here

Booue on the Ogooue river

Nice town, just 6.6 miles South of the Equator

Looks like logging is one of the activities here, big trees

Spotting the Lvindio River in between the clouds

Ouesso on the Sangha river, back in the Republic of the Congo

The ferry from Ouesso to Brazzaville

Ouesso is known for the pygmy peoples who live nearby. The smallest peoples in the world


There are between 250,000 and 600,000 Pygmies living in the Congo rainforest

Boumba Bek National Park in Cameroon, an ocean of trees

Descending to take a closer look at the rain forest

Better not run out of fuel on this stretch, no emergency landing sites anywhere

Sunset over Nki National Park, connected to Boumba Bek National Park

Dusk doesn’t last long, luckily still enough light for a drone cam landing in Djoum

Leg 76, Djoum, Cameroon via Equatorial Guinea and São Tomé and Príncipe to Gamba, Gabon

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11-06 Djoum FKSA 4:28 AM
11-06 Oyem FOGO 5:06 AM
11-06 Campo FGRI 5:57 AM
11-06 Ntoum FONT 6:46 AM
11-06 Leon M’ba (Libreville) FOOL 6:56 AM
11-06 Corisco Intl OCS 7:10 AM
11-06 Sao Tome Intl FPST 8:19 AM
11-06 Port Gentil FOOG 9:33 AM
11-06 Lambarene FOGR 10:15 AM
11-06 Fougamou FOGF 10:39 AM
11-06 Mouila Ville FOGM 11:03 AM
11-06 Ndende FOND 11:22 AM
11-06 Gamba FOGA 11:47 AM

Flight time 5:15 12 stops

Yep, thunder and lightning, quite a bit of rain as well. I am flying over the rain forest so to be expected.

The rain forest with that vertical sun at the equator

Approaching Campo, Cameroon

Campo is on the North side of the river Campo in Cameroon (left)

On the South side is Rio Campo in Equatorial Guinea (right)

Coming in for a landing at Campo, nice little strip cleared for me

The beach is awesome here

To the South to Bata, large port city in Equatorial Guinea

It has an international airport, but it’s messed up and unavailable in game

The darker spots (eg in front) are clouds on the source data

St. James and Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral on the left

Torre de La Libertad, monument with a restaurant inside it on the right (front left in the picture above)

Further South to Libreville, the capital of Gabon

Two unique churches there, Notre Dame de Lourdes and Cathédrale Sainte Marie

Corisco, a little island not far from the coast with an international airport for 2,500 inhabitants

Going a bit further West to São Tomé, leaving the rain behind

Clear above the water, but it won’t last

São Tomé, the capital of São Tomé and Príncipe (Principe is an island to the North)

National musem in an old fort, don’t trip over the cannons

Obo National Park, Pico S. Tomé sticking out

Can’t see much, most of the island is shrouded in clouds

I was looking for Pico Cão Grande

The height data is not there, it’s simply missing

Ilheu das Rolas, little island off the South coast of São Tomé

The island is on the equator (equator in red, looking South-West)

In the middle is the equator landmark

Back to the mainland, approaching Lambarene, Gabon

Lambarene on the river Ogooué

It is known for the Albert Schweitzer Hospital, still in use with a museum inside

It was built by the German doctor in the early 20th century to treat tropical diseases

Lot of rain in the rain forest on the way to Fougamou

Approaching Fougamou, small town along the Ngounié river

A break from the rain on the ‘runway’ in Fougamou

On the way to Ntende, starting to get late (sun sets a bit before 6 pm locally)

Quick, one more flight to Gamba

Gamba, Gabon, on the coast and the southern bay of the Ndogo Lagoon.

Leg 77, Gamb, Gabon via Angola and Republic of the Congo to Simisimi, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Another day exploring the rain forest, which tbh feels like going back and forth over the ocean, except you can’t spot ‘islands’ until you’re on top of a change in geography. The difference, there are airports or rather air fields in the jungle.

11-07 Gamba FOGA 4:01 AM
11-07 Mayumba FOOY 4:24 AM
11-07 Noumbi FCPN 4:49 AM
11-07 Pointe Noire FCPP 5:16 AM
11-07 Cabinda FNCA 5:40 AM
11-07 Muanda FZAG 5:51 AM
11-07 Kitona Base FZAI 5:55 AM
11-07 Soyo FNSO 6:02 AM
11-07 Matadi FZMT 6:21 AM
11-07 Boma FZAJ 6:28 AM
11-07 Matadi-Tshimpi FZAM 6:51 AM
11-07 Inga FZAN 7:05 AM
11-07 Loutete FCBT 7:37 AM Missing airstrip, road in place
11-07 Maya-Maya FCBB 8:14 AM
11-07 N’djili Intl FZAA 8:25 AM
11-07 Bandundu FZBO 9:21 AM
11-07 Kempile FZBV 9:45 AM
11-07 Mboliasa FZBT 10:26 AM Broken airport, runway is a long building
11-07 Mangai FZME 11:18 AM
11-07 Boende FZDR Too dark for done cam
11-07 Simisimi (Kisangani) FZIA 1:42 PM

Flight time 9:41 18 stops (skipped two, broken airport and too dark for drone camera)

Starting my flight today by following the coast South, the weather is still the same

Mayumba on the Banio Lagoon

Nice on a good day with some wrecks to explore

Mayumba National Park

Pointe Noir, oil industry hub in Republic of the Congo

It is also the terminus of the French colonial Congo-Ocean Railway

Gare de Pointe-Noire

515 km long, the Congo-Ocean railway line connects Pointe-Noire to Brazzaville. Bing does have the route in vector data, not in the game however and not visible on the aerial data.

Cabinda, an exclave of Angola seeking their own independence as the Republic of Cabinda

Boma, port town on the river Congo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Boma is home to Baobab de Stanley, 700 year old, 19-meter diameter giant

Named after the explorer Stanley who spent some nights in this tree in August 1877

Matadi, chief sea port of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Matadi bridge, historical landmark and an essential connection across the river Congo

Matadi is a big city, the Mpozo river joins the Congo river on the other side of the city

Inga, further along the Congo river in more hilly terrain

Perfect for a double hydro dam

Unfortunately obscured by a huge cloud on Bing, nothing there in game

Brazaville, the capital of Republic of the Congo and other end of the Congo-Ocean railway line

Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza Memorial, the French explorer who founded Brazzaville in October 1880.

