A luxurious Fly-In Namibian Safari

This luxurious Best of Namibia fly-in safari connects some of the most enchanting highlights of Namibia.

Sossusvlei and the Namib Desert, Swakopmund on the Atlantic coast, Damaraland and Etosha National Park. It’s ideal for those who don’t have much time. And want to see some of the highlights of this vast desert country. The scenic flights between the lodges are very much part of the whole experience. You fly over some of the most desolate, but hauntingly beautiful places in Namibia.

Accommodation overview:

Sossusvlei: 2 nights – Kulala Desert Lodge, Fully Inclusive
Damaraland: 2 nights – Doro Nawas Camp, Fully Inclusive
Etosha: 2 nights – Ongava Tented Camp, Fully Inclusive

Tailor-made options:

Departures are now DAILY from Windhoek and the great thing is that you can tailor-make your itinerary by adding in extra nights in any of the camps. Or by adding a couple of nights in Swakopmund. The only thing that cannot be changed is the direction of the routing from Windhoek to Sossusvlei to Swakopmund to Damaraland to Ongava and back to Windhoek. But you can add on a few nights at the wild and romantic Serra Cafema Camp in the northern reaches of the Skeleton Coast. A visit to this unique remote setting is never cheap but its definitely a bucket list option!

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See Day by Day
Days 1 & 2

Depart Windhoek for 2 nights in Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert, Fully Inclusive

This morning you depart Windhoek by light aircraft for Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert. There are two departures from Windhoek, one in the mid morning and one in the early afternoon. On arrival you are met and transferred to your choice of camps.

Activities at Sossusvlei centre round early morning excursions in 4×4 vehicles to the magnificent Sossusvlei dunes. You rise with the sun to see one of the most exhilarating sights in Namibia – the towering dunes of Sossusvlei, some of the largest in the world, rising more than 1000 feet above the desert. Many of our visitors lose their hearts to Namibia after seeing Sossusvlei. This is paradise for the photographer, as the shadows create a magnificent contrast of colours. Marvel at the gemsbok and other animals that manage to survive in these dry conditions.

Here you enjoy lavish desert breakfasts under shady acacia trees surrounded by dunes. Afternoon nature trails on the reserve highlight its unique fauna and flora. The star gazing platform and telescope are a popular after-dinner rendezvous as the night skies of the Namib are amongst the clearest on the planet.

Kulala Desert Lodge is a lovely lodge of 23 thatch and canvas ‘kulalas’ (rooms), with a unique private entrance to the Namib Naukluft Park, making it the closest lodge to the majestic red dunes of Sossusvlei dunes. The 27,000ha Kulala Game Reserve is one vast mass of haunting wilderness with vast open plains, dunes and rocky outcrops. On the edge of the oldest desert in the world, game is sparse but the fascinating thing is that anything can survive here at all! Yet they can – with springbok, gemsbok, ostrich, bat-eared fox, black-backed jackal and aardwolf all seen on a regular basis.

The design and decor at Kulala Desert Lodge are both imaginative and sensitive to the fragile ecosystem of the area. Eco-friendly adobe walls give a Moroccan ambience to the lodge and provide a cool refuge from the Namibian heat. Enjoy delicious cuisine, served al fresco on the wraparound veranda overlooking the waterhole and dry riverbed where the wildlife comes to drink. Or cool off in the pool and relax in the sun or shade of the pool terrace.

Each of the en suite ‘kulalas’ has cool clay walls and thick thatch to keep the cool air in and the warm air out. Outside there’s a private veranda for viewing the stunning Namib sunsets. Each is built on a wooden platform to catch the cooling breezes and above is a delightful flat rooftop sleeping area where you can sleep out under the stars of the desert sky.

Upgrade Option: Little Kulala


Accommodation: Kulala Desert Lodge
Located in: Namibia - Sossusvlei & Namib Desert

Days 3 & 4

Fly to Damaraland for 2 nights, Fully Inclusive

Your flight today takes you over the dunes of the Namib Desert to Swakopmund on the Atlantic Coast where you land (for refueling, etc) and then up the Skeleton coast to Damaraland Camp for two nights.

