Ballooning in the Namib Desert

Reviews of Ballooning in the Namib Desert

Excellent(93%) From 59 travellers
Excellent
49
Good
4
Average
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Poor
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Terrible
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Below are independent comments from 59 of our travellers who have done this activity and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Ms S & Mr B from Charlotte
Date: 22-Aug-2013 Based at: Sossus Dune Lodge
Overall:
Average
Average

Cancelled

This was cancelled due to weather at 7:30 at night. We were glad because otherwise we would have not been informed until very in the morning and have screwed up our substitute plans.

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Miss S from Cambridgeshire
Date: 24-Nov-2012 Based at: Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Balloon Trip

Sadly they failed to fly on 3 successive mornings and they were not able to make the decision not to fly until we had arrived at the launch site on each morning. So that was 3 successive mornings that we rose at 4.45 am to leave the SML at 05.15 to get to the launch site.

We understand the pilot cannot fly if the conditions are not right but surely they could decide earlier and ring the hotel to save us all the journey ( there were around 20 people there on day 3 and some had travelled for 2 hrs just to get to the site)

All very disappointed

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Mr & Mrs L from Staffs
Date: 31-Oct-2012 Based at: Hoodia Desert Lodge
Overall:
Terrible
Terrible

Ballooning cancelled!

Sadly our balloon ride was cancelled due to very high winds, but we still had to get up at 4:15 am to drive to the park entrance to confirm cancellation at the hotel. If we had been given a contact telephone number we could have avoided this.

Because of the unusually high temperatures and lack of things to do we decided to leave a day earlier and go to Swakopmund hence losing a night's accommodation.

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Honeymooners from Brussels
Date: 1-Aug-2012 Based at: Wolwedans Dunes Lodge
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

A big reason why I went to Namibia...

Amazing. We REALLY wanted to do this. The view of the red dunes from the sky is really amazing.
Be carefull with your planning to give yourselves some flexibility when scheduling this as you may not be able to take off on occassion due to wind and weather conditions. We were lucky enough to be able to reschedule it because our originally scheduled flight had to be cancelled.
Other than that, just incredibly relaxing and breathtaking. Watching the oryxs stare back at you from below is just fantastic.
And the champagne breakfast is very good!

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Miss T & Mr B from London
Date: 11-Oct-2010 Based at: Sossusvlei Lodge
Overall:
Good
Good

lovely experience

This was a lovely experience though disappointing in the sense that there was heavy fog so we could not reach the dunes..no one's fault of course, just luck on the day.

However becuase of this we took an early morning cesna flight over the dunes which was fabulous, highly recommneded for future guests.

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Mr C & Mrs A from UK
Date: 25-Sep-2010 Based at: Kulala Desert Lodge
Overall:
Poor
Poor

1 hour balloon flight

Good experience but most disappointing part of trip, Lack of sights on trip and no sooner in air than pilot concerned about the landing point. Think this is not a good venue for a balloom trip as you do not see the dunes or any wild life on it. Breakfast was a most enjoyable experience.

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Mr & Mrs E from Stockport
Date: 20-Sep-2010 Based at: Central Lodge
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Balloon over the desert

A wonderful experience on a beautiful morning.

Eric who owns the balloon business took us up and he was fantastic. He was so enthusiastic and a great character.
Wish I'd brought a hat and gloves - I didn't realise it would be so cold.

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Dr M. from Loughborough
Date: 17-Sep-2010 Based at: Kulala Desert Lodge
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Bballon ride

Dennis was the pilot who, it turned out, was the son of Eric who first took me up from this spot in 1997. We met Eric later, and the whole experience was one of first-class treatment. NIce touch to give everyone a certificate after the flight.

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Mr & Mrs R from London
Date: 21-Jul-2010 Based at: Little Kulala
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

WOW

Our first ballooning adventure and what a location! Very professionally run.

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Ms F from Essex
Date: 14-May-2010 Based at: Kulala Desert Lodge
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Balloon trip

This was well worth the money. Safety was paramount and the company ensured that they had no effect on the environment to the extent of brushing the area to remove tracks in the spot where we had landed for a very lavish breakfast.

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