Right across the Congo River, Kinshasa, capital of Democratic Republic of the Congo

N’Dolo airport (FZAB) inside the city, missing from the game

Stade des Martyrs (de la Pentecôte) originally named Stade Kamanyola, opened 1993, capacity 80,000

The stadium was renamed in memory of four ministers purged by Mobutu Sese Seko and hanged at the site on June 2nd 1966

Just South of Kinshasa, Lola ya Bonobo, rehabilitation center for orphaned bonobos

Kutu people, that’s the name of the town behind me

Flying over Crique d’Obeke (lake down below)

Kiri Territory

The town of Kiri has a bugged airport, MBoliasa (FZBT)

The runway is a stretched out building and no flat roof to land on. Can’t land here.

Mangai or rather Ipope at these coordinates (S2° 34’ 31.04",E20° 21’ 52.22")

Colorful but no clue what is going on here

The sun goes down fast on the way to Bounde with nothing but trees in sight

By the time I got to Bounde it was too dark for even a drone cam landing at max exposure. So I decided to fly on to Kisangani (or rather let AP fly on). Not much to miss in this area but more trees!

Kissingani, the largest of the cities that lie in the tropical woodlands of the Congo

Nicely lit runway, easy landing.

More trees tomorrow. Btw the lightning actually stopped!

Leg 78, Simisimi, Democratic Republic of the Congo to Cazombo, Angola

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11-08 Simisimi (Kisangani) FZIA 4:09 AM
11-08 Kindu FZOA 5:34 AM
11-08 Lubao FZLA 6:07 AM
11-08 Tunta (Kabinda) FZWT 6:52 AM
CTD on approach, crashed Firefox as well, restart
11-08 Tunta FZWT vincinity 6:57 AM
11-08 Tunta FZWT 7:03 AM
11-08 Kabalo FZKR 7:19 AM
11-08 Bukama FZED 7:53 AM
Streaming issues, restart
11-08 Bukama FZED 7:59 AM
11-08 Lusinga FZRL 8:23 AM
11-08 Bukama FZDX 8:56 AM
11-08 Kisenge FZQP 10:15 AM
11-08 Cazombo FNCZ 10:51 AM Drone cam landing, dark early

Flight time 6:31 9 stops

More jungle while heading South. Pretty uneventful flight for lack of info on the places I visited. The scenery did change a bit but still dominantly a lot of trees.

Heading South along the Lualaba River, here near Ubundu

The Boyoma falls are nearby, however the only picture at Ubundu is showing Niagara falls, nice try

These are the Boyoma falls, not much to see in game, nothing but smooth water

On the way to Lubao, thunder and lightning

Some breaks in the trees on the way to Tunta

A bit more color towards Kabola, sunny again

Kitenge, not Kabalo as the game suggests, nice long stretch of dirt to land on

Kabalo is about 90 miles to the North-East

Old locomotive near Kitenge

Upemba National Park

The land rises up a lot here, I was flying at 5,000 ft at some point

Lusinga, tiny town in he back

Another shot of the highlands of Upemba National Park

Bukama on the Congo river near lake Kabwe

Kisenge, zero info on this town

And it’s already getting dark on the way to Cazombo, Angola

Safely landed in Cazombo on the Zambezi river, using the drone cam’s high exposure

Early dark, yet locally the full day is still ahead, 20c, no clouds, tiny breeze, a harsh Canadian November day haha. Time to head outside.

Leg 79, Cazombo to Camabatela, Angola

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Today started very rough. Apparently Parque Nacional da Cameia is cursed or rather has some kind of nasty bug that makes the sim get slower and slower until it crashes while flying low over it. At first I though it had to do with trying out a higher LOD factor for terrain, yet also with my regular settings it crashes at about the same time. I have the plane flying the first leg again in the background to figure out if I can pin it down. For my regular tour I ‘solved’ it by climbing to 12K ft, avoiding the high terrain data that might cause it.

11-09 Cazombo FNCZ 4:05 AM
Lockup trying out Terrain LOD at 4.0, very slow until game locks up, restart
It was devmode that locked up while trying to figure out if performance was memory related (GPU < 20% utilized)
Dev mode still active and won’t turn off fps counter, restart again
11-09 Cazombo FNCZ 4:39 AM
Terrible performance still < 10 fps, CTD / lockup, screen went all black, restart
11-09 Cazombo FNCZ 5:06 AM
CTD again tried to use slew mode to skip back to where I was, restart everything
11-09 Cazombo FNCZ 5:19 AM Flying high to avoid another CTD
11-09 Lumeje FNLM 6:11 AM
11-09 Luena FNUE 6:35 AM
11-09 Luando FNCD 7:15 AM
11-09 Camacupa FNCP 7:47 AM
11-09 Andulo FNCO 8:08 AM
11-09 Capenda Camulemba FNSR 9:17 AM
11-09 Cafunfo FNCF 9:38 AM
11-09 Camabatela FNCS 10:37 AM

Flight time 5:18 8 stops

Despite the rough start, still many amazing sights, partly thanks to the weather. The weather engine is the best part of the sim.

First up, some shots of Parque Nacional da Cameia I could grab before the misery started

Nature likes to draw as well

The regular landscape, about 3,500 ft above sea level

Quite a dry area despite still being so close to the rain forest


The wildlife in the park has been almost completely wiped out after the civil war wrought devastation to the park, including uncontrolled poaching and the destruction of infrastructure. There is a serious lack of staff, resources and support for the park.

