Our Namibia Flying Safari gives you eight days of breathtaking Namibia travel. Arriving and departing from Windhoek, you enjoy two nights each at Sossusvlei, Damaraland and Etosha National Park in some beautiful lodges. Utilising light aircraft flights to cover Namibia's vast distances, this safari is perfect as a stand-alone tour, or as an add on to a Botswana or Zambia trip.
We will meet you at Windhoek International Airport and transfer you to your luxury boutique guest house.
After the morning activities and breakfast, we fly to Sossusvlei, arriving at our next camp in time for lunch. This afternoon, we begin our exploration of the Sossusvlei area.
Sossusvlei is a valley surrounded by high sand dunes. Local guides say that ‘sossus’ means ‘place of no return’. Vlei in Afrikaans means ‘marsh’. Despite the harsh desert conditions in the area, one can find a wide variety of plants and animals that have adapted to survive.
Today we explore the magnificent Sossusvlei area, with its gigantic red dunes, salt pans and preserved trees. We will take a picnic and spend the day in discovery with our knowledgable guide.
During an exceptional rainy season the Tsauchab River will fill the pan, drawing visitors from all over the world to witness this spectacular site. Photographic enthusiasts are spoilt with a glassy ‘lake’ holding reflections of the surrounding dunes. When the pan fills it can hold water for as long as a year.
In the early evening we can take a trip down to the Sesriem Canyon to watch the sunset and then make our way back to the lodge for dinner.
We fly from Sossusvlei to Damaraland. We arrive at our luxury camp for lunch and our afternoon exploration.
Damaraland is one of the most scenic areas in Namibia, a huge, untamed, ruggedly beautiful region that offers travellers a more adventurous challenge. Here there are prehistoric water courses with open plains and grassland, massive granite koppies and deep gorges.
Damaraland is home to desert elephants, magnificent creatures which have adapted to the harsh conditions of this area. We will have the opportunity to track the elephants on the full day in Damaraland tomorrow.
We explore this fascinating part of Namibia, with the opportunity to track desert-adapted elephants and other wildlife, visit the San rock art at Tywelfontein or explore some of the geological oddities that abound. You might also want to visit the ‘fairy circles’, whose origins continue to baffle, or visit with the local Damara people and learn about their way of life.
We depart our camp and fly to the border of Etosha National Park. With no time to waste we will indulge in an afternoon or early evening game drive.
The Etosha Pan is a major feature of the national park and is so big it can be seen from space. It covers almost a quarter of the park and is the largest salt pan in Africa. The pan was originally a lake but over time the earth’s climate forced the rivers that once fed the lake to change course and flow into the Atlantic Ocean. If one were to try find where the lake once lay today, only the dry baked alkaline clay marks would give you a clue.
We spend the day exploring the wildlife and landscapes of Etosha National Park.
There is an abundance of game in the park, home to some of the most common and rarest wildlife species. The areas with thicker vegetation are home to elephant (some of the largest in Africa due to the vitamins and nutrients found in the ground), the endangered black rhino and even leopard. Lions are camouflaged in the pale-golden colour of the grasslands, while giraffes rise high above most of the dry vegetation. More than 340 bird species have been recorded in the park, including ostrich and the heaviest flying bird, kori bustard. The Etosha Pan is also the only mass breeding ground for flamingo in Namibia.
In the morning we will take part in our final game drive in Etosha and after lunch we fly back to Windhoek International Airport for onward travel arrangements.
Hoodia Desert Lodge sits on the banks of the Tsauchab River in Sossusvlei, western Namibia.
11 thatched chalets constitute the Hoodia Desert Lodge accommodation and each chalet has an open air shower, generous bath tub and air conditioning – a welcome repose. The lodge also has a shaded swimming pool, as well as a shaded lounge deck and elegant bar. Staff are incredibly friendly and you will want to share tales of your adventures with them at the end of the day.
Guests can enjoy a sunrise guided walk in Sossusvlei and discover the beauty of the desert. Sesriem Canyon is a fantastic place to watch the sunset and you can easily climb down into the canyon and walk along the dry riverbed. Sundowners in the tranquility of the desert are made even more special by private dining experiences at selected lookout points. At an extra cost, guests can go quad biking in the desert, or take a scenic helicopter flight or hot air balloon ride.
This cosy desert hideaway is hidden away in between the rocks and boulders of Damaraland.
Dome shaped rooms are at one with the landscape, and it is the natural style and bold, contemporary furnishing of Camp Kipwe that gives it its chic edge. Whimsical bathrooms are partially open to the elements and have no less style than the bedrooms. Small decks extend the rooms to the exterior and connect guests to the river bed and afford magnificent views of the stars at night.
From Camp Kipwe guests are able to take in a desert and nature elephant drive with knowledgeable guides who will tell you all about these desert dwelling mammals. Excursions to see the Organ Pipes near Twyfelfontein, a fascinating geological formation, and a trip to Burnt Mountain are not to be missed. Burnt Mountain is best viewed alongside a sunrise and the low sun allows for some colourful photographs.
Olive Grove Guesthouse is situated close to the centre of Namibia’s capital, Windhoek.
The stylish Moroccan decor of Olive Grove sits against the backdrop of the central west African landscape, providing a relaxing setting in which to acquaint yourself with Namibia. The guesthouse caters for every need of the most discerning traveller, with an emphasis on simplicity and elegance. With only eleven rooms each guest receives a personal service.
Windhoek is at the heart of Namibia and is a great base to begin or end any Namibian travel. The city boasts a museum, national art gallery, and the National Botanical Research Institute and its gardens. It is a great place to begin the holiday of a lifetime.
Ongava Lodge is in the private Ongava Game Reserve that borders the Etosha National Park in northern Namibia
Constructed on the side of a small hill overlooking the reserve, Ongava offers sweeping views over the plains to the south of Etosha National Park. Fourteen rooms, attractively built out of brick, rock and thatch, boast air-conditioning and glass-fronted doors leading onto a private verandahs. Meals are either served under thatch or on the dining deck under the stars
Ongava Lodge overlooks its own private water hole, and has its own hide, which improves the game viewing experience. Being on its own private game reserve with just two other lodges for company gives Ongava Lodge a certain amount of freedom, with game walks and sundowners a favourite. The main Etosha Park to the north is easily accessible, and full or half day game drives there are possible.