Client reviews

Das Highlight unseres Besuches in Swakopmund war dieses Mal ein einstündiger Flug über die Namib. Unproblematisch online zu buchen, man wird vom Hotel abgeholt. Bezahlung per Kreditkarte völlig problemlos. Das Team der Piloten ist super kompetent und freundlich.
Es war ein Erlebnis, aber sicher kein einmaliges. Wiederholungsgefahr ist durchaus gegeben

Date of experience: March 2020
 
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Das Highlight unserer Reise war der Rundflug über die Namibwüste. Sicherlich nicht billig, aber man wird mit spektakulären Aussichten belohnt.

Date of experience: February 2020
 
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Reviewed January 1, 2020

Es totalmente recomendable esta experiencia para ver en toda su magnitud el desierto hasta su salida al mar

Date of experience: October 2019
 
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Reviewed November 14, 2019

First time in a small plane and hopefully will not be the last! Brilliant 2 1/2 flight from Swakopmund down to and over the dunes then back along the coast to base. Admittedly this is not a cheap afternoon’s entertainment BUT you see things that you would not see at ground level. For us it was one of the highlights of a wonderful two weeks in Namibia

Date of experience: November 2019
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Namibia: a dream called “scenic flight” over the desert

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www.travelwithbrothers.com
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Superb scenic view over the Namib Desert and Swakopmund

Whilst touring Namibia for over 2 weeks and staying at Swakopmund for 2 nights during tour, I together with my tour group had the option of taking an aerial tour of the Namib Desert and Swakopmund for 2 hours. Being informed by my tour guide that we would be flying over the isolated Skeleton Coast and the restricted old diamond camps as well as seeing the sand dunes of the Namib Desert from above, I decided to go for this, which my tour guide recommended. It later turned out that most of my tour group wanted to go too, so there was more then enough for the aerial tour to go ahead. My tour guide helped with the arrangements, but we had to make the payment of our ticket and had to sign a document. It was quite pricey but well worth it and I am delighted that we booked this as the views from above were wonderful and words can’t describe the extraordinary feeling of seeing natural and manmade wonders when flying over this part of Namibia. This company operates Cessna Centurion 2 light aircraft that can hold a maximum of 5 passengers and there is a small space at the back of the plane for bags. We went on 3 planes each during the aerial tour. These planes for their size are quite fast and manoeuvrable but quite noisy inside when the engine runs, so talking will be very difficult so shoulder taps and hand signals are best. Ear phones and water bottles are provided but they suggest going to toilets before the flight, as they are none on the small plane. Eagle Eye Aviation based here at Swakopmund Airport offer a few different tours but being in Namibia for the first time, we went for the classical Sossusvlei Scenic Tour. This two hour flight, after take off took us over the Kuiseb River and Canyon, then over Tsondavlei, where wild animals such as Zebras and Oryxs graze. It was a wonderful sight seeing the animals from the air although I could probably imagine what the animals were thinking when they looked up and stared right back at us as we flew overhead. We did flew a little low in that area but our young, kind and experienced pilot knew what he was doing and we were all in awe. Then after a brief fly south over the Namid Desert, we seen Sossusviel from the air where I and my tour group had been walking on a few days before, then we saw the old diamond camps which are still active, hence the restrictions on the ground and we saw the old rusted shipwreck of the Eduard Bohlen in the sand of the Skeleton Coast, including a modern wreck on a Chinese Fishing trawler as well as seals basking on the beach and flamingos when flying over Sandwich Harbour, then we seen the salt pans and cargo ships coming and going at sea and near the harbour over Walvis Bay and then to complete it, we all had a breathtaking and eye catching sunset over the Atlantic Ocean before going inland and landing back in Swakopmund. Most highly recommended when you have time to spend and obviously no fear of heights. Staff had some sense of humour and were very supportive during this terrific tour. Overall flight experience had been fabulous and made my stay in the touristic coastal town well worthwhile.Show less

