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Join us on a 6-night Namibia flying safari and experience the best of Namibia’s vast and varied landscapes, including the iconic dunes of Sossusvlei, the fascinating, desert-adapted species of the Hoanib Valley and the intriguing Skeleton Coast. The itinerary may also be customised to include a wildlife safari in Etosha.
In Namibia, the landscape is just as much of an attraction as the wildlife – and it’s even more mesmerising from the skies – but don’t forget your binos either, as there’s an astonishing variety of wildlife hidden in these desert plains. In the Sossusvlei and NamibRand area, keep a lookout for springbok and oryx, as well as some of the rarer creatures like aardwolf. If you’ve got a penchant for birdlife, ask your guide to find the endemic dune lark, which is found nowhere but Namibia.
Scheduled departures every Sunday throughout the year, from March 2020
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Our lodges in Namibia are quirky, stylish and full of character. We think you’ll love them as much as we do, from the thatched, air-conditioned rooms at Kwesi Dunes (due to open in March 2020) to the elegant tents at Hoanib Valley and the award-winning design of Shipwreck Lodge. All the lodges have ensuite bathrooms, plenty of hot water and airy main living areas, whilst both Kwesi and Hoanib have swimming pools – the perfect way to escape the desert heat. At Kwesi and Hoanib, you’ll eat dinner under the stars and retire to the campfire for post-dinner and safari tales whilst at Shipwreck Lodge. You’ll dine in the ship-style dining room, surrounded by candelabras and old silverware.
Namibia is awe-inspiringly impressive from all angles, but viewing the landscapes from a small plane, high in the sky, is magical.
This flying safari begins in Windhoek, You’ll be met by your guide at the airport and take to the skies for the flight to Kwesi Dunes in the NamibRand Nature Reserve. As you near the reserve, you’ll fly over the iconic, blood-red dunes stretching for as far as the eye can see.
Today, you’ll spend time exploring the magical NamibRand and Sossusvlei area. Whether you want to embark on all the activities, or just soak up the magic of the area, this is a day to remember.
2 nights at Kwesi Dunes, a classic canvas-and-thatch lodge in the heart of the striking NamibRand Nature Reserve that offers an escape from the modern world and a chance to reconnect with the wild.
Day trip to the dunes of Sossusvlei (included).
Morning and afternoon scenic drives and walks in the NamibRand Nature Reserve.
Hot air ballooning and helicopter flights(at an extra cost).
Stargazing; the NamibRand is Africa’s first International Dark Sky Reserve.
Hop back on the plane for a scenic flight over the famous Eduard Bohlen shipwreck, Conception Bay and Sandwich Harbour, before touching down in Swakopmund for a beach lunch. Then, it’s onward to Hoanib Valley Camp, over the dramatic Skeleton Coast and then inland to the beautiful interior of the country.
You’ll then land in Swakopmund for a seafood lunch on the beach and a brief tour of the quaint town, before continuing north in the plane. This dramatic coastline was nicknamed the “gates to hell” by Portuguese sailors who had to navigate the powerful currents in their quest to round the Cape of Good Hope, and the Atlantic Ocean’s power is visible from the air as it hits the rocky coastline. From the air, glimpses of the remnants of shipwrecks are still visible and a stark reminder of nature’s power.
The plane will then turn inland toward the Hoanib Valley and it’s now that you’ll start to appreciate the mind-boggling vastness of the country.
Spend today looking for desert-adapted giraffes, game driving through the sandy terrain or visiting the local Himba communities.
Valleys are fascinating to watch, and you may also be lucky enough to spot desert lion and rhino. One certainty, however, is the desert-adapted giraffe. The icons of the area, they are also the focus of our conservation partners, Giraffe Conservation Foundation.
2 nights at Hoanib Valley Camp, an elegant tented camp located amongst the towering mountains and sand dunes of north-western Namibia.
Morning and afternoon dessert game drive to search for desert-adapted giraffes, elephant, lion and rhino.
Learn about the giraffe research conducted in the area.
Nature walks through the dry riverbeds and dunes.
Spending a morning or afternoon with the local Himba communities.
VISIT THE REMARKABLE CLAY ‘CASTLES’ FORMED BY YEARS OF CLAY DEPOSITS AND WIND EROSION. THE STRUCTURES ARE EERILY BEAUTIFUL.
Get ready to enjoy the best transfer drive on the continent! You’ll pass incredible rock formations and desert-elephant digging for water, before arriving at the crashing waves and rolling dunes of the Skeleton Coast.
Today, you’ll swap two wings for four wheels for the drive to the Skeleton Coast.
The full-day journey is one of the most spectacular drives on the continent, and you will travel along the ephemeral Hoanib River, home to large herds of elephants. From there, the route follows the course of the Hoarusib River, where dry plains give way to a clay-baked landscape, and as the salty sea breeze begins to pick up, so the landscape turns to white sand dunes.
Enjoy your time at the award-winning Shipwreck Lodge. Activities on offer include quad biking, visits to the Clay Castle and seal colony and game drives – or you may like to just put your feet up and admire the views.
At Shipwreck Lodge, expect giraffe, lion, baboons, elephant and elusive brown hyena in the dunes, whilst at the coast, you’ll find hundreds of Cape fur seals at the Mowe Bay Seal Colony, and plenty of birds flitting through the chilly ocean spray.
2 nights at the award-winning Shipwreck Lodge, designed to resemble the shipwrecks that line the
hauntingly beautiful Skeleton Coast.
Trips to the Mowe Bay seal colony, including stops at the Suiderkus and Karimona shipwrecks, Westies diamond mine, and the remains of the Ventura Bomber. Sundowner drives to the roaring dunes.
Full-day 4×4 Hoarusib River excursions, including the Clay Castles and wildlife spotting.
Quad biking and sandboarding.
This morning you’ll meet the plane and fly back down the stunning Atlantic Coastline, before arriving back in Windhoek, or, if you’ve chosen to extend your trip to Etosha, you’ll make your way north for the safari of a lifetime.
Add on two nights in the Etosha Heights Private Reserve, a 60,000-hectare private reserve that shares a
border with the famous Etosha National Park. The reserve offers unspoiled landscapes and a sense of
tranquillity and solitude. Wildlife-wise, you’ll find lion, cheetah and many of Namibia’s fascinating desert
species, but the reserve is probably most famous for its strong population of black and white rhino.