Finally someone offers solar safaris, something we've all been waiting for.
1. At the base station, you get two days of quick but relaxed training on how to fly with the solar airplanes. Relax, this is part of your vacation.
2. From day 3 onwards the safari starts. You get your own semi-direct
solar powered plane.
3. The day schedule looks like this:
-8.00am breakfast with coffee, tea, lots of water and discussion of the day's travel plan.
-9.00am, the Sun is bright enough to start flying
-our planes are pulled into the air by the jeep and ground crew, which, after we're off, breaks down the luxurious desert tents and heads off to the end-point of the day.
-12.00-2.00pm, lunch and siesta at some oasis, where the li-ion batteries in our planes are left to recharge - the Sun is at its strongest then; it's too hot to sit in the plane, so we rest.
Groundcrew 2 arrived here to welcome us. Jeep 2 from groundcrew 2 pulls our planes back into the air, for part 2 of the day; meanwhile, groundcrew 1 paces ahead to the end point of the day.
-2.00-5.00pm, we enjoy the magnificent views of the desert, from the sky - think of the beautiful images out of 'The English Patient'.
-5.00pm arrival at the end point, tea, water, snack, shower, we relax; groundcrew 1 just arrived here and starts rebuilding the camp; we recharge our li-ion batteries with the last bit of the day's Sun, topping them off for the next day of the Safari.
-8.00-10.00pm, we watch the sun set in this sea of sand, apéritif, diner, music
All solar planes are very easy to fly, and they are semi-direct solar powered. The li-ion batteries are only used as a safety measure and occasionaly to give some extra power.
The groundcrews track us with GPS, they give indications as to where to fly, on the weather, etc.
Solar safaris can be organised in all sunny deserts, from Namibia to the Sahara and North India.
We're working on safaris with solar blimps too.
Have a look at the spectacular views you will get when flying the plane with your friends/traveling partners [see picture].