High-Flying Adventures With The Best Views
The Namib Desert is a harsh and unforgiving environment, yet it boasts irresistible allure for the true adventurer. Skydiving in Namibia is one of the best ways to fully enjoy the glorious beauty of one of the world’s oldest deserts which forms a vast playground for adrenaline junkies.
This spectacularly arid spot, where haphazardly-shaped red dunes rise up to meet an impossibly clear blue sky, is one of the most spectacular places on earth to fling yourself out of an aeroplane at 10 000 ft.
Most skydiving in Namibia takes place at Swakopmund, the home of adventure sports in Namibia. This coastal town is awash with inspiring history, stunning seascapes and great food, making it the perfect base for enjoying nearby desert activities.
Going Skydiving in Namibia
There are three ways to experience the Namib’s astonishing panoramas from the air – namely free-fall, static line and tandem jumps.
This is skydiving in the true sense of the word, where you leap out of an aircraft at a great height and sail gracefully down to earth, landing nimbly on the desert sand many thousands of feet below. Naturally, you can only master this skill after thousands of hours of repetition and careful instruction.
Most Accelerated Free Fall courses take eight weeks to complete, and they’re offered by an accredited skydiving school outside Swakopmund. Once completed, you are free to free fall in Namibia to your heart’s content.
Static Line Jump
The next best thing to going it alone out in the atmosphere is a static line jump, where your ‘chute opens as you leave the plane, adding (slightly) more security to the undertaking. All you need to take part in a static line jump is a full day of on-the-ground training, after which you will participate in a solo static line jump from 3 000 ft.
To obtain your static line A-licence, you need to complete an intensive 21-day course at the Swakopmund Skydiving Club.
By far the most popular and safest way to jump from a plane over Namibia is the tandem jump. You don’t need a licence to fly through the air while strapped to a qualified instructor. All you need is a basic safety briefing, and a whole lot of courage.
The minimum age for this activity is just 10 years old.
Sunrise and sunset jumps are the most popular ways to enjoy the desert vistas from above, and you can also arrange for photographic packages to record your ‘air-time’ and share it with your friends.
While soaring above the desert at a great height may seem like it’s ‘for the birds,’ skydiving has an excellent safety record and is an unforgettable way to experience the full beauty of Namibia’s incredible landscapes.
You’ll find Swakopmund about three hours’ drive from Windhoek, so check into Arebbusch Travel Lodge and enjoy some time working up your courage before heading out to explore the adrenalin activities of Swakopmund.
For more information on things to do in Windhoek and all of Namibia’s most popular destinations, browse our travel blog.
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