11 DAY NAMIBIA: PRivately guided FLY-IN SAFARI

Day 1             Windhoek, Namibia

Day 2             Sosusvlei, Namibia

Day 3 & 4      Swakopmund, Namibia

Day 5 & 6      Damaraland, Namibia

Day 7             Purros Concervancy, Namibia

Day 8,9&10    Etosha, Namibia

Day 11            Return


Fully guided with own pilot & plane

Please note that this is not a normal Air Charter. All Fly-in Safaris as a holistic experience from beginning to end. The Pilot is an experienced, knowledgeable and qualified Safari Guide that will guide and provided information throughout the trip, both in the air and on the ground during excursion and activities. Full intercom headsets are provided in the aircraft so as to communication with the Guide as well as each other. During flights from area to area the routing follows scenic landscape and other highlights so as to provide a complete experience, both from the skies and on the ground. Guests can enjoy complete flexibility with regards to departure and arrival times as the pilot/guide always accompanies the guests.  The aircraft also stays with the group for the duration of the Safari, providing additional evacuation possibilities or change in Safari plans as may be requested by the guests.

Day 1

Arrival in Windhoek, Namibia. Airport pick up with quick road transfer to guesthouse. 

The Olive Exclusive is an exquisite boutique hotel that offers guests a chic and luxurious stay just five minutes out of Windhoek’s city centre.

Beautifully considered, Olive Exclusive is decorated with real style. Cool, contemporary lines contrast with traditional African fabrics and textures to striking effect. Huge photographic murals throughout the hotel celebrate Namibia’s natural splendour, its wildlife and its indigenous peoples. Outside, cobbled walkways wind through the gardens and there is a pool with stylish sun loungers as well as an outdoors dining area. A small gift shop sells African crafts. With modern furnishings contrasting with traditional materials and natural imagery, everything about Olive Exclusive’s stunningly envisioned. It’s a look worth of an interiors magazine. Contemporary, classy and smoothly run by warm and friendly staff, it’s a sumptuous overnight oasis.

The hotel boasts a quality restaurant featuring fine wines and an imaginative seasonal menu. Breakfasts are especially tasty, with excellent coffee served. Meals can be taken in the dining room or if preferred there is private dining area in each room. Indoor and outdoor dining offer views over rolling countryside.

 

Day 2

Your privately guided fly-in safari begins early morning! Depart from Windhoek, Eros airport and head south-west towards the Namib Desert.

Sossusvlei, in the heart of the enormous, almost 19 305 square mile Namib-Naukluft Park, is surrounded by a sea of ever-changing sand dunes. Sossusvlei is a clay pan that only rarely fills with water. It is a place of awe-inspiring beauty - magnificent terra-cotta sand dunes that rise over 980 feet into the vast, blue sky. Said to be among the highest dunes in the world, climbing to the top of one of these dunes is an unforgettable experience.                       

  • Rare and strange desert-adapted plants, such as the welwitschia mirabilis
  • Dead Vlei Pan, where ancient camel thorn trees provide striking visuals
  • Black and white oryx, springbok and ostriches
  • Striking sunsets or sunrises over the vase sea of dunes
  • Great hiking trails

Cradled against ancient mountains, looking out onto a broad rocky plain that rises towards distant dunes of fiery sand, Sossusvlei Desert Lodge boasts a location that is at once dramatic and serene. Fantastically formed rock formations vie for attention with massive sand dunes as the shifting rays of the sun bring the landscape to life. With just ten villas constructed of stone and glass, guests can enjoy the solitary splendor of this remote landscape in privacy. Suites are air conditioned against the searing heat of day and cosy fireplaces ward off the chill of winter nights

2 nights at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge (Full boarding)

Day 3

Tody's flight takes you north, across the desert, along the west coast to the quint town of Swakopmund. Swakopmund is a quaint little town sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the Namib Desert and has its own authentic colonial charm.Activities include a tour of this historic town and a boat trip (weather permitting). You will  see Dolphins on most trips, andin winter there are large populations of flamingos on the lagoon.Other activities available are skydiving, quad Bikes, sand-boarding, birding,Cape Cross Tour, fishing, a "Living Desert tour", Sanwich Harbour tour.

 

Overnight at the Stiltz -overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the Swakop river-bed, the sand dunes and the bird-rich lagoon of the river mouth. As it's name suggests, each private bungalow is built on stilts, and they are interlinked by wooden walkways, as well as to and from the main dining bungalow. It is hard to believe that with such a unique setting, it is actually in the town.          

Only a brisk 15 minute walk from the town centre, and is a very convenient base to explore Swakopmund town centre, with it's plentiful selection of restaurant's, bar's and amenities.

1 night (Bed & Breakfast)

Day 4 & 5

Today's flight will head north over one of the most isolated places on earth.. the mysteriuos Skeleton Coast! But due to its harsh environment and long history under varying control and protection, few people have had the opportunity to experience this fascinating corner of the world.Intriguing stories of shipwrecks, desolate dunes and beach roaming carnivores...

Between the Ugab and Huab rivers in southern Damaraland lies a vast, beautiful and unspoilt wilderness area of unsurpassed desert scenery, unusual geological formations, archaeological sites and a unique variety of desert fauna and flora.Mowani Mountain Camp nestles amongst gigantic granite marbles in the timeless landscape of Twyfelfontein in Southern Damaraland on a high spot commanding distant views. "Mowani" is taken from the word M'Wane, meaning "Place of God", and it is here, that you will find the true meaning of peace and tranquility.

