This two week fly-in safari around Namibia visits some of the country’s most spectacular areas. These include the Fish River Canyon, the giant dunes at Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert, an exclusive camp on the Kunene River in the Kaokoland region of Namibia, the Etosha National Park and Africat, a cheetah & leopard conservation project.
This is designed to be the ultimate up-market lodge experience and transport is on private charter flights and exclusive transfers. In reality, this itinerary is to get you thinking about the possibilities available on a Namibian fly-in safari. It forms a good platform to begin discussions with one of our consultants to plan your ideal trip.
Please feel free to contact us with your individual requirements and we will happily work out a suitable alternative for you.
Our 'ultimate' itinerary - an idea of what is possible.
Arrive at Windhoek International Airport and board your chartered aircraft for a 1.5 hour flight to the south of Namibia. Shortly before landing you will have your first aerial glimpse of the Fish River Canyon. On arriving at the small airstrip you will be transferred to the Canyon Lodge. This afternoon there will be a sundowner drive along the edge of the Fish River Canyon. Dinner, which largely consists of home grown organic products, complemented by a good selection ... of South African wines, is followed by a short walk under the stars.
This morning you will join the schooner, Sedina on a cruise past the old whaling station at Stormvogel Bucht and then on to Shearwater and Guano Bay. During the cruise, you will also visit the colony of jack-ass penguins on Halifax island, see Diaz Point (where Bartholomeu Diaz erected his cross) and view a colony of Cape Fur Seals. Often, heavy-side dolphins swim alongside the Sedina. After the cruise you will be transferred the short distance into the Namib Desert ... to the Ghost Town of Kolamskop. After a short guided tour, you are free to roam the deserted houses, shops and hospital. There is even the chance of a game of skittles in the Kolamskop town hall. Then it is back into town for lunch at a local restaurant. The afternoon will be spent with the guide exploring the rocky and inhospitable coastline around Luderitz.
After a leisurely breakfast, you board the plane for the flight deep into the heart of the Namib Desert. A short flight of less than an hour brings us to our destination, Sossusvlei, reputed to have the highest dunes in the world. You will stay at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, on the private NamibRand Nature reserve. Namib Rand reserve offers a diversity of desert landscapes. Game species found in the reserve include gemsbok, mountain and plains zebra, springbok, red hartebeest, bat-eared ... fox, spotted hyena, Cape fox and African wildcats. The more rocky areas are inhabited by kudu, klipspringer, baboon and leopard. In the cool of the evening, the resident naturalist will take you out in four-wheel drive open vehicles to explore the open grass plains, fossilized sand dunes and orange sand dune belts of the NamibRand Nature Reserve. This is followed by a three course dinner at the lodge restaurant, after which you can visit the private observatory which houses the most powerful electronic telescope in Namibia outside the National Observatory. The clear skies make Namibia one of the world's premiere areas for star-gazing. The split-level suites are located at the foot of a mountain overlooking an expansive Namib grass plain leading into a sea of orange sand dunes. Each suite is equipped for the climatic extremes of the desert. There is a fireplace in the split-level lounge for winter evenings. For the hot desert days, there are showers in the en-suite, glass-encased bathroom. There are also outdoor showers for starlit bathing. Cradled against ancient mountains, Sossusvlei Desert lodge's decor embraces muted hues of ochre, umber and ivory. An expansive star-viewing window above the bed is every child-at-heart's dream come true. The rooms are equipped with personal compact telescopes for game- or star-spotting, a service-intercom to the main lodge and a CD system.
Early this morning we will set out on a guided visit to Sossusvlei. - the highlight of any visit to Namibia. You will have time to climb some of the massive dunes and your guide will introduce you to the amazing adaptations that fauna and flora have made to survive in this dry landscape. Brunch will be under an ancient desert Camelthorn Tree, after which we return to the lodge. Activities in the Namib coincide with the cool of the ... day (morning and evening) and the heat of the afternoon is best escaped by enjoying cocktails around the lodge’s spring-fed swimming pool. As things begin to cool down, head out on quad bikes, undoubtedly the best way to view the splendour of the Namib Rand. As this is a delicate ecological area, your guide will ask you to stay on set routes to minimize damage to the environment.
The day starts with a pre-dawn transfer to a balloon launch site. Weather permitting, you will be air-borne in time to witness the sun-rise over the Namib Dunes. After a 45 minute flight, there is a champagne breakfast wherever the balloon lands. On returning to the lodge, it’s an hour's flight to the Namibian Coast. This afternoon there will be time to explore the scenic seaside town of Swakopmund. Tonight will be spent at the Hansa Hotel in Swakopmund. Lunch ... and dinner will be at your own expense at one of Swakopmund's many eateries.
