African Profile Safaris based in Windhoek, Namibia, offers private flying safaris to Namibia and beyond with our conservationist/pilots. We also love planning detailed fly/drive programs in Namibia and traditional safaris.
Fish River Canyon --as well as the second most visited tourist attraction in Namibia. [ citation needed ] It features a gigantic ravine, in total about 100 miles (160 km) long, up to 27 km wide and in places almost 550 metres deep. The Fish River is the longest interior river in Namibia. It cuts deep into the plateau which is today dry, stony and sparsely covered with hardy drought-resistant plants. The river flows intermittently , usually flooding in late summer; the rest of the year it becomes a chain of long narrow pools. At the lower end of the Fish River Canyon, the hot springs resort of Ai-Ais is situated.
Sossusvlei Sossusvlei means ‘the gathering place of water” though seldom will you find water here. Instead you’ll find the highest sand dunes in the world and perhaps Namibia’s most outstanding scenic attraction. These dunes, part of the Namib Desert, have developed over a period of many millions of years. The result of material flowing from the Orange River dumped into the Atlantic Ocean, carried northward and then returned again to land by the surf. Here the wind continuously shifts the sand further and further inland, reshaping patters in warm tints that contrast vividly with the dazzling white surface of the large deflationary clay pans at their bases. Climbing up one of these dunes provides breathtaking views of the whole area, including Deadvlei, a large ghostly expanse of dried white clay punctuated by skeletons of ancient camelthorn trees, carbon dated between 500-600 years old. The best time to view Sossusvlei is close to sunrise and sunset when the dunes refract spectacular colors, ranging from burnt orange, red and deep mauve. It’s a photographer’s dream.
he name Namib is of Nama origin and means &quot;vast place&quot;. According to the broadest definition, the Namib stretches for more than 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) along the Atlantic coasts of Angola , Namibia , and South Africa , extending southward from the Carunjamba River in Angola, through Namibia and to the Olifants River in Western Cape, South Africa.   The Namib's northernmost portion, which extends 450 kilometres (280 mi) from the Angola-Namibia border, is known as Moçâmedes Desert , while its southern portion approaches the neighboring Kalahari Desert . From the Atlantic coast eastward, the Namib gradually ascends in elevation, reaching up to 200 kilometres (120 mi) inland to the foot of the Great Escarpment .  Annual precipitation ranges from 2 millimetres (0.079 in) in the most arid regions to 200 millimetres (7.9 in) at the escarpment, making the Namib the only true desert in southern Africa.    Having endured arid or semi-arid conditions for roughly 80–55 million years, the Namib is also the oldest desert in the world.   Owing to its antiquity, the Namid may be home to more endemic species than any other desert in the world.  Most of the desert wildlife is arthropods and other small animals that live on little water, although larger animals inhabit the northern regions. Near the coast, the cold ocean water is rich in fishery resources and supports populations of brown fur seals and shorebirds, which serve as prey for the Skeleton Coast's lions .  Further inland, the Namib-Naukluft National Park , the largest game park in Africa, supports populations of African Bush Elephants , Mountain Zebras , and other large mammals. Although the outer Namib is largely barren of vegetation, lichens and succulents are found in coastal areas, while grasses, shrubs, and ephemeral plants thrive near the escarpment. A few types of trees are also able to survive the extremely arid climate. 
Although the entire coastline of Namibia was formerly called The Skeleton Coast, more commonly today it refers only to the Skeleton Coast National Park. The park stretches from the Kunene River in the north for approximately 500km to the Ugab River in the south, and protects about one-third of Namibia's coastline. The Kunene River rises in the remote Angolan highlands and is one of Namibia's few perennial rivers and forms one of the country's two permanent estuaries. The crocodile population is still as large and aggressive as ever, even though the wildlife population has declined over the centuries. The strong flow of the Kunene resists tidal excursion and the fresh water pushes several kilometres out to sea, and beware, the crocodiles follow! The landscape includes sand dunes, canyons and mountain ranges all of which are synonymous with Namibia. The climatic conditions are not necessarily what you would expect in a desert country like Namibia - dense fog and cold sea breezes – and this is caused by the cold Benguela Current which flows offshore, meeting with the extreme heat of the Namib Desert . The Skeleton Coast is is normally associated with famous shipwrecks, and stories abound of sailors walking for hundreds of kilometres through this barren Namibian landscape in search of food and water. The name came from the bones that lined the beaches from whaling operations and seal hunts, but more than a few of the skeletons were human. The Bushmen called it The Land God Made in Anger and the Portuguese knew it as The Gates of Hell. Ever since European navigators first discovered it, ships have wrecked on it's off-shore rocks, or run aground in the blinding fog. While small boats could land, the strong surf made it impossible to launch, hence the stories of sailors walking through the murderous terrain.
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African Profile Safaris, Tours to Namibia and Beyond
Ancient nomadic tribes
2nd largest canyon in the world and the largest in Africa … The Fish River Canyon
Highest dunes in the world…. Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert
Abundance of wildlife Easy view from vehicle
Our Fly-in Safaris are fully guided Professional Guides as Pilots In flight guiding with headsets Ground activities private guided even if joining scheduled activities Exclusive use of aircraft, no scheduled flights
Cessna 210 Centurion Single-engine Piston: normally aspirated or turbo- charged available High wing: ideal for scenic flights and photography Single Crew Comfortably seats 4 passengers Flies comfortably at 300 km/h between low level and 12,000’
Cessna 208 Caravan Single-engine Turbine High wing for scenic purposes Single Crew Std 13 pax Luxury model 8 pax Very spacious Flies comfortably at 300 km/h betweenlow level and 12,000’
Cessna 425 Conquest Turbine/Turbo Jet Twin-engine Pressurized cabin Low wing Two Crew Luxury 6 pax Flies comfortably at 350 to 400 km/h btw low level and 28,000’ Good for combining Namibia withother African countries
Involved in conservation for the last 18 years Head of the Namibian Game Capture Unit for 8 years Degree in conservation Background involving translocation of rhinos and various other animal species Grew up in Tanzania and Zimbabwe Ole Friede Director &
Involved in conservation, game farm management and guiding for many years Focus on specialized guiding in Namibia and Botswana for the past 8 years Diploma in conservation Award winning photography Grew up in Tanzania and Zimbabwe Pilot guiding is his passion Photography is a semi professional hobby Jan Friede
Flights are chosen along scenic routes even if cross country or combining countries
Namibia 10 night Fly-In Three Countries Serengeti Gorilla trekking Cape to Cairo
Probably the safest and easiest place on the continent to do a self drive Excellent tarmac & gravel roads Best way to truly see the country (time needed, due to long distances) We give detailed instructions, directions and maps Are available to assist with any issues
Tailor made tours to clients interests and budgets Specialist tours (Photographic, Fauna & Flora etc) Multilingual guides(Afrikaans, German, English, Italian, etc) Family safaris (provide car chairs, cots, etc) Flexibility on guided tours and flights Attention to details and client specific needs Luxury and quality vehicles / aircraft on guided tours All relevant travel documents, maps, guide books and brochures upon arrival at your starting point Detailed driving itineraries and personal meet & greet in Windhoek for our self-drive clients Owner managed, we guarantee quality safaris and value Loyalty to our agents, building lasting relationships