Looking like a traditional African kraal high up in the rocky mountains of Damaraland, Mowani Camp is the pinnacle of luxury and sophistication in this vast and rugged region. Built on wooden platforms among granite outcrops the camp’s 12 tents are fit for a queen with plush beds, luxurious en-suite bathrooms with exhilarating roofless section, and private balcony with superb views of the Abu River valley and Damaraland all around. The clients will take part in an Elephant Drive exploring the beautiful surroundings and the magnificent nature around it.Activities on offer include guided game drives, excursions to the ancient Twyfelfontein rock engravings, the Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain as well as visits to a local Himba tribe village.

 

2 nights (Full boarding)

Day 6 & 7

Opuwo is the gateway to the Kaokoveld region in the north-western part of Namibia or also known as the Kunene region. The remote area south of the Kunene River is the home of the Himba people, who have kept their ethnic individuality and culture in the seclusion of Kaokoland.

Kaokoland is home to some 6,000 Himba. These friendly people are closely related to the Herero and speak the same language. The Himba are herdsmen, breeding mainly cattle and goats while leading a semi-nomadic life. They migrate with their herds to the different waterholes from season to season.
For the Himba, clothes, hair and jewellery hold a special meaning and form an important part of their tradition and culture. Even newborn babies are adorned with pearl necklaces while older children are given bracelets crafted from copper and decorated with shells. The proud Himba women spend many hours on beauty care and grooming every day. They cream their whole body with a mixture of rancid butterfat and ochre, scented with the aromatic resin of the Omuzumba shrub. The cream lends the body an intense reddish glow, which reflects the Himba ideal of beauty.

At Opuwo Country Lodge you will be taken on a guided excursion to an authentic Himba village!

2 nights (Full boarding)

Day 8 & 9

Today we fly across Namibia’s scenic central to land at the south eastern border of the Etosha National Park. Etosha National Park is one of Southern Africa's finest and most important Game Reserves. Etosha Game park was declared a National Park in 1907 and covering an area of 22 270 square km, it is home to 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and, surprisingly, one species of fish.

Etosha, meaning "Great White Place", is dominated by a massive mineral pan. The pan is part of the Kalahari Basin, the floor of which was formed around 1000 million years ago. The Etosha Pan covers around 25% of the National Park. The pan was originally a lake fed by the Kunene River. However the course of the river changed thousands of years ago and the lake dried up. The pan now is a large dusty depression of salt and dusty clay which fills only if the rains are heavy and even then only holds water for a short time. This temporary water in the Etosha Pan attracts thousands of wading birds including impressive flocks of flamingos. The perennial springs along the edges of the Etosha Pan draw large concentrations of wildlife and birds.A San legend about the formation of the Etosha Pan tells of how a village was raided and everyone but the women slaughtered. One woman was so upset about the death of her family she cried until her tears formed a massive lake. When the lake dried up nothing was left apart from a huge white pan. The game viewing in Etosha National Park is excellent, the best time being from May to September - the cooler months in Namibia. Visitors to Etosha Game Reserve can expect to see many buck species, elephant, giraffe, rhino and lions. More fortunate visitors will see leopard and cheetah.

                 

Large herds of plains game concentrate around the waterholes in the dry season, whilst the summer month's sporadic rainfall produces a profusion of life. Ongava's proximity to Etosha allows for game drives that take in the plethora of game in the National Park.Eagle Tented Camp is situated south of Etosha National Park (Links) and on the same property as Epacha Game Lodge. The Epacha Game Reserve is home to 21 antelope species, as well as the endangered Black Rhino and rare Sable antelope. It provides breathtaking views over the surrounding mountains and valleys!

Eagle Tented Camp and Spa boasts 8 luxury and 8 standard canvas tents. All tents have a private, raised wooden balcony with a splash pool. Mosquito nets, a fan, tea/coffee station, and a safe is also provided, not to mention a telephone for that 'early morning wake up call.This charismatic lodge is built from natural rock. Here, modern day luxuries combine perfectly with the raw African bush. A more informal, personal touch has been emphasized than its big brother, Epacha Game Lodge.The fully-equipped Spa has aroma and mud baths, hydro therapies, pedicures, manicures, massages, yoga and Thelaso therapy. Their well-trained therapists will spoil you with unforgettable care and attention. These treatments are the ideal way to relax after a hard days game viewing inEtosha National Park.The wellness spa comprises of a sauna, jacuzzi, steam room, thelaso room and open treatment area. Guests can relax in the infinity or splash pools, enjoy a massage on the open deck, or if they prefer, in their very own private lounge.

2 nights (Full boarding)

Day 10

Morning breakfast is followed by a scenic flight heading south towards Windhoek.

Please note that this is not a normal Air Charter. All Fly-in Safaris as a holistic experience from beginning to end. The Pilot is an experienced, knowledgeable and qualified Safari Guide that will guide and provided information throughout the trip, both in the air and on the ground during excursion and activities. Full intercom headsets are provided in the aircraft so as to communication with the Guide as well as each other. During flights from area to area the routing follows scenic landscape and other highlights so as to provide a complete experience, both from the skies and on the ground. Guests can enjoy complete flexibility with regards to departure and arrival times as the pilot/guide always accompanies the guests.  The aircraft also stays with the group for the duration of the Safari, providing additional evacuation possibilities or change in Safari plans as may be requested by the guests.

2 travelers $ 9,655 p.p. sharing / 4 travelers 7,500 p.p.sharing*

*Prices are subject to change and may vary depeding on the actual booking dates.