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Scenic flights in Namibia

Scenic flights in Namibia

Overview: Scenic flights in Namibia

To really appreciate the vastness of Namibia’s beauty, many travellers take to the air. Flying low in a light aircraft or helicopter, or gliding serenely in a hot-air balloon, you’ll have the ultimate vantage point to soak in the views and marvel at Namibia’s majesty.

The options

Options are many and varied, depending on time, budget and interest, but include the following:

Namib Sand Sea

Perhaps the most iconic landscape in Namibia is the Namib Sand Sea, the UNESCO World Heritage Site within the Namib-Naukluft National Park that is home to the world-famous pans of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei. To see this from the air is to get a real sense of its scale and raw beauty. There are several ways to do this:

Hot-air balloon Our favourite, and by far the most popular option, is a hot-air balloon flight over the Namib Desert, a truly magical experience.

Light aircraft Flights over the dunes in a fixed-wing light aircraft can be round trips or even one way:

Using an aircraft based in the Sesriem area, usually from Sossusvlei Lodge. Flights start and end at the lodge's airstrip and range from 40-minute trips over the dunes and Sesriem Canyon to longer excursions that also take in the Sperrgebiet, Conception Bay and a seal colony on the Skeleton Coast.

If you are on a guided trip, we can arrange a scenic one-way flight from the Sossusvlei area to Swakopmund, or vice versa. Your pilot will fly you over the dunes and up the Skeleton Coast to your next destination, where your guide will meet you later in the day.

Helicopter Sossusvlei Lodge also offers helicopter flights taking in the highlights of the Namib-Naukluft National Park. Catering for up to three passengers per flight, these vary in length and price.

Further afield

Scenic flights are not limited to just the Namib-Naukluft National Park; indeed, much of the country is within your grasp.

For travellers based in Swakopmund, the field widens, both in terms of time and distance. Options range from relatively short (2–3-hour) flights to the dunes and back to full-day trips over the dunes and beyond to areas such as Lüderitz, Fish River Canyon and/or the Kalahari in Southern Namibia. On some flights, you may even have time to land and get a ground-level perspective as well.

Other areas of interest that are easily accessed from the air include the Skeleton Coast National Park or Kaokoland, perhaps incorporating a visit to Epupa Falls and/or a Himba Community, or the Brandberg Massif in the south of Damaraland.

Outside Namibia

Our travellers often combine their time in Namibia with visits to other countries and many of these destinations also offer scenic flights. Perhaps the most popular is a flight over Victoria Falls to see what Livingstone himself described as ‘the most wonderful sight I had seen in Africa… scenes so lovely [they] must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.’ These flights are operated both from Victoria Falls town in Zimbabwe and Livingstone in Zambia. Equally, if you are staying in Botswana, there are several ways to take to the air, usually over the Okavango Delta.

With so many options, it clearly isn't possible to do everything in one flight, so do give us a call; we can help you decide on the choice that is right for you.

Please note: Expert Africa can only arrange these varied scenic flights as part of a full, Expert Africa itinerary. See the Holiday ideas, below, for examples of such itineraries.
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What to look forward to.

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Take to the skies and enjoy some of Namibia's iconic landscapes from the air.
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Be it in a small aeroplane...
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...and perhaps even experience areas such as the Skeleton Coast, Lüderitz...
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...Epupa Falls and Fish River Canyon that you would otherwise have missed.

Take to the skies and enjoy some of Namibia's iconic landscapes from the air.

Be it in a small aeroplane...

...or a helicopter...'ll have the chance to enjoy some of Namibia's highlights...

...and perhaps even experience areas such as the Skeleton Coast, Lüderitz...

...Epupa Falls and Fish River Canyon that you would otherwise have missed.

Scenic flights in Namibia reviews

30 independent first-hand comments from our travellers.

7 reviews since August 2007
Mrs H & Mr MfromMadrid

29 Aug 2017

"You must do it !!"

Overall rating: Excellent

Mrs KfromLondon

9 Sep 2017

"Mind-blowing, once-in-a-litetime trip!"

"Mind-blowing, once-in-a-litetime trip! …" Read Mrs K’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mrs SfromToronto

15 Dec 2016

"An amazing experience, not to be missed"

"An amazing experience, not to be missed …" Read Mrs S’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr E & Ms SfromSweden

19 Nov 2016

"Great pilot (Richard)."

"Great pilot (Richard). …" Read Mr E & Ms S’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mrs & Mr OfromCalifornia

9 Aug 2014

"Fantastic Perspective of the Namib Desert"

"Fantastic Perspective of the Namib Desert …" Read Mrs & Mr O’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Good

Dr's SpearfromDC

6 Oct 2012

"Namibia from the air"

"Namibia from the air …" Read Dr's Spear’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr KfromChannel Islands

27 Apr 2008

"Weather permitting"

"Weather permitting …" Read Mr K’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Good

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Ideas for holidays which can include Scenic flights in Namibia

Add this experience to these trip ideas or contact us to start planning your own tailor-made holiday to Namibia.

