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SCENIC FLIGHTS DEPART SWAKOPMUND

SCENIC FLIGHTS FROM SWAKOPMUND

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The flights will allow you to observe the beauty and vastness of the country.

The trips include flights, meals, transportation and guide.


L (1)The "Conception Bay" Flight 360km's = ±1h30 min

This scenic flight takes you from Swakopmund, east via the "Moon Landscape" and along the Swakop riverbed to the Swakop and Kahn rivers intersections, crossing the Oasis Groanikontes. Routing Southwards, passing the Walvis Bay airport and the Kuiseb River bed --the natural border for the dune formations. Over the "sea" of shifting sand dunes we reach the coast at Conception bay passing colonies of Cape Fur seals, the wreck of the passenger liner "Eduard Bohlen" stranded in 1909, she lies 250m away from the shore. Further along the coast another shipwreck, the "Shaunee" stranded in 1976. Along the coast with the Atlantic surf on the one side and the "long wall" (Namib Dunes) on the other, we reach Sandwich Harbour, a wetland of international importance and protected by the Ramsar Convention. The highest recorded density of lesser and Greater flamingo's was recorded at low tide with 7 791 birds/km. In harmony with the surroundings we find Namibia's coastal salt mines, south of Walvis Bay, attracting thousands of birds. Walvis Bay, Namibia's major harbour town and a former enclave to South Africa, which was incorporated into Namibia on March 1, 1994 is our next destination. Midway between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund we pass the Langstrand Holiday Resort and the Dolphin Park Recreation Resort on our way back to Swakopmund.

(2)The "Sossusvlei Classic Flight" 630km's = ±2h15 min

This is the most popular scenic flight, guaranteed to be the highlight of your holiday! From Swakopmund we take you in a light aircraft over the Namib Desert, past the Walvis Bay airport to the Kuiseb River. Low-level along the Kuiseb river onto the Desert Ecological Research Unit, Gobabeb founded in 1959. Passing Tsondabvlei, the only known breeding area for the Lappet Face Vulture in southern Namibia, towards the highest shifting sand dunes in the world at Sossusvlei. No part of the desert is visually more stunning than Sossusvlei. The warm tints of the sand range from pale apricot to brick orange and deep red, vividly contrasting with the large white clay pans at some of their bases. From Sossusvlei into the Diamond Restricted Area flying over the remains of three old diamond camps and crossing the coastline at Conception Bay passing colonies of Cape Fur seals, the shipwreck of the passenger liner "Eduard Bohlen" stranded in 1909, she lies 250m away from the shore. Further along the coast another shipwreck, the "Shaunee" stranded in 1976. Along the coast with the Atlantic surf on the one side and the "long wall" (Namib Dunes) on the other, we reach Sandwich Harbour, a wetland of international importance and protected by the Ramsar Convention. The highest recorded density of Lesser and Greater flamingo's was recorded at low tide with 7 791 birds/km. In harmony with the surroundings we find Namibia's coastal salt mines, south of Walvis Bay, attracting thousands of birds. Walvis Bay, Namibia's major harbour town and a former enclave to South Africa, which was incorporated into Namibia on March 1, 1994 is our next destination. Midway between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund we pass the Langstrand Holiday Resort and the Dolphin Park Recreation Resort on our way back to Swakopmund.

(3)The "Sossusvlei Excursion" 630km's = day trip

This is a popular day-trip starting from Swakopmund we take you in a light aircraft over the Namib Desert, past the Walvis Bay Airport to the Kuiseb river. Low-level along the Kuiseb river onto the Desert Ecological Research Unit, Gobabeb founded in 1959. Passing Tsondabvlei, the only known breeding area of the Lappet faced Vulture in southern Namibia, towards Sesriem and the Sesriem Canyon. Landing at Sesriem you will be driven in a 4x4 vehicle to the highest shifting sand dunes in the world at Sossusvlei. No part of the desert is visually more stunning than Sossusvlei. The warm tints of the sand range from pale apricot to brick orange and deep red, vividly contrasting with the large white clay pans at some of their bases. Admire, climb and photograph the scenery and enjoy refreshment in the shade of a camelthorn tree. When you are ready, return to Sossusvlei Lodge at Sesriem for lunch. After lunch transfer to Sesriem landing strip. We continue our flight via Sossusvlei the highest shifting sand dunes in the world. From Sossusvlei into the Diamond Restricted Area flying over the remains of three old diamond camps and crossing the coastline at Conception Bay, passing colonies of Cape Fur seals, the shipwreck of the passenger liner "Eduard Bohlen" stranded in 1909, she lies 250m away from the shore. Further along the coast another shipwreck, the "Shaunee" stranded in 1976. Along the coast with the Atlantic surf on the one side and the "long wall" (Namib Dunes) on the other, we reach Sandwich Harbour, a wetland of international importance and protected by the Ramsar Convention.The highest recorded density of Lesser and Greater flamingo's was recorded at low tide with 7 791 birds/km. In harmony with the surroundings we find Namibia's coastal salt mines, south of Walvis Bay, attracting thousands of birds. Walvis Bay, Namibia's major harbour town and a former enclave to South Africa, which was incorporated into Namibia on March 1, 1994 is our next destination. Midway between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund we pass the Langstrand Holiday Resort and the Dolphin Park Recreation Resort on our way back to Swakopmund.

