Scenic flights in Namibia

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 only books excursions as a part of a full, Expert Africa itinerary.