Ballooning in the Namib Desert

Reviews of Ballooning in the Namib Desert

Excellent(94%) From 58 travellers
Excellent
49
Good
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Average
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Poor
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Terrible
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Below are independent comments from 58 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.
Dr K & Dr P from London
Date: 21-Oct-2009 Based at: Little Kulala
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Magical early morning ballon flight

We had a fantastic experience ballooning over the Namib-Nauklif Park with dunes on one side and sunrise on the other. It was peaceful and fun at the same time - so glad we did it! It was all capped off with a fantastic champagne breakfast at the base of a dune!!

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Mr & Mrs H from Notts
Date: 20-Jul-2009 Based at: Sossus Dune Lodge
Overall:
Average
Average

Ballooning - CANCELLED!

Ballooning was cancelled due to strong winds.

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Mr & Mrs C from Chinnor
Date: 30-Jun-2009 Based at: Kulala Desert Lodge
Overall:
Average
Average

early morning ballooning

Unfortunately this was cancelled on both occasions (apparently no one was able to go ballooning all week) due to the wind.

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Mr & Mrs S from UK
Date: 28-May-2009 Based at: Sossus Dune Lodge
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Ballooning in the Namib Desert

Prior to our trip to Namibia I had anticipated that this would be one of the main highlights and have to say that I personally was a shade disappointed. It was cerrtainly a great experience but I'd expected more of a 'wow' factor which didn't quite happen for me although my wife did consider it pretty special. The breafast on landing was a lovely spread and delightful to enjoy in such beautiful surroundings. One small complaint is that it is advertised as a 'champagne' breakfast when, in fact, it was sparkling wine that was served with the meal which, given that the trip costs around £300 per head is rather naughty I felt. Whilst I wouldn't wish to put anyone off doing this trip I would suggest that if your budget is limited then that amount of money might be better spent on other things (e.g. probably about 3 nights full board at a guest farm such as Zebra River Lodge).

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MrB & DrT from London
Date: 14-May-2009 Based at: Kulala Desert Lodge
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Balloon Flight over the Namib Desert

Absolutely wonderful.
We were almost late due to a problem with our pick up (they went to the wrong lodge), but we made it just in time.
I liked the fact it wasnt too crowded-the basket held 16, and there was plenty of room.
The pilot ,Astrid, was amazing, and took us up to 900m, and then down to just a few metres above the ground, and rotated the basket so that everyone got a good view of everything from all directions.
We actually didnt see much wildlife-a few springbok, oryx and ostrich, but the scenery was wonderful.
The flight lasted about an hour and was followed by a very good champagne breakfast.
Pricey, but an unforgettable experience.

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Mr & Mrs R from Lincs
Date: 27-Oct-2008 Based at: Kulala Desert Lodge
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

ballooning

The expertise of the Pilot Paul and his ground support team were amazing. The flight and champagne breakfast were excellent. A truly wonderful experience which will last for ever in our memories.

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Mr D from Elegy
Date: 25-Aug-2008 Based at: Sossus Dune Lodge
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Ballooning in the Namib Desert

very pleasant start to the day. We enjoyed it

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Mr & Mrs Y from Ponteland
Date: 21-Aug-2008 Based at: Sossus Dune Lodge
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Ballooning in the Namib Desert

A superb experience - very professionally conducted by a skillful, friendly pilot. The champagne breakfast with people of a variety of nationalities added to the experience.

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Mr & Mrs B from Teddington
Date: 6-Aug-2008 Based at: Sossus Dune Lodge
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Totally amazing baloon flight

The balloon flight at Sossus was one of the high points of the holiday. It was absolutely amazing, and really well managed, from the flawless flying to the incredible champagne breakfast in the dunes. It rates as one of our lifetime experiences!

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Mr K from Channel Islands
Date: 30-Apr-2008 Based at: Sossus Dune Lodge
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Simply the best - well almost

This is an experience which should not be missed, even if you think you have a fear of hieghts. After two years, i ended up with the same pilot and as ever Eric was on top form - make the effort to request being in Eric's basket so to speak.

Great views, great breakfast, great experience.

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