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 21, 2019

Inutile d’aller sur Mars, le désert du Namib vous donnera un large aperçu du sol martien ! Vol avec Eagle eye Aviation, inoubliable, un moment intense, surtout deux jours après avoir escaladé les dunes de Sossusvlei. Un regret tout de même, on vous distribue un petit prospectus avec des numéros, que le pilote en cours de vol vous rappelle en faisant signe avec les doigts de la main ! Aucun détails touristiques, ni sur le feuillet en question, ni du pilote, à vous de deviner !! Plutôt que des bouchons d’oreilles distribués avant le décollage, on aurait préféré un casque avec liaison pilote, comme cela se fait pour d’autres survols (Ex : Grand Canyon). A défaut, le pilote, quitte à hausser le ton de temps en temps pour couvrir le bruit du moteur, aurait pu se montrer un peu plus bavard, au lieu de se plonger dans d’interminables travaux d’écriture pendant plus de deux heures ! (Faisait-il ses devoirs de vacances ?), sans dire un mot ! On se demande pourquoi les pilotes sont tenus de remplir un rapport aussi détaillé pour un simple vol de routine !! Pour le reste, rien à dire, accueil & convoyage (A/R) depuis Swakopmund, très professionnels.

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Wunderschöner Rundflug entlang des Kuiseb Rivers, dann über die Namib zu einigen Schiffswracks, Flamingos und den Salzminen bei Walfishbay.
Kein Headset aber Ohrenstöpsel. Braucht aber keine Erklärungen seitens des Piloten da ich die Landschaft geniessen wollte.
Super Highlight meiner Namibia Reise.

Date of experience: June 2019

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“Highlight of my Namibia trip”
 Nov 22, 2018  DieReiseEule, Mainz-Kastel, Germany
Despite fear of flying I indulged in a scenic flight for my 50th birthday and that could not have been more perfect. Although little Cessna is quite wobbling, the impressions of Namib, Sossuslvei, the diamond fields and Walvis Bay from above are unforgettable. Our pilot Richy made every effort to explain a lot. Ear plugs are provided. From the office in Swakopmund you will be taken by minibus to the airport and from there, of course, back again. It was not cheap, but unique! Cessna was fully staffed with 5 people + pilot. It’s already tight. Not for people with claustrophobia.
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“Beautiful discovery from the sky”
 Sep 8, 2018  ubsnuur, Paris, France
I loved this visit in this small plane: I must say that I was very well placed beside pilot. We feel very safe. For my part I was able to take beautiful pictures, which was not the case of my girlfriend sitting behind the pilot: many interesting views were on my side and the pilot did not make the effort to to offer to those on his side the same points of view. After an exchange with the other planes, the tourists told us that their pilot had made it possible to have beautiful points of view wherever one is placed on the plane. This remains for me an unforgettable experience.
 
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Reviewed September 7, 2018 via mobile

A big thank you for rescuing an activity that didn’t run to plan.

We had booked well in advance for the flight over the desert, Deadvlei and Skeleton Coast with the vlei being of significance to my Geologist partner. The other passengers booked were so late arriving, that element of the flight had to be cancelled due to VFR restrictions. Then they had the gall to waste more time arguing with the staff about who would sit where in the aircraft. Some people!

The lovely people at Eagle Eye were so professional and got us up in the air in time to enjoy an amazing flight despite the gesticulations of the late complainers. Nicely done guys.

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Reviewed July 16, 2018

Even thought it might a bit expensive, I would like to recommend the scenic route going down until Sossuslvei and coming back up on the coast. The views you will get on that flight a simply amazing !!!!

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Walvis Bay, Namibia
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Reviewed July 12, 2018

Last years i book for 6 of us and the services we got from the office to the pilots was mesmerizing. a company full of professional and they took pleasure in showing us what they do best. thank you Eagle Eyes

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Reviewed July 8, 2018

Voir le désert du Nabib depuis les airs c’est fantastique. On prend conscience de l’immensité des lieux, sans parler des couleurs et des dessins que forment les dunes. Le vol dure environ 2 heures et 15 minutes mais je me répète c’est magique. Pilote très sympa, vol dans un cesna 6 places, très professionnel. Réserver le vol au moins 48 heures à l’avance, il vaut mieux être 5 personnes pour que le prix soit raisonable.

