Fly-in Safaris are a great way to experience Namibia as they offer unparalleled photograph opportunities and a chance to explore the vast spaces of the country in a short-period of time. The contrasting Namibian landscape can be fully appreciated from a bird’s eye view from the sands and red dunes of Sossusvlei to the icy life-filled coasts of Swakopmund.
The popular Sossuslvei flight offers a spectacular scenic view over the highlights of Namibia. Taking off from Swakopmund airfield, the flight takes you over the Namib Desert, past the Walvis Bay Airport to the Kuiseb River. The low-level flying provides endless opportunities to capture this stunning scenery on camera and experience the vastness of Namibian plains. The trip takes in the Kuiseb River travelling further to Tsondabvlei, towards Sesriem and its Canyon and arriving at the highest shifting sand dunes in the world the Sossuslvei. These breathtaking dunes will the highlight of your trip, the colours shifting from brick orange to red and contrasting with the white clay pans at some of their bases. The most awe-inspiring scenery in Namibia perfectly captured in a fly-in safari.
Recovering from the dramatic beautify of the Sossuslvei, the fly-in safari next offers an historical insight into the history of the region as you are flown over the Diamond Restricted Area and the remains of three old diamond camps. The flight progresses, crossing the coast line at Conception Bay and offering a glimpse at the resident colonies of Cape fur seals. The shipwrecks of The Passenger liner ‘Eduard Bohlen’ stranded in 1909 and the ‘Shaunee’ stranded in 1976 bring further historical significance to the area contrasting to the beat
Your fly-in safari travels along the coast with the Atlantic surf on one side and the Namib dunes on the offer offering fantastic photo opportunities to capture the vivid contrast of the environment. You reach the Sandwich Harbour, a wetland of international importance and protected by the Ramsar Convention. The area also boasts the highest density of lesser and greater flamingos at a staggering 7,791birds per kilometre. A hub for wildlife and reserves you will also see Nambia’s impressive coastal salt mines, South of Walvis Bay, which attracts thousands of birds. Walvis Bay itself is Namibia’s major harbour town and a former enclave to South Africa. Between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund the fly-in safari takes you over Langstrand Holiday Resort and the Dolphin Park Recreation Resort, a slice of modern Namibian culture away from the natural beauty of the region. You land at Swakopmund airfield having travelled 630km across the varied and beautiful Namibian landscape.
A fly-in safari provides the perfect opportunity to experience the vast, contrasting and culturally rich Namibia. From stunning natural beauty, historical remains and modern culture it really is the best way to discover this fascinating African country. Although some might perceive that a fly-in experience would guarantee only a fragmented perspective of a place this kind of safari actually promises an even more eclectic and encompassing encounter and the chance to embrace the incredibly diversity that Africa, and Namibia in particular, has to offer.