5 DAY NAMIBIA HIGHLIGHTS / PREMIUM FLY-IN SAFARI
5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS
Day 1 Sossusvlei, Namibia
Day 2 Swakopmund, Namibia
Day 3 & 4 Etosha Park, Namibia
Day 5 Return
Privately 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 provide 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.
Your fly-in safari begins!
Upon your arrival in Windhoek you will be met by your pilot/guide. Depart from Windhoek Eros airport, and head south across Namibia’s scenic south. Discover the stark beauty of the Namib Desert at Sossusvlei – famous for its spectacular giant sand dunes.
The flight will head out in a south-westerly direction towards the breathtaking Sossusvlei. 'Vlei' is the Afrikaans word for a shallow depression filled with water (well, a depression that might sometimes be filled with water!), and the name 'Sossusvlei' should strictly only be applied to the pan that lies at the place where the dunes close in, preventing the waters of the Tsauchab River from flowing any further - that is, on the rare occasions that the river does flow as far as this. During exceptional rainy seasons, Sossusvlei may fill with water, causing Namibians to flock there to witness the grand sight, but normally it is bone dry. This particular 'vlei' is actually a more-or-less circular, hard-surfaced depression that is almost entirely surrounded by sharp-edged dunes, beyond which lies a formidable sea of rolling sand, stretching in unbroken immensity all the way to the coast. The best time to view Sossusvlei is close to sunrise and sunset; the colors are strong and constantly changing, allowing for wonderful photographic opportunities.
Day 1 SOSUSVLEI
Sossusvlei - located in the Namib Naukluft Park, the largest conservation area in Africa, and fourth largest in the world - surely one of the most spectacular sights in Namibia.The sand dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert are often referred to as the highest dunes in the world.The best time to view Sossusvlei is close to sunrise and sunset; the colors are strong and constantly changing, allowing for wonderful photographic opportunities.
'Vlei' is the Afrikaans word for a shallow depression filled with water (well, a depression that might sometimes be filled with water!), and the name 'Sosusvlei' should strictly only be applied to the pan that lies at the place where the dunes close in, preventing the waters of the Tsauchab River from flowing any further - that is, on the rare occasions that the river does flow as far as this. During exceptional rainy seasons, Sosusvlei may fill with water, causing Namibians to flock there to witness the grand sight, but normally it is bone dry. This particular 'vlei' is actually a more-or-less circular, hard-surfaced depression that is almost entirely surrounded by sharp-edged dunes, beyond which lies a formidable sea of rolling sand, stretching in unbroken immensity all the way to the coast.
Lying between a high inland plateau and the Atlantic Ocean, the Namib Desert extends along the coast of Namibia, merging with the Kaokoveld Desert into Angola in the north and south with the Karoo Desert in South Africa.The ocher-colored dunes of the Namib Desert are iconic of Namibia as a country and the renowned Sosusvlei Dune area of this arid desert region is especially well-loved for its towering red-orange sand dunes. Namibia's Namib Desert is an ideal place to experience the vastness of Africa's desert landscapes, soaking up the peace and quiet like nowhere else on earth.
Some of the highest dunes in the world are found in the Sosusvlei area, one of the top travel highlights in the Namib. Some of Sosusvlei's tallest dunes, created by the winds, reach over 300m high. Another Namib Desert attraction is the Sesriem Canyon, a deep gorge formed by the Tsauchab River about 2 million years ago.
The dune tops provide endless views over the vast desert landscapes and at night the Namib desert skies light up with a blanket of sparkling stars!
Namib Desert Highlights
- Exploring the towering Sosusvlei Dunes.
- Walking in Sesriem Canyon and taking a dip in the pools (seasonal).
- Climbing the famous Dune 45.
- Watching sunset and sunrise over the red-orange desert dunes.
- Experiencing the silence and solitude of this ancient desert.
- Witnessing the star studded African skies over the dark desert.
- Seeing the sand dunes change color constantly as the light changes.
- Throughout this vast and unforgiving landscape, a number of animals and plants have adapted to life here, including the mountain zebra, gemsbok, short-eared elephant shrew, Grant's golden mole,Karoo bustard and Peringuey's adder.There is also an extraordinary diversity of succulent plants, as well as the shrub-like Welwitschiamirabilis, which has only 2 leaves and can live for over 1,000 years!
The Desert Homestead Outpost is situated 30 km south-east of Sesriem, the entrance to the Namib-Naukluft National Park, on a private nature reserve bordering the Unesco World Heritage Site “Namib Sand Sea”.It is the ideal starting point for trips to Sosusvlei, Dead Vlei and the Sesriem Canyon. Other exciting activities offered by the lodge are horse safaris, scenic drives and the Namib Mountain Trail, a guided walk from Desert Homestead Lodge to Desert Homestead Outpost. Hot air balloon rides can be arranged on request.
