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.
Departures are now DAILY from Windhoek and the great thing is that you can tailormake 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.
You can also add on an extension tour to 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!
Best of Namibia overview:
Little Kulala, Sossusvlei – Fully Inclusive: 2 nights
Damaraland Camp – Fully Inclusive: 2 nights
Ongava Tented Camp, Etosha – Fully Inclusive: 2 nights
Depart Windhoek for 2 nights 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.
Little Kulala is one of the most upmarket camps in Namibia and lies within the Kulala Wilderness Reserve south of Sossusvlei. This luxurious camp comprises 11 spacious thatched and canvas chalets or kulalas – meaning ‘to sleep’ – on elevated bleached wooden decks. All blend seamlessly into the timeless desert landscape.
Accommodation: Little Kulala
Located in: Namibia - Sossusvlei & Namib Desert
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.
Damaraland Camp lies in the remote Huab river valley, an area of rugged scenery and endless vistas. Accommodation is in eight comfortable Meru walk-in tents with en-suite facilities and shaded verandas. A feature of the camp is the unique rock pool that nestles at the foot of an ancient waterfall. Dining is an evocative experience in a traditional boma around an open campfire. Rhino Desert Camp may also be used…
Accommodation: Damaraland Camp
Located in: Damaraland - Namibia
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.
(Ongava Lodge may also be used – 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
Fly back to Windhoek
After a final morning game activity in Ongava private game reserve, you depart Ongava for the flight back to Windhoek.
Little Kulala offers minimalist style within a magnificent dune landscape. It is one of the most upmarket camps in Namibia and lies within the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve close to the dunes of Sossusvlei. This luxurious camp comprises 11 spacious thatched and canvas chalets or kulalas – meaning ‘to sleep’ – on elevated bleached wooden decks. All blend seamlessly into the timeless desert landscape.
Damaraland Camp is a luxury tented camp in the remote Huab river valley. It offers a true wilderness experience in magnificent surroundings. Highlights of your stay include nature walks and 4×4 game drives in search of the rare and endangered desert-adapted elephant and black rhino. Children over the age of 8 years are welcome at Damaraland Camp.
Ongava Tented Camp
Ongava Tented Camp is tucked into a hidden valley at the foot of a dolomite hill in the Ongava Game Reserve, a private 30,000ha game reserve on the southern boundary of Etosha National Park. Ongava has three completely different camps to choose from – the authentic Ongava Tented Camp, the larger Ongava Lodge and the ultra-luxurious Little Ongava. Ongava Tented Camp is an intimate authentic bush camp where spacious traditional East African tents offer a safari ambience on the outside with unexpected luxury on the inside.
Sossusvlei & Namib Desert
To experience the high dunes of Sossusvlei at sunrise is one of the most mesmerising sights in Namibia, a must on anyone’s list…Read More
Damaraland’s innate rugged beauty and the chance of tracking its desert-adapted elephant and rhino offer a mesmerising combination.Read More
Etosha National Park is one of Africa’s premier wildlife reserves: plenty of big game against the scenic backdrop of Etosha’s salt pans, pink with flamingos in the wet season.Read More