After finally reaching Lumeje (not much there) I followed route EN 250 to Luena

One of those drives that tests your ability to stay awake

Actually the road looks more like a dirt road, the nice straight path is a railroad

Luena, formerly known as Luso

This brand new looking monument is there, no info on it

The unveiling pictures are dated June, 2019

On the way to Luando, back over the forest

It started to rain here and there, plenty rainbows out here

Luando, mystery settlement

Onwards to Camacupa

Camacupa, peculiar open space in the middle

It turns out that’s the railway station on the central railway of Angola with a section to turn around

The pictures online are as peculiar

I’m guessing, celebrating/remembering the end of the civil war (ended 2002)

Andulo, also no info except one poi, an electronics store

Flying over the canyon visible in the back in the above picture

On the way to Capenda Camulemba the weather decided to kick it up a notch or 10

Sheets of rain everywhere I look

Lightning as well of course

It clears up for a minute

To come back with even more force

Rainbow break before heading back into the rain

Heavy downpour, the sun still finds a way through

Looks like I’m starting to get out of it

Leaving (some of) the storm behind while approach Capenda Camulemba

Capenda Camulemba, the rainbow shows the way

Again no info, except there is a bank with a 5 star rating and comment “Terraria the best game in world” It is a great game for sure.

Leaving Capenda Camulemba behind, onwards to Cafunfo

Approach to Cafunfo. I doubt these roads have that much lighting, if at all, in real life

Cafunfo, still enough light to land in the dirt

Diamonds are mined around here, which turned it into focal point during the civil war

Cafunfo nowadays

One more flight to Camabetala, almost dark already

Back in the storm, flash photography

Safely landed in Camabatela using the 3D terrain viewer to land

Next to a bank, Camabatela also highlights it’s still new looking church

Igreja Matriz de Camabatela, pretty unique design

Leg 80, Camabetala, Angola to Okongwati, Namibia

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Restless night, early start, amazing flight, Angola is beautiful

11-10 Camabatela FNCS 3:29 AM
11-10 Negage FNNG 4:12 AM
11-10 Uige FNUG 4:20 AM
11-10 Camembe FNCB 4:39 AM
11-10 4th of February FNLU 5:14 AM
11-10 Luanda FNLF 5:23 AM
11-10 Cabo Ledo FN19 5:39 AM
11-10 Porto Amboim FNPA 6:08 AM
11-10 Wako Kungo FNWK 6:45 AM
11-10 Lobito FNLB 7:30 AM
11-10 Catumbela FNCT 7:35 AM
11-10 17th Of November (Benguela) FNBG 7:45 AM
11-10 Lubango FNUB 8:40 AM
11-10 Namibe FNMO 9:28 AM
11-10 Namibe Airport FNNM 9:44 AM
11-10 Opuwo FYPP 10:22 AM
11-10 Opuwo FYMF 10:30 AM
11-10 Okongwati FYPE 10:53 AM 3D view finder landing

Flight time 7:24 17 stops

A lot of screenshots, there was a lot to see today

First up Negage build on both sides of the Cauã River, nice airport

Uige, formerly Carmona, started as a small market center in 1945

On approach to Camembe airport

Camembe airport serving a small unnamed settlement

On to the big fish, Luanda, capital of Angola

The big green rectangle in the middle is a cemetary, the darker one on the left is a refinery

The airport called 4th of February, after the date Angola gained independence, February 4th 1961

A shot from ground level

Museum of armed forces in the 16th-century Fortress of São Miguel

Museu Nacional de Antropologia on the right, displaying the Angolan cultural heritage

Iron palace (on the left) with quite an intriguing story on Wikepedia. *believed to have been designed and built by – or by someone associated with – Gustave Eiffel. The history of the structure is shrouded in mystery since no official record of it exists. It is believed to have been pre-built in the 1890s in France and was destined to be placed in Madagascar via boat. Instead, the building ended-up in Angola’s Skeleton Coast after the ship carrying it was drifted by the notorious Benguela currents. Portuguese rulers of the colony then claimed the ship along with all its contents, including the palace.

Heading on to Cabo Ledo, a beach resort South of Luanda

Looks very inviting, rent a cottage, go surfing

Going inland, flying over Huande (I think, Google now keeps changing it into Hyundai)

Following Rio Toeota into the mountains (this one sticks, not turning into Toyota)

Same river, the land dried out quickly a bit higher up

Approaching Waku Kungo

Waku Kungo, it’s more green on the pictures than it looks here

On the way to Lobito

The green hills are back, I guess it all depends on when the sat images were taken

The elevation is changing more and more which likely provides the water to make it green

Lobito, back on the Atlantic coast

Not sure what’s down there, possibly oil related

Lobito is build around huge sand dunes

The city also has a variety of unique monuments

Catumbela, just a bit further South on the mouth of the Catumbela river

The sand dunes / hills the cities are build around

A little further down the coast to Benguela, home to over half a million people

Beautiful cliffs and huge palm trees. A city with amazing beach front

Time for another look inland, to Lubango. Pretty dry near the coast

Centralidade da Quilemba in Lubango

It got my attention since it’s sub header is “ghost town” on Google

So I found some videos on you tube and, with google translate, it is a new housing project as it looks like and has been receiving residents since 2019

Initially designed to accommodate 66,000 inhabitants in 11,000 homes, the project has been revised and now has 8,000 homes, of which 7,512 units are already completed and 488 units are nearing completion.

A view back towards Lubango airport, see that cliff

Lubango has ■■■■■■ the King watching over it

On the way to Namibe, the landscape suddenly falls away

Fenda Do Bimbe a bit further that way, amazing gorge

The edge of the world

It went up smoothly on the other side, Lubango is at 5,640 ft above sea level

Great views up here

Getting closer to the coast, the land dries out again

It’s pretty much desert again

Lot of variety in landscape here

Namibe’s rather confusing airstrip

I had to turn the marker on to figure out where it wanted me to land, while dodging traffic… That’s not the airport, the actual one is 6km to the South. It is on Bing, just a little misplaced here

Flying on to Opuwo while the sun is going down

Close to Opuwo

The town is at the entrance to the valley

Day time view and another missed weather phenomenon next to sand storms

Turning up the exposure on the way to Okongwati, Namibia
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What a lot of changes in scenery today
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FInal landing with the help of the view finder, too dark for anything else.

Oh and I guess I didn’t make it around the world in 80 days :smiley:

I just wanted to post here and say thanks for uploading so many of these to World Tour Flights. You’ve found some great areas to fly!

