the best way to see the NAMIB DESERT & COAST

Sossusfly

incl. 7 different kinds of dunes in the Namib Desert! Via Kuiseb Canyon, Sossusvlei, shipwrecks Eduard Bohlen & Shaunee, “Long Wall“, seals, Sandwich Harbour, Walvis Bay”

Sossusfly

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.

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Route

Kuiseb Riverbed A dry riverbed for most of the year. Its groundwater spends life to a multitude of desert animals and plants, and one is overawed by the survival strategies of diverse range of life in the desert. The groundwater is as well supplied to the coastal towns.

Kuiseb Canyon Recent researches indicate that the present canyon was formed within a much older canyon some 20 million years ago. The shifting sand dunes create a fascinating contrast in colours along the up to 500 feet deep Kuiseb Canyon.

Sossusvlei Area The wind-sculpted sand dunes of the Sossusvlei area are not only of the most beautiful natural phenomena in Namibia, but are reputedly of the highest sand dunes (up to 350 m) in the world. They tower into the sky and, with their changing shapes, colours and magnificent size, provide a constant fascination. In its heart lays a huge clay pan that rarely transforms into a small lake after the occasional thunderstorm. Close by we see a number of smaller clay pans, named like “Hidden Vlei” or “Dead Vlei”, featuring dead tree stumps dating back more than 2000 years.

Diamond Camps “Charlottenfelder”, “Holsatia” and “Conception” are the last remains of the diamond rush era in the Diamond area North. A-frame shacks, house ruins, ox wagon, rusty water piping, wooden barrels and rusty mining equipment bear witness of a tough past time that ended in the late thirties.

Shipwreck “Eduard Bohlen” An aerial view of the Eduard Bohlen is the closest most people ever get to this famous shipwreck. The passenger liner of the Woermann line and supplying ship to the diamond camps stranded at Conception Bay in the year 1909.

Shipwreck “Shawnee” The Shawnee, another shipwreck stranded in 1976 on the scenic coastline just north of Conception Bay.

Sandwich Harbour Wedged between the Namib sand sea and the Atlantic Ocean lies a unique coastal wetland. Sandwich Harbour is comprised of a northern, freshwater wetland and the southern mudflats, covering about 50 square kilometres in total. It was once a harbour for sailing vessels, first mapped by whalemen and was named after the whale ship “Sandwich”. Today as one of the most important wetlands and nature conservation area it is visited by over145.000 birds in summer and 53.000 bird in winter, such as Flamingos, Pelicans, Cormorants, African Black Oystercatcher, Damara Terns and some other rare species. Bottle nosed and Heaviside’s dolphins and Cape fur seals also frequent the lagoon.

Salt works The Walvis Bay salt works produce some 700 000 tons of high quality, chemical industry and table salt. Some algae cause the pink to red colour of the saltpans, which also colours the feathers of flamingos living here.

Walvis Bay This coast town, in the past British and South Africa territory and since01.03.1994 re-integrated into an independent Namibia, situated midway along the Namibian Atlantic coastline, is the only deep-water port, between Luanda and Cape Town. Magnificent flocks of greater and lesser Flamingos and perhaps even the exclusive Damara Tern can be seen in the Walvis Bay Lagoon.

Swakopmund Magic mile of Namibia – A strip that kisses the desert on the wild side and shakes hands with the sea on the port side. Swakopmund is truly Namibia’s premier tourist and recreational resort. In the midst of these arid, often desolate surroundings’, it forms an oasis for body and soul. Picture-postcard German Colonial buildings dominate the town’s central area. For the romantic at heart, take a bird’s eye view on our historic jetty and “Palm Beach” just below the lighthouse…

Flight duration : +- 2.1 hours

Flight Distance: 630 km

Pricing

  • 5 person on board @ N$ 5 000, –pp
  • (with 4 person N$ 5.900 pp. – we reserve the right to add a 5th passenger)
  • 4 person on board @ N$ 6 250, — pp
  • 3 person on board @ N$ 8 330, — pp
  • 2 person on board @ N$ 12 500, — pp

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