(4)The "Ultimate South" 1570km's = day trip

(A) Lüderitz Excursion (Stopover Lüderitz)
Early morning flight over the Kuiseb river to Sossusvlei with the highest shifting sand dunes in the world. From Sossusvlei flight over the 2 000m high dolomitic Naukluft mountains past the extinct Brukaros volcano to Keetmanshoop to refuel. From Keetmanshoop low-level flight to the largest canyon in Africa, the Fishriver Canyon up to Ai Ais (Zigg-zagg over Canyon). We continue our flight over the Diamond Restricted Area directly to Lüderitz Bucht. Stop over at Lüderitz with a guided tour of the ghost town, Kolmanskop. Kolmanskop was once the focal point of a glittering diamond rush. Former stately homes, their grandeur now scoured and demolished by the wind, bear witness to one of the most vivid periods in Namibian history. We return to Lüderitz for a city tour. The sheer isolation of the town and distinctly German colonial architecture give it a historic charm. Round off the day with lunch at a Hotel. Afternoon flight along the "Forbidden Coast" past the shipwreck OTAVI (1945) at Spencer Bay, Meob Bay on to Conception Bay, the shipwreck EDUARD BOHLEN (1909) which lies approximately 250m inland and the SHAUWNEE (1976). Further flight, along the coast with the Atlantic surf on the one side and the "long wall" (Namib Dunes) on the other, we reach Sandwich Harbour, a wetland of international importance and protected by the Ramsar Convention. The highest recorded density of Lesser and Greater flamingo's was recorded at low tide with 7 791 birds/km. In harmony with the surroundings we find Namibia's coastal salt mines, south of Walvis Bay, attracting thousands of birds. Walvis Bay, Namibia's major harbour town and a former enclave to South Africa, which was incorporated into Namibia on March 1, 1994 is our next destination. Midway between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund we pass the Langstrand Holiday Resort and the Dolphin Park Recreation Resort on our way "back" to Swakopmund.

(5)The "Classic South" 1200km's = day trip

Early morning flight over Kuiseb riverbed to Sossusvlei with the highest shifting sand dunes in the world. No part of the desert is visually more stunning than Sossusvlei. The warm tints of the sand range from pale apricot to brick orange and deep red, vividly contrasting with the large white clay pans at some of their bases. We continue our flight over the Diamond Restricted Area, turning towards the coast; we pass the Bogenfels Rock Arch, jutting into the Atlantic Ocean. From the Bogenfels we pass Black Point, Pomona Island and Albatross Island on our way to Lüderitz. Stop over at Lüderitz with a guided tour of the ghost town, Kolmanskop. Kolmanskop was once the focal point of a glittering diamond rush. Former stately homes, their grandeur now scoured and demolished by the wind, bear witness to one of the most vivid periods in Namibian history. We return to Lüderitz for a city tour. The sheer isolation of the town and distinctly German colonial architecture give it a historic charm. Round off the day with lunch at a Hotel. Transfer to the airfield and we continue our flight along the "Forbidden Coast" past the shipwreck OTAVI (1945) at Spencer Bay, Meob Bay and on to Conception Bay, where the shipwreck EDUARD BOHLEN (1909) lies approximately 250 m inland and the SHAWNEE (1976). Experience the timelessness and beauty of the Namib on one side, silence and solitude contrasting with the turbulence of the Atlantic Surf on the other. Further flight past Sandwich Harbour, a wetland of international importance and protected by the Ramsar Convention. The highest recorded density of Lesser and Greater flamingo's was recorded at low tide with 7 791 birds/km. In harmony with the surroundings we find Namibia's coastal salt mines, south of Walvis Bay, attracting thousands of birds. Walvis Bay, Namibia's major harbour town and a former enclave to South Africa, which was incorporated into Namibia on March 1, 1994 is our next destination. Midway between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund we pass the Langstrand Holiday Resort and the Dolphin Park Recreation Resort on our way to Swakopmund.