Thanks for the kind words! It’s been a lot of hit and miss in Africa yet part of my last leg through Angola is one I’ll add to world tour, yesterday’s flight was stunning without needing the help of the weather.

Btw, do you also see the last pictures not showing up? Is there a limit to how many pictures it shows in a post? For me it only shows links from one above “Close to Opuwo”

To come back to my horrible rough start the other day, there’s definitely something odd going on between Cazombo FNCZ and Lume FNLM

Retesting the first leg under clear weather conditions with my regular settings it gets very slow 2fps, then CTD (Auto pilot, one notch faster than regular speed)
Second attempt with little nav map tracking, crashed at 11 42’ 48.79" S, 21 44’ 30.67" E
Third attempt at regular speed, made it this time, slow enough not to cause trouble. The higher LOD factor must have over stressed the system, however I’ve done tests at faster speeds before without issues.
Fourth attempt with a faster plane at regular sim rate, slow down into CTD again.

Somehow the sim falls behind in that area when moving over 200/250 knots GS at low altitude which results in degrading performance until it crashes. Streaming or auto gen falls behind which for some reason results in a lock up over time.

Yeah, it’s just links from that one down.

Leg 81, Okongwati, Namibia via Angola to Mufumbwe, Zambia

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What a contrast to yesterday’s flight. After a single initial step up, the terrain was as flat as a pool table. Also very little info along the way, no risk running over the 52 or so media per post limit (fixed the last post by removing some of the less interesting pictures) The terrain was still varied and interesting in different ways, just not as picturesque without elevation changes. It wasn’t just a lack of height data either, the sprawling rivers leaving wide trails of shifting river beds behind confirmed it is really that flat.

11-11 Okongwati FYPE 4:00 AM
11-11 Ehomba FYPG 4:14 AM
11-11 Ruacana FYRC 4:29 AM
11-11 Outapi FYPQ 4:38 AM
11-11 Xangongo FNXA 4:55 AM
11-11 Cuvelai FNON 5:29 AM
11-11 Cubati FNMB 5:56 AM
11-11 Menongue FNME 6:24 AM
11-11 Longa FNMN 6:47 AM
11-11 Cuito Cuanavale FNCV 7:11 AM
11-11 Nankova FYNK 7:41 AM
11-11 Rito FYNU 7:51 AM
11-11 Mavinga FYRN 8:33 AM
11-11 Ninda FLKA 9:07 AM
11-11 Mussuma FLKC 9:27 AM
11-11 Kalabo FLKL 9:54 AM
11-11 Lukulu FLLK 10:17 AM
11-11 Kabompo FLPO 10:52 AM
11-11 Loloma FLKM 11:01 AM
11-11 Mufumbwe FLKN 11:19 AM Drone cam landing, almost too dark

Flight time 7:19 19 stops

First up Ehomba, one of the very few paved strips today (it’s not paved in RL)

There is nothing there, just that little compound next to the airport and one road

The elevation change for the day at Ruacana falls on the border with Namibia

No waterfall of course and the height of the lake or surrounding terrain is bugged. It will be awesome when the Blackshark AI can generate waterfalls based on the terrain, however height data needs to be sorted first. Plus a lot of rivers are very low detail poly lines.

This is what they look like

One day maybe, together with sand storms, dust devils, water spouts, rapids, whirlpools, tides, tidal bores

Outapi, Namibia, they speak Oshiwambo here

Xangongo, Angola, former headquarters of SWAPO’s “northwestern front”

Left over tanks and old Baobab trees to see here

Menongue

On the left, I assume a resort with traditional style lodging

On the right a monument to King Mwene Vunongue, 1800-1886, who fought several battles against Portuguese, German and British invaders during the 19th century.

Longa, there is one picture of very thick wood beams there. logging town?

On the way to Cuito Cuanavale

The flat highlands (cruising at 5,000 ft, ground at 3,600 ft)

Cuito Cuanavale, huge monument next to the airport (still under construction on Bing)

Memorial of the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale, commemoration May 14th, 2018

From Wikipedia: The Battle of Cuito Cuanavale was fought intermittently between 14 August 1987 and 23 March 1988, south and east of the town of Cuito Cuanavale, Angola, by the People’s Armed Forces for the Liberation of Angola, FAPLA, the armed wing of the MPLA, Cuba, South Africa, and insurgents of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola UNITA during the Angolan Civil War and South African Border War. The battle was the largest engagement of the Angolan conflict and the biggest conventional battle on the African continent since World War II.

Coutada Publica do Longa-Mavinga, national park

Mavinga, predominantly inhabited by the Mbunda

On the way Ninda, reminds me of the game Flower

Plenty variation despite how flat it looks from up here

Liuwa Plains national park, Zambia

Between Lukulu and Kabompo

Kabompo on the Kabompo river, honey is produced here

Loloma airport at dusk

Mufumbwe Airstrip (Google has the coordinates for the town wrong, it’s correct in game)

I landed just in time before total darkness. This picture is 5 minutes later at max exposure.

Leg 82, Mufumbwe, Zambia via Zimbabwe to Sinazongwe, Zambia

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A lot of stops today, African safari by plane, hopping around all the dirt airstrips, fun!

11-12 Mufumbwe FLKN 3:58 AM
11-12 Kasempa FLPA 4:19 AM
11-12 West One FLWA 4:54 AM
11-12 Southdowns (Kalushi) FLSO 5:18 AM
11-12 NDola FLSK 5:36 AM
11-12 Milliken (Kabwe) FLKW 6:16 AM
11-12 Chiwala FLKD 6:23 AM
11-12 Chisamba FLCI 6:31 AM
11-12 Karubwe FLLB 6:39 AM
11-12 Lusaka City FLLC 6:54 AM
11-12 Lusaka Intl FLKK 6:59 AM
11-12 Silver Rest FLCN 7:04 AM
11-12 Jeki Airport FLJK 7:33 AM
11-12 Katemo FLLE 7:39 AM
11-12 Chewore Lodge Airstrip FLLM 7:46 AM
11-12 Mwanja River FLLL 7:53 AM
11-12 Chikwenya Game Lodge FVCS 8:06 AM
11-12 Royal Zambesi Lodge FLRZ 8:16 AM
11-12 Chirundu FVDC 8:22 AM
11-12 Mana West FVDB 8:28 AM
11-12 Chirundu FVDD 8:34 AM

