Adventure | Fly-In Safaris

Adventure | Game Viewing
January 29, 2015
Adventure | Mountain Biking
February 2, 2015

For awesome views of Namibia’s scenic delights

By Elzanne Erasmus

Adventure is in the air. Soaring over the dunes, gliding past the setting sun or floating over crashing waves, flying in Namibia is for those with a sense of adventure. Within hours, airplane passengers may see hundreds of elephants crossing the rivers in the Zambezi Region, gasp at the sheer size and beauty of the pan as they fly over the Etosha National Park, and land at the coast in time to watch the sun set over the sea. Flying provides access and adventure, and is amazingly available to tourists. – Ginger Mauney, filmmaker and writer

Fly-in safaris can explore parts of the country that are mostly off-limits to the general traveller. With an aeroplane as your safari vehicle, it is possible to explore such areas from many different vantage points, the breathtaking views often becoming life-changing experiences that make for an added bonus.

Namibia’s northern coastline, which makes up a large section of the Skeleton Coast Park, is a prime example of how dramatically Namibia’s landscapes contrast one another. The centuries-old rock formations juxtaposed against the roaring dunes of the Namib Desert, create an otherworldly panorama, especially when your vantage point is from above.

The northern section of the Skeleton Coast Park is restricted to fly-in safaris, a touring medium that easily provides one of the most popular adventure options in Namibia. Fly-in safaris to Kaokoland, the Kunene River environs and the northern section of the Skeleton Coast Park provide visitors with the opportunity to explore an area where there has been little external contact or influence and often proves to be the experience of a lifetime. The region is far off the beaten track, so comparatively few tourists have the opportunity to visit this Namibian outpost.


Safari in Damaraland. Photo ©Paul van Schalkwyk

The relatively unexplored areas of the Kaokoland provide for a true adventure as guests visit semi-nomadic Himba communities, search for the rare desert-adapted rhinos and elephants, and discover the rugged and mysterious landscapes. A fly-in safari to the north-west, most often departing from Windhoek, will take visitors across desert landscapes towards and up the coast, over fishing waters off Swakopmund, Wlotkasbaken and Henties Bay, and providing a bird’s-eye view of shipwrecks and orange lichen fields all the way up to the Kunene River, the furthest point of the journey. This is by far the best way for a traveller to see a large part of a country in a short period of time as opposed to driving to these destinations, especially in a country such as Namibia where distances are vast and locations are few and far between.

Fly-in Adventures1

Photo ©Paul van Schalkwyk


Click here for our list of recommended aviation companies. 



Travel News Namibia
Travel News Namibia
Travel News Namibia is a high-quality glossy Namibia travel and lifestyle magazine tasked with promoting Namibia to the world. With riveting stories, first-hand encounters and magnificent photographs showcasing tourism, travel, nature, adventure and conservation, TNN is the ultimate and most comprehensive guide to exploring Namibia. Travel News Namibia is published in five different editions per year. These include four English- language editions and one German. Travel News Namibia is for sale in Namibia and South Africa.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    Magazine Subscription

    Please fill out the form below and we will get in touch with you


    Full Name


    Delivery address

    Namibia - N$ 210

    International - €50

    EFT Direct Deposits can be made to the following account:

    Account Name: Venture Publications (Pty) Ltd

    Bank : Bank Windhoek

    Branch code: 48-19-72-00, Windhoek

    Swift code: BWLINANX

    Acknowledgement of payment will only be made upon receipt of a deposit slip.

    Deposit slips can be e-mailed together with subscription form to

      Contact Us

      Please fill out the form below and we will get in touch with you

      Your Name (required)

      Your Email (required)


      Your Message