Namib Desert from the air, Namibia

See Namibia's Skeleton Coast from the air

Enjoy an incredible flight over the captivating yet desolate coastal landscape of Nambia.

Namib Desert from the air, Namibia

© Mfranceschini,Shutterstoc

Fly above Namibia's Skeleton Coast

The Skeleton Coast is named after the bones of whales left behind by whaling ships, though it could just as well commemorate the sailors whose ships were wrecked by a combination of treacherous currents, blinding fogs, off-shore rocks and strong surf. The rugged coast, long Atlantic rollers, striking shipwrecks and inland dunes are best seen from above, with a number of routes and durations available.

  • Spectacular bird's eye views
  • Ship wrecks and sand dunes
  • Rugged coastline
  • Magnificent views
  • Choice of routes
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What is there to see?

Some of the flights concentrate solely on the coastal area. Viewing the jagged coastline and the remains of wrecked ships is quite a sight and a chilling reminder of lives lost and dramas played out over the centuries.

Depending on the precise route and duration of the flight you’ll also see a large colony of Cape fur seals at Cape Cross, flocks of flamingos, glistening saltpans and the eerie remains of camps once used by diamond miners.

Longer flights travel inland too, giving you a magnificent bird’s eye view of the impressive dunes at Sossusvlei, dry river beds and the starkly beautiful Namib Desert.

Flight over Atlantic Coast based at Shipwreck Lodge, Namibia © CreativeLAB

Where to go

The Skeleton Coast covers an area from the border with Angola in the north down to the coastal town of Swakopmund. The image above was taken whilst staying at Shipwreck Lodge, a unique Lodge in the middle of the Skeleton Coast National Park.

When to go

Flights take place year round, though are offered subject to weather conditions.

How to do it

Scenic flights can be arranged if you are staying at some of the Skeleton Coast lodges and there are also flight companies based in Swakopmund offering scenic flights.