Our Scenic Flights Routes. (Southern Routes)
Sossusfly . . . our most popular scenic flight.
The flight has a duration of ± 2hrs and 10 min covering about 630 km of which less than 20% could be seen if traveling by road. This scenic flight discovers the ancient desert deep in the heart of Namibia and the southern Skeleton Coast from the air. Tourist often regard this flight as the highlight of their holiday.
Sunlit sand dunes roll and undulate, and are beautiful in a way that is not of this world. Around there is sand and ochre dunes stand sentinel against the blue sky. Add to the sand sea a low level flight along the green Kuiseb to the Kuiseb Canyon, as well along the coastline, which has its own story to tell. Listen carefully – each of the Atlantics wild waves will whisper a different story in your ear: of diamond camps, shipwrecks that rust away on the shoreline, the long wall also called wall of death.
The clean golden smell of the desert on a hot day will be with you forever.
- Kuiseb Riverbed
- Kuiseb Canyon
- Sossusvlei Area (7 types of dunes)
- Diamond Camps
- Conception Bay
- Long Wall
- Sandwich Harbour
- Salt Works
- Walvis Bay
The coast has its own story to tell- listen carefully, each of the Atlantics wild waves will whisper a different story in your ear: numerous shipwrecks, which rust away on the shoreline, on its sandy beaches you’ll find many of only halfway hidden burned bones & skeletons from whales (- and unlucky sailors). We recommend an aerial view over the southern part of the coast with its dunes, lagoons and shipwrecks, as the first 300km (= 70 min flying time) of the northern coastline are flat and do not have any dunes. HOP ON ONE OF THE FOLLOWING SCENIC FLIGHTS INTO THE SOUTH:
Coastal Impression (Duration 1 hour)
Get a feeling what the Namibian Coastline looks like. Meet the extremes – Namib Desert & Atlantic Ocean. Catch a bird’s eye view of the “Shaunee”, a shipwreck near the “long wall” an amazing dune formation at the coastline. Wedged between the Namib sand sea and the Atlantic Ocean lies a unique coastal wetland: Sandwich Harbour – a bird’s paradise. Fly with the Flamingoes – once – and the impressions will last forever.
We fly along the dune belt to dune 7, past Walvis Bay International Airport, crossing the Kuiseb dry riverbed, right into the dune sea with changing dune faces and colours in yellow, ochre, mustard and magenta. Shipwreck “Shaunee” as turning point, northbound along the scenic coastline past “Lange Wand”, seal colonies, jackals etc., Sandwich Bay Lagoon, Nature Conversation area and breeding ground for flamingos, pelicans etc., a very pictures bay with its sandbars and shallow waters. Walvis Bay saltpans, Walvis Bay lagoon and harbor area, guano platform “Bird Island” and the Swakopmund
Our Scenic Flight Routes. (Northern Routes)
Fascinating Damaraland (Duration 3 hour)
We depart Swakopmund with the first sun raise on the horizon. We head north; enjoy an ever-changing landscape from a bird’s eye view. Underneath the colors are constantly changing, volcanic veins, crisscrossing the land like a Mikado. We fly past the Omaruru dam and game park, Messum crater, thousand of Welwitschias, crystal minors etc. A gentle clime up to the Brandberg with its fantastic colors of sediment layers a highlight of the trip. Than we fly the ugab valley down stream towards the Atlantic Ocean past Ugab terraces all by the share beauty by the ruff canyons. This is home to the rare desert elephants. Approaching the skeleton coast park we experience dramatic landscape changing in colors and forms (no words). The Ugab mouth with its almost resident oryx. Flying through the dry riverbeds of Damaraland on search of the legendary Desert elephants over the Table Mountains.
Flying along the Uniab to the northern Skeleton Coast and from Terrace Bay back to Swakopmund.Turning south our route will take us past the ugab river mouth with its almost resident group of oryx, two shipwrecks, before we reach another Highlight “Cape Cross” and its seal colony, via the salt works and flamingoes flying low along the cliffs just north of Henties Bay over Lichenfields past a shipwreck back to Swakopmund.
Option: Land at a lodge for breakfast or Lunch at own cost.
One Day Fly-In’s – (Standard Routes) North
Long before cars, planes etc. made travel a leisure activity, large parts of the world went undiscovered, unexplored. One of the world’s last almost untouched landscape with its nomadic people is the Kaokoland. No Namibian adventure is complete without a visit to a Himba village, which give you the opportunity to become acquainted with their life style.