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valerie1209
Vilanculos, Mozambique
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Reviewed March 1, 2018
L’avion est fort petit et très bruyant mais c’est normal pour ce genre de trip.. On a eu un vols de 2 h30 avec des paysages sublimes et variés, on a vu des zèbres dans les désevts de dunes, plein de phoques, des marais salants aux tons rouges… C’était super !
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Reviewed January 23, 2018

My husband booked a scenic flight over Skeleton coast with Eagle Eye. They have nice aircrafts, great pilots, nice tour. However, we could not hear the pilot since they do not provide headsets to their passengers.

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From: Joe Smyth
Sent: 12 July 2017 22:25
To: info@eagleeyeaviation.com.na
Subject: Re: Thursday 1 JuneDear JohanWe had the most amazing time in your wonderful country. It’s so stunning.
I’d wanted to see the skeleton coast for a very long time so despite all the
wonders of Namibia our flight with your company remains the highlight of my
trip.  I wish you continued success and will continue to recommend you to
all the folk I’ve convene to go to NamibiaKind regards. Joe
From: Joe Smyth
Sent: 01 June 2017 13:16
To: Eagle Eye Aviation
Subject: Re: Thursday 1 JuneDear allThank you so much for such an amazing experience everything was perfect.
The organisation the transfers (thanks to Dad) the flight was mind
blowing big thanks to Conrad.You are such a great company look out for my review on TripAdvisorWith fond regards and many thanks from us all.Joe
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I had a 2.15 hrs Sossuvlei scenic flight and i can tell it was of the most amazing experiences i’ve ever had! What you can see from the sky is wonderful.. Seeing the golden dunes touching the ocean is an incredible emotion. The company is very nice and the pilot was so so cool! Thank you Johan !! Greeting from Italy, Cristiano Perazzo

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Vue du ciel on en a plein les yeux…

Nous avons longuement hésité avant de faire ce vol car le prix est élevé : 270 €/personne pour un vol de 2h15 à 4 passagers en sus du pilote dans le ptit Cesna.

Nous sommes parti de leurs bureaux situés à Swakopmund en navette et il nous ont ramenés jusqu’à notre hôtel situé à 2 pas.

Nous ne regrettons pas ce choix car ce survol fût exceptionnel : des dunes avec toutes ces formes magnifiques, les tâches d’argile blanches, le Canyon de Sesriem, les zèbres vus de haut dans le désert, l’océan avec les épaves des bateaux ensablées, que nous verrons plus tard à pied,Walvis bay, le coucher du soleil sur l’océan….

Cela nous a donné une vue d’ensemble formidable.
Notre jeune pilote, Heinrich, nous a montré pendant le vol tout ce que nous devions voir en faisant descendre l’avion au dessus des points d’intérêt (après nous avoir montré une photo avec le nom des sites…. En effet, à cause du bruit, nous avions des bouchons d’oreilles fournis et il était donc presque impossible de parler.

Nous n’avons pas vu le temps passer et nous recommandons ce circuit certes plus cher mais qui nous emmène loin.
Nous garderons longtemps ces images dans notre tête…

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This was a fantastic experience flying over the Namib Desert. We did the 1 1/2 hour trip. So glad we did it. This company was very reasonably price, a lot less then ones we had seen on the internet before we went.

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If you find yourself in this neck of the woods then I can highly recommend this company. They are extremely professional and friendly they really care about the service they deliver.

We choose the skeleton coast 1 hour 30 minutes flight. It was a stunning experience our pilot (Conrad) was great, funny and put us all at ease. His skill at flying us 40 or 50 feet above the Ocean and a similar distance from the sand wall of the coast gave us an inspiring experience.