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Bateleur Fly-in Safari

7 days • 4 locations

Classic fly-in Namibian safari staying at excellent camps. Explore Sossusvlei’s dunes and track Damaraland’s desert elephants before a safari in Etosha. Incredible scenery, good wildlife viewing and authentic cultural experiences.

US$5,900 - US$9,310 per person

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Caracal Self-drive Safari

14 days • 8 locations

The quintessential Namibian self-drive adventure exploring the highlights from Sossusvlei and the Namib Desert to Damaraland’s wilderness and a safari in Etosha. A great mix of accommodation and excellent value.

US$2,730 - US$4,180 per person

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Brown Hyena Self-drive

14 days • 8 locations

The perfect trip for those who want to mix the adventure and freedom of a self-drive with some of our favourite luxury camps in Namibia and a great mix of activities.

US$7,940 - US$10,010 per person

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Black Wildebeest Self-drive Safari

19 days • 10 locations

Journey from South Africa’s cosmopolitan Cape Town to central Namibia’s Okonjima Nature Reserve during this self-driven safari. The route passes through a stunning variety of landscapes, offering access to this beautiful continent’s rich diversity.

US$3,350 - US$3,840 per person

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Pelican Fly & Drive Safari

10 days • 5 locations

A unique itinerary visiting the must-see highlights combining the adventure of a classic Namibian self-drive with the ease and spectacular views of a fly-in safari.

US$5,840 - US$7,760 per person

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Goshawk Fly-in Safari

12 days • 6 locations

Discover Namibia’s remarkable landscapes, fascinating wildlife and unique cultures on this luxury adventure flying between a selection of the very best camps and lodges in the country.

US$11,860 - US$19,610 per person

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Flamingo Fly-in Safari

6 days • 3 locations

Short on time but big on experience, this luxury fly-in safari takes in Sossusvlei’s famous dunes and Etosha National Park’s captivating wildlife with stays at two excellent luxury lodges.

US$5,010 - US$6,840 per person

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Quiver Tree Self-drive Safari

14 days • 7 locations

An offbeat Namibian self-drive adventure exploring the epic Fish River Canyon and fascinating Kolmanskop ghost town in the south, before turning north via the classic highlights of Sossusvlei, Swakopmund and Damaraland.

US$2,410 - US$3,320 per person

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Namaqua Chameleon Self-drive

12 days • 7 locations

A classic 12-night self-drive adventure around the highlights of eastern and northern Namibia taking in Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland, Etosha and a final stop at Okonjima. Comfortable lodges and great value.

US$2,910 - US$4,640 per person

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Rock Agama Self-drive Safari

9 days • 6 locations

Big on experience and light on time, this self-drive trip packs in Namibia’s highlights while staying in a selection of luxury camps and lodges for an unforgettable 10 days.

US$6,040 - US$13,030 per person

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Rock Hare Self-drive Safari

20 days • 12 locations

An in-depth look at Namibia from the Namib Desert to the Caprivi, with additional stops in Botswana and Victoria Falls. This three-week adventure includes an unrivalled mix of environments and is great value.

US$5,280 - US$7,500 per person

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Chongololo Self-drive Safari

21 days • 11 locations

This self-drive safari focuses on the best walking experiences in Namibia. Get your boots ready for the apricot dunes of the Namib Desert and the ancient hills of Damaraland.

US$7,450 - US$10,030 per person

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Dune Lark Fly & Drive Safari

14 days • 8 locations

A combination fly-in self-drive exploration of Namibia, with quick, easy and scenic flights in and out of Sossusvlei before a classic road trip adventure of the country’s rugged north.

US$4,590 - US$5,900 per person

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Black-faced Impala Guided Safari

13 days • 6 locations

A unique mix of luxury and adventure in our original, and perhaps most varied, destination on a privately guided Namibian overland safari. Perfect for families, friends or couples travelling together.

US$4,940 - US$6,510 per person

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Cape Fox Guided Safari

13 days • 7 locations

A classic clockwise circuit around Namibia’s northern highlights with a private guide and vehicle. We can’t think of a better way to see more in this timeframe.

US$8,500 - US$10,840 per person

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Hoopoe Fly-in Safari

11 days • 4 locations

This relaxed fly-in safari reveals Namibia at its best. Generous timings and a wide choice of activities help travellers to enjoy the best of the country’s most spectacular areas.

US$6,210 - US$9,310 per person

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