Without the pressurized cabin found in a normal airliner, you’ll fly at relatively low altitude, giving you a bird’s eye view of the wilderness, Out of Africa-style.
Seating only a dozen passengers, you can get a view not just out the side windows, but straight ahead too, watching the pilot line up to the runway (in the above shot of actual tarmac at Dar Es Salaam, the business capital).
Being this close, you can let out the avgeek in you and study the wizzy instruments in the cockpit.
Take-off and landing is much more of a sensory experience, and rather than control tower giving you the all-clear, you may just have to wait for the herd of elephants to clear the runway.
These kind of dirt strip to dirt strip flights run on a schedule, but there can be surprise changes on the day; you’ll likely be advised to pre-pack the evening before departure from your safari lodge so that you can be ready within ten minutes’ notice. It happened to us more than once that we were enjoying breakfast with still a few hours to go before scheduled departure time, and the lodge was radioed to get us over to the airstrip but quick for an earlier take-off.
Some airlines have online booking engines for you to book your own trip, but a knowledgeable travel agent can be handy when trying to decide which areas to visit within the time frame you have, and which services will suit best.