I only wish we were staying another day as I’d go again.

Thank you all

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“Recommended”
5 of 5 bubblesJan 2, 2017  A TripAdvisor Member
Priced at 165 Euros each we made a flight of about an hour and a half on the dunes, on the wrecks, the seal colonies and the sea that bathes the desert. The plane in good condition and very good driver. Absolutely recommended to have a different perspective of the landscape.

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Reviewed October 28, 2016

High quality,friendly welcome and briefing. Skeleton coast flight was an amazing experience.
Safe and unforgettable. Pilot informed us about the route, highlighted places. Must do!

Visited October 2016

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We had a flight in this company with two friendly pilots, going South of Swakopmund over the desert.
We saw the uranio mine, the three diamond fields and above all, the hundreds of seals, the thousands of flamingos and the two skeletons of ships
It was a nice and safe flight

Visited February 2016

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We had never done a scenic flight before, and this trip exceeded all expectations. We did the 2.5 hours one to sossusvlei in the afternoon. To see the dunes and the scale of the desert was awe inspiring!

The flight felt very safe. I would say the best seat for pictures was the rear right hand side one, but you need to take care when composing your shots not to get the reflection from the glass. That said I got a few clear shots, but to be honest, it’s the experience that will live with me forever.
The plane was warm, but hey you’re traveling in a small metal box in full sunlight over a desert! Wear light clothes and fan yourself with the safety card! We were also given water on take off.
Highly recommended

Visited April 2016

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Perfect as a day trip adventure from Swakopmund for everybody who needs a brake from gravel roads and a very nice add-on to exploring the coast and desert by car/foot and/or boat!
We had come from Sossusvlei to Swakopmund and found the sky safari added another beautiful dimension to what we had seen from the ground before.
It was definitely worth it and even though the weather had changed and it was a little cloudy by the time we took off, we could see everything very well since we flew underneath the clouds. One of us was even allowed to sit next to the Pilot in front of the Copilot!
Next time we want to do a several day tour going up to Victoria Falls, which we didn’t have the time for on this trip.
Thanks again to JF and Johan Botha – we had a great time – and all the best for Eagle Eye Aviation!
We’re hoping to return and do the sky safari with you sometime soon!

Visited January 2016
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Reviewed 31 October 2015
Ground travel from Swakopmund to Sossusvlei through Namib Desert needs 5 hours. Therefore we decided to try sky safari by riding a charter flight operated by Eagle Eye Aviation. They have several established routes among which the Skeleton Coast Scenic round trip between two destinations will take about 2.5 hours travelling 630 km. Because we will stay at Sossusvlei without returning to Swakopmund, we took half of the round trip – the best half of it. Firstly the five-seat aircraft flew southward along the coast at very low level. Therefore ship wrecks both in sea and in desert, the unique scene of “desert meets sea” and dried river bed can be clearly seen. At mid-way the aircraft turned to southeast direction and climb to a high level. With shadow under sunlight, the endless red desert with peaks, valleys and sand dunes was all in our view. While landed at Sossusvlei, we almost forgot that one and half hours were passed. It is really fantastic!
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Changing perspectives

 

Namibia 2013 – Olive Grove Exclusive (1x), Wolwedans Private Camp (2x), Sossusvlei Lodge (2x), Mowani Camp (2x), Ongara Lodge (3x), Susuwe Island Lodge (2x), Namushasha Lodge (2x), Na’an Ku Sê Lodge (1x)

Our family trip started by landing at Windhoek airport very early in the morning and the transfer to Olive Grove Exclusive, a beautiful hotel close to the city center. After visiting the city with its historical sites and local craft markets we had dinner at Joes Beerhouse  (a must) before retreating to the hotel excited to meet our pilot the next day. Windhoek is a nice enough city but one day is enough to see it all. After transfer to the airport the next day we met JF Botha our pilot for the next weeks, turning out to be the perfect addition to our family J

Our first flight with the Cessna 210 called Michie was great and way too soon we arrived at Wolwedans Lodge. For some reason we got lucky and were upgraded to Wolwedans Private Camp and felt like VIPs from there on. The next two days we experienced our first game drive and learned a few things: First the whole staff team is exeptionally nice. Second the landscape with its fairy holes is more than beautiful and third Namibians like to feed you – especially with meat (game!) – yummi!

