Balloon flight in Sossuvlei

Enjoy the Sossusvlei landscape from a different perspective. Incredible views that will give you a new perspective on the vastness of Sossusvlei and its surroundings.
Where and When
The balloons usually take off from two locations: Kulala and the Namib Rand Reserve. These locations may vary depending on the wind direction. Balloon flight is not operating from 15th of January to 15th of February and from 25th of December to 1st of January.
The duration of the flight is between 45 and 60 minutes (depending on the wind, weather conditions and distance flown).
What's Included
This is a group activity. It includes transfers from the camp to the balloon take-off point and back. Reserve and national park fees are also included. The hot air balloon ride and a traditional breakfast with sparkling wine after the flight.
More information
The aerial views that can be obtained from the Namib – Sossusvlei area when taking a balloon flight are simply spectacular. Approximately 45 minutes before sunrise transfer from the camp to the meeting point (usually the office of the balloon company) and to the inflation and take-off point of the balloon. When the Sun begins to rise the balloon will be inflating. The pilot, if he has not previously given an explanation of the safety measures, will give them once the balloon has been inflated. At dawn the pilot lights the burners to begin the flight over the African savannah. The course taken will be dictated by the direction of the wind, so there is no equal flight. For the same reason the landing point is unknown. The flight lasts between 45 and 60 minutes, depending on the weather factors of the day, the orography of the terrain that is flown over, the wind and the distance. After taking in the incredible views of this fascinating region, you land and then proceed to a traditional breakfast that includes a sparkling wine toast. Around 10:00 – 11:00 in the morning you are expected to be back at your camp, although depending on the strength of the wind the balloon may have flown a long distance and therefore these times may be different. Because the plane flights to Swakopmund, Damaraland, the Skeleton Coast, Kaokoland or Etosha have a time from the aerodrome around 09:50, in order to make this balloon flight we recommend you to spend 3 nights in Sossusvlei. If you only want to spend 2 nights, then you will have to do the Sosssusvlei during the afternoon though we consider this visit can be better during the morning. If, on the other hand, you decide to continue your trip to Swakopmund in a rental vehicle (approximately 4-5 hours of driving) you can spend 2 nights in the chosen camp and carry out the activity on the day of departure. It is important to keep in mind that the times and indicated duration are estimates, so they could vary. To perform this activity it is necessary to have the ability to stand for at least 60 minutes. You also need to be able to kneel down and stay in this position for a few minutes. Anyone who has knee problems that make it difficult or impossible to kneel with agility should not book this activity. We also do not recommend this activity for pregnant women. Due to the peculiarities of the basket that houses the passengers, only children who are over 120 cm tall can access the balloon. Minors who measure less than 120 cm are not accepted, they can be accepted in the balloon.
These times are an estimate that vary with each flight and even with each month. The flight normally takes off just at dawn, so these times may vary.
Takeoff and landing maneuvers:The balloon flight is not suitable for pregnant women or people with reduced mobility. It is essential to be able to kneel quickly during take off and landing maneuvers.
Minimum age:
There is no minimum age, but there is a minimum height of 120 cm since it is the minimum height to be able to see over the basket of the balloon.
take off and landing maneuvers:
These are the 2 most important maneuvers during the flight, especially landing. Due to the characteristics of the balloons, the landing is by impact on the ground. Sometimes after landing the passenger basket could be dragged along the ground, this is more normal with wind. That is why the importance of the pilot's instructions and the restriction for people with reduced mobility or who cannot quickly kneel.
Balloon flight in Sossusvlei
7,350.00 ZAR per person
Minimum height:
120 cms