11-12 Chirundu FVDD 9:04 AM
11-12 Rukomeshe Research station FVCT 9:14 AM
11-12 Kariba Intl FVKB 9:34 AM
11-12 Fothergill FVFG 9:42 AM
11-12 Tashinga FVTA 9:48 AM
11-12 Kipling’s Rukari Airstrip FVRI 9:52 AM
11-12 Bumi FVBM 9:57 AM
11-12 Tiger Bay FVTB 10:02 AM
11-12 Gokwe North FVGF 10:20 AM
11-12 Chete FLSZ 10:38 AM
11-12 Lake Kariba FLSG 10:51 AM Drone cam landing
11-12 Sinazongwe FLSI 10:57 AM Drone cam landing, barely visible

Flight time 6:29 31 stops

The day started with some bad weather, here at West One Airport

Kalulushi in the Copperbelt Province, with some odd zoning creating that city edge

One of the mining operations near Kalulushi next to the Mindolo dam

(Part of the) Mopani copper mines around Mindola, also produces Cobalt

Frontier Mine Katanga a little to the East

Which is actually just across the oddly shaped border in Democratic Republic of the Congo

A close up look of the open pit mine

There are mines all over the place here, it’s not called the copperbelt for nothing

Flying on to NDola a bit to the South, here NDola Motopark

Dirt race track for young and old

NDola on the Kafubu river

Milliken Airport near Kabwe, visibility is still pretty low

Lusuka, the capital of Zambia

Freedom statue in Lusuka, speaks for itself

The national museum in Lusuka

Time to go on Safari, to Katemo

On the Zambezi river

Tafika camp on the Zimbabwe side of the river

Chewore Lodge Airstrip

Apparently elephants will walk up to the lodge here

Mwanja river airport

Taking off after a quick stop at the Royal Zambezi lodge (from $1337 a night)

It does look amazing there

Airstrip near Mafuta, Kayila camp and Charangwe Safari bush camp, more elephants!

Mana West, Zimbabwe side, near Wilderness Safaris Little Ruckomechi Camp

Heading South a bit into Zimbabwe, Mana Pools National park on the left side of the Ruckomeshi river

Rukomeshe Research Station

Lake Kariba to the South West, known for its houseboats, hippos and tiger fish

Kariba at the edge of lake Kariba

Fothergill island and airstrip near Spurwing island lodge and Changa Safari Camp

Flying towards Muyuu island

Tashinga camp up there

Departing from Kipling’s Rukari airstrip

Tashinga to Rukari is only 1.7 miles between the ends of the two airstrips

Bumi airport next to Bumi Hills Safari Lodge

Taking a quick peak to the South of lake Kariba at Gowke North, near Madzivazido

I’m racing the sun here, trying to squeeze a couple more airstrips in

Chete, back on lake Kariba

Sijarira Forest Area

Back into Zambia to Sinazongwe

The landing strip was barely visible at max drone exposure, cutting it a bit too close.

Tomorrow on to Victoria falls at Livingstone.

Leg 83, Sinazongwe, Zambia via Zimbabwe and Botswana to Okaukuejo, Namibia

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I almost broke my record for most airports visited in a day. Not intentionally, there are so many airstrips for Safari camps, I could not resist landing at most of them. 53 landings, most around the Okavango Delta with some flights lasting less than 2 minutes.

11-13 Sinazongwe FLSI 3:55 AM
11-13 Maamba FLMB 4:03 AM
11-13 Sijarira Lodge FVBN 4:12 AM
11-13 Binga FVBI 4:19 AM
11-13 Manjolo FVBG 4:26 AM Short runway
11-13 Mlibizi FVML 4:36 AM
11-13 Deka FVDE 4:42 AM
11-13 Victoria Falls FVFA Falls to the East 5:01 AM
11-13 Livingstone FLHN 5:12 AM
11-13 Kasane FBKE 5:28 AM
11-13 Saile FBSI 5:57 AM
CTD on touchdown, restart
11-13 Saile FBSI 6:03 AM
11-13 Linyanti Airport FYKI 6:13 AM
11-13 Chobe Airport FBCH 6:20 AM
11-13 Selinda Old Airport FYKU 6:25 AM
11-13 Selinda Airport FBSL 6:27 AM
11-13 Ketumetse Airport FBNC 6:39 AM
11-13 Mapula Airport FBND 6:46 AM
11-13 Vumbura Airport FBVM 6:51 AM
11-13 Xugana Airport FBXG 7:02 AM Okavango Delta
11-13 Kwara Camp Airport FBMI 7:08 AM
11-13 Xakanaxa Airport FBMF 7:14 AM
11-13 Santawani Airport FBMB 7:29 AM
11-13 Chitabe Airstrip FBME 7:36 AM
11-13 Sanctuary Stanley Airport FBMR 7:44 AM
11-13 Ntswi Airport FBMD 7:49 AM
11-13 Delta camp Airport FBDT 7:51 AM
11-13 Xaxaba Airport FBXB 7:54 AM
11-13 Kiri Airport FBKI 7:57 AM
11-13 Rann Airport FBMQ 8:01 AM
11-13 Nokaneng Airport FBXX 8:07 AM
11-13 Pom Pom Airport FBNO 8:12 AM
11-13 Kanana Airport FBKK 8:14 AM
11-13 Nxabega Airport FBNB 8:19 AM
11-13 Nxabega Safari Airport FBNF 8:21 AM
11-13 Cement Airport FBCM 8:27 AM
11-13 Abu Airport FBAB 8:32 AM
11-13 Nokaneng FBNN 8:45 AM
11-13 Gumare FBGM 8:54 AM
11-13 Etsha Airport FBNK 9:02 AM
11-13 Guma Airport FBGU 9:09 AM
11-13 Seronga Airport FBSH 9:18 AM
11-13 Nxamaseri Airport FBNX 9:30 AM
11-13 Shakawe FBSW 9:39 AM
11-13 Bagani Airport FYBI 9:49 AM
11-13 Mucusso Airport FYBA 9:55 AM
11-13 Dirico Airport FYBN 10:16 AM
11-13 Ndonga Linena Airstrip FYSD 10:23 AM
11-13 Calai Airport FYRD 10:41 AM
11-13 Rundu FYRU 10:45 AM
11-13 Cuangar Airport FYNR 11:12 AM
11-13 Operet FYOU 11:55 AM
11-13 Namutoni Airport FYNA 12:04 PM
11-13 Halali Airport FYHI 12:14 PM Virtual vision landing
11-13 Okaukuejo Airport FYOO 12:25 PM Virtual vision landing

