A brief history of Barnstorming

Barnstorming or “flying circuses” is a movement dating back to the 1920’s and the act of stunt pilots performing tricks with aeroplanes, either individually or in groups.  Most shows started with a pilot or a team flying over small rural towns in the USA to attract the attention of locals.

They would land at a farm; negotiate with the farmer for the use of his field as a runway in which to stage an air show and sell rides for a small fee, normally staying for a day or two.   Some tricks included spins, dives, loop-the-loops and barrel-rolls, while aerialists would perform feats of wing-walking.

Some famous early flying circuses were The Gates Flying Circus, the Flying Aces Air Circus (Jimmy and Jessie Woods), The 13 Black Cats and The Five Blackbirds (an all-African American team).

From there the name barnstorming…


Wing Walking

Wing-walking was seen as an extreme form of barnstorming, and wing walkers would constantly take up the challenge of outdoing one another.

The first wing walker to perform daring stunts was-26-year old Ormer Locklear. Legend has it that he first climbed out onto the lower wings during his pilot training in the Army Air Service during World War I. Fearless, Ormer just climbed out of the cockpit onto the wings in flight whenever there was a mechanical issue and fixed the problem.

Come home to a soft landing…

Modernizing the traditional Barnstorming concept, this is a dream come true for owners, Liam and Annatjie Mostert.

On the outskirts of Malalane in Mpumalanga, nestled between the sugar-fields of Nkomazi, the N4-toll road towards Nelspruit, Mozambique and Swaziland and a mere 2 km away from the Kruger National Park’s Malalane Gate, lies this aviation-inspired Guest House that is guaranteed to impress.

At Barnstormers Rest we pride ourselves on our professionalism and we are passionate about people. Our in-depth knowledge and understanding of the hospitality industry, ensures that we rise above the rest.  Our friendly and skilled staff are also available to attend to any special requirements.

Our Vision:

We strive to ensure a unique and memorable experience, inspired by aviation.

Our Mission:

We want to ensure that every guest leaves happy and satisfied.  We are driven towards service excellence.

Success lies in that extra mile that you are willing to fly.  You can be assured of our personal-touch and attention given to every detail.

At Barnstormers Rest, we wish to bring you an experience where you will fly in, fly out and never be in doubt about where to return to upon your next stay in Malalane.

Come relax, enjoy and land home… we promise a soft landing.

Our target market includes business/corporate and tourism alike.

Check-in time: From 14h00 daily

Check-out time: 10h00

Guest House maximum capacity: 16 guests.

Nearby attractions in Malalane:

This small sugar-cane, tropical fruit and game-farming town of Malalane, is jam-packed with exciting activities in and around town. Malalane Gate is one of the main entrances into the Kruger National Park, where you can be sure to enjoy an exciting day in the bush, surrounded by the BIG FIVE.

For the golfing enthusiast, Malalane Golf Club and Leopard Creek; host of the Wold renowned Alfred Dunhill Golf Championship, is only 1km away from the Guest House.

In town, you will find a Super Spar and Pick & Pay supermarket to stock up on necessities.

All around us there are also various Restaurants and Take-Away franchises like Steers, Wimpy and a Spur for your convenience.

Be sure to expect very warm summer weather and experience mild, rain-free winters.

We look forward to welcoming you.