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Embracing Africa’s Beauty From Above: Photo Outtakes

By Denis Gathanju | September 4, 2018
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The largest air tourism operator in Kenya, Tropic Air, operates six Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3s. It ferries tourists over various regions in the Eastern and Central African regions.

“Tropic Air started out as an accident,” said Founder and Managing Director Jamie Roberts. “I was working as a crop-dusting pilot across Kenya. I did this for about 11 years. After this, I started flying miraa (khat) from Nanyuki to the Kenya-Somali border on a Cessna 206 aircraft. Around that time, the tourism industry in Kenya was picking up.”

“I have to say that this part of the country is incredibly beautiful,” said Eston Whitfield, Tropic Air’s chief fixed-wing pilot. “As a company, we are not only tasked with flying our clients from one point to another, but to also showcase the majestic beauty of these lands.” The operator, therefore, flies its aircraft as low as possible when weather permits, he said.

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The following photos are outtakes from this feature from our June/July issue. It discussed Kenya's tourism industry and more from the perspective of Tropic Air.

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