(6)The "Harnas Wildlife Foundation" Excursion ±1300km's = day trip

Early morning flight over the Namib Desert past Windhoek to Harnas Guestfarm in the Kalahari. The Harnas Wildlife Foundation is home to more than 200 animals, including Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and Wild dog, who have been neglected, abused or saved from death in one way or another. Even the smallest Suricate and baby Baboon have made Harnas their sanctuary and home. On arrival you will be taken by vehicle to watch the feeding of the Wild Cats. Return to the lodge for lunch, after which you partake in a walk about tour of approximately one hour to the see the other small animals on the guest farm. Thereafter you continue your flight via Windhoek Eros (to refuel) the Naukluft mountains over the highest shifting sand dunes in the world at Sossusvlei. From Sossusvlei into the Diamond Restricted Area flying over the remains of three old diamond camps. From the diamond camps we head to the coast at Conception Bay where the wreck of the passenger liner, EDUARD BOHLEN lies. Stranded in 1909, she now lies 250m away from the shore. From Conception Bay we fly along the coast passing colonies of Cape Fur seals and another shipwreck, the SHAUNEE stranded in 1976. From the SHAUNEE we overfly Sandwich Bay at 1500 feet so as not to disturb the flamingo colony. The highest recorded density of Lesser and Greater flamingos was recorded at low tide with 7,791birds/km. Further flight, past Walvis Bay saltworks, the lagoon with its varied bird life and Walvis Bay Harbour, the hub of Namibia's fast-growing fishing industry. We return via the Dolphin Park Recreation Resort and Langstrand Holiday Resort back to Swakopmund.

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(7)The "Skeleton Coast Uniab River" 780km's = ±3h15min

Low-level flight along the Swakop riverbed via the "Moonlandscape" crossing the Oasis Goanikontes. Routing northeast to the Rössing Uranium mine along the Khan River. We continue our flight over the Spitzkoppe, the Brandberg, Twyfelfontein, the Damaraland Table Top Mountains to Palmwag. Further flight along the Uniab Riverbed in search for the desert elephants, rhino's, giraffes, mountain zebras and other game up to the rivermouth area, turning southbound. Flight along the treacherous Skeleton Coast. The Skeleton Coast Park is about 40km wide and covers 16 390km2. The park in the northern Namib Desert stretches from the Ugab River in the south to the Kunene River, which forms the northern border with Angola. This region is generally cold and windy with mist in the mornings and evenings. The Skeleton Coast is littered with whalebones, shipwrecks and remains of sailors and explorers. Further flight past Torra Bay, Palgrave point, Toscanini to Cape Cross seal reserve. During the November/December breeding season as many as 200 000 seals gather at Cape Cross. It was also here that the Portuguese navigator, Diego Cao, erected a stone cross in 1486. Continue flight coastwise from Cape Cross passing Henties Bay, the saltworks north of Swakopmund on our way to Swakopmund.

(8)The "Skeleton Coast Ugab River" 630km's = ±2h15min

Low-level flight along the Swakop riverbed via the "Moonlandscape" crossing the Oasis Goanikontes. Routing northeast to the Rössing Uranium mine along the Khan River. We continue our flight over the Spitzkoppe, the Brandberg. Further flight along the Ugab Riverbed in search for the desert elephants, rhino's, giraffes, mountain zebras and other game up to the rivermouth area, turning southbound. Flight along the treacherous Skeleton Coast. The park in the northern Namib Desert stretches from the Ugab River in the south to the Kunene River, which forms the northern border with Angola. This region is generally cold and windy with mist in the mornings and evenings. The Skeleton Coast is littered with whalebones, shipwrecks and remains of sailors and explorers. Flight continues past Cape Cross seal reserve. During the November/December breeding season as many as 200 000 seals gather at Cape Cross. It was also here that the Portuguese navigator, Diego Cao, erected a stone cross in 1486. Continue flight coastwise from Cape Cross passing Henties Bay, the saltworks north of Swakopmund on our way to Swakopmund.

