In many ways the opposite of Europe in terms of size (very large) and density of conurbations (very low), Africa nevertheless has a couple of interesting flight training options.

By number of full flight simulators, sunny Johannesburg leads the continent with 15. As anyone who has flown with SAA will attest, national aviation standards easily come up to European levels. The infrastructure is good, and South Africa is a vacation paradise that rewards an extended stay once the certificate is in hand.

Ethiopian Airlines is another African airline with a world-class reputation and safety record, and Addis Ababa is our insider tip for flight training in Africa. The Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Academy has five full flight simulators that cover major passenger aircraft, and provides well-regarded instruction at competitive prices. English is widely spoken in Ethiopia, the cuisine is legendary, and it is one of the oldest civilizations in the world; fascinating leisure activities await on weekends.