This morning there is time for a dolphin cruise (accompanied by a feast of oysters) around the lagoon in Walvis Bay. After the cruise, we return to Swakopmund for lunch. This afternoon you will be transferred up the Skeleton Coast to the remote Cape Cross Lodge. Before dinner there is time for a visit to Cape Cross seal colony and a stroll up the totally deserted beach.
After breakfast, you head to the local airstrip, where the aircraft is waiting to transfer us to the northern border of Namibia, the Kunene River. Serra Cafema Camp is in the extreme north-west of Namibia and is perhaps the remotest camp in southern Africa. The camp’s Portuguese name comes from the mountains to the north that dominates the skyline. We share this region with wonderful Himba people who are some of the last true nomadic people in Africa. The Kunene ... River is the only permanent source of water in the whole region and the river creates a lush oasis along its banks, surrounded by rugged mountains and sand dunes. Under big, shady Albida trees you will find a small, rustic and peaceful camp with all the comforts; accommodation is in fully furnished Meru tents with en-suite bathroom facilities. The camp's six tents are raised off the ground. Serra Cafema has a small swimming pool, dining room and bar. The camp is located just inland from the Atlantic Ocean and the Skeleton Coast. The cool winds that blow from the Atlantic help to keep the camp cool even in summer. You will spend time in breath-taking landscapes in the Hartmann Valley, to the south of the camp, with herds of springbok, ostrich and even leopard. We traverse sand dunes on 4x4 safaris and boat on the Kunene River that becomes the focus for the area. On the boat trips, one can watch Kunene crocodiles basking the river banks. Walking trails in the remote mountain and river valleys will always be a highlight for those who enjoy foot safaris. Cafema is often visited by the native Ovahimba families who live in the nearby vicinity, giving the guests a chance to learn all about their lifestyles and traditions.
From Serra Cafema, it is an hour and a half flight to the private Ongava Reserve which borders on Etosha. We will spend the next two nights at the Little Ongava Lodge. Accommodation at Little Ongava comprises three spacious suites, each with their own plunge pool, en-suite bathroom, a "sala", an additional outdoor shower and a view of the waterhole in front of camp. Little Ongava's main area lends itself to relaxed, stylish dining under a Namibian sky or under ... thatch. Lion, elephant, cheetah, oryx, springbok and hartebeest can be seen at many of the water holes in the park. The Ongava Reserve has resident white and black rhino, giving guests staying at Little Ongava the opportunity to see both species. Guests at Little Ongava share a dedicated guide and Land Rover ensuring the optimum nature experience at one of Africa's great wildlife destinations. Activities will include game drives both in the Etosha Park and on the private Ongava Reserve, rhino tracking on foot and night game hides. Etosha is one of Africa's great game viewing experiences and little Ongava is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the Namibian bush.
From Etosha, we fly south towards the Okonjima; the Okonjima Bush Camp is situated on a wilderness area and consists of eight luxury thatched African Chalets. Guests at Okonjima Bush Camp have the chance of experiencing the work of the AfriCat foundation. Africat is dedicated to preserving the big cat of Namibia. Activities while at Okonjima will include meeting some of the cheetah or accompanying our guides as they monitor the progress of the cheetahs in the Tusk Rehabilitation camp. ... Okonjima is home to over forty cheetahs, many of whom were separated from their mothers before they learnt how to survive on their own. The Rehabilitation Camp will give these cheetahs an opportunity to learn survival skills such as hunting in a closely monitored environment. Successful cheetahs will be relocated to parks and game farms.
After a morning excursion, you we be flown back to Windhoek International Airport for your return flight to Windhoek.
Mode Of Transport
Number Of Participants
Private charters between camps minimise travel time and provide a bird's-eye view of the immense landscape
Diverse activities enhance in-depth experience of the landscape, including dolphin cruise, seafood lunch and quad biking
Seamless experience with one expert pilot-guide leading throughout
Small group size ensures that special interests are satisfied
Enormous concessions and private camps combine with advantages of nearby National Parks
Route & Accommodation
The itinerary above is a guideline only and whilst we try to adhere to it there may be circumstances when it may change - for example weather and/or road conditions, seasonal daylight hours etc. Overnight stops on occasion may be altered from those indicated.
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