A special attraction and extension of the DuneHopper series is hot-air ballooning which can be added to virtually any itinerary (see insert, DuneHopper key). Soaring silently over the dune belts and never-ending plains provides breathtaking 360 degree vistas as the leisurely wind carries you over an ocean of sand and waves of mountain.
From the best viewpoint imaginable you admire the stark beauty of the Namib for about an hour, before you celebrate this extravagant experience with a champagne breakfast at the landing spot. On NamibRand Nature Reserve, the hot-air balloon excursions commence at Mwisho, situated about 30 kilometres north of Wolwedans and 10 kilometres south of Sossusvlei Mountain Lodge.
Guests staying at Wolwedans have one of two options; that is to either extend their stay by another night, sleeping over at Camp Mwisho (see details below) or transfer to the launch site from Wolwedans two hours prior to sunrise. At Sossusvlei, transfers to the launch site - located next to the Sossusvlei Lodge - also necessitate a very early rise. Camp Mwisho, situated within the northern parts of NamibRand Nature Reserve, offers accommodation for eight guests in comfortable Serengeti-style safari tents, with en-suite facilities.
Meals are enjoyed on the verandah of the old farmhouse. Staying over at Camp Mwisho serves as a means to an end, that is to avoid the early morning transfer.