Flight time 8:24 53 stops

First up Sijarira lodge airstrip in Sijarira forest on lake Kariba in Zimbabwe

Yep, lightning is there, however much less than before and confined to the distance

Manjola, I had to make a go around for a second attempt, came in too fast for this short runway

Victoria falls, marred by height data errors and lack of falls

The real deal (similar angle but closer)

Following the A33 to Ngoma bridge

The river Chobe, flat terrain creates a lot of loops

Selinda game reserve, one of many in this area

On Google It comes with a picture of 2 lions eating a young elephant, nature is harsh

NG/22 Kwedi East Okavanga Community Trust

I’ve reached the Okavanga delta.

The names here are based on concessions


The Okavango Delta is one of Africa’s great game preserves, an oasis within the Kalahari Desert

Xugana Airport (NG/21 Kwando WMA)

Sausage island up and to the left of the runway

Santawani Airport and lodge (NG/33 Sankuyo Tshwaragano Community Trust)

Great pictures, taken the right way (landscape) by phone, however Google displays them sideways doh!

Departing from Chitabe Airstrip (NG/31 commercial photographic WMA)

Next to &Beyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge, which looks amazing. It should “from USD 3,990 per family suite per night” It’s always nice to dream.

Xaxaba Airport (NG/27B Commercial Photographic WMA) next to Belmond Eagle Island Lodge

I guess the animals are quite used to all the lodges around here and planes and helicopters must be flying in and out all the time as well.

Flying to Nakoneng on the Western edge of the Okavango delta

Or so I thought, this isn’t Nakoneng. Still in the delta close to Pom Pom Camp

To Gumare, now really getting to the edge of the delta

Seronga Airport at the start of the delta, North-East side looking into the Moremi game reserve

A shot of the delta from a real plane

Nxamaseri Airport up ahead, with the Cubango river feeding the delta

While flying onwards to the West I noticed this strange pattern along the Trans Caprivi Highway

On Bing it looks like massive towers for I assume power lines, the crosses mark the anchoring lines.

Following the Cubango River Westwards

More strange repeating patterens at 17°57’37.3"S 18°09’47.9"E

Perhaps preparations to extend the power lines, looks like construction sites

Zooming over the tree tops towards Operet

Etosha Pan / Etosha national park where salt residue formed a crusty pan

Larger than the Kruger or Serengeti, Namibia’s premier safari reserve protects the Etosha Pan, which is fringed by a series of perennial waterholes that attract abundant wildlife in the dry season

Last stop today Okaukuejo at the South-West end of the pan

I’ll fly over the pan tomorrow when the sun is back to take a closer look.

Leg 84, Okaukuejo to Sesriem, Namibia

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Back to the coast, coastal desert and some mountains.

11-14 Okaukuejo Airport FYOO 4:36 AM
11-14 Ondangwa FYOA 5:06 AM
11-14 Oshakati FYOS 5:14 AM
11-14 Okahao Airport FYOH 5:30 AM
11-14 Khorixas Airport FYKP 6:39 AM
11-14 Palmwag Airport FYKO 7:17 AM
11-14 Opuwo Airport FYPM 7:52 AM
11-14 Terrace Bay FYTE 8:10 AM
11-14 Khorixas Airport FYKF 8:42 AM
11-14 Khorixas Airport FYKG 8:47 AM
11-14 Khorixas Airport FYKX 8:51 AM
11-14 Rag Rock Airport FYRR 8:54 AM
11-14 Uis Mine Airport FYUS 9:18 AM
11-14 Farm Etemba Landing Strip FYPJ 9:49 AM
11-14 Karibib FYKA 9:55 AM
11-14 Arandis FYAR 10:21 AM
11-14 Swakopmund FYSM 10:37 AM
11-14 Walvis Bay FYWB 10:58 AM
11-14 Meob Bay Landing Site FYMB 11:28 AM
11-14 Sesriem Airstrip FYSS 11:53 AM Virtual vision landing

Flight time 7:17 19 stops

First a look at Etosha pan by daylight

Flat with salt crust, looks correct

Sharp edge, leaving the salt pan to the North

Approaching Khorixas, maybe. I landed at 4 airports today carrying that name

On the way to Palmwag enjoying the desert colors

And sandy hills

Add some mountains and the painting is complete

I love this kind of terrain

Layers of colors, geology at its finest

Here is Palmwag, mostly camps and lodges around here

What an awesome location

Traveling further West to the coast over Skeleton coast park, Atlantic ocean in sight

Terrace Bay (resort) on the Skeleton coast

Heading to another airport named Khorixas

While flying over Skeleton coast park

It should really be called the painted coast

Approaching one of the Khorixas airport’s

Fonteine farm at this Khoraxis airport

I don’t see any farm around, there are more wilderness camps for tourists

Close to Rag Rock airport serving camp Kipwe

Uis mine, large open pit mine mining tin ore

Farm Etemba, an actual farm

On the way to Karibib

And on to Arandis

Flying back towards the coast

Enjoying all the landscape transitions again

And in this pretty area is the largest open pit Uranium mine in the world

Arandis, also been called the Uranium capital of the world, 15km from Rössing Uranium Mine

Rössing Uranium Mine

Back on the coast, Swakopmund, established by German colonists in 1892

A closer look

The colonial lighthouse now serves as a museum

Camels, Palm trees, and great beach front

Following the coast from Walvis Bay to Meob Bay

Conception Bay, just a picture of a ship wreck there

Meob bay, low hanging fog is appearing at dusk

Another tourist area with shipwrecks

And a great place to catch fish

Arriving is Sesriem, already too dark for the drone, G1000 to the rescue

It’s tricky landing with the terrain viewer, no sense of scale, descend carefully

Leg 85, Sesriem, Namibia to Rakops, Botswana

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Western Namibia is truly amazing, so many great sights!

