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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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.
Dune-hoppers from London
Date: 25-Apr-2008 Based at: Sossus Dune Lodge
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Ballooning

Fantastic experience. Wonderful pilot and support staff. Champagne breakfast was great.

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Ms H & Family from Surrey
Date: 17-Oct-2007 Based at: Kulala Desert Lodge
Overall:
Good
Good

smooth balloon ride

We were really lucky with the weather for our early morning ballon ride, it was cloudy which meant the dawn was really specatular and it was not too hot when we stopped for a really superb spread for breakfast.

I was really impressed with our pilot who brought us down really low over the river bed but have to say that the flames were a lot closer than i had imagined and it would have been good to have been advised in advance how hot it was on board as i thought my fleece would melt!

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M & L from Vancouver, BC
Date: 16-Oct-2007
Overall:
Good
Good

Balloon Trip

A great expereince seeing the dunes from above.

I did think that the actual flight time was quite short. I thought it was supposed to be between 60 and 90 mins, when it was actually much less than 60 mins. I don't know if this was really such good value for the money, however we're glad we did it.

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Mr P from Penny
Date: 12-Oct-2007 Based at: Kulala Desert Lodge
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

A golden morning

This was the highlight of our Kulala trip, shadowed only by the lodge's failure to wake us up as promised and only a vague sense of timetable.

A wonderful experience, not only for the usual things - quiet, calm, stunning views, the gentle drift, the mighty beauty of the Namib - but also for the sheer professionalism of Astrid, our pilot, and her cheerful readiness to talk about what she was doing. It was an essay in skill and control throughout with the climax of an effortless landing and then the extraordinary deftness of her handling the basket and balloon, from the ground, to settle gently on the back of a trailer.

The breakfast in the morning sun was beautifully stage managed, too. First class.

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Mrs Barn owl from UK
Date: 19-Sep-2007 Based at: Desert Homestead
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Great experience ballooning over the desert

These trips are very well organised. The pilots are very competent and good fun. The views are great and give you fantastic opportunities to take some unforgettable photo's. The breakfast was much better than I expected.

We had some wonderful food, some of it home cooked, and plenty of bubbly to wash it down with. The crew were very entertaining and I would really recommend adding this experience to your itinery.

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Mr D from UK
Date: 30-Aug-2007 Based at: Kulala Desert Lodge
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Ballooning in the Namib Desert

This was just magical! The balloonist was really experienced and looked just like Crocodile Dundee.

He landed the basket neatly on the back of the trailer and then we had the most amazing breakfast with champagne.

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Mr Nawas from UK
Date: 2-Aug-2007 Based at: Kulala Desert Lodge
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Unforgettable - but very high!

This was fantastic -a lthough hadn't appreciated that we would be flying quite so high - I had some idea that we'd be scudding along ten metres above the dunes - so I'll admit to being a bit scared! But it was a great experience and I know Danny absolutely loved it.

Although the breakfast was lovely we both felt that he would have preferred the balloon flight to be (a bit) cheaper and not include the brekfast - it was special enough on its own.

The entire trip was extremely well organised and felt totally safe.

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Mr & Mrs F from Hants
Date: 28-Jul-2007 Based at: Kulala Desert Lodge
Overall:
Excellent
Excellent

Ballooning in the Namib Desert

The whole experience was amazing. The pilot was experienced & even landed the basket on a trailer at the end.

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