to experience the Namib desert from a bird’s eye perspective.
you see the paragliders hovering in the sky, above the dunes and overlooking
Ocean, you understand why this sport is becoming more and more popular in
off" - but with the necessary precautions: NCAA (Namibian Civil Aviation
Authority) is the main regulatory body controlling all aviation in Namibia. By joining the Microlight
Association of Namibia (MICAN) and becoming members of ARO (Aviation Recreation Organization) it is possible for paragliders to legally make use of airspace. All legally binding information can
be found under the following link https://mican4m.cyberiaspace.com/
The Long Beach dune between
Swakopmund and Walvis Bay is currently the only area permitted by NCAA where
non-motorized paragliding can be practiced legally. There is currently no other
area in Namibia where paragliding is officially permitted.
The Long Beach dune is divided into three
different take-off and landing zones. According to NCAA only licensed paraglider
pilots may make use of the airspace.
The dune can only be reached by a
4x4 vehicle from the B2 between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. Access to this dune
requires the Dorob National Park permit, which can be obtained from the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism (MEFT). Their offices are located in the Bismarck
Street, Swakopmund. The local representative for more
detailed information and site briefing is Axel Gruber (Mobile: +264 81 208
9394 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ideal winds for paragliding is
northwest, west- and southwesterly winds. North or south winds are too strong
and no upwinds will be generated to promote flying. This is an ideal terrain
for practicing ground handling, because there are no obstacles in the area.
Regarding safety: if bookings are made through namibia CLICK &
TRAVEL for accommodation and/or car rentals, you are automatically connected to the EMedRescue24 emergency service, which will transport you to the nearest
hospital in the event of an emergency at any time and from any location in
Namibia (limit NAD 250,000) . The service includes evacuation from the scene of
an accident by ambulance or airplane and admission to hospital (limit NAD
50,000), all other medical care must either be covered by your individual
overseas health insurance or paid privately.