Dreaming over the sky of Namib desert
When you think about Namibia, the first thing that stuck in your mind are the dunes that touch the ocean with their golden sand. We have always dreamt of having a ride on a plane to see this fantastic view from the sky, so, once in Swakopmund, we go straight to the office of Eagle Eye aviation to choose our scenic flight over the desert and the ocean!
There are different options, short or more extended flights, with no doubt all amazing, but we suggest choosing the 2.15-hour Sossusvlei flight.
At 2 p.m. we get to the runway at Swakopmund airport meeting the pilot, a young and cool boy from South Africa. After a briefing about the safety procedures, we are ready to fly towards one of the most beautiful spots of Africa. The six-seater Cessna 210 take off leaving the foggy city behind and in a while we can start sighting in the distance the desert landscape with its dunes.
The first spot we fly over is the Kuiseb Canyon, the only known breeding area for the Lappet Face Vulture in southern Namibia. After leaving the Canyon, we head to Sossusvlei, one of the most famous places in Namibia. Step by step, the big dunes of the Namib desert are coming up. The pilot flies very near to the ground, and it seems to touch these golden piles of sand, the highest shifting dunes in the world. The day before we had a lovely trip around Sossusvlei, climbing up the Dune 45 and visiting Deadvlei, but have a look from the sky it’s an incredible emotion, here you can get how vast is this expanse of sand.
From here we pass over the Diamond restricted area, where we can still see some old diamonds camps and an old wagon. Little by little, we are getting to the ocean, I’m so excited that finally, I can see what I have always admired in the picture. The pilot turns a little left, and in a while, we are flying over the ocean!! After seeing the Edward Bohlen shipwreck, we fly over the ”long wall”.
Here the big dunes come into the sea, showing all their beauty. I have a fixed stare at this fantastic view, and I can’t believe my eyes. There are no words to describe this beauty without compare and explain my emotions.
It’s time to wake up from this dream. After passing over Sandwich harbour and Pelican point, the pilot turns right, ready to touch down in Swakopmund. Happy for this incredible experience, I’ve got one thing: I must come back here again!!
Thank you Eagle Eye Aviation for this magic moment I spent with you!
|How to book the flight
We booked our flight with Eagle Eye Aviation (40 Nathaniel Maxuilili Street, Swakopmund); Click here to see their website and find out the different flight options. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: +264 64 463 126.
Where to sleep
The small coastal town of Swakopmund is the base for all the activities in the area. Here, you’ll find a good range of accommodations. We slept at the Secret Garden Guesthouse.