Flying Across Africa from Crete to Cape Town to Celebrate Early Aviators

By: | May 17th, 2015

In the pioneering age of aviation, Africa has some stories to tell.

In the 1920s, pilots flew vintage planes over some of the most beautiful terrain in Africa along the Nile from Cairo to Khartoum, over the highlands of Ethiopia, and the plains of Kenya to Nairobi. The route took pilots past Mount Kilimanjaro and into the Serengeti Plain then to the Island of Zanzibar. Finally, the route took pilots over the Indian Ocean, crossing Zambia, Victoria Falls and Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, ending in South Africa at Cape Town.

Prepare2go, a specialist in moving people and equipment through difficult terrain, is the sponsor of Crete2Cape, which has taken place eight times in the past seven years. The next event will be in January 2016 and feature ten vintage airplanes that will trace a race route first established in 1936.

The following map shows two separate auto routes just over 9,320 miles (15,000 km).

Following are 8 of the 16 entrants. There are currently two more places available for vintage airplanes, 2 for helicopters and 2 for modern aircraft that will help with logistics

Following is a promotional video for the Crete2Cape event:

For more information on the event, visit

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David Russell Schilling

David enjoys writing about high technology and its potential to make life better for all who inhabit planet earth.

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