(9)The "Skeleton Coast/ Damaraland Excursion" 860km's = day trip

Flight from Swakopmund airfield. We continue our flight via the Brandberg and Damaraland to Hobatere Lodge. Hobatere derives it's name from the Damara language meaning "this place is good for me". Situated on the western border of the Etosha National Park, the farm is approximately 32 000 hectare in size. Enjoy a guided game drive where you will have the chance to see elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah and other wildlife. After the game drive return to the lodge where a light lunch will be served. Return afternoon low-level flight passing Damaraland Table Top Mountains to Palmwag. Further flight along the Uniab Riverbed in search for the desert elephants, rhino's, giraffes, mountain zebras and other game up to the rivermouth area, turning southbound. Flight along the treacherous Skeleton Coast. The Skeleton Coast Park is about 40km wide and covers 16 390km2. The park in the northern Namib Desert stretches from the Ugab River in the south to the Kunene River, which forms the northern border with Angola. This region is generally cold and windy with mist in the mornings and evenings. The Skeleton Coast is littered with whalebones, shipwrecks and remains of sailors and explorers. Further flight past Torra Bay, Palgrave point, Toscanini to Cape Cross seal reserve. During the November/December breeding season as many as 200 000 seals gather at Cape Cross. It was also here that the Portuguese navigator, Diego Cao, erected a stone cross in 1486. Continue flight coastwise from Cape Cross passing Henties Bay, the saltworks north of Swakopmund on our way to Swakopmund.

(10)The "Epupa Falls / Ovahimba Excursion" 1410km's = day trip

Early morning low-level scenic flight from Swakopmund airfield past the Brandberg, over Damaraland and Kaokoland to Epupa Falls. In Epupa accompanied by a guide and translater, you will be driven to an Ovahimba village in the area. Spend the morning with the Ovahimbas in their 'kraal'. The Ovahimba are a tribe of semi-nomadic pastoralists who still live and dress according to ancient traditions. They are tall, slender and statuesque people, characterised by their proud yet friendly bearing. The women are noted for their unusual sculptural beauty, enhanced by intricate hairstyles and traditional adornments. The Ovahimba rub their bodies with red ochre and fat to protect their skin against the scorching sun. However, on this day you will also be able to see the magestic Epupa Falls. The falls are a series of cascades where the Kunene River loops a total of 60 metres. With its richly coloured rock walls, variety of trees and waving Makalani Palms, the Epupa Falls offers much to see and experience. Lunch will be served at the Omarunga Camp on the riverbed of the Kunene River. Afternoon flight to Opuwo to refuel, further flight along the Uniab Riverbed in search for the desert elephants, rhino's, giraffes, mountain zebras and other game up to the rivermouth area, turning southbound. Flight along the treacherous Skeleton Coast. The Skeleton Coast Park is about 40km wide and covers 16 390km2. The park in the northern Namib Desert stretches from the Ugab River in the south to the Kunene River, which forms the northern border with Angola. This region is generally cold and windy with mist in the mornings and evenings. The Skeleton Coast is littered with whalebones, shipwrecks and remains of sailors and explorers. Further flight past Torra Bay, Palgrave point, Toscanini to Cape Cross seal reserve. During the November/December breeding season as many as 200 000 seals gather at Cape Cross. It was also here that the Portuguese navigator, Diego Cao, erected a stone cross in 1486. Continue flight coastwise from Cape Cross passing Henties Bay, the saltworks north of Swakopmund on our way to Swakopmund.

(11)The "Opuwo / Ovahimba Excursion" 1110km's = day trip

Early morning low-level scenic flight from Swakopmund airfield past the Brandberg, over Damaraland and Kaokoland to Opuwo. In Opuwo accompanied by a Guide and translater, you will be driven to an Ovahimba village in the area. Spend the morning with the Ovahimbas in their 'kraal'. The Ovahimba are a tribe of semi-nomadic pastoralists who still live and dress according to ancient traditions. They are tall, slender and statuesgue people, characterised by their proud yet friendly bearing. The women are noted for their unusual sculptural beauty, enhanced by intricate hairstyles and traditional adornments. The Ovahimba rub their bodies with red ochre and fat to protect their skin against the scorching sun. Lunch will be served at the Opuwo Country Lodge. Relax at the poolside. Afternoon further flight along the Uniab Riverbed in search for the desert elephants, rhino's, giraffes, mountain zebras and other game up to the rivermouth area, turning southbound. Flight along the treacherous Skeleton Coast. The Skeleton Coast Park is about 40km wide and covers 16 390km2. The park in the northern Namib Desert stretches from the Ugab River in the south to the Kunene River, which forms the northern border with Angola. This region is generally cold and windy with mist in the mornings and evenings. The Skeleton Coast is littered with whalebones, shipwrecks and remains of sailors and explorers. Further flight past Torra Bay, Palgrave point, Toscanini to Cape Cross seal reserve. During the November/December breeding season as many as 200 000 seals gather at Cape Cross. It was also here that the Portuguese navigator, Diego Cao, erected a stone cross in 1486. Continue flight coastwise from Cape Cross passing Henties Bay, the saltworks north of Swakopmund on our way to Swakopmund.

 

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