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At Desert Air we rely on our extensive experience and knowledge to satisfy the needs of every traveler. We are a Namibian-based company that specializes in aviation services – ultimately helping you spread your wings. From climbing the dunes of Sossusvlei, to a photographic experience in the Okavango Delta or a business trip to the Namibian coast – Desert Air wants your flight to be perfect.


Thys Rall founded the company, having embarked on his flying career in 1975, he now boasts close to 8 000 flying hours.

Desert Air has grown from humble beginnings in 1996 to a major player in the highly competitive tourism and charter market today. In July 2011 Desert Air opened its own Aircraft Maintenance organization in order to perform all the maintenance required on their own aircraft. In January 2017 the company started its own Flight School.

Desert Air is a fully-licensed air charter company which operates strictly according to the regulations of Namibia's Civil Aviation Authority. They specialize in small and big guided group fly-in safari tours exploring the wilderness of Southern and Eastern Africa, domestic flights, charters and emergency evacuation services.


Matthys Rall

Owner, Managing Director & Senior Pilot

Rene van der Colff

Accountable Manager AMO

Alta Annandale

Finance Manager, Administration, Human Resource Manager

Anja Parker

Ground Operations Manager

Ricus Botha

Safety Officer and Pilot

Marius Hugo

Person Responsible for Flight Operations & Flight Crew Training & Pilot

Berto Miller

Person Responsible for Maintenance and Pilot

Jessica Wellman

Instructor and Pilot

Carien Swanepoel

Marketing & Fly-In Safaris

Mari Du Preez

Safari Co-ordinator and Consultant

Antoinette Van Wyk

Senior Charter Co-ordinator

Anuscka van Wyk

Junior Charter Co-ordinator

Norman Brown

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer & Workshop Manager

Norman Ndhlovu

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer

Leon van der Colff

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer

Andre Hanekom

Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice

Jannie Lombard

Aircraft Maintenance

Valencia Nimrod

Administrator and Storekeeper AMO

Michael Gessert


Roedolf Minnaar


Diederick Rautenbach


Ruan Oosthuizen


Simone Huhle


Wayne Van Der Westhuyzen


Werner Van Heerden


Dico Theunissen


Riekert Behr


Hans Wiehahn

Quality Assurance Manager

Junius Uupindi

General Worker Desert Air

Benhard Uupindi

General Worker Desert Air

Tangeni Ipinge

General Worker Desert Air

Matheus Kaviva

General Worker AMO

Melkisedek Hamutoko

Technical Assistant AMO and Trainee Pilot