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Live your Adventure program as a bush pilot
Your private “National Geographic” documentary
  • Live a real pilot expedition in the african bush as you have ever dreamt with professional adventurers
  • Fly over the african wildlife and the oldest and highest dunes of the world
  • Option : get your tandem license during your trip while you fly above incredible places
  • Option : ride an enduro motorbike during your route
  • Discover the untouched dry rivers
  • Camp in the middle of the bush, where only wild animals will be your neighbors, hearing lions roaring at night, meet the himba people
  • Fly over the last free elephants of the world
  • Bring back a lasting memory, filmed by a drone and photographed by a professional

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Expédition paramoteur en Namibie


Expedition details

A 16 day expedition covering the Namib Desert and the regions of Damaraland and Kaokoland: all the best of Wild flying in one unique expedition.

One of the oldest and largest deserts, the Namib stretches inland from the Atlantic Ocean, covering large swathes of Namibia and parts of Angola and South Africa. This arid hotspot surprisingly supports a diverse number of plants and animals, some of which are found nowhere else in the world.

The Damaraland is a huge, untamed, ruggedly beautiful region that offers a more adventurous challenge. Here there are prehistoric water courses with open plains and grassland, massive granite koppies and deep gorges. Towards the west, the geography changes dramatically with endless sandy wastes, that incredibly are able to sustain populations of desert-adapted elephant, black rhino, giraffe, ostrich and springbok.

One of the last remaining untamed wilderness areas in Africa, Kaokoland, in the north-western corner of Namibia boasts an unspoiled harsh magnificence. This rough country belongs to its original inhabitants the Himba. These enduring people follow the same way of life as they have done for centuries living amongst the jagged mountains, boulder-strewn slopes, deep river valleys and semi-desert plains.

Equipment

Vehicles

Unimog 1750 4×4 Truck

Weight 12,000 KG

5,7L turbo diesel 220 HP

4×4 diff locks, bridge axle

14.00 x 20 xzl tyres

Power Winch 20 Tons

Diesel  730 L, range + 2500 KM

18 bars air pressure circuit with tanks

Pressurized  Water : 500L

Petrol Tank reserve for flying equipment : 220 L

4 KW 220V inverter, heavy duty 500 Amps battery, 200 W solar panels

2 KW generator

Full Kitchen, fridge, deep frizzer, microwave, oven,…

Bathroom with Hot water shower

VHF long range 50W 2ways radio

Toyota Land cruiser Double Cab Pick up

6 cyl Engine 4.2 L diesel

Payload 1,1 ton

Diesel 160L

Range 1200 KM

Special additional 255L petrol tank for paramotors

Double battery system 2×105 amps

Special heavy duty suspensions

VHF long range 50W 2 ways radio

Nissan Patrol 4.5 L

6 cyl petrol engine 4.5 L

Powerful 1240 HP

Special dual battery system

Hi lift jack

Special heavy duty suspensions

VHF 50W long range 2 ways radio

Heavy duty baggage rack

Recovery kit

Sand ladders, axe, spade

Dual tank system; Total 140L

Fridge

Additional spare tires and repair kits

Toyota Land cruiser Prado VX

4 cyl Engine 3.0 turbo diesel

160 HP

Diesel 160 L

Range 1.600 KM

Comfortable vehicle

Double battery system 2×105 amps

Special heavy duty suspension

VHF long range 50W 2 ways radio

Honda 500XR (Backup for the Truck)

Powerful Enduro racing bike

Motocross tyres

Equipment

Every day, our staff will set up a comfortable camp where we can relax and have a good dinner around the fire. The camp will have all the facilities, including electricity for your cameras, an exclusive luxury in these wild areas.

SOME OF OUR EQUIPMENT INCLUDES:

Comfortable Canvas 2.3 m x 2.3 m individual tents with beds and mattresses

Comfortable armchairs, tables and all top notch camp equipment

Satellite phone – (for emergency)

Satellite phone (self service to be used with clients SIM cards)

SPOT beacon for real time tracking

VHF long range radio communications between vehicles

Emergency backup and evacuation plans

Complete first aid kit

Workshop with welding equipment, power tools, set of spares

The Chef, who prepares delicious meals 3 times a day

Cool drinks are always available in vehicles with dedicated fridges

Selection of wines and beers will be prepared depending on your preferences

Trip highlights

• Live a real pilot expedition in the african bush as you have ever dreamt with professional adventurers

• Fly over the african wildlife and the oldest and highest dunes of the world

• Option : get your tandem license during your trip while you fly above incredible places

• Option : ride an enduro motorbike during your route

• Discover the untouched dry rivers

• Camp in the middle of the bush, where only wild animals will be your neighbors, hearing lions roaring at night, meet the himba people

• Fly over the last free elephants of the world

• Bring back a lasting memory, filmed by a drone and photographed by a professional

Climate & Weather

We fly in Namibia from mid november to mid march.Itinerary – 16  Days

Day 1 — Windhoek

Arrival at Windhoek Intl Airport. Our staff will be waiting for you. Transfer to the lodge. We will prepare and do all paramotors settings here.  Briefing, dinner and a rest after your long flight!