Nestled against the west side of the Namib Mountains, guests can enjoy a magnificent panoramic view over the vast open plains. The lodge offers 11 individual thatch roofed comfortable and cosy chalets and an exclusive suite. The unique location in the vastness of the nature reserve offers complete peace and tranquility.
Activities are focused on exploring the nearby world-famous Sosusvlei - an enormous clay pan, flanked by the famous sand dunes that stand out starkly against the blue sky. These dunes - the most well-known being Big Daddy or Dune 45 - have developed over millions of years, the wind continuously refashioning the contours of this red sand sea. The 'vlei' itself only fills after rare heavy rainfall when, in a complete turn-around, it transforms into a spectacular turquoise lake. On the edge of the Namib, the oldest desert in the world, wildlife around the camp is fascinating in its adaptation to the harsh conditions. Sparse, yet thrilling to see, are springbok, gemsbok, ostrich, bat-eared fox, the rarely seen aardwolf and many small fauna. Excursions to the incredible dunes of Sosusvlei are a must.Explore the wonders of Sosusvlei from the luxury of a safari vehicle.
2 Nights at Desert Homestead (Full Boarding)
Day 2 SWAKOPMUND
Following morning breakfast, your flight will head north west towards the coast line and some shipwrecks to the coastal 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. From the rugged, desolate beauty of the desert, to the historical grace of its buildings, a visit to the Skeleton Coast is a unique experience.
Travelers have long mystified the Skeleton Coast with its intriguing stories of shipwrecks, desolate dunes and beach roaming carnivores. 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. With a new eco-tourism venture, the northern sector of the Skeleton Coast is becoming more accessible to the high scale adventure traveler, and its mystique increases as we gain more and more knowledge about the area.
Activities include a tour of this historic town and a boat trip (weather permitting). You will see Dolphins on most trip!Other activities available on request are skydiving, quad Bikes, sand-boarding, birding, Cape Cross Tour, fishing, a "Living Desert tour", Sandwich Harbor tour.
Overnight at the Stiltz -overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the Swakop riverbed, the sand dunes and the bird-rich lagoon of the river mouth.As its 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 center, and is a very convenient base to explore Swakopmund town center, with it's plentiful selection of restaurant's, bar's and amenities.
1 Night(B&B only) Lunch and dinner at local restaurants.
Day 3 & 4 ETOSHA
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.
Arrive at Mushara OutPost Bush camp.
Mushara Bush Camp is situated a mere 10 kilometers from the Von Lindequist gate of the world famous Etosha National Park. The Bush Camp accommodates 32 guest and 8 children in custom made tent like structures. The Mushara Bush Camp offers a down-to-earth tented bush camp experience which is well suited as an exceptional affordable base for independent travelers and families exploring the magical Etosha Pan National Park. The main Bush Camp House is thatched and has a true bush camp feel to it. The early evenings see a camp fire lit where guest can exchange stories of the day’s wildlife sightings. Dinner, lunch and breakfast are served on the thatched verandah with the bush being a mere step away. The Mushara Bush Camp is your optimal family destination on the doorstep to the magical Etosha National Park.
Each of the 16 custom made en-suite tents is built from canvas, wood and local limestone.
2 Nights at Mushara Bush camp (Full Boarding)
Day 5 Return
Morning breakfast is followed by another stunning scenic flight south towards Windhoek.
- 2 Pax : $ 6,670 pps (Jan-June) / $ 7,070 pps (Jul-Oct)
- 4 Pax : $ 5,495 pps (Jan-June) / $ 5,890 pps (Jul-Oct)
- 6 Pax : $ 7,250 pps (Jan-June) / $ 7,650 pps (Jul-Oct)
- Cost may vary depending on actual booking dates and currency fluctuations
- Cost is per person sharing / Double occupancy
- Safari begins and ends in Windhoek, Namibia. Flights between Johannesburg, South Africa and Maun, Botswana are not included should your Africa arrival point be Johannesburg, South Africa
- Charter flights between camps are included
- All accommodation and activities as per the itinerary are included
- BOARDING: Full Boarding (Dinner, Bed & Breakfast) / B&B (Bed & Breakfast). Drinks might or might not be included depending in the specific location - please inquire if you need details
- International flights between USA/Europe and Africa are not included in the cost
- Child policy may apply
- Single occupancy policy allies
- Checking passport validity and sufficient empty pages needed in the passport remains the client's responsibility
- Checking and obtaining the necessary/applicable VISA's for each country visited is the client's responsibility
They say that all bugs in Africa bite...but the Safari Bug is the worst of them all!