Working together with about 25 people (ground crew & catering team) and four pilots, the family business started in 1991 by Eric and Nancy has now been carried on to the second generation, Denis and Andreia.
Eric & Nancy Hesemans
Eric was born and bred in the DRC. Together with Nancy, they are the founders of Namib Sky. After having fled several wars in central Africa, they decided to head south. They finally found their little piece of paradise in the Namib desert where their dream was sparked!
Instructor and Designated Examiner for Namibia, Eric still loves his flying after 26 years in the Namib. He shouts a lot, but nobody takes him too seriously as he is the clown of the company! Eric and Nancy now run our seasonal operation in Zambia, and when not there they love to travel the world.
Denis & Andreia Hesemans
Denis grew up in the Namib Desert, surrounded by balloons in a big sand pit! With over two thousand flights he is the safety officer for Namib Sky as well as the Designated Examiner for Namibia. Ballooning is a second nature to him and when not in the air, you will find him in the Namib Desert looking for San pre-historical sites or catching snakes with his brother! His better looking half is without doubt Andreia, she is the general manager and keeps everyone sane. They say dynamite comes in small packages and once you meet her you will know why! Nothing escapes her and everything can always be improved if you ask her! Together they are the second generation of Namib Sky.
Aka “El Nini” – Fernando is our assistant manager, he likes to help out wherever he is needed. Always with a smile, and always ready for the task! You might find him at the breakfast setup making sure everything is up to his standards, or he might be putting up sign boards, filling waterholes on the reserve or getting ice cream for the pilots on a hot day!
Fernando is a every situation kind of guy, and being the little brother of Andreia he is a highly trained professional…with a nothing-is-ever-good-enough attitude, he gets things done!
He is a sharp guy with a great sense of humour, a heart of gold and a real petrol head with a love for bikes, spaghetti bolognese, women of most ages, and a terrible taste in music.
Aka “Captain Quebec”, hence the name he is Canadian… and also speaks the kind of French that French people don’t understand…
Jerome found his love for hot air balloons when he realised that ageing and hang-gliding don’t go well in the same sentence, so he found something more modest, ballooning!
When he isn’t ballooning, he is a part time chef, and his love for cooking comes in handy as the team has a passion for eating. Jerôme loves maple syrup, maple trees, maple leaves and anything with maple in or on it! He also has a very contagious laugh, which has the capability of scaring bears off…but we don’t have any bears nearby.
You will surely meet Karin on the phone, as she does all our reservations. She is the charming voice that will answer all your enquiries, and the one making sure all our guests are on time for the early pick ups! With a bubbly personality, and ready to lend a hand you will find her easy to talk to, and always very professional!
Karin not only loves to answer calls, but also likes reading, Painting, pudding, and watching the sun rise.
Tracy has flown balloons and all sorts of aircrafts since she was 16 years old. Today she is actually only 30 with 25 years of experience…
Also a maintenance and flight engineer, she makes sure our equipment is in top shape! Tracy gets land-sick easily and is difficult to keep on the ground, when not flying her hobbies include re-building aircraft, documenting insects, exploring nature and all its little precious things.