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Soar over Sossusvlei on a scenic flight

Enjoy a birds-eye view of the desert below, an ocean of rippling sand that stretches as far as the eye can see…

By Malcolm Holcroft
Africa Travel Expert for Alfred&

Scenic flights are the best way to appreciate the immense size and beauty of Sossusvlei and the Namib Desert. Take off in a private plane or helicopter to soar over this UNESCO-listed landscape; you’ll get a birds-eye view of the desert below, an ocean of rippling sand that stretches as far as the eye can see. The colours are incredible, especially in the morning and late afternoon when the sun paints the sand different shades, from pale yellow and warm honey to vibrant turmeric and blood orange. It’s a feast for photographers.

The route will usually take you over ancient Sesriem Canyon, which looks like a deep, snaking gash in the desert’s surface, then west to the dune corridor and Sossusvlei. This former dry riverbed is home to Namib’s most impressive dunes and you’ll get to circle some of the tallest, including Big Daddy, Elim and Dune 45. You’ll also notice Deadvlei, a clay pan where dozens of dead camelthorn trees sit stranded, preserved by the arid atmosphere. The landscape is otherworldly – it feels like you’re in a spaceship passing over an alien planet.

Your pilot will provide commentary, pointing out the landmarks below. Look out for famous fairy circles and herds of game as you fly. Trips can be extended to the Skeleton Coast, where the desert meets the crashing Atlantic – some of the most dramatic landscapes you can imagine. Below, you might spot bird and seal colonies, as well as diamond mining camps and shipwrecks as you circle back to the desert.


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Alfred & Malcolm Holcroft

Malcolm has spent over 25 years exploring the world. His passion for wildlife meant he always wanted to experience a true safari. And where better to do so than in Africa! Trips to Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa have gained him specialist knowledge of the destinations, as well as the incredible wildlife residing there. A couple of standout memories are the tranquility of Ol Pejeta rhino sanctuary and the drama of witnessing a cheetah kill in the Mara.

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Contact us and one of our UK team will help shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. Someone like Malcolm who's travelled extensively in Namibia. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the expert guides who can help you spot rare animals or the fat bike enthusiasts who can take you on a cycling adventure through the Namib Desert. Give us a call, set up and appointment or enquire online to start planning your tailor-made Namibia holiday.

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