Of the few nomadic tribes left in this world, one is found in Namibia. The Ochre People or Himba, tall graceful and lovely, who follow the seasonal rains as their ancestors have done since time out of mind, live in Kaokoland.
This one day FLY-IN/ Excursion offers you a special introduction to the Himba people by means of a guided tour to one of their temporary villages. Learn about the sacred fire, the twin that stayed behind, the holy oxen and now a day is spend in Africa by people who do not have calendars.
There are many questions regarding this unique people’s lifestyle. Some will remain long after a holiday to Namibia, but on the practical side the guides will introduce you to the people in the village and shows you how they live their daily lives. Photography is allowed after a customary request. To return the goodwill, they get food such as maize meal, salt and sugar.
There are two options for a Himba Village visit: Opuwo and Epupa Waterfalls
With both options we depart Swakopmund early morning – after breakfast. We head north; enjoy an ever-changing landscape from a bird’s eye view. Underneath the colors are constantly changing, volcanic veins, crisscrossing the land like a Mikado. We fly past the Omaruru dam, seeing the messum crater. A gentle clime up to see the Brandberg (highest mountain Namibia’s 2573 m) with its fantastic colors of sediment layers. Flying past Ugab terraces all by the share beauty by the ruff canyons we reach Damaraland and get a birds eye view of the Table Mountains. This is home to the rare desert elephants. Beneath you passes the catch manned area and or upper Hoanib Valleys all pointing west to the Kowareb canyon. From here onwards is all “Himba Country”, soon you will notice Himba Kraals scattered along the valley floor below and land at Opuwo after an estimated 2 hours flight, OR if you have chosen the Epupa Falls option we land at Epupa after an estimated 2 and a half hours (2 hours and 30 min)
After visiting the Himba village (and / or Epupa Falls as arranged with your pilot and the lodge) we return to the lodge for a light lunch.
From EPUPA: We lift of in Epupa after Lunch and set course for the town OPUWO for refueling. While flying inland direction the northern Skeleton Coast you might spot Sesfontein, the western escarpment of the Table Mountains which are very colourful and you will experience a dramatic landscape changing in colours and forms descending for the coastline.
Another Highlight is “Cape Cross” not only famous for its huge seal population (120.000 – 200.000 seals), but also historically as Capt. Diego Cao as first European (port.) puts his feet on Namibian soil in 1486. Via the salt works and flamingoes we fly along the cliffs just north of Henties Bay, Wlotzkas Baken past a shipwreck back to Swakopmund.
One Day Fly-In’s – (Standard Routes) South
Ghost Town Kolmanskop
Early morning take off from Swakopmund we fly via the Kuiseb through the highest shifting sand dunes in the world via Sossusvlei. We head for the coastal town Lüderitz, where you will be picked up for the guided Kolmanskop Tour which is scheduled and starts at 11h00. After the discovery of the first diamond in 1908 Kolmanskop became the focal point of the diamond rush. Today it is like an open air museum of its former glory.
After the visit of the ghost town you will be driven to Lüderitz for a guided sightseeing city tour and Lunch at a restaurant of your choice. The return flight flight continues over the diamond-restricted area and forbidden Coast including the following shipwrecks OTAVI (1945) at Spencer Bay, Meob Bay, the shipwreck EDUARD BOHLEN (1909) in Conception Bay and the SHAWNEE (1976).
Early morning take off from Swakopmund we fly via the Kuiseb through the highest shifting sand dunes in the world via Sossusvlei. From Sossusvlei we head for the largest Canyon in Africa, the Fish River Canyon. (we might have to plan a fuel stop at Keemtanshop depending on fuel& pax load, otherwise refueling at Lüderitz on the return leg)
Landing at the Canyon, we will drive you to the viewpoint where a spectacular view of the Canyon can be enjoyed. Lunch at the Canyon lodge.
The return flight starts with the highlight a scenic flight over the Fishriver Canyon. Heading for Lüderitz refueling the return leg continues over the diamond-restricted area and forbidden Coast including the following shipwrecks OTAVI (1945) at Spencer Bay, Meob Bay, the shipwreck EDUARD BOHLEN (1909) in Conception Bay and the SHAWNEE (1976).