Highlights of your stay include nature walks and 4×4 game drives in search of the rare desert elephant and rhino as well as gemsbok, springbok, ostrich and other hardy desert animals. Strange plants play host to even stranger insects and your guide brings insight to the questions of survival in this unique environment.

Doro Nawas Camp nestles against a small hill on the edge of the dry Aba-Huab River with glorious views of the ancient plains of rugged Damaraland. This Namibian landscape ranges from boulder-strewn floodplains to curious rock formations surrounded by sand dunes. This is prime desert elephant territory as the herds traverse the riverbed daily in search of water and foliage.

Doro Nawas has 16 spacious chalets made of stone, canvas, wood and thatch. Each chalet has stunning panoramic views of the Etendeka plateau and the sandstone cliffs of nearby Twyfelfontein. Each has a spacious en suite bathroom and bedroom with floor to ceiling glass walls that open up completely onto your own private veranda with outdoor shower. The unusual roll-out beds mean you can opt to enjoy a sleepout under the Namibian stars on this raised deck.

The unusual and slightly curious main lodge is perched on the rocky outcrop with commanding views of the spectacular Etendeka mountains to the north, the sandstone cliffs of Twfelfontein to the south and the plains of the dry river below. The design and décor is unique to the surrounding Damaraland scenery. However it provides a cool refuge from the summer heat with both indoor and outdoor dining areas including a courtyard boma, as well as a sitting area, bar and small curio shop. Just below lies a pool deck with sun loungers. Upstairs the rooftop deck offers 360 degree views over the valley – perfect for relaxing sundowners or perhaps a spot of star gazing.

Upgrade Option: Damaraland Camp


Accommodation: Doro Nawas Camp
Located in: Damaraland - Namibia

Days 5 & 6

Fly to Ongava Game Reserve, near Etosha, for 2 nights, Fully Inclusive

Fly by light aircraft from Damaraland to Ongava Tented Camp for two nights.

Highlights of your stay are the game drives in open 4×4 vehicles into Etosha National Park, as well as night drives and walks in Ongava private game reserve with its resident White and Black Rhino.

Etosha National Park is one of the finest game parks in Southern Africa. It encloses a vast saltpan that becomes an immense, shallow lake in rainy periods, attracting great numbers of flamingos and other water birds. The open plains are home to tens of thousands of animals with large herds of springbok, gemsbok, zebra, wildebeest, elephant and, of course, the predators – particularly cheetah and lion. The diminutive Damara dik-dik is one of the more rare and delightful animals seen here.

Ongava Tented Camp

Ongava Tented Camp is situated on the private 30 000 hectare Ongava Game Reserve and shares a common border with Etosha. It’s an intimate authentic safari camp where you sleep in traditional East African or ‘Meru’ tents. The bar and dining area is built out of rock and thatch and has an intimate friendly ambience. Drinks and dinner can be enjoyed around the camp fire and there’s a welcome swimming pool overlooking the camp’s popular floodlit waterhole.

Alternative Option: Ongava Lodge – with its magnificent setting, perched on a koppie overlooking an active floodlit waterhole and the African plains below.


Accommodation: Ongava Tented Camp
Located in: Etosha - Namibia

Accommodation: Ongava Lodge
Located in: Etosha - Namibia

Day 7

Fly back to Windhoek

After a final morning game activity in Ongava private game reserve, you depart Ongava for the flight back to Windhoek.


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Includes:
Fully Inclusive - includes air transfers between Windhoek and all the camps, accommodation, meals, lodge game drives and activities, park fees, charter flights, laundry, local drinks on activities and house wine with dinner
Excludes:
International & domestic flights, visas, items of a personal nature, premium wine and imported spirits
Best time to go:
All year round – ideal April to October
Minimum number:
2
Health requirements:
Etosha and Damaraland are low risk malaria areas - consult your doctor for the latest advice
Notes:
20kg luggage restriction in soft squashy bags. This circuit is now flexible and departs daily. It can be tailor-made by adding nights as long as the routing (Windhoek to Sossusvlei to Swakopmund to Damaraland to Ongava to Windhoek) is maintained. In particular you can add in nights at Swakopmund or an additional night at any of the camps.
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