September 17, 2023 – This morning you will rise early for a magical excursion with your local lodge guide into the Namib Naukluft National Park, entering the Park gates at sunrise to capture the dunes whilst the light is soft and shadows accentuate their towering shapes and curves. This area boasts some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world. Your guides will give you an insight on the formation of the Namib Desert and its myriad of fascinating creatures and plants that have adapted to survive these harsh environs.
It’s an early start this morning as you embark on a memorable balloon flight over the Namib Desert (weather permitting & this will be reconfirmed the day prior). After an hour soaring over the desert, a delicious continental brunch awaits, complete with sparkling wine, before you head back to your lodge.
On arrival at the lodge, you will have some time to freshen up before heading down to the airfield and board your private light aircraft for a scenic flight to Shipwreck Lodge via Swakopmund. The flight today will afford you an amazing bird’s eye view of Sossusvlei and the great dune sea that stretches all the way to the coast. Fly north along the coastline (fog permitting) over old, abandoned mining camps, shipwrecks such as the Eduard Bohlen, Sandwich Harbor, the salt pans and the Walvis Bay lagoon before landing at Swakopmund Airport for a short refuelling stop before continuing further along the coastline to Möwe Bay.
Upon landing at Möwe Bay, you are met by the Shipwreck Lodge guide who will accompany you on your drive of about 1 ½ hour through stunning scenery to Shipwreck Lodge. On your way to the lodge from Möwe Bay, you will see what is left of the victims of this treacherous coastline: Decaying boats, the remains of a Ventura Bomber which was part of a failed rescue attempt in 1942 and the abandoned equipment from prospecting attempts bear witness to the unforgiving nature of this arid landscape. You will pass a small seal colony, drive past misty beaches littered with whale bones and drive over shifting sand dunes.