Namibia was the last stop on our paragliding journey. It had been my longtime dream to visit this beautiful country: the red sand dunes, the dead trees, the unique cultural atmosphere and people in Southern Africa, the amazing sunsets, and the incredible wildlife that lives there. Our idea was mainly to fly on the west coast. By chance, we met Axel Gruber, a local pilot who flies in Swakopmund. Axel knows the area really well, and he kindly drove us from spot to spot.
WHERE TO FLY
We primarily stuck to coastal flying, staying close to the ocean. However, if you're bold (and well organized), you can also do some pretty extreme cross-country flying. Namibia is the country where most major World Records have been broken.
Flying at Sesriem/Sossusvlei is now officially banned. People who try to fly there will be arrested and thrown out of the Park.
- We flew in August, which is… the worst period to fly there! There are very strong and turbulent winds (mainly from the south), but this is also the best period to observe the local wildlife, and the temperatures are little bit cooler since it's the winter season.
- If you fly between December and March, there is a 99% chance that you will enjoy fantastic flying.
- Be sure to contact Axel Gruber (magicmoments-namibia.com). Our now good buddy flies everyday, and he also does some Tour-guiding in the wild. He knows the conditions and spots well, so he is the man to contact if you want to go there.
- Beware, there are absolutely no rescue services (no helicopter, no assistance at all…). So make sure that you are well-prepared if anything happens. Always bring more water than you need, and food for a couple of days. You are truly in the middle of nowhere!
- At first glance, Namibia appears to be a very expensive country (and it is to a certain extent). But you can also travel rather inexpensively. Bring a tent, a camping stove, etc. You don't need to sleep in expensive guest houses or eat in expensive restaurants. There are several places to camp throughout the country.
- Most places (except for Sandwich Harbour) do not require a 4x4. This will allow you to save a lot of money. Etosha (the main Game Park) is accessible with a regular two-wheel drive car. So take a close look at what you want to do, you might not need a 4x4.
This marks the end of our adventure. We are now back in France, back to our normal everyday lives. I hope you enjoyed following our trip, and are motivated to take your paraglider with you the next time you travel…. There are paragliding spots everywhere in the world!
Es sind nicht die lauten momente im leben, sondern immer die stillen und leisen, die beeindrucken und in unserer erinnerung bleiben werden.
Es sind ein paar stunden mit einem guten freund an einem besonderen ort in den bergen, in einer nacht wo die sterne so hell leuchten dass du alles sehen kannst.
Es ist die magie in so einer nacht draussen zu liegen, mein sterbelicht anzuzünden zu den sternen zu sehen und zu fühlen dass deine freunde die bereits gegangen sind dort oben sind und dir ein lächeln senden.
Es ist genau diese zeit gemeinsam dort oben, die so einen ausrucker zu etwas besonderen machen…
Das bild mit dem herz soll dir sagen
ohne herz kein leben,
ohne herz kein mitgefühl,
ohne herz keine freude,
ohne herz kein lachen,
ohne herz keine liebe,
ohne herz keine freundschaft,
ohne herz keine achtsamkeit,
ohne herz keine dankbarkeit,
ohne herz isch nichts nur stillstand, einsamkeit und leere…
MG - Adventures "with the Skyman"
autumn und der erste schnee sind immer eine besondere farbenbracht und stimmung, diese tage sind die schönsten für mich, bei so einer stimmung in der natur zu sein und zu fliegen, wos gibs schöneres.
es ist die freude
es ist die liebe zur natur
es ist das glück zu haben gesund zu sein
es ist die möglichkeit zu haben fliegen zu können
es ist die dankbarkeit an so einem ort zur richtigen zeit zu sein...
weiter mochn und nit jammern...
Paragliding pilots Nate Scales, Nick Greece, Matt Beechinor and Gavin McClurg attempt a bivvy line from Hurricane Ridge, Utah to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Filmed by Michael Paul Jones and Jeremy Canon with RED Epic cameras, human flight has never been captured in such a dramatic way. Come along for the ride as the pilots are stymied by frustrating weather but find their love and passion for flight grows even deeper.
Three experienced paragliding pilots, Thomas de Dorlodot, Horacio Llorens and Hernan Pitocco arrive in the Karakoram mountain range in Northern Pakistan aiming to break records. Follow them as they explore the legendary Karakoram Highway, seeking to break the world record for the highest altitude and longest distance Himalayan flight.
Their journey takes them deep into the mountain communities of Pakistan, where Thomas, Horacio and Hernan are welcomed by the local people, invited into a way of life that has existed for centuries. From the ground, these communities guide them and stand in awe as they soar above glorious peaks, the highest concentration of 7,000 meter peaks in the world.
Mixing sheer distance and height with astounding aerobatics the team revels in the freedom that these vast landscapes offer. As they fly cross country surrounded by alpine scenery and reaching distances of over 200km, it becomes apparent that in this remote corner of the world they have found some of the earth’s finest paragliding.
Produced by Search Productions
Directed and shot by Olivier Boonjing
Sound by Thibaut Darscotte
Edited by Olivier Boonjing & Adil Nahjari
*** Audience & Best Adventure Awards at Coupe Icare 2012 ***
*** Best Adventure Award at F.I.A. El Yelmo 2012 ***