After a very short flight our next stop was Sossusvlei Lodge – close to the entrance gate to the famous Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon in the Namib Nauklauft Park. Here we went for the dunes, climbed dune no. 45, took a walk to the Dead Vlei and were quite impressed by the sheer size of the dunes. But what made all this even better was when we flew over this area on our way to our next destination. In contrast to climbing the dunes and realizing how big they are – changing perspectives – from above we could see how many dunes strech over a huge area. The scenic flight along the Skeleton Coast was a highlight of its own – never miss that one!
Worth mentioning is the game barbeque served at Sossusvlei Lodge – best barbeque ever!

At Mowani Camp in Damaraland we went to see the desert elephants (what a chase!) as well as visiting Tweifel Fountain with its stone paintings. Beautiful sunsets served as natural evening shows. Again we were impressed by the friendliness and knowledge of the staff and tour guides.

The next stop was Ongara Lodge close to the Etosha National Park. Here the focus was on game drives watching Africa’s wildlife at its best! Rhinos, zebras, gnus, giraffes, elephants, antelopes, warthogs and lions… name it – we’ve seen it.

Our last stop was the Caprivi Strip where we stayed in two different lodges. The flight to Caprivi is a little longer but worth it. And you get the chance to see more of Namibia from a bird’s perspective – not that bad either J
Visiting Caprivi is much recommendable because it is so different to the rest of Namibia. Due to the big rivers it is a lot greener and you have the chance to see a different kind of wildlife including lots of hippos and birds.
Our first lodge, Susuwe Island Lodge, was located on a small island and really beautiful. Here we did boat trips including a breakfast picking at the riverside as well as jeep safaris to see more elephants, hippos, antelopes and baboons than we could count. Another day here to really enjoy the terrace of our rooms at the riverside and the wonderful balcony in a huge tree would have not been bad.
By boat we went to our next lodge, the Namushasha Lodge. Again we went for a game drive and saw some water buffalos – no. 4 on our private big 5 list (no leopard for us to see)!
Our last flight took us back to Windhoek and it was really hard to part from our pilot, friend and “brother” JF at the airport –We’ll see us again for sure!

The last night in Namibia we spent at the N/a’an ku se Lodge and Wildlife Sanctuary and became friend with Fudge the lodge’s lovely cat. We went to see Lucky the three legged cheetah – boy is he fast –  and learned about the charity work of the lodge.  After that it finally was time to say goodbye to Namibia.

All in all this trip was close to perfect due to Namibia itself, the people we met, meaning the staff and for sure mostly JF, and the possibility two see a country from s different perspective – from above!!!

Elena Grabski

Germany

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2014/3/4

J.F,

Our 11 days with you were so wonderful (Windhoek, Sossusvlei, Swakomund, Damaraland-Twyfelfontein and Etosha)! You are not only a great pilot, but you were very considerate to us. We enjoyed getting to know you. You taught us all about Namibia and hope we can return. Hope your new venture will be superb! Our best to you~

Molly

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2014/01/28

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Dear JF,

We arrived safely in Rio de Janeiro following your sterling efforts in getting us to Swakopmund through the heavy fog last Monday.  We are now in Buenos Aires.

We wanted to thank you again for your terrific services in flying us to and from Sossusvlei Desert Lodge and generally for the pleasure of your company during the three days we were there,  We wish you and your brother the best of luck in getting your new venture successfully off the ground and you and your wife a happy and gratifying life together.  You are a skilled and savvy pilot, and if we can assist in some way with endorsements or recommendations we would be happy to do so.

It was wonderful getting to meet you and we hope we can stay in touch.

Rob & Evy