11-15 Sesriem Airstrip FYSS 4:46 AM
11-15 Sossusvlei Lodge Landing Site FYMN 4:53 AM
11-15 Maltahohe Airport FYNG 4:59 AM
11-15 Witwater West Airport FYMS 5:08 AM
11-15 Sossusvlei Mountain Lodge Airport FYSL 5:17 AM
11-15 Afro Venture Airport FYMA 5:23 AM
11-15 Maltahohe Airport FYNH 5:30 AM
11-15 Kerweder Airport FYMT 5:38 AM
11-15 Wolwedans Airport FYWD 5:46 AM
11-15 Maltahoehe Airstrip FYMH 6:12 AM
11-15 Mariental FYML 6:36 AM
11-15 Anib Lodge Landing Site FYMR 6:46 AM
11-15 Wohlzufrieden Airport FYHV 6:54 AM
11-15 Lidfontein Landing Site FYHX 6:58 AM
11-15 Bitterwasser N.Sta Airport FYHO 7:09 AM
11-15 Pokweni Glider Airport FYPO 7:17 AM
11-15 Gravenstein Prv Airport FYGV 7:32 AM
11-15 Windhoek Airport FYWC 8:03 AM
11-15 Eros FYWE 8:31 AM
11-15 Hosea Kutako Intl FYWH 8:41 AM
11-15 Dordabis Carpet FYRE 8:59 AM
11-15 Witvlei FYWI 9:29 AM
11-15 Georgia Peter Schomarz Landing Site FYHD 9:52 AM
11-15 Wittenau Pfanne Landing Site FYAG 10:00 AM
11-15 Aminuis Airstrip FYAM 10:16 AM
11-15 Ncojane FBMY 10:48 AM
11-15 New Xade FBDA 11:41 AM Virtual vision landing
11-15 Rakops Airport (Tau Pan) FBRP 12:17 AM Virtual vision landing

Flight time 7:31 27 stops

The view from where I landed yesterday at Sesriem

Sossusvlei Lodge Landing Site, one of many lodges around here

Those part circles on the right are part of Desert Quiver Camp

The view in the other direction

The view from Elegant Desert Lodge

Witwater West Airport, called Geluk Airstrip on Google, next to Namib Sky Balloon Safaris

This area is indeed perfect for Balloon rides

View from Sossusvlei Mountain Lodge Airport

And from down on the ground, &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

West from Nubibberge looking West

Near Wolwedans

On the way to Meltahoehe

Anib Lodge Landing Site, leaving the mountains behind

Wohlzufrieden Airport

Bitterwasser Lodge and Flying Center

From ground level

Gocheganas Nature reserve

One more mountain range to cross to get to the capital

Windhoek, the capital of Namibia

Since I’m Dutch by birth, the place names all make sense to me (wind corner)

Again, I never heard about Dutch colonial history growing up in the Netherlands…
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/africa/dutch-colonization-wreaked-havoc-from-asia-to-africa/1075570
Actually Namibia was a German colony from 1884, the Dutch were there in the 17th century

Christus Kirche in Windhoek, build from 1907 to 1910

The independence museum, Namibia gained independence in 1990

German rule ended in 1915 after being defeated by South Africa

Since Africa is the birth place of homo sapiens, don’t foul your own nest comes to mind. It’s hard to stay positive about humanity, learning more details about the history of Africa. And I’ve yet to visit the Middle-East…

Back to escapism, near Dorbadis

Approaching Witvlei (white marsh)

Witvlei where 1,400 Ovaherero from Otjimbingwe defeated the Orlam Afrikaners in 1864 in the first Herero-Nama War. Can’t escape history here.

Later the Ovaherero became the subject of the Herero and Nama genocide, the first genocide of the 20th century between 1904 and 1908. In July 2015, the German government and the speaker of the Bundestag officially called the events a “genocide”.

Aminius, a cluster of small settlements and lodges at the Omongwa pan, western Kalahari desert

Approaching Ncojane while flying over the Kalahari desert

It’s actually raining in the desert

Ncojane, Botswana

Leaving Ncojane behind for some night flying

Localized rain and thunder

The skies cleared up on the way to new Xade (population 930 in 2001)

Star gazing over the Kalahari desert

I flew on to Rakops Airport next to Tau Pan, lightning flashes showing the terrain along the way

The next airport on my list doesn’t have a runway listed in the G1000, thus a good place to stop. Plus the terrain should be getting interesting again over Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.

Leg 86, Rakops, Botswana to Harare, Zimbabwe

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A little snafu in my planned route notes, almost missed the capital of Zimbabwe, hence the last 2 legs in the dark back up. The reward, an airstrip with lights! Luxury.

11-16 Rakops Airport (Tau Pan) FBRP 3:55 AM
11-16 Tsigaro Airport FBJC 4:45 AM
11-16 Orapa Airport FBOR 5:07 AM
11-16 Nata FBNT 5:47 AM
11-16 Sua Pan FBSN 5:59 AM
11-16 Francistown FBFT 6:38 AM
11-16 Jackalas 1 Airport FVPU 6:56 AM
11-16 Plumtree Airport FVPL 7:00 AM
11-16 Tsholothso Airport FVTS 7:29 AM
11-16 Sipepa Airstrip FVLN 7:37 AM
11-16 Lupane Airport FVLP 7:49 AM
11-16 Cam+Motor Airport FVCM 8:43 AM
11-16 Celina FVCE 9:14 AM
11-16 Impinge FVIP 9:35 AM
11-16 Centenary FVCN 9:48 AM
11-16 Braebourne FVAE 9:53 AM
11-16 Mount Darwin FVMD 10:03 AM
11-16 Shamva Airport FVSA 10:15 AM short ‘runway’
11-16 Mutoko FVMT 10:33 AM
11-16 Kwaraguza Airport FVNB 11:03 AM
11-16 Aberdeen Airport FVAB 11:10 AM
11-16 Honde Valley Airport FVNG 11:21 AM
11-16 Mutare FVMU 11:40 AM Drone cam landing
11-16 Marondera FVMA 12:20 PM Virtual vision landing
11-16 Harare Intl FVHA 12:37 PM

