Most mission groups we fly find a couple of days after they return to South Africa from their outreach to go and visit the Kruger National Park. It's only 40 minutes drive from where we live and it would be crime not to take advantage of the opportunity.
Yesterday we flew a group who are doing things the other way round - a bit like having pudding before your main course. They are spending a short time at a lodge before we fly them to the north of Mozambique next week (the longer route to the north and west below).
This involved flying into Jo'burg Int. to meet them from their flight from Spain and then take them to a remote dirt strip in the very north of the Kruger Park (the smaller triangle to the left in the pic above but still 5 hours flying).
With the Confederations Cup still on, the red tape involved in flying anywhere near Johannesburg was a bit of a headache but towing the line is always better than arguing with a jet fighter!
We go to Jhb Int only a few times a year but you always feel slightly more important when you're around bigger planes.
This 777 was right behind us in the taxi out to the holding point for take off.
We always take it as a compliment when your passengers sleep - even if they have just come off a 10 hr flight from Europe!
Finally to our dirt strip in the N of Kruger.
The passengers shot off for drinks while we unloaded the luggage.
We will pick them up again this Monday for their Mozambique leg.
Mercy Air team