Day 2 —Windhoek – Damaraland

We leave at 8:00 am. We start to move north. We should reach the Brandberg the Highest Namibia Mountain, early afternoon. We will stay there for the night, nobody around and wildlife starts to be present. If the winds are ok, we will do an evening flight to try all the equipment.

Day 3 —Ugab Valley

First morning flight in the Damaraland, flying over the beautiful Brandberg. We leave 11 am heading north, after breakfast – 100Km. We leave the gravel road for hard off road, crossing the Ugab Valley, there are chances to see elephants and rhinos. We will stop in an incredible place, at a  sharp peak. We will fly over the Ugab, incredible rocky formations if the winds allows us. Camp will be set up in the wild.

Day 4 — Springbok Valley

After a fantastic morning flight around the Ugab area, we leave 11 am and head north west to the Springbok river valley, 100km off road. Will stay by the dry river, there is a lot of wildlife here, lions, rhinos, elephants around to be spotted if we are lucky. Camp and afternoon flight if the winds are with us.

Day 5 — Huab Valley

After a morning flight, we leave around 11 am. and head to the Huab river and camp here – 100km off road. Here you can find sometimes mist in the morning, that will allow us for overcast flight, an incredible experience. Elephants roam around often, in the beautiful landscapes.

Day 6 — Palmwag – Damaraland

Crossing the beautiful landscapes that makes a natural border with the remote Damaraland. Very few vehicles are encountered around. We will reach Palmwag concession and go to the Lodge in the afternoon. The evening will be free to relax and enjoy the lodge where very often, large elephants are guests as well.

Day 7 — Uniab Valley

After packing all the equipment in the vehicles, we will take the off-road route heading to the Uniab valley, there is  a lot of wildlife roaming around and if we are lucky we can find  the endangered Black rhinos. If the wind drops we will eventually fly before dawn.

Day 8 — Hoanib Valley

We will take off at 6 am  for the morning flight, sometimes there is fog and this  is a fantastic opportunity for flying overcast. We will leave after breakfast, when the staff have packed all the equipment, and will carry on off road to the Hoanib valley. This valley is home of the elusive Desert Elephants and other numerous species, the sceneries are fantastic, absolute remoteness. Evening flight if possible, while the staff is setting up the camp. Here we can often hear lions roaring in the night. And often there are flash floods in the river beds that take everything away,  including intrepid campers – so we do not pick the place to set up the camp anywhere!

Day 9 — Hoanib Valley

We will keep flying here, enjoying the endless possibilities of this absolutely amazing place, and afterwards relax and enjoy the wild the rest of the day, waiting for the evening to fly again. We must fill up the water tanks, as this is the only point we can source it for the next 800 Km.

Day 10 — Khumib

After our last morning flight in the Hoanib, and after having a good breakfast, we will continue in the 4×4 for 3 hours of off road driving heading to the Huarusib Valley, a completely different landscape – if there is not too much water, we will go thru to the Khumib Valley, otherwise we will camp around the Huarusib. We will then relax, and wait for the camp to be prepared, while we enjoy the views. If the wind gives us the chance, we will do an evening flight.

Day 11 — Nadas Valley

If the mist is not reaching us, we will take off for an amazing flight, following the dry river and seeking giraffes that are often seen here, and we can follow and chase the huge herds of Oryx. After breakfast we will then start the journey to another valley, 150km. away and stop for the day in Nadas. Conditions and weather permitting we will fly before sunset.

Day 12 — Cunene

Morning flight in the Nadas, with a lot of wildlife and the background of flat mountains. After breakfast and packing the camp, we will head to the end of the world…, where Namibia reaches Angola at the Cunene river but far away from any tourist and infrastructure. We stop here for 2 days as the possibilities to fly here are endless. We will also fly during the evening if possible.

Day 13 — Cunene

Flight in the morning, in the Cunene valley, over secret waterfalls, and over the huge dunes of the skeleton coast, there is a lot of wildlife here to be seen. We’ll spend the full day here. If the weather is not to hot, we can trek down the river for a refreshing bath, and trying to spot the huge aggressive crocodiles that live in the river. Flight in the evening if possible.

Day 14 — Ondusengo

Flight in the morning in Cunene. After breakfast and when the camp is packed, we will head to the dry Ondusengo Valley. And stop over for the night. An evening flight is possible, if the wind drops, with a large loop of 50 km exploring the magnificent desert around.

(Optional charter flight possible from there to Windhoek for the ones in a hurry!)

Day 15  — Opuwo

A last morning flight in Nadas river. We will cross the region of the Himbas with interesting interactions with theses amazing people. Leaving the camp  for 200km of thought slow off road. Lunch enroute. Overnight in Opuwo Mountain Lodge (5*), a beautiful lodge , great after some days spent in the bush!

(Optional charter flight possible from there to Windhoek for the ones in a hurry!)

Day 16  — Windhoek

A full day of gravel and tar road to reach Windhoek, 800 km away. We will stop at the lodge, a comfortable place where we will be able to pack the paramotors.

Day 17 — Transfer to airport

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