Flight time 8:42 24 stops

Departure from Rakops, Botswana

There are a lot of tracks in the desert

Makgadikgadi Pans National Park

Hippos, wildebeest & zebras plus baobabs in 3, 900 sq. km. of shimmering salt pans, with lodges

The sky is selling it today

Orapa diamond mine, the world’s largest diamond mine by area

Guguaga pan on the right

Nata Bird Sanctuary

Lapangan Terbang Sua Pan and Botswana ASH, chemical plant (BOTASH) producing soda ash and salt

Sipepa airport serving the village Gwai on the Gwai river

Lake Manyame

Celina airfield, part of the farm

On the way to Impinge, hilltop farming

Impinge, the hills are covered with Chromium mines

Centenary, became a pilgrimage on June 21, 2001 for those who wanted to see the total solar eclipse

A valley just West of Mutawatawa

In the other direction

Farming near Mutoko

While approaching Kwaraguza

There goes the sun again

Kwaraguza

Great views from this place

Nyanga National Park

Stunning location with awesome waterfalls

Arriving in Mutare, the city lights provide enough ambient glow for a drone cam landing

Ready to sign off, I realized I missed Harare, a bit of night flying, why not

Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe

National heroes’ acre

Commemorative site, tombs & a museum dedicated to those who fought for the nation’s independence

Harare National Gallery with some very nice art pieces

Back to the West tomorrow and into South Africa

Leg 87, Harare, Zimbabwe, via Mozambique and Botswana to Pomfret, South Africa

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11-17 Harare Intl FVHA 4:29 AM
11-17 Gaths Mine Airport FVGT 5:27 AM
11-17 Masvingo Intl FVMV 5:38 AM
11-17 Turwi River Airstrip FVCY 6:10 AM
11-17 Chipinge Farm FVCX 6:15 AM
11-17 Rupangwana Airport FVCW 6:31 AM
11-17 Mahenye Airport FVMH 6:39 AM
11-17 Bridge Camp Airstrip FVCJ 6:51 AM
11-17 Boli Airport FVCK 7:04 AM
11-17 Chiredzi Airport FVDG 7:09 AM
11-17 Mabalauta FVBL 7:20 AM
11-17 Malipati Airport FANW 7:25 AM
11-17 Madimbo Z26Z 7:41 AM
11-17 Messina FUNA 8:01 AM
Tried with default settings (sharpen on), too messy, back to sharpen 0 in usercfg.opt
11-17 Messina FUNA 8:08 AM
11-17 Tshipise FANN 8:11 AM
11-17 Louis Trichardt FAQB 8:23 AM
11-17 Louis Trichardt FALO 8:34 AM
11-17 Makhado AB FALM 8:42 AM
11-17 Polokwane Intl FAPP 8:55 AM
11-17 Pietersburg FAPI 9:05 AM
11-17 Ranch Motel Airport FAQE 9:14 AM
11-17 Mokopane FAAY 9:35 AM
11-17 Modimolle Airport FANT 9:43 AM
11-17 Lephalale Airport FAAW 9:52 AM
Terrible performance, landing at 2 fps, restart, end process, game lockup on exit
11-17 Lephalale Airport FAAW 9:59 AM
11-17 Lephalale Airport FAWE 10:04 AM
11-17 Thabazimbi Airport FAYL 10:18 AM
11-17 Thabazimbi Airport FATI 10:26 AM
11-17 Batavia Airport FBMW 10:49 AM
11-17 Sir Seretse Khama Intl FBSK (Gaborone) 11:05 AM
11-17 Thebephatshwa FBTP 11:20 AM
11-17 Jwaneng FBJW 11:38 AM
11-17 Oxford Airport FBSE 11:58 AM
11-17 Werda Airport FBWA 12:12 PM
11-17 Kristonia Airport FBWR 12:17 PM
11-17 Pomfret FAPQ 12:33 PM Virtual vision landing

Flight time 7:48 34 stops

I tried to see how the default settings (sharpen on) look now, still very grainy. The first 3 screenshots are with sharpen on, then back to a modified usercfg.opt without sharpen. It still looks very soft despite downsampling from 4K, but better than the grain filter.

First up Gaths Mine, Asbestos mine in Mashava

All I’ve heard about Asbestos is that it’s bad, why mine it. Actually Gaths Mine as well as Temeraire Mine have stopped production. Only the 3rd one, King Mine is still in operation.

Save River on the way to Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge

Limpopo river

Nyala Magnesium mine, the fun stuff from chemistry class (abandoned mine)

Local strip near Nzhelele park

Taking off towards Nzhelehele park

Soutpansberg mountain range on the way to Louis Trichardt

Makhado Air Force Base1

On approach to Polokwane, pretty flat between the mountains

Polokwane, aka Pietersburg, the capital of the Limpopo Province of South Africa

Train station up front, Polokwane International Airport in the back

Pietersburg Civil Aerodrome and Peter Mokaba Stadium

Polokwane was one of the host cities of the official tournament of the 2010 FIFA World Cup

Peter Mokaba Stadium

Ranch Motel Airport and golf course

Witvinger Nature Reserve

Marakela National Park

Thabazimbi, iron mining town at the feet of the Ysterberg

Ben Alberts Nature reserve

Those bare spots on the side of the mountains are left overs from iron ore mining

Gaborone, the capital of Botswana

The Three Dikgosi Monument

The statues depict three dikgosi (tribal chiefs): Khama III of the Bangwato, Sebele I of the Bakwena, and Bathoen I of the Bangwaketse

Mokolodi Nature Reservere next to Gaborone

Debswana Jwaneng Mine, the richest diamond mine in the world by value

Oxford Airport, good camoeflage!

Another landing on dirt, I’m going through a lot of tires on this trip

Kirstonia, South Africa on the border with Botswana

The (unnamed) river forms the border. The airport (dirt strip left of the road) is in South Africa