Namib Sky Safaris are set in one of Africa's most picturesque locations, the world's oldest desert, having remained dry and desolate for almost 80 million years.

Namib Sky Safaris are set in one of Africa’s most picturesque locations, the world’s oldest desert, having remained dry and desolate for almost 80 million years.

Taking a hot air balloon ride over a magical foreign landscape is easily in most individuals top 5 travel dreams. If a thirst for unique travel experiences lives within you, it can most certainly be realized immediately after gazing over one of the world’s most scenic vistas, in a mode a transport which conjures the warmest of emotions in our hearts.

Namib Sky Safaris is a unique hot air balloon experience that promises to take you on that magical ride over the world’s oldest and most regal of deserts, the utterly surreal Namib.

Like anyone on a new adventure, you’ll probably want to share it with others, and if that’s the case, you’re in luck! Namib Sky Safaris’ balloons are large enough to accommodate 16 people, with four people in each of the basket’s spacious four quadrants.

Namib Sky Safari times each specific launch to coincide with dawning of the sun, which is why no two launches are the same. The sites chosen are based on weather, ground conditions, and time of year -- giving ballooners that iconic moment of day's first light sweeping across the Namib.

Namib Sky Safari times each specific launch to coincide with dawning of the sun, which is why no two launches are the same. The sites chosen are based on weather, ground conditions, and time of year — giving ballooners that iconic moment of day’s first light sweeping across the Namib.

 

During your balloon ride you’ll experience an actual African Safari with an eagle-eye view that is second to none. Observing Africa’s wild desert dwellers race across the dunes can be achieved in no better way, and with a crystal clear atmosphere they’re far easier to spot than you might think.

 

 

Upon arriving at the balloon launch site you’ll be impressed with the experience of your balloon’s pilots as they command their lighter-than-air crafts to take flight at the precise moment of sunrise. As the balloon ascends you’ll watch the sun ignite the red Kalahari sands of dawn in brilliant shades, contrasted by the cool dark shadows on the dunes’ western faces.

Your hour-long journey will feel like it’s over in only minutes as the time quickly glides along with you, but that only means it’s time for another trip as no two safaris are exactly the same.

No one wants to stand in a crowded balloon for the trip of a lifetime. The Namib Sky balloon baskets hold 16 individuals more comfortably than I'd ever experienced before in a balloon.

No one wants to stand in a crowded balloon for the trip of a lifetime. The Namib Sky balloon baskets hold 16 individuals more comfortably than I’d ever experienced before in a balloon.

I’ll admit the landing can be as intense as a roller coaster, but it’s nothing a bottle of champagne can’t cure, and Namib Sky Safaris has plenty of it waiting for you after the flight. Upon landing, a complete breakfast spread including an exotic selection of Namibia’s meats awaits you. As you enjoy breakfast in the desert with the new friends you’ve made along the way, you’re guaranteed to feel like you’re still on cloud nine for the rest of the day.

This video presents a time-lapse view of a Namib Sky Safari (run at 15 time’s normal speed). This is merely an example of what your own Safari might look like. The accompanying photos illustrate why no trip to Namibia is complete without ascending the skies over the majestic Namib.

Balloon Safari Video

Below are a couple more photos of the Balloon Safari:

Following your Balloon Safari a luxurious breakfast of local delicacies, comfortable favorites, and champagne (presented busch-style) awaits you served above the refreshingly warm sands of the Namib.

Following your Balloon Safari a luxurious breakfast of local delicacies, comfortable favorites, and champagne (presented busch-style) awaits you served above the refreshingly warm sands of the Namib.

There's something giddy about one's first balloon ride. Taking to the skies in a way so unique it can make us feel like explorers of a hundred years ago.

There’s something giddy about one’s first balloon ride. Taking to the skies in a way so unique it can make us feel like explorers of a hundred years ago.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From: www.huffingtonpost.com

By: Kevin Richberg

Date: 21 May 2013