This is what it’s like to join a Namib Sky Balloon Safari.
Where to stay for a hot air balloon ride in Namibia?
1. Little Kulala Lodge
Little Kulala and its sister camp Kulala Desert Lodge (currently closed) were the pioneering places that put Sossusvlei on the map and rest closest to the world-renowned Sossusvlei site. Before opening in the early 1990s, the other option was roughing it at the parks board campsite.
The Namib Sky Balloon Safari base perches right next door to this stay.
2. Kwessi Dune Lodge
After the Hesemans established Kulala Lodge, they moved out here to the NamibRand. Operated by safari outfitter Natural Selections (of Shipwreck Lodge fame) this camp rightly celebrates the sky. The newest addition to Namibia’s largest private reserve (and one of just 16 International Dark Sky Reserves globally) is Kwessi Dune Lodge.
Creams and elegant stripes wallpaper the solar-powered tents, while leather edging and brass studs bejewel both vintage-style writing desks and wooden four-poster beds. A refined compilation, but the piece de resistance lay after inspecting the bathroom: an outdoor bed primped for stargazing come nightfall.
Come morning, the hot air balloon comes to you as Namib Sky has a launchpad right in front of the camp.