TransAfrica 2018 was an epic journey discovering Central and West Africa by private plane.


We are glad to share our impressions from over five weeks visiting the “off the beaten track” places in Africa in order to complete our ongoing collection of countries.

23 Countries – 3 Adventurers – 1 Shared Passion

  • Flight Route
  • Photo Galleries
  • Drone Footages
  • Our Story
  • Aviation
  • Culinary

Travel Blog

Chad 🇹🇩

The Journal
May 12, 2018 Bangui - N'Djamena Flight distance: 540 nm | Hours in the air: 2.40     Chad - from green forests to the Sahel   We left Bangui during rainy conditions which...

Congo 🇨🇬

The Journal
May 10, 2018 Kigali - Brazzaville Flight distance: 937 nm | Hours in the air: 4.05     Congo - two nations apart   Leaving Kigali was swift and easy, the culprit from Monday...
African city life | cave paintings | Las Geel | Berbera  | live stock market | 360° view | Tiny Planet


The Journal
May 4, 2018 Djibouti - Hargeisa Flight distance: 134 nm | Hours in the air: 0.47     Refreshing glimpse of new nation in the making   What a nice and warm welcome to...

Flight Route

Mollis, Switzerland
Burgas, Bulgaria
Baku, Azerbaijan
Tel Aviv, Israel
Djibouti City, Djibouti
Hargeisa, Somaliland
Bujumbura, Burundi
Kigali, Rwanda
Brazzaville, Congo
Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR)
N'Djamena, Chad
Lagos, Nigeria
Lomé, Togo
Accra, Ghana
Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Monrovia, Liberia
Freetown, Sierra Leone
Conakry, Guinea
Bissau, Guinea-Bissau
Banjul, The Gambia
Dakar, Senegal
Atâr, Mauritania
Ad Dakhla, Western Sahara
12819 nm
Flight distance in nautical miles
Total hours in the air
GIF Hargeisa, Somaliland

Drone Footages

For full 360° aerial and timelapse experience tune into our YouTube playlist.

Special Galleries

The Adventurers

360° Tiny Planet


The Crew

Tom Hartmann




Countries and territories visited so far

Tom is a professional pilot. He is the key guy getting us in the air and keeping us on course. Captain Tom is responsible for the flight logistics like landing/take off permits, makes sure we will get fuel, have all the necessary papers, maps, etc.

Rainer-Marc Frey




Countries and territories visited so far

Rainer is the second pilot and flies the aircraft most of the time. He is also taking pictures that will be published on this site.

Albert R. Stutz (Alficionado)

Albert (Alficionado)



Countries and territories visited so far

Albert is responsible for communication and digital. He is also the main photographer, drone pilot and travel blogger.


Albert loves food & wine (WSET Advanced Level 3). He is father of two teenage sons, houseman and entrepreneur. 👉 Alficionado


Our Story & Previous Adventures

…curiosity getting to understand regions of the world much better, be it out of private choice or business needs. All of us have been travelling extensively be for work and leisure and been to over 150 countries so far.


It takes the combination of character, passion and ability to form a strong team that has the ability to operate united even in the toughest situations and when everything seems to go wrong.


The sequel continues. With already 4 longer journeys and a few shorter side trips under our belts, our curiosity does not stop. The motivation might not be exactly the same yet have a common goal.

Crew: Tom, Rainer and Urs

Signature Trip |

Crew: Tom, Rainer and Urs

Signature Trip |

Crew: Rainer, Tom and Urs

Signature Trip |

Crew: Rainer, Tom, Thomas and Albert

Signature Trip |

Crew: Rainer, Pascal, Oliver, Herbie, Eric and Albert

Short Trip |

Our Plane

Our plane is the familiar Pilatus PC-12 NG with the registration HB-FVC, read as a Swiss registered (HB) followed by Swiss produced (F) aircraft.


This aircraft is powered by a Pratt & Whitney 6A-67P Turboprop and has the capacity for two pilots and 8 passengers. The max cruise speed is 280 ktas, max range 1‘560 nm and max operating altitude is 30‘000 ft.


The PC-12 is a single-engine turboprop-powered aircraft, designed for performing in multiple roles and to deliver equal performance and safety to twin-engine aircraft.


This airplane has exceptional versatility and is capable of operating within the most rugged environments, it is one of the few pressurized turbine-powered aircraft capable of operating from rough landing strips.


👉 Special photo gallery Aviation

Since we all love food and wine,

… part of the trip and adventure is to dive into regional varieties, be spontaneous and be happy with what’s